Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Maureen (Fire Records)

There’s a lovely satisfying no nonsense thrum and crack about this single from the Melbourne band’s third album.

In particular you would be inclined to locate it around the 3rd and 4th Velvet Underground albums. That is to say, observational story songs semi-spoken by Craig Dermody and built around one-directional guitar strumming and a matter of factly pounded snare drum. (Is Maureen a reference to Mo Tucker you’d wonder?)

That and the very rock n roll chorus - “Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Whup Maureen”

There is a guitar solo of sorts later on which is pretty together by VU standards but by that stage you don’t tend to care, what with the manic head bopping and leg stamping.

All round most excellent.

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