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Kosheen Conundrum!

Posted in Blank & Jones,Dance,Kosheen,Music Reviews by M on August 15, 2006

URGH reader Chris gives us the facts you should know!

You realize that “Catch” was originally penned by Kosheen, and not by Blank & Jones.

I did realize that, soon after my original post, thanks to these Perfect Beat reviewers. I was going to follow up with that information, too, until I heard some of the original Kosheen “Catch.”

Because I didn’t like it.

And this isn’t the first time! Years ago, I shrugged my shoulders at Kosheen’s “Hide U”—not bad, a little monotonous, but a decent effort. Then Suzanne Palmer did her own cover of the song, and I approved! But random Amazon.com reviewer thinks I made a big mistake!

Anybody who likes this version has no respect for artists/songwriters. … I know some people prefer Suzanne’s vocals, that’s nice and all, but this is analogous to someone who studies hard in school, writes an exam and the person sitting next to them cheats off them and they get the same mark…it’s ethically wrong.

Wow! I’m one step away from Judgement at Nuremberg!

One of these days I’m going to have to give the entire Kosheen catalog a fresh listen. Because this makes two Kosheen songs I have dissed and dismissed—and then applauded the covers. Siān Evans deserves better!

Have Your Cake and Eat It!

Posted in Blank & Jones,Dance,Music Reviews,Music Videos by M on May 7, 2006

Whoa Ellie!

URGH! headquarters has fallen in love all over again with vocalist Elles De Graaf. You should remember her as the voice of Perpetuous Dreamer’s “The Sound of Goodbye”, a definitively Hall of Fame trance track. The only reason God gave us spines is so they could be chilled by De Graaf’s powerful voice. She’s that good.

And she’s back with a knockout single by Blank & Jones called “Catch”. The song takes full advantage of The Sound of De Graaf, using her voice to convey the intensity of her desire to, as the lyrics go, “catch you if I can!!!”

Yes, every line sung by De Graaf should be followed by three exclamation points.

See it for yourself: Blank & Jones have a teaser video for “Catch” (direct link) on their website.

The song is great, but while De Graaf (we’ll assume the woman in the video is her) runs up and down the stairs getting Jimmy Stewart-type vertigo, B&J just sit in their apartment, listening to “Catch” on headphones. Lame! They aren’t even on turntables; they’re on two iBooks! But it doesn’t hurt the awesome music they’ve created.

Bonus! Here’s the URGH! Guide to the Chorus of “Catch”. Note the subtle differences!

Out of my way I’m running.
I’m gonna catch you if I can.
Out of my way I’m coming.
I’m gonna catch you if I can.
Out of my way I’m running.
I’m gonna catch you if I can.
Out of my way stop running.
I’m gonna catch you!