There are things to enjoy in A, nice melody, beautiful ethereal arrangement, lovely sounds, but not for so terribly long, I'm afraid. And the voice sonds so ... erm ... Japanese, that pushes it further from my wheelhouse.
B sounds somehow dated especially for the vocals, that way of singing is very much of its date. But as a whole it goes easily up my street.
A sounds such a lovely whimsical thing. True story: I was trying to find my shortlist of songs for the cup, and realised I deleted it. I was listening to Maher Shalal Hash Baz's "Epignosis", wondering whether it was worth just throwing the round with it, and this immediately followed it on youtube, and it sounded really pleasant and fresh. Just had a really laid back and soothing sound that really appealed. And I still get that from it, I'm especially pleased if the lyrics are some variation on Father Ted's "My Lovely Horse".
Now, I think I love The Misfits as much, if not more than anyone else here. I'm not even going to criticise it for being an unoriginal pick, but why "London Dungeon", it's nowhere near being one of their best tracks. Why not the singalong brilliance of "Where Eagles Dare", the sheer energy of "Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?". This is a fairly unassuming track, although I guess it could be considered a bit post-punky and Joy Divisiony, if it weren't for Glenn's hollering.
I'll abstain, on the grounds of not voting against Misfits.
Original pick for A was Klaus Dinger and Prejapandorf's "Midsummer", which is a real slow-building slice of kraut/post-rock gentle brilliance, which is incorrectly labelled as "THANK YOU ALL" on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNJgNPMFcYY
A is pretty but it’s really just a pro take on that Sarah Records sound. I suppose it sounds better with Japanese cooing than Bristolian burr.
At last a song about being arrested after fighting with skinheads at a Jam gig! When The Misfits click you can hear why they are one of a handful of Yank punk bands that should’ve had chart action. This is not one of those THO.
As someone who has trouble making out most sung anglophone sounds, the language is not really a problem for me. Irresistibly reminded me of Robin Ward's Dream Boy. I didn't really need six minutes of it, but perhaps they did it to make their point, so can't penalise them for that. Pretty.
Listening to stuff without headphones on my tinny laptop speaker (don't ask) doesn't do this sort of music any favours. Obviously the only one here unfamiliar with the Misfits. Like the surf guitar, but not particularly impressed overall.