My Top 20 Songs of 2011 #16: Colourmusic – ‘Yes!’

Colourmusic are an Oklahoma-based band who have toured with the Flaming Lips and who gave their album title “My ___ Is Pink” (hoo hoo, see what they did there? I wonder what’s pink? Is it a penis? hee hee), you might easily dismiss them as the Flaming Lips’ irritating, sex-obsessed, puerile, leering teenage brothers. However, after a few listens you might rightly get rather excited about Colourmusic.

This is a slice of fuzzy, sleazy psychedelic rock with a distorted priapic riff at its core – and it really is rather sexy. It’s very easy to write music about sex and have people cringing with embarrassment. Just look at Kings of Leon, who write about sex as though it were from the perspective of a 10 year-old boy with a poor grasp of the English language and an erection he doesn’t know what to do with. Colourmusic, however, make genuinely filthy, grinding music that really would make a suitable soundtrack to teenage lust. The chanted lyrics are exactly the right mix of exuberance, eagerness and arrogance: “Gonna feel my love! You’re the love of my life! Gonna give it up! I’m a love machine!”. It’s the sound of ebullient amateur enthusiasm and I found it absolutely irresistible .

Give it sometime and Colourmusic might have you screaming “Yes, please!”

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