Raging through the European calypso-folk-underground, Herman Dune has been making cheerful singalong songs since the 1990s. After changing his name to Stanley Brinks, his music has become less organized and even more endearing. Wakefield, taken from his new album My Ass, and b-side Dolores, will leave you with a wide grin.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 September 2015
Brinks and pals have released two singles this week. 'Berlin' and 'Wakefield'. Weirdly I've been to Berlin but not to Wakefield. As I'm the only person on the entire planet to not like Berlin I've chosen Wakefield as the single to review. It's a perky little thing with the most depressing of depressing opening lines. "It rained all day in Leeds". Of course it did. It always does. Anyway from there the singer went on to Wakefield and presumably got (what we used to call pre-correctness) his end away. If this encounter was even half as awkward as the way the words have been shoehorned into the tune then it wouldn't be one to be remembered.
Over on the B is the sort of track which live would go down a treat with it's "Everybody in the Room" chorus. As Jonathan Richman as it's possible to get without actually being Jonathan Richman.
The sleeve is lovely. You'd want that on your wall, especially if you like Wakefield.
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