So often labels release a series of singles as compilations
just to squeeze another dime out of us folk who feel the need
to have a "complete catalog." This may be the case with This
Is Cinerama, but Cinerama isn't such a big name that local
retailers feel the need to stock every single that's released.
I'd actually been searching high and low for a copy of Cinerama's
"Manhattan" single because it featured a cover of The Smith's
"London" on the b-side, but I had no luck. In fact, I have
yet to find a store stocking any of the 4 singles that make
up This Is Cinerama.
Any owner of Cinerama's debut, 'Va Va Voom', will recognize
a few tracks on This Is Cinerama. These tracks, "Kerry
Kerry," "Love" and "Au Pair," as well as track 6, "Dance,
Girl, Dance," and track 14, "Ears," were all sprinkled throughout
the debut. With the exception of "Ears" which was remixed
for the Harpsichord 2000 compilation, these are the
exact same tracks you've heard before. It would be easy to
feel cheated here; purchasing songs that you've already doled
out money for, but This Is… makes you feel better about
your purchase as you launch into the b-sides.
The first b-side we come across is "7X," a jangly pop song
with an upbeat tempo. It's hard to compare any of these songs
against Cinerama frontman David Gedge's other project, The
Wedding Present, as they have a much different feel. Sure,
Gedge's love of obscured pop music is still ever apparent,
but Cinerama provides a much more traditional (and therefor
comfortable) sound. The musical theory of making songs for
a James Bond film that Gedge prides Cinerama's sound on isn't
very apparent until the instrumental "Model Spy." Filled with
wah-wah guitar, harpsichord and female vocal harmonies, the
song transports you to bed on a yacht with mirrors on the
ceiling. He definitely hits the mark with this tune.
Upon hearing the aforementioned cover of "London," Cinerama
delivers nothing less than a reworked masterpiece. After the
heavy orchestration of "Crusoe," and jangly rhythm’s of "Film,"
it would've been a heartbreaker to hear the feedback and heavy
beats of the original "London." Cinerama takes this piece
of punk (because even though it was The Smith's, "London"
was a punk song), and brings it down to a much slower gear
and adds bitter-sweet guitar lines.
Again, this may be just a ploy for fans to purchase anything
with the Cinerama name on it, but it actually serves much
better as a stop-gap, to fill in the holes your Cinerama catalog
may be suffering from. And for people new to Cinerama, it's
just the bait to get them hooked.
- Kerry Kerry
- Au Pair
- Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- Dance, Girl, Dance
- Model Spy
- King's Cross
- Ears (Valvola remix)