Tuesday, 8 April 2008

S7: Various Artists - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (Deadly Avengers Takes the Mick Remix)

"If I could stick my pen in my heart…"

Every once in a while, there is a record released to mark an occasion or to raise money for a charity. Very quickly one learns that just because this is the case, the record does not have to be a good one. Bought back in the day when I used to purchase any single with some novelty value, this is probably the one that put an end to that trend. I am not sure whether it is because this record was trying too hard to be Perfect Day II or whether it was just for the painful shamelessness of the two artists in the record who feel the need to point out within the performance that they are in it - those being Spice Girls and S Club 7 - but something just doesn't sit right with this record.

It is hard to be critical of a record that does good for charity, but this record leaves me feeling sour and wishing Jagger and Richards - both present - could have just given the money to the charity themselves and let this one lie. Normally the gathering together of so many big names should be a fact worth celebrating. Not in this instance, unfortunately.

The single was released across two discs (packed full of remixes, mainly). This Deadly Avengers one has the positive aspect of being short - the shortest of all the tracks, being that rare thing of a remix that is shorter than the original track - but on the more negative side of things it does make strongest use of some of the worst (I would go so far as to say irritating) elements of the source material.

Below you can see the video for the original single version. I believe, but having put the single in storage cannot actually check, that an extended version was available on a data track on the second disc. To see the full list of those involved/responsible, click on the video to be taken to the YouTube page that carries it:

The Children's Promise website

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