Created: 19 April 2014
So a couple of weeks ago I bought the Tony Sly tribute album. To be honest I didn't know what to expect - as a general rule I don't really like covers so it could've gone either way. But I was curious to have a listen and really liked the idea that the proceeds are going towards helping to support Tony's wife and kids, which is a great thing to be part of. So I went ahead and bought it. And guess what, it's great. Really, really great. If I'm being totally honest I'd probably rather listen to all of the original No Use / Tony Sly versions of the same songs, but on the other hand it's great to see the respect so many bands and artists in the scene have for Tony's music and how many of them wanted to contribute a song, and it's interesting to hear other people's take on Tony's stuff as well.
But the main thing this album has done is make me fall in love with Tony Sly's music all over again. I kind of lost track of the scene a few years ago, so a lot of the material (the newer No Use stuff and all of Tony's solo stuff) was new to me. And just like the first time I listened to a No Use album when I was a teenager, I just couldn't believe how good it was. Songs like Fireball, Via Munich, Already Won and the absolutely stunning Feel Good Song of the Year just jumped out and grabbed me and I literally couldn't wait to track down the originals. It's pretty mindblowing really to think that one man could have so much talent. In fact, in terms of the quality of the melody and lyrics, Feel Good Song of the Year may well be the best song I've ever heard. I seriously mean that. It's heartbreaking to wonder how many more great songs Tony might've had left in him that we'll now never hear, but at the same time I feel incredibly proud to be one of a small and loyal band of fans who got to hear Tony's songs and appreciate the work of, in my opinion, a songwriting genius. Thanks for the songs Tony. They mean more than you could ever have known.