SEWING WITH NANCIE – Take a Look at Yourself

reviewed by Jackson Ellis | Friday, March 15th, 2002

Take a Look at YourselfOriginally published in Verbicide issue #5

At long last: pop-punk that rocks — and it comes straight from the frozen north (ie, “Canada”). After a long wait, the trio from Toronto are finally releasing their full-length label debut, featuring some very memorable tunes. Track five, “Fake Girl,” is probably the catchiest and most sarcastic song of the year, with an incredible mid-song breakdown. On track six, “Starbucks Sucks,” SWN speaketh the truth. There are some great cover songs originally by those fun-loving ’80s girls, Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” (oh yeah, Madonna is still around…).

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The best track, though, is the ode to former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, “Dave Stieb”: “Mr. Stieb, you taught me everything I know!/About the baseball, ‘bout the chickies, you are so smart,/I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart!” The song then concludes with the radio broadcast announcing Dave Stieb’s no-hitter (the first and only in Blue Jays history) on September 2, 1990. Fastmusic is coming back and bringing some Canucks with ‘em.

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