Single Review: Jonny Cola & The A-Grades – “Blow Up / Rubber Band”
It’s been a while since we’ve heard something new from Jonny Cola & The A-Grades, and strictly speaking, this AA single isn’t entirely a new release, first track Blow Up originally featuring on last year’s Spitfire album. But then, there have been marriages and babies in the A Grades camp since then, so I suppose you can excuse them for being a little distracted of late.
Blow Up is arguably one of the sleaziest cuts off the last album, a title for which there is stiff competition (fnar fnar). It’s about blowjobs, it’s about as subtle as shoving a leopard print brick down your pants, and it’s brilliant. But this being the A-Grades, there’s more to it than just cock-out glitter stomp, lurching as it does between glam party rock and soaring sensitive ballad-esque melodies between verse and chorus.
New to this release is the second A side Rubber Band, which has been going down well for a while in the live set, a breathless stuttering few minutes of nervous energy. Moving on slightly from the classic 70s glam of Blow Up, this one has more of a more Buzzcocks kind of vibe, a little punkier but full of melody.
Any vinyl fetishists out there will be pleased to hear that this is released on AA side white vinyl on Glunk Records, for the rest of us I think its download only, but either way, it’s good to see the A Grades still putting out new material of this high standard.