Track of the DayGossip - Standing in the Way of Control

NeilBy | posted on 10th August 2014
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As "The Rat" is to The Walkmen, so "Standing in the Way of Control" is to Gossip. For both bands its a case of one brief, towering and instantly recognisable anthem amid a sea of far lesser known songs. It's enough to make more reliable indie stalwarts secretly smug.

But how those consistent (and consistently dull) acts must envy Gossip this one track. How they must envy Hannah Blilie and Brace Paine for having Beth Ditto out front. How they must envy this song's status. And how much time must they spend trying to replicate its dynamite-making formula: simple bass; simple chords; simple lyrics.