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3 out of 10
If you think reviews are pretty pointless in general, then reviews of charity records are surely the most pointless of all. But, here goes. McFly are seeding the airwaves with their finest platinum production in aid of unfortunate kiddies throughout the land. I shall wallow in my swamp of sarcasm. Perhaps you'd care to join me?
Squeaky, Nipper, Pebbles and Dave take time out from what must be a gruelling schedule being photographed for the Next catalogue, to play musical Fuzzy Felt for Children In Need. Do Ya has all the right ingredients for a residency on CBBC; clap-along chorus, bouncy melody, shouty bits (but not too bouncy and shouty - please enjoy McFly responsibly). There's even something for the Mums and Dads - in this case, it's an ill-advised stab at being Queen with some strained vocals and even more strained guitar.
The torso'd foursome's Faces cover attempts to warm things up production-wise, with even a Hammond being hastily wheeled in (that's 'Hammond' the organ, of course, not 'Hammond' the Top Gear hamster - although he wouldn't be out of place, here - perhaps on ocarina). Pebbles' impersonation of Rod Stewart is acceptable for someone so recently out of primary school, and it's ironic to hear lines such as "in the morning, don’t say you love me, 'cause you know I’ll only kick you out the door" in a charity record. Perhaps they'll do a version of My Generation for Help The Aged next. I'm forgetting, of course, that you're not supposed to be listening to the words too much when you're rubbing your conscience and screaming your tweeny face off to what is, in the end, a highly-airbrushed Bay City Rollers tribute. Rock on!
1. Do Ya
2. Stay With Me