Many apologies for the next paragraph in this post, but I’m afraid it’s the result of the interrelated nature of the Intenet, where one link can lead to another, and you end up spending hours on something when you could have sworn it was minutes. Consequently, this post has ended up being much fiddlier than necessary. Although the following explains why I’m playing you today’s song, you can quite safely skip the next paragraph and just play the song. Not reading it will do you no damage at all*…
In the course of my internetting I found a power pop list by someone called Mike Hodges (Hi, Mike!). It was his “favourites from 2003”, and at the top of the list was “1. THE 45S – ‘s/t’ Simply brilliant”. I’d never heard of a band called The 45s, so I was interested in hearing what excited Mike. I thought it would be a simple matter of searching for “The 45s” on ye olde Interwebs. Nope. Not simple. Why didn’t the band have a helpfully unique name like “The Grinning Perspectives”? Or “Grunge My Orange”? Or “Palindromic Dromedary”? Or how about “Toby Sanderson and the Quintessentials featuring Grizelda the Wonder Cat”?** They’d be easier to find. (Note to self: Stop moaning, Peter.) I thought the easiest thing to do would be to find them on MySpace. That way, I could listen to their music. Easy. Except it wasn’t easy. At all. I went to MySpace, searched for “The 45s” and was amazed to see 11 bands with that name. Taking a deep breath, I proceeded to listen to all of them. After ploughing through all 11 “The 45s”, the 10th one in the list sounded the most likely contender for a power pop band. It had only one song in its playlist, and this is it:
The 45s – “In Time” (2003 – possibly)
By the way, as a bass player I feel I have to mention something about the bass in that track. The bass player plays a wrong note – a very wrong note – in the same place in every verse of the song. At first I thought it was the singer who was singing the wrong note in his melody, but his note is right (it follows the melodic pattern). I then thought that maybe the bass player’s bass had a string out of tune, like Paul McCartney‘s A string on “Paperback Writer” (when he plays C on the third fret). But no, the bass player’s bass is in tune – it’s just that the player plays the entirely wrong note for that part of the song. Repeatedly. I wouldn’t make such a big deal out of it, but I find those wrong notes so wince-inducing that I had to bring it to your attention. But I like the song.
And I still don’t know if that was The 45s mentioned in Mike’s list.
(*Sorry about the double negative there.)
(**Believe it or not, there is a Japanese rock band with the utterly unsearchable name of “D”. Yep. The letter “D”. I personally think that “D” has the least helpful band name in the entire history of popular music.)