Loved by everyone, bought by no one. The Cribs are in every sense the underdogs. Barely an interview goes by without the current crop of bands pledging their admiration from this Wakefield trio. Their best known champions, Kaiser Chiefs, predicted the musical riot and hopped onto the nearest Lear jet to superstardom. Yet, The Cribs have remained in the beer swilling holes where it all began.
Fortunately, for all their knock backs they haven't lost their sense of humour. The tongue was firmly in the cheek when they called their second album New Fellas. Latest single, Martell, opens with the line; "How hard can it be to get a slap on the back from a room full of morons?". It might sound bitter on paper but underpinned with one of the finest melodies ever put to guitar, it's nothing short of joyous. You can instantly see their point. Forget Knebworth; by rights they should be playing to crowds that stretch the entire length of the British Isles. Write a checklist of everything that makes a great song, a great band. Actually, don't bother - just buy this. Or even better, buy the album.
As beguilingly undervalued by music lovers as Phil Collins is enduringly popular with the everyman.