Musically, simply put, the song rocks. Thematically it reminds me a bit of the Phil Spector-produced, Gerry Goffin-Carole King-penned "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)," originally recorded by the Crystals and covered by Hole, Spiritualized and Grizzly Bear among others, and The Burning Bed, that old made-for-TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett.
Whilethat film was based on a true story, I am all for pretend-movieviolence for the purpose of entertainment, and I suppose "Kiss With AFist" should be viewed as such as well. The video, in which the band'snamesake looks a bit like a feistier Feist, is certainly entertaining. Check it out below.
Ihad pretty much forgotten about my first brush with Florence & theMachine until a few weeks ago, when I saw that the band won thecritics' choice honors at the Brits Awards in mid-February. While Ihate to generalize, British critics have good taste, probably betterthan critics here in the States, so based on my initial reaction toFlorence & the Machine and this nod by British critics, I thinkit's safe to say that this is a band worth watching.
Lest you think Florence & the Machine are one-hit wonders, the band--which once included Lightspeed Champion's Devonte Hynes--has issued two other singles in the U.K., including "Dog Days." Check out the video below.
Florence& the Machine are still working on their debut album, but havereleased some choice covers as B-sides, including their take on the Cold War Kids' "Hospital Beds" and "You Got Love," originally recorded by the Source, featuring Candi Staton.
Fornow, "Kiss With A Fist" and "Dog Days" and their accompanying videoclips have left us with several unanswered questions. First andforemost, are Florence & the Machine the real deal? Is a kiss witha fist better than none? Are the dog days really over? What do youthink?