Have 'Em In The Chorus - Geoff Leppard

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Have 'Em In The Chorus - Geoff Leppard

Genre: Rock - Release Year: 2010

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published 24/06/2011 | Soho_Black
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Pro A couple of well performed songs, with money going to charity
Cons Only the two song and may be a one off
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Have 'Em In The Chorus - Geoff Leppard

Have 'Em In The Chorus - Geoff Leppard

When I was younger, I always dreamed of being some kind of rock star and owning a really nice sports car with all the money I made. As I got older, I realised this wasn’t about to happen, so I put that dream aside. But some manage to keep it alive and that is the idea behind Geoff Leppard – 5 members of SELOC – the South East Lotus Owners Club – who are also decent musicians.

From humble origins in a field in Norfolk, Geoff Leppard was created, largely thanks to “a drunken conversation and a need to be stupid”. The name, as with much about them, suggests that their aims were always likely to be achieved. But the band are dedicated and it wasn’t long before the clamour began for a show and from there, the idea of a charity single was never far away. The result is “Have ‘Em in the Chorus”, a two song single in support of the Alzheimer’s Society and available from iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/have-em-in-the-chorus-single/id441152165

Appropriately enough for a band formed from Lotus enthusiasts, the first song is a cover of the Gary Numan classic “Cars”. It’s a great song, with a driving beat and the liberal use of the synthesiser that defined 80s music, but with a much darker feel than much of the decade had. It’s an instantly recognisable song and the version here is certainly well up with the original, at least musically. Wispy and Azlan would be the first to admit their vocals might not be as good as Gary Numan’s, but the Geoff Leppard version is perfectly true to the original and if you ever enjoyed that version, you’ll certainly like this one.

The last thing you expect a cover of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” to start with is a scream, but that’s exactly how Geoff Leppard do it. It’s a fairly standard opening to this cover of a very folk based pop song, until the first chorus comes in and Geoff Leppard give the song a well overdue rock twist that makes you think Comic Relief missed a trick when they covered it. It works so well, as the song always had a decent beat for rock music that you wonder why no-one’s done a rockier version of it before. Suddenly, what was once a slightly twee and swiftly annoying song has become listenable.

Although it doesn’t come as part of the single, it’s also well worth checking out the video for “Cars” on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXLoFBjv1bs. The video sums up the aims of the band perfectly, being set in Wispy’s Lotus and being an awful lot of fun to watch. There’s one bit part way through that is dangerous to watch if you’re drinking anything and has quite possibly increased keyboard sales. In the first four days of being uploaded, it’s average nearly 700 views per day, which is testament to its enjoyment value and it also shows that Wispy’s also pretty good at his day job as a film special effects editor.

Now, I must confess that I’m not exactly impartial when it comes to Geoff Leppard. I’ve known lead singer Wispy for the best part of 15 years and, having had a grandparent with the disease, I’m fully in support of any charity single that supports the Alzheimer’s Society. Be that as it may, however, what you get for your £1.58 is 8 minutes of music that presents a classic song very well and makes an annoying 80s hit sound half decent. Plus, you get that warm fuzzy feeling from knowing you’ve supported a very worthwhile charity, all for just £1.58. Bargain!

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  • LadyValkyrie published 02/11/2011
    I would like this!
  • carcraig published 17/07/2011
    " slightly twee and swiftly annoying"!!!!!!!!!!! - how dare you!!!!!!
  • tallulahbang published 07/07/2011
    You nearly got an OT for describing one of my favourite songs ever as 'slightly twee and swiftly annoying'. xx
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Genre: Rock - Release Year: 2010

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Release Year: 2010


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