Pete Greenwood - 'The 88'

by Pete Greenwood

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    SIDE A - 'The 88 SIDE B - 'Born To Lose'
    In a change from the legendary finger-style that brought Pete such high critical acclaim in the second half of the 00s, this later recording sets his sweet, chain-smoked vocal against an echoing backdrop of crackled guitars and thick bass. Such a fantastically dark edge to side A can be a credited to producer Stephen Cracknell (The Memory Band).
    As the unwavering beat drags you through a poisonous depiction of a morally bereft adversary, a one-time breakthrough who rode his luck when the gig was easy (“...you cheat n you lie n yer seem to hate everyone/and never a good turn done…”), Pete then turns the camera on himself to mirror his antagonist with resentments of failure and the betrayal of excess (“….the night might suck you in/to spit you out at dawn again….”). On this score, Pete’s pen has never been sharper and, as the closing flutter and wobble of side A drops you off somewhere between the West Coast and Camden North, you can’t help but feel he may have stuck a word or two about you yourself in there somewhere. I wouldn’t put it past him.
    The enemy to side B’s ‘Born to lose’ is easier to place. Back on the acoustic and with the fingers doing the picking, Greenwood lists the shortcomings of an all too familiar delusional try-hard (“…you take a bow like The Beatles did to the hands that clap/babe they’re just glad it’s over…..”). As funny as it is cruel, the flip side reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously, lest we lose touch amid the pretentious boroughs of the capital. The subtle arrangement is handled this time by producer Mike Birtill. Recorded in his home town of Leeds, ‘The 88 w/Born to lose’ sounds at times more like a tactical retreat as opposed to a second coming. Be warned though, this single only goes to prove his aim is just as deadly with the riffle as it ever was with the knife!

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In a change from the legendary finger-style that brought Pete such high critical acclaim in the second half of the 00s, this later recording sets his sweet, chain-smoked vocal against an echoing backdrop of crackled guitars and thick bass. Such a fantastically dark edge to side A can be a credited to producer Stephen Cracknell (The Memory Band).
As the unwavering beat drags you through a poisonous depiction of a morally bereft adversary, a one-time breakthrough who rode his luck when the gig was easy (“...you cheat n you lie n yer seem to hate everyone/and never a good turn done…”), Pete then turns the camera on himself to mirror his antagonist with resentments of failure and the betrayal of excess (“….the night might suck you in/to spit you out at dawn again….”). On this score, Pete’s pen has never been sharper and, as the closing flutter and wobble of side A drops you off somewhere between the West Coast and Camden North, you can’t help but feel he may have stuck a word or two about you yourself in there somewhere. I wouldn’t put it past him.

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released March 29, 2014

Pete Greenwood - vocal, guitar, bass
Tom Page - drums
Stephen Cracknell - producer

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