PROTON BEAST - "Hip To Be Square"
In celebration of NZ Music Month, seminal Auckland doom band Proton Beast have released their cover of Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip To Be Square".
Originally destined to be on their debut EP cassette 2000 And Blood, the band decided it was best to reserve the cover for a special release. It was felt by the band that "Hip To Be Square" would confuse and water down the apocalyptic themes forged in the EP.
"Listening to the album is an exercise in disbelief." - Ricardo Kerr, undertheradar.co.nz
"But also for every "Doing It All for My Baby" (a delightful ode about monogamy and satisfaction) there's a barn-banning blues scorcher number like "Whole Lotta Lovin'," and side one (or, on the CD, song number five) ends with the masterpiece "Hip to Be Square" (which, ironically, is accompanied by the band's only bad video), the key song on Fore!; which is a rollicking ode to conformity that's so catchy most people probably don't even listen to the lines, but with Chris Hayes blasting guitar and the terrific keyboard playing who cares? And it's not just about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends - it's also a personal statement about the band itself, though of what I'm not quite sure." - Patrick Bateman, American Psycho