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Molly Trampoline – Three Bored White Guys

We Been Robbed (EP) – Three Bored White Guys

We Been Robbed (EP) – Three Bored White Guys

I met up with a friend just after having bought the Three Bored White Guys’ EP, ‘We Been Robbed’ and as we were sitting having coffee, I showed him my recent music puschases. He turned the CD case over and on seeing the picture on the back he asked me why, if they were called Three Bored White Guys, were there five white guys in the picture. I replied that two of them weren’t bored.

One of the guys on the cover (not sure if he was a bored on or not) was Greg Donnelly who was also a Dolly Rocker and this is what attracted me to the CD. I was not disappointed, especially as ‘Molly Trampoline’ came on. It’s a neat little rocker, nicely paced, guitar driven, slightly countryfied with a somewhat yowl-y vocal that recalls some of the Dolly Rockers stuff. The rhythm is a mix of train on a track and a galloping horse which gives the song it’s country flavour while not being a country song. It’s a bit like Valiant Swart’s ‘Die Mystic Boer’ which has that country blues sound.

If this is what Three White Guys (along with their 2 mates) can do when they are bored, I’d love to hear what they could do if all five of them were not bored. ‘Molly Trampoline’ is a song that you can, well, bounce along to.

Where to find it:
We Been Robbed (EP) – Three Bored White Guys (2006)

Lovesong – Dolly Rockers

Lovesong – Dolly Rockers

The Dollyrockers - Heat

The Dollyrockers – Heat

Fronted by Greg Donnelly, the Dolly Rockers have been around since 1990, but their output has not been sporadic and not overly prolific. They released an EP called ‘Consume Me’ in 1992, then an album called ‘The Dolly Rockers’ in 1995, then, in a rush of creativity, they released ‘Glory Glory’ in 2002 and ‘The Heat’ the next year. However, what they’ve lacked in quantity, they surely made up for in quality. All their material has been top drawer stuff.

‘Lovesong’, from ‘The Heat’, does not do what it says on the tin as it is not a love song. It’s more about thinking about writing a love song. The lyrics go through a large number of topics that the writer of the song has never written one about (aeroplanes, going to hell and getting paid to name a few), then they continue, “I think I’ll write a song about love.” This is all sung in a sardonic edgy voice and set against menacing guitars and drums. It has all the great qualities of what is often referred to as indie (i.e. non-commercial) music – lyrics that run deeper than what they say, and a voice that doesn’t sound like anything you would hear on ‘SA Idols’.

The song topped the SA Rock Digest charts in February 2004. Brilliant stuff.

Where to find it:
Heat – Dolly Rockers, Huh Records, (2003)

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