I meant to do a round up of my favourite releases of 2014 at the end last year but it didn’t happen. This year I’m getting in early and helpfully the Best Single of 2015 has already arrived, with the added bonus that it’s annoyed Bono.
Yes, Paranoid Visions have released a new double A-side 7″. The AA-side, It’s A Bloody Road To Freedom, is the standout track as far as I’m concerned with Deko venting his fury as usual, this time at the recent history of sectarian politics in Northern Ireland. Not a band who shy away from big subjects!
The A-side Tough Love throws a curve ball by being a pop song, with backing vocalist Aoife taking lead vocals. The lyrics on the other hand are a harrowing story of domestic violence, that sound as if they are targeted at a real perpetrator (“Don’t show your face in public anymore…”)
The single has managed to cause a minor stink and reignited the feud with PV’s old enemies U2. A few weeks ago a fan of the PV posted U2’s latest video on youtube with Bloody Road To Freedom over the top. The youtube copyright police had the video removed which played nicely into PV’s hands. A war of words followed with PV accusing U2 of censorship , and U2 calling PV “brats” and the spat even being reported in UK tabloids . U2 fans have accused PV of “getting free publicity at U2’s expense”. You don’t say! PV have merrily carried on milking the publicity for all it’s worth, while U2 have got back to falling off stages or whatever it is they do these days, and generally turning into Spinal Tap .
Paranoid Visions’ new album is due out next month so expect an announcement of Best Album of the Year shortly afterwards, after which I’ll get on with write up on the best releases of 2014. Bang up to date as usual.