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The ShortListen: The 1975 (no. 176)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? The 1975

What’s the story? Manchester 4-piece The 1975 are in the rather strange position of being a huge band that lots of people have never heard of, massively successful without ever really having had a hit single. Enormous with teenagers, selling out venues across the world, yet somewhat dismissed by a lot of the 'serious' press (not really an issue in these social media times), their second album (with the none-more-emo title of I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It) is a huge chance for them to break out into the wider consciousness. This first track, Love Me, should, at the very least, immediately grab the attention of forty-somethings everywhere, sounding like Peter Gabriel's Big Time meets David Bowie's Fame, with a large dollop of INXS thrown in for good measure. Frankly, it's a little mad, but it doesn't sound like anything else out there right now and is a move on from their first album. A highly intriguing first taste of their new direction.

For fans of: Peter Gabriel, INXS, David Bowie

In three words: Funky 80s Throwback

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist

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Dave Fawbert

ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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