Thee LonelySingle / Track Review

Thee Lonely Hearts: Treat Me Like You Just Don’t Care / Somebody Like You  (Shambotic)

Various members of Thee Lonely Hearts have been in The Mild Mannered Janitors, Thee Passion Killers, The Phantom and The Missfits over the years. Sibling-band to the Milton Underground Resistance, musically they’ve been compared to Teenage Fanclub, Hoodoo Gurus, and ‘early Fabs’, – and they’ve melted even Ged Babeys cold, cold heart.

I don’t know what’s the matter with me lately. Maybe I am finally growing-out of punk rock! I never used to like songs like THIS!  Or if I did, I’d keep it quiet.

Soppy, Sixties-sounding ‘my-baby don’t-love-me-no-more’ slop. Harmonies and high-notes. Classic chord-changes and tasteful solos.

Treat Me Like You Just Don’t Care is just…. perfect. Catchy, immediate, familiar-sounding… The feelgood song of the spring… A touch of Teenage Fanclub, but more the Hollies than the Beatles as far as i can tell.

Self-described on their Facebook as ‘Sad Terrible Music for the Lost Lonely & Unclean’, they are in fact the opposite: Joyful, Beautiful Music for Lovers .  The single is a Double A-side with the equally affecting Somebody Like You.

All it needs is to get used in an advert or in a TV series and this could be a proper old-fashioned bona fide Hit Single instead of the best kept secret pop song from an imaginary Sixties.

Buy or listen to from choice of platforms

Live dates….

Thee Lonely Hearts: Treat Me Like You Just Don’t Care  – track review

All words Ged Babey




Previous articleDef Robot: All Past No Future – album review
Next articleLISTEN! Freya Beer new single – it’s a classic
Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here