June 20, 2012

YouTube Rodeo: Boz Boorer's Brilliant "'Slippery Forces"

The undeniably big news this week that pop genius Morrissey will tour the United States this fall (kicking off with a Boston date October 5 at the Wang) has overshadowed the fact that the famous Mancunian's musical director and guitarist Boz Boorer recently issued a cracking single of his own titled "Slippery Forces." The tune is taken from the forthcoming, 12-song solo set Some Of The Parts, which is due out Aug. 31 on Austrian label Fabrique Records. "Slippery Forces" was recorded in Mr. Boorer's own Portugese studio, and it is a graceful, mid-tempo strummer with terrifically precise lyrics that owes a greater debt to The Beatles than Boorer's own notable rockabilly roots. Boorer is a former member of The Polecats (and one-time "The Price Is Right" audience member) and has been with the Morrissey since 1991's Kill Uncle tour. He has three prior solo sets to his credit: 2001's Between The Polecats, 2003's My Wild Life and 2008's Miss Pearl, according to Wikipedia. The clever video for "Slippery Forces" embedded above features Boorer playing every role. Just like the song itself, the video hearkens back to a classic era -- which, in terms of video, is the first five years of MTV. We think you'll agree the aesthetics of both the song and the video are worth emulating. The "Slippery Forces" single is available now and is packaged with a raft of remixes from Christopher Chaplin, Cid Rim, Lovecat and Konsorten TM.

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