Review of VAMPIRE RACECOURSE Single by The Sleepy Jackson

The Sleepy Jackson: VAMPIRE RACECOURSE
Virgin records: Released 07/07/2003
THE SLEEPY JACKSON

VAMPIRE RACECOURSE

Virgin record

Released 07/07/2003

The problem with being a diverse band with an eclectic range of music spanning the rock, country and pop genres is that it is difficult to give listeners a true impression of your band with a mere single or even an album. Therefore, people who judge the sincere antipodeans: The Sleepy Jackson merely on the offering of this single or their previously released mini single, are like the people who see Tony Blair kissing a baby and think “Now there's a nice and trustworthy man.”

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‘Vampire Racecourse’ does encapsulate the eclectic spirit of the band with a nippy pop Joy Division style opening riff. The tune the channel into a darker garage rock style number, with front man Luke Steele doing his Dolfe de Datsun crossed with The Hellacopters impression on vocals. There is also a hint of ELO running through this number, although not as much as in other The Sleepy Jackson numbers. The Perth lads throw down the gauntlet to other more hyped countrymen like JET and The Vines who lack their variety. The lyrics add dark and sinister twist to this impressive single grasping the nettle of the topic of loneliness and feeding it to the cows:

“Your family's got one foot in the graveyard, You're DEAD alone, You're DEAD alone, “

What is great about this band being so good is that very soon people will be able to utter the word Jackson without cringing.

David Adair

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