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Single Review : Mike Tyler – Money Grows On Your Knees

April 16, 2013 Competitions, Reviews, Single 9 Comments

By Kenny McMurtrie

April 16, 2013

‘Money Grows On Your Knees’ (which you have the chance to win a copy of) is lifted from Mike Tyler‘s 2012 album Erection. The New York native comes across as a latter day Lou Reed / Jonathan Richman-like character although with statements such as “I believe the sound of popular music is the sound of mutts barking; frictions, and strange conglomerations, mistaken identifications, and odd-ball pairings. Not Yin and Yang but Wham and Bam!”, there’s clearly a different level of eccentricity involved.

The A-side here is as sleazily delivered as you’d expect from the title. There’s a distinct leer in Tyler’s vocals, like that of a 19th century monocle and topper wearing pimp. It’s pop of decent quality in the vein that Jona Lewie used to mine, a song with just enough of a tale woven through it for you to make up your own ending. ‘Corny Song’, the B-side, came about after Tyler played a show in London where decor & the other elements of the venue met the subject matter of Erection head-on to achieve near parody. It’s pretty short but upbeat little number.

The packaging of the single  is rather special – a green vinyl 7″, a cd version and a jigsaw puzzle from The Art Cannot Be Damaged, the publishing interest Tyler is involved with. To win a copy you’ll need to tweet @musosguide the answer to the following question -  Which words of Mike Tyler’s were sprayed outside Paddington Station by Bansky?. Make sure to include the hashtags #miketylercomp and #musosguide in your tweet.Closing date for the contest is April 21st after which time we’ll select a winner and Prescription PR will post out the prize. Needless to say this is not open to anyone writing for us or Unsigned Bands Online.

Erection is available from amazon and iTunes.

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