The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.
This week, I’m featuring an album that I absolutely adore by a band I love that has recently turned 10 years old [making me feel slightly old in the process]. Back in 2004, pop rock four piece McFly bound onto the scene wit debut single ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ and that catchy track along with their friendship with Busted who ruled the charts at the time, they were bound to succeed. They had my attention from the off and when they released their first album ‘Room On The Third Floor’ it was one of those albums that I played so much I’m surprised I didn’t wear the CD out.
With Busted clearly defining the way when it came to boy bands with guitars who wrote their own songs, McFly came along with a slightly poppier and fresher take. Even today ‘Five Colours’ makes me dance like a total loon with those surfer melodies and they followed that up with slightly more heartfelt ‘Obviously’. While title track ‘Room On The Third Floor’ was their slower, more ballad-esque release they were back with the catchy rhythms and guitar hooks for single ‘That Girl’ which still remains my favourite McFly song even now.
The album itself is a great mix of upbeat tunes and some slower and more emotional moments. With influences from modern pop to big stadium rock stars like Springsteen to the classic sounds of bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, the band had between them the perfect knowledge of music past and present to cherry pick the best sounds and influences when it came to their work. ‘She Left Me’ and ‘Met This Girl’ are two of my favourites on the album the first a quite heartbreaking track lyrically but with a beautiful swaying rhythm while the latter is faster with a plodding graduating bass line and the great rock tone of Danny Jones vocals.
Even now when I listen to this album I love it, it may be quite obviously pop in some places with the lyrical content mainly being about love and house parties and getting in trouble with your parents but they were only around 15-18 at the time of release. It was a big springboard for what was to come from the band, they have matured with well crafted pop classics about love, life and everything in between now. In lead songwriter Tom Fletcher they have a gem after writing some of Busted’s biggest hits, then McFly’s top tracks and now he’s also penned songs for the likes of One Direction, he seems like a pop force to be reckoned with.
The band have released 5 albums to date with a 6th apparently ready for release [which I hope sees the light of day soon!!] so it seems 10 years on that McFly are not going anywhere. They are here to stay which I’m glad for, having followed their career since day one they do mean a lot to me. A brilliant live band who have released some wonderful songs over the years but it all started in 2004 with ‘Room On The Third Floor’.
Here’s their first ever single ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ and my favourite McFly track ‘That Girl’ for you to listen to: