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Monday's Pick

  • Song: "You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve"
  • Artist: Johnny Boy
  • CD: “You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve” (Single & MP3)
  • Genre: Pop-Rock

As great as albums are, there's something special about a single, especially if it's a band's only output. When there are only one or two songs to choose from, it creates a bit of mystery and excitement: A single teases more material to come, and it changes a song's context entirely.

Johnny Boy favors long song titles and infectious choruses. Paul Banks hide caption

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Johnny Boy favors long song titles and infectious choruses.

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The London duo Johnny Boy returns to this great tradition with "You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve," a single that's as catchy as its title is long. With a sound rooted in '60s girl-group anthems, it's an underground pop masterpiece: Sly and timeless, it works on multiple levels.

Incorporating a wall of sound worthy of Phil Spector — complete with intense strings and crashing cymbals — Johnny Boy converts its wordy and unmistakable message into a chorus that's never as unwieldy as it should be. The title is rumored to refer to TV's Sex and the City, but that just adds to the mystery. Luckily, the B-side is terrific, too.

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Album
You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
Artist
Johnny Boy
Label
Vertigo
Released
2004

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