The Smittens Dancing Shoes: The Smittens Remixed Oddbox Records
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Ged M - Aug 8, 2010
Dancing Shoes: The Smittens Remixed
I have to confess at the outset that I'm not a fan of the Smittens (though I possess a very good Colin Clary solo record). Whenever I've seen them live I've been left with the same feeling as after a house call from Mormon missionaries, a memory of beaming smiles and the unshakeable certainty of the saved. But, however allergic I am to an overdose of sugar in my pop, it's impossible to dislike the Smittens - and there’s little to dislike here either. The quality of the mixing is a bit uneven, and the lyrics seem to be about existential crises averted by dancing or the wish to avoid having sex, but this doesn’t really matter. There’s a fondness for the Postal Service and various synthesised dance beats on the part of most of the remixers but hats off to “Nixon” (Roger Gunnarson) who produces the brilliant “Stock Aitken Waterman” version of ‘Sapphire’ and ends up with the Smittens sounding like Rick Astley with a hint of Mel & Kim. For that jawdropping moment of shock pop alone, I have to say I’m more favourably disposed to the Smittens than ever before.