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Profumo self-deprecatingly acknowledge themselves as being the North East’s biggest proponents of ‘capsized yacht-rock’ – however Miss Ersatz is an exemplary cut of danceable art rock. Coloured by bits of Talking Heads – particularly in Jack Bates’ delivery – and Roxy Music, Miss Ersatz has its own very distinct, peculiar personality. Propelled by Benny Hawkin’s excellent, idiosyncratic guitar playing, it’s a song which moves effortlessly into unexpected territory and builds beautifully over its relatively concise three and a half minutes. The bass playing is reminiscent of the Walker Brother’s Nite Flights, there really is something for the head, the heart and the gut here.

Jack has said of the song: “As funky as it gets west of the Sycamore Gap. I think I stole some of the lyrics from the Book of Common Prayer. Benny’s guitar is good at the end. Used to have way more slap bass on it.” 


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