The Spitfires - A Thousand Times album review

The Watford mod-wannabes aren't so much meat’n’potatoes as cabbage boiled to death

The Spitfires A Thousand Times album cover

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Whatever happened to Mod? With its embrace of soul, jazz and R&B, and a cosmopolitan view of both fashion and the world, this was once the most forward-looking of youth cults. Sadly, as exemplified by this, the second album by Watford quartet The Spitfires, the movement has backed itself into a cul-de-sac of conservatism, convention and parochialism.

One would’ve hoped that the impending demise of The Enemy – themselves an ersatz version of The Jam – would’ve closed the door on such a moribund take on the genre but alas the refried Britpop of the likes of A Better Life and The Suburbs (We Can’t Complain) show that ham-fisted social observation is still with us.

To truly grasp the unimaginative and dreary fare on offer here, simply picture a desert boot stamping on a human face forever, or a backfiring Lambretta spluttering to a stop. If only this lot would.

The Spitfires: Response

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Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.