Wednesday, May 17, 2006

We're Men! We're Men In Tights!

Once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away when men were still men, women were still virgins and sex was still sexy, there live a beautiful maiden who wished to marry for love - but her father wanted her to marry the vilest man in the kingdom for cold, hard cash. Only the mighty musketeers could save her. However this plan had been thwarted after Duke Vincent had them cast into a filthy dungeon. There seemed to be no hope ...

And so starts the video. It's the most adventurous video they've done so far, complete with horse stunts, sword fighting, and... (gasp!) an actual storyline! Yes, the mighty Westketeers escape from the dungeon, break up the wedding, and save the girl from the eeeeeeeeevil Duke Vincent (Vinnie Jones). It's silly, it's over the top, but did it ever make for an awesome video! And if sword fighting isn't really your thing, there's the consolation prize of seeing the lads in tights.

Admittedly, a song that has the lyrics "when I call you at home and he answers the phone, when I get your machine and I don't hear me" wouldn't tie in with the most technologically advanced musketeers, but who cares? Shane rides a horse through a church!

The b-sides here are, for the most part, wonderful. A band-penned song called You Don't Know has to be the first ever to feature no lead vocals from Shane, and doesn't suffer for a moment. Its a heart-wrenchingly honest cry from both Bryan and Mark about how the world feels they know them, made all the more poignant considering Bryan's later departure and Mark's recent coming out. Second b-side Bad Girls is fantastically awful, to the point where it's a delight to listen to just for the self-deprecating smile it puts on your face when you realise you're tapping your foot along. It's half-baked, totally out of left-field, and features a fast-paced chorus that borders so close on becoming a rap it's scary.

Then there's the remixes of Imaginary Diva and Bop Bop Baby. They're fun, but they had it right the first time, so no reworking can possibly do the songs justice.

And it's the first and only single ever written by the band themselves. It only went to number five, the lowest chart position ever, mostly due to the fact that BMG (now SonyBMG) were of absolutely no help and barely promoted it, scheduling the song for release during a tour, when Westlife were least able to promote it.

It's always nice to know your record company are behind you, but only while you depend completely on them and do what you're told.

5 comments:

swedish_me said...

Heeeey i like bad girls! =P "Stockholm City and Berlin got some bad girls"

admit it..you're just jealous coz they dont sing there's any bad girlz in your city =P

Grace Suter said...

I love Bad Girls too! It always puts a massive smile on my face! But you have to admit, in terms of being 'good', it's not exactly Mozart.

It cracks me up!

swedish_me said...

mmm i didn't say its mozart =P but it's way better than some other westlife songs....

Grace Suter said...

Absolutely. I love it, I really do. I just don't think it's a technical masterpiece. It does brighten up a good few sad days, though!

swedish_me said...

mmm right...technical its not that good...but its cheerful n there's a big lack of cheerful wlsongs so =P