Are You Shitting Us?: The Brits Go Crazy Over “America”

Dec 14th, 2006 // 18 Comments

To make fun of the U.K.’s oft-inexplicable music obsessions is just too easy; after all, this is a region that still embraces the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. And normally we wouldn’t give two farts and a crumpet about Razorlight, a Strokes rip-off for people who think even the Strokes aren’t ripping off the Strokes anymore. But as the Brits continue to hack out their year-end lists, one single keeps popping up: Razorlight’s “America.” It topped the British charts, the U.K. iTunes store, and Q magazine’s reader-voted singles poll–and in the NME, no less a bad-song authority than Brandon Flowers said he wished he’d written it. For those of you who’ve already traded your copy of the most recent ‘Light-rock epic to secondspin.com, here’s a listen:

Razorlight – America [MP3, link expired]

Really? This is the anthem of the year from country that gave us “Common People” and “Live Forever”? We get some of the appeal–if we were 15 and drunk at our first Reading Festival, we’d prolly croon along at the chorus–but this is like seventh-rate Britpop with eighth-grade lyrics: “I light a cigarette/’Cause I can’t get no sleep/There’s nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio/That means that much to me.” Blimeny gee. We need to get Cocker back at the top of the charts there so he can break some kneecaps–in a very droll, stylish way, of course.

  1. Ozzy

    So true. But with a little will.i.am up init, this could have been an American chart topper too.

  2. Nicolars

    If I hadn’t seen the picture, I would have guessed this was the work of slack-jawed morons — but since I have seen the picture, I know this is the work of slack-jawed morons.

  3. Ned Raggett

    I was going to say. I hope and pray that is their actual ‘best promo shot.’

  4. Slappy McJackass

    What the hell do those lyrics even mean? Mediocrity, thy name is Razorlight.

  5. The Mozfather

    The last guy on the right is totally Fergie, Duchess of York.

    I think the word “song” is too much of a compliment for what Razorlight has produced here.

  6. SirLoin

    That was the aural equivalent of getting a bad handjob while eating generic vanilla ice cream. Pleasant, enjoyable, but instantly forgettable.

  7. GeddyLee

    I’ve heard that if you listen to this song twice, you become impotent.

  8. qyntellspitbull

    This makes me miss Gay Dad.

    If you get that reference, I’m very sorry.

  9. cingmot

    Are you kidding me? This is below even the Inferno-like depth of the British par. Can we start exporting taste as well?

  10. SlimShadenfruede

    You know, I don’t think we’ve ever done a tune about England. Why? Because everyone is on our jocks!

  11. Jupiter8

    I was going to make a crack and use Gomez or Travis as a punchline, but qyntellspitbull came up with something far funnier than I ever could have. Bring back the Cheeky Girls.

  12. MJ

    I know what they’re trying to say with almost half of the lyrics, but then they definitely blow it with stuff about standing up, and needing you tonight, and blahdiblah.

    There’s definitely a close race between these guys and Kaiser Chiefs for the seventh-rate Britpop crown. I really can’t forgive the latter their attempts at new-Blur posturing.

  13. Breliant

    It was co-written by the drummer (The one with least hair?) much to the annoyance of the lead singer (blue t-shirt).

  14. BlimpyMcFlah

    Gay Dad rules! For a little JOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! For a little joyyyy!

    Jarvis did write the Brit anthem of the year, with his song Cunts Are Still Running The World.

    Relevant this year, next year, the year after, and depressingly enough probably for the forseeable future. And that’s what makes an anthem.

  15. BlimpyMcFlah

    Look carefully at that picture:

    The 2 swedish chaps – well balanced, good features…

    The 2 british chaps – someone’s been pissing in the gene pool…

  16. Tiger_Tanaka

    What do you expect? They still wax poetic about the Stone Roses and that boring turd of an album, fer chrissakes. It’s embarrassing.

  17. Johnny-C

    I admit, I kind of liked the song when I first heard it, but the more I listened to it, the more I wanted to punch babies.

  18. tiger22

    This is a really good song, you shoud stop being so closed minded. Razorlight are a talented group.

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