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Uke-Hunt – The Prettiest Star (Single Review)

The Prettiest Star is the first 7” single from Uke-Hunt the new project from Me First and the Gimme Gimmies front man Spike Slawson, featuring Joe Raposo (Lagwagon/RKL) on upright bass and Randy Burk (Filthy Thieving Bastards) on percussion. Featuring an a cover of David Bowie’s ‘The Prettiest Star’ and a haunting cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ as a b-side the single is everything you’d expect from Slawson, catchy pop licks with a punky undertones all topped off with Slawson’s formidable ukulele playing.

According to Slawson “What started as simply learning and arranging some of his favorite classic songs for the ukulele on his own, eventually evolved into added musicians and a layered patchwork of ukulele, saxophone, glockenspiel, stylophone, organ, standup bass, and all manner of percussive elements. The album track (The Prettiest Star) is a love letter from David Bowie to Marc Bolan, or so I recently heard. Our rendition is my love letter to myself. While I fear and despise rodents, I love the B-side and cry like a little girl whenever I hear it. R.I.P. Michael.”

The single is due to be followed up later in the year (June 10th) by Uke-Hunt’s full album featuring an eclectic array of tracks from Tom Jones, The Ramones and The Carpenters.

‘The Prettiest Star’ is available on 7” and download from the 29th April through Fat Wreck Chords.