The Aeroplanes (2)
The Aeroplanes (2)
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Michael Rudolph
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Carl Becker
Keyboards, Guitar – Robert Muirhead
Foghorn - James Whyle
The Aeroplanes were never going to set the world alight. Their style of music was not commercial enough. But hey, that's usually the best kind of music. This is great Indie music from the 80's. The tunes are understated and simplistic, the production is minimal, the singer is sometimes a little off key, yet this collection of raw pop rock tunes has an airyness about it and a seriousness about it to make you feel good and melancholic, happy and sad, politically aware and totally carefree.
There is the serious, almost vitriolic "National Madness" which featured on the "Forces Favourites" End Conscription Campaign compilation and then the lighter, bittersweet "Hat Check Girl". In amongst this is the Rawhide-esque "Cowboys Don't Cry" which is a hilarious take on the macho deep voiced country singers, expoiting every cowboy cliche, including the cry "beans and coffee made America great!"
Every song has a great tune. Simple yet effective (remember a lot of the Beatles material only used 3 chords), you will be singing along by the time the second chorus comes along despite never hearing the song before.
The political issues dealt with encompass the local apartheid problems but weaves in the global issue in the 80's of the nuclear threat. This is dealt with in the song "Sally" which starts with the lyric "Sally, don't worry, the bomb will never get to us here" and then goes on to to talk about the dangers "creep creep a-creeping so near".
Raw, simplistic, funny, serious, tuneful, biting, bittersweet are a few adjectives one can use to describe this, but be warned, some of the political charged lyrics are not for the fainthearted.
(John Samson - SA Rock Digest #88 December 2000)