When we got an email this morning, with the subject line declaring that Little Boots had covered a Bronski Beat track, a little voice in the back of my head was chanting ‘please be Hit That Perfect Beat, please be Hit That Perfect Beat’. It’s not. It’s Smalltown Boy. A bit more of an obvious choice, but no less exciting, and probably better suited to Victoria’s talents.
Because I have to say, right now, that Vicky sings Smalltown Boy better than Jimmy. That’s a terrible thing to say, I know, but it’s true. She completely makes this track her own, vocally, the track seems to have been written for her, and she really brings her A-game. Musically the track has been lifted into a huge ElectroPop missile aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Peppered with haunting piano, set amidst the Disco-House beats, this cover seems to miraculously play into all Little Boots strengths. Hit That Perfect Beat might not have, so things probably turned out for the best. If you missed it last week, here’s Boot’s reMix of Jupiter’s Juicy Lucy (Needs A Boogieman) too.
♫ Little Boots – Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat cover)
Little Boots’ Smalltown Boy appears on Ministry Of Sound’s Uncovered Vol. 4, out now.
Here’s Bronski Beat’s 1986 top ten hit ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’. The track contains one of the catchiest lead lines you will ever hear! The clips in the video come from the film Letter To Brezhnev, which features the song on it’s soundtrack.