Relaxed Muscle - Billy Jack / Sexualized (Rough Trade)
release date: 28 July 2003
Darren Spooner - who with Jason Buckle makes up Relaxed Muscle - looks and sounds suspiciously like Jarvis Cocker, and indeed it is our old mate Jarvis, experimenting with the heavier side of his musical tastes and indulging his liking for Suicide.
Billy Jack is a terrific tongue-in-cheek narrative song introduced in a very familiar Yorkshire accent. "Billy Jack says take your final prayer / Billy Jack says die..." - not quite Nick Cave's Stagger Lee, but it's getting there.
Sexualized is a high-octane dark electro-pop mixture, with some typically spot-on lyrics. Heavy and distinctly raucous stuff, with familiar grunts, groans and intakes of breath. I like Jarvis a lot more than Darren, but it's all good fun.