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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Lilys – A Nanny In Manhattan.

Hey girl, where you get them jay-nes?

Lilys have been releasing records since 1991 and have had only one hit in the UK. I think that’s some kind of achievement.

This song became a hit thanks to its appearance in a Levi jeans ad. Lilys are certainly not afraid of being labelled ‘sell outs’. Their music has used in adverts for Volkswagen, Calvin Klien and Nike. People seem to prefer new music if it comes attached to a multinational corporation. Ho hum.

There have been over 30 members of Lilys in their history. The only constant member is frontman Kurt Heasley. Heasley is not a man how could often be called innovative. Each Lilys record sound entirely different from the last yet exactly like something else. Fortunately, he knows how to fleece with style. Their first album, In The Presence of Nothing, was a shoegazing carbon copy and has been described as ‘one of the few decent My Bloody Valentine rip-off records’.

The album Better Can't Make Your Life Better, from which Nanny in Manhattan comes, sees Lilys take on British Mod music and come out on top. I find it impossible to resist the sing-a-long melody, fuzzed out guitars and its admirable brevity
Pointless pub trivia: Nanny in Manhattan was the first song performed entirely live on Top of the Pops

Lilys – A Nanny in Manhattan.

Buy A Nanny in Manhattan for a penny!

Buy Better Can’t Make Your Life Better.


At 9:26 PM, Blogger Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Damn, I remember this, and yes...
Damn catchy...
Can't help smile when listening to this.

Is the rest of the album like this, if so i'm sold, gonna get it.

Cheers Mr.Woodshed.


At 1:02 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

I’ve only got the single so I can’t vouch for the quality of the album. The b-sides are pretty good though.


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