"There's Something About Mary" is the eleventh giddy single by The Hit Parade. It's released on 2nd May 2011 on 7" vinyl and follows hot on the heels of last year's bouncing 'I Like Bubblegum' cut, which was voted one of the best singles of 2010 by the well qualified people at Drowned In Sound. Reassuringly 'There's Something About Mary' is nothing to do with the 1998 Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz film of the same name. It's a song about a cat called Mary. Like many of the other singles by The Hit Parade it's a three minutes of harmony pop and strumming 60s guitars, and is available on 7" vinyl with a brightly coloured sleeve photographed by ace British photographer Martin Parr. On the b-side is a song called 'The Boy Who Loves Brighter', which is a tribute to the 1989 Sarah Records indie band Brighter who were famous for being melancholy and playing all their songs in the key of D. The Hit Parade is the non-du-guerre of Julian Henry, tireless pop enthusiast and writer of stuff about obscure bits of England. This single was recorded with Saint Etienne producer Ian Catt. The profits from the sales of the single are being donated to the Fisherman's Mission in in Newlyn in Cornwall
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