Wednesday, 19 August 2009

1987 Bee Gees: You Win Again

Right, well the first reaction when this starts up is 'Blimey, doesn't sound much like the Bee Gees does it'? And sure enough, on blind test you'd probably peg the psuedo industrial electronic metal on metal clang as something by Depeche Mode or OMD. But the cat's soon free of the bag when the vocals chime in; there's no mistaking those harmonies, even if they are in fighting talk mode:

"I'm gonna hit you from all sides

Lay your fortress open wide
Nobody stops this body from taking you"


Blimey again, and for a time the sheer novelty of the Gibb boys getting all Nine Inch Nails on us is enough to maintain interest and carry the song. But not for long - the repetition soon wears with the realisation that, having set their machines running, they have no discernable place to run them to so they end up running themselves into the ground through producing the same metallic thump from beginning to end, like an unmanned static industrial press going about its business. No matter that the underlying song is an ABBA-esque pop tune with anthemic aspirations, they are never given room to grow due to the pummelling overriding beat battering them into silence


'You Win Again' is something different and unexpected from the band, so kudos for that. But the unexpected soon becomes the familiar, a one trick pony that, like Aesop's fable of the sun and the wind, tries to ingriate itself by force when a little sunlight and warmth would have done wonders to break up the chill.


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