Fast Radio – Under My Thumb

Artist: Fast Radio
Single: Under My Thumb
Release: 1983
Genre: Italo

Buying records for a clubnight instead of general listening can be difficult at the best of times. Trying to predict the reception of a track by an ethereal audience, far off in the future, is especially tough when you are buying records you have never heard. Thank goodness for YouTube.
Picking through a Discogs seller list, this one really stuck out: Fast Radio’s “Under My Thumb”.

It’s one of those tracks that isn’t terrible. It isn’t great either. I would go so far as to say that the song doesn’t even exist somewhere in the middle: It is just plain terrifying.
A cover of the Rolling Stones song, it is a disco-pop track that is an abrasive and relentless journey through how to take all emotion and meaning from a classic melody. Think the sounds of Bananarama, if Banarama were replaced by blow-addicted cyborgs belting out karaoke.
Once in a great while I take pleasure in subjecting other listeners to this single. It is easier to suffer together, than alone.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewer: DJ Pasta (original review published in Vanitas #001)

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