Red Letter Day

Stop the World

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This Portsmouth, England classic-style punk quartet return from a long absence (since 1990's "Last Night" 7") with an incredibly hard-to-find, limited-edition (only 333 copies! Why bother?!?) German import single of lesser note. Whereas "Last Night" simmered confidently with (then) new guitarist Davy's innovative lead guitar work, the results here are a little more ordinary, if still quite good. The riff, the sound, the song; everything is OK in an old (if well-loved and well-worn) style, but no more. Singer Ade still sings with guts and working class spit, but he needs more help from his mates. This single, though, they have a better choice of covers; last time around they trotted out the Vibrators' leader Knox to help with "Street Heat," and on this B-side the group works up a sweaty, dirty version of "Limo Life," from the long forgotten Charlie Harper's Urban Dogs' 1983 self-titled LP, with the U.K. Subs frontman himself along to help out. Now that's style.