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The Wolfmen feat. Sinead O'Connor - Jackie, is it my Birthday?

posted Oct 3, 2009, 8:39 AM by Vu Nguyen
Release date: 05/10/09; Label: Howl; Cat. no.: HOWL 000; Formats: 7" vinyl, CD, download

The Wolfmen - Jackie, Is It My Birthday? (Single) (2009)
Jackie, is it my birthday? is a brand new, spine- tingling duet between Sinéad O'Connor and Chris Constantinou of The Wolfmen. It's also the biggest, grittiest ballad you'll hear this year and has already received radio support from Lauren Laverne, Gary Crowley and David Quantick.

A-listed on NME Radio six weeks running in January for the final single from their debut album, this is the first release from The Wolfmen's prolific 2009 sessions with The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor in the producer's chair.

The Wolfmen is the brainchild of Marco Pirroni (Siouxsie & The Banshees/Adam & The Ants) and Chris Constantinou (Adam Ant/Jackie OnAssid) and also features percussion Zelig Preston Heyman (Massive Attack, Kate Bush). As FHM says, "There'd be no Sugar Ray, Nine Inch Nails or Robbie Williams without these boys."

Or as Courtney Taylor-Taylor says of his new charges, "These guys are f*cking brilliant... I guess The Wolfmen just sound like heavy weights because they are." A brand new, Taylor-Taylor-produced album - Married to the Eiffel Tower - will follow in the new year.

As they say on the Popjustice forum, Jackie, is it my birthday? is "a beautiful new song featuring Sinead O'Connor... A lovely Poguesian waltz tempo and a heartbreaking vocal from Sinead... Do you ever feel like you are posing, posing as an angel?... In this instant gratification world you may not be bothered to click through and find this. Trust me, it's worth it."

Or as one blogger writes, "For thirty years Fairytale of New York has dominated the Christmas playlists and festive radio for anyone looking for hardcore Christmas whimsey. But Jackie, is it my Birthday? is a worthy contender to The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's throne. It's like the sequel that never was, with all the Dickensian swagger and spine- tingling Irish atmosphere you'd expect."