Single / 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.
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All words Ged Babey