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Love song

Some bands hit you immediately between the eyes; others cuddle up beside you. Ace Bushy Striptease did neither. In fact they did their best to stoke my disinterest, until the release of their 2012 LP, Outside It’s Cold Just Like the Inside of Your Body And.

“And what?” you might ask — a fair question to which I don’t have an answer.

The band are a five piece from Birmingham who play short DIY pop-punk songs and eschew repetition. And this is one of their songs. And it’s very good. And the title of this blog post is taken from the lyric.

Ace Bushy Striptease :: Not if it’s to a Love Song

And this is not a love song. Released in 1983 in response to criticisms that the band had become too commercial, it was, ironically, PiL’s biggest and only top ten hit in the UK. Frankly it came as a relief to know that PiL founder and singer John Lydon still had an ear for a good tune, having released two of the most “difficult” LPs I’ve ever heard: Metal Box and Flowers of Romance. Take difficult for the polite euphemism I meant it to be.

PiL :: This is not a Love Song

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And any civilised society would decree that the playing of any song covered by Nouvelle Vague should immediately be followed by the respective cover.

Nouvelle Vague :: This is not a Love Song

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And this isn’t a love s0ng either, but it is a lot of fun. From From Burning Hell to Smile and Laughter, the 2010 LP by Billie the Vision and the Dancers, of whom more will be heard. In the meantime.

Billie the Vision and the Dancers :: Oh Baby, Yeah Honey

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This, on the other hand, is most definitely a love song.

The Damned :: Love Song

Photo: so sick of love songs by Ella/cicatrix; some rights reserved

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Twitter: Ace Bushy Striptease; PiL; Nouvelle Vague; Billie the Vision and the Dancers

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