Single Review: Derek Meins – Oh! You Pretty Woman

Sometime poet and former Eastern Lane frontman Derek Meins returns with the sort of high tempo stomp-along that must have seen post- Great Depression scoundrels swooping unwitting maidens into their arms with reckless ease and abandon on its original airing in the 1930s.

A simple, fast paced effort infused with vim and vigour from the supporting Mumford and Sons boys, the jig describes those crazy days of unsure lust and unpractised amourousness which transcends generations.

Meins’ sleazy drawl adds a knowing sense to the often contradictory lyrics, which hint at a fellow falling for a girl but balking at her forwardness – try spotting that kind of reticence these days outside an early morning Shoreditch nightspot.

Out on October 13 on 1965 Records, you can jerk your body to the thing live by catching Meins in all sorts of places across the UK in his triptych tour with Alessi and the bloody brilliant Peggy Sue throughout November.


Words: Mike Didymus