Clap Your Hands Say Haggis!
Has anyone noticed that the new fad on the rock scene seems to be alt-rock-country tunes about horses sung by… Scottish lasses?? Highlanders KT Tunstall, of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” fame currently featured on iPod TV ads, and Sandi Thom, of “When Horsepower Meant What it Said” have singles that feature unfortunately similar Bo Diddley comin’-down-the-dusty-road guitar riff intros and Equidae subjects riding the airwaves. So similar in fact, that if you play one track, you can sing the opening lines to the other and convince everyone else riding in the car with you of what song it could have been. Who knew that two Scotswomen would be responsible for some of the most “American” sounding songs on the charts? Personally, I’m just happy that both songs have production that isn’t shy about emphasizing the importance of the All-American hand-clap. God, I missed the hand-claps.