#Top40Songs2012 by Sam Skilton
Ever since the success of ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’, The Enemy have had something extra to prove. At the end of 2008 they had reached the dizzying heights of a number one album, swiftly followed by six consecutive nights at the London Astoria and two sell-out stadium shows at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. But they craved more. Their follow up effort ‘Music for the People’ always had the best of intentions, but became something of a PR disaster when critics highlighted noteworthy similarities to the likes of Pulp and The Clash. The sound was gigantic, and edged towards stadium anthems. But – and it’s sad that this is the case nowadays – it was overly political for a dumbed-down mainstream market. Basically it contributed to its own downfall. So, Tom Clarke and the lads returned in 2012 to have another go, the frontman claiming: “We used to sing about how shit life was, now we just want to party”. ‘Saturday’ recaptures what The Enemy were originally all about, its lyrics highlighting the lows of a modern working class society (“Burnt out bins behind the station/Vandals lack imagination round here”) but offering optimism at the same time (“If you’ve seen the light/Then be who you want to”). Plus, and this always helps, it’s a belter of a tune.
Released: 05 April 2012
Label: Cooking Vinyl
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