Single Review: The Bermondsey Joyriders – “Brian Jones (The Real True Leader of the Rolling Stones) / Johnny Thunders Was A Human Being”
After the spectacular curveball that was 2012’s post-apocalyptic concept album Noise and Revolution, you’d be hard pressed to guess at what might come next from London’s blues punk chameleons The Bermondsey Joyriders… an East End operetta in F sharp minor perhaps? The Old Kent Road on the Moon? Something with a car on the front?
As it happens, this double-A side single doesn’t give too many clues as to the direction of the third album, but rather stands alone as Lammin & Co’s tribute to two of rock’s great tragic heroes, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, and Johnny Thunders of The New York Dolls / Heartbreakers. Both legends of their time, both leading troubled lives and both dying before their time in very suspicious circumstances.
The band pay homage here in their own inimitable style, peppering each track with the style of, and references to, their heroes in a kind of musical wordplay, whilst at all times sounding nothing less than 100% Joyriders. Brian Jones for instance, is all Stones in structures, swagger and effects, but the vocal, lyrics and guitar work are so undeniably their own, fusing to create a seamless blend of influence and homage without compromising the band’s individual sound.
Congratulations The Bermondsey Joyriders, you just invented the punk rock concept single – only you could attempt this and make it sound so good. We await the third album Flamboyant Thugs, due in May, with interest. What will they come up with next?