05 November 2007
Fabienne Delsol - '(I'm Gonna) Catch Me A Rat'
It's basically all about sex, this music thing, isn't it? I know this is a far from original insight, but occasionally it needs restating.
So yes, I'm a boy (at heart, I'm not convinced I ever got past being a confused 15 year old adolescent) and here's a breathy, effortlessly cool and frankly sexy French girl singer. And that is already enough. London is the greatest city in the world, of course, but the idea of Paris is cooler, and that's where her songs take me, having been led on from this 7" to listen to more. It's late, I'm in love, I'm smoking an unfiltered cigarette and my chic Parisian girlfriend simply adores it when I talk pseudo-intellectual bollocks about Sartre. At the same time, this particular tune is utterly Nancy Sinatra. And there is, of course, nothing wrong with that. There's virtually nothing there: a drumbeat, a slither of guitar, some gloriously dumb lyrics and it's all done and dusted in somewhat less than two and a half minutes. It demanded an instant second play, and too few things do. This is a Toe Rag Studios at its best, and makes up for all that boring White Stripes stuff.
You can buy the physical object from Damaged Goods - and this is surely something you need to walk around carrying under your arm to strike the proper pretentious pose - or as downloads from, for once, emusic.
I'm off to have sex now. Immediately.