07.15.13 — “The Broadwalk” by Lizzie and the Yes Men

Lizzie and the Yes Men

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “The Broadwalk” by Lizzie and the Yes Men (2011, from the “The Broadwalk” single).

Lizzie and the Yes Men is a surf-pop/punk band from East London. They describe themselves as “Tarantino surf pop” and cite their influences as The Beach Boys, Best Coast, The Ronettes, and Dum Dum Girls. It’s that laundry list of influences that grabbed my attention.

Lizzie and the Yes Men released their first single “The Broadwalk” in 2011 and achieved some success in the UK with that. Last month, the single was re-released by 100m Records. The band also just released a video for an upcoming single “Unstoppable” in advance of their forthcoming 2014 debut album. I got something in the mailbag about “Unstoppable”, but when I started digging around, I found tonight’s song to be too good to pass up.

The song and the video for “Unstoppable” are great, but I have something else in mind tonight.

Tonight’s song is crazily infectious, surf-y and summery.

“The Broadwalk” by Lizzie and the Yes Men

I haven’t heard a more incredible use of whistling in a song since that Peter, Bjorn and John song a few years ago, or the chorus of “Crash Years” by The New Pornographers. That bit alone would make this song get mercilessly stuck in your head. As it turns out, it’s also a really fun summery song.

Lizzie Holdforth, with her short blonde hair and thin build, is described in almost every review I’ve seen as “Twiggy-esque”. That reference to an English fashion model from the 1960s is probably lost on most people on this side of the Atlantic, but the thing that immediately popped into my mind when I saw her picture is that she looks like a Sound of Music-era Julie Andrews. And sounds more like Deborah Harry.

As a bit of extra credit, here’s the totally fun and fairly elaborately choreographed video for the song:

In that video, I’m especially fond of the way the guys pop out from behind her at 2:41. Surprising, indeed.

I dare you to get this song out of your head.

You can download a digital copy of “The Broadwalk” b/w “Deserts” single from amazon here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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