Singles of the year: #53

53. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Concretes

A single which I always link with The Delays Long Time Coming (#58 below), because a) they’re both neatly turned little pieces of traditionally styled pop/rock, b) I discovered both of them via cover-mounted CDs on the front of Word magazine, and c) I know – and need to know – absolutely nothing about either act. (Except that The Concretes are Swedish, and The Delays aren’t.)

However, You Can’t Hurry Love edges ahead of Long Time Coming because of its Jesus & Mary Chain/Creation Records woozy fuzz, and the garage punk Farfisa organ sound, and the way that the tambourines and the handclaps work together just so, and the surging brass, and the overall sense of exultant looseness.

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