Hey! Hello! album review: Hey! Hello! Too!

Round two for Ginger Wildheart’s pop alter ego.

Hey! Hello Too!

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They may have the same approach to singers that Spinal Tap had to drummers, but this latest, multi-fronted incarnation of Ginger Wildheart’s pop side project is a glorious riot of colour and noise. The Wildhearts never shied away from their bubblegum roots, but Hey! Hello! embrace their slick, glam roots with the same zeal as a chubby kid going after candy floss.

The album is so good that you forget they’re switching between singers as it goes through the gears. Especially good is the female vocal on the ringing This Ain’t Love, but the songs are so excellent whoever’s got hold of the mic (Glass Of Champagne, Loud And Fucking Clear) that you can even forgive them for lifting the opening to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl for Can’t Stand You (Hurting Me).

Q&A: Ginger Wildheart

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.