March 29, 2007

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The View, Hats Off to the Buskers
Columbia Records, 2007

Yikes, what a mess. Not that anyone couldn’t guess after the first four songs, The View are a gone-original cover band from Dundee, Scotland, where set lists have to pacify footballers, yuppies and weekend-warrior punks alike. Copy bands thinking about making such a transition could learn a lot from this botched game of Genre Twister, as it’s essentially their set list in total-ripoff form. Aside from acknowledging the eyebrow-raising presence of Oasis/Verve producer Owen Morris at this shaky helm, a tick-tock should suffice for our purposes: “Comin Down” starts with some Jet-like bluster, then becomes Robin Trower in a Spencer Davis mood; “Superstar Tradesman” is Paul McCartney fronting the Ramones; “Same Jeans” is Glengarry Bhoys beating the lunch money out of John Cougar; “Don’t Tell Ma” is embarrassingly obvious Oasis filler (there’s even a cough at one otherwise quiet interval, for cripes sake); “Skag Trendy” is a popgun fired at PIL. No no, seriously. C- Eric W. Saeger