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A Special Exclusive Preview Of The Duel's Unnamed 3rd CD
By Tyler Vile
1. Crazy Train
2. Singing & Dancing
3. Empty Highway
4. New Dream
5. Loneliness
6. I'm On To U
7. Freeway
8. The People
9. Fight On Through
10. Jump
11. The Way London Used to Be
12. Yooth
Anyone who regularly reads Punk Globe knows that Ginger Coyote and a few other people (including Sham 69 singer Tim V) have spoken glowingly about The Duel. I'll have to admit that I was pretty skeptical at first and never really gave The Duel a chance, but if they're playing gigs with Stiff Little Fingers, Subhumans, Buzzcocks, etc. they must be at least worth a listen. What I heard wasn't some snotty, cheap approximation of the older bands I like, but something bursting with creativity. This record's like a cross between Machine Gun Etiquette and Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records. It has a really tight and united feel, like the album itself is one whole piece.
"Empty Highway" strongly echoes The Damned, almost like Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible could've written it. That's the song that should've opened the album because "Crazy Train" sounds messy and garbled; it's not a very enticing opener. The backing vocals and synthesizer on most tracks give the album that sort of Orwellian feel that a lot of British punk bands seem to have. There are even traces of Bowie's Diamond Dogs album in the sound. To Ginger, Tim V, and everyone else: You win, I'm a Duel fan now.