Isle of Wight newcomers Wet Leg have released their debut single ‘Chaise Longue’.
To be completely transparent, I hated ‘Chaise Longue’ when I first heard it. The opening drum beat was all well and good, but then a monotone voice came in and described the following scenario: “Mummy, daddy, look at me/I went to school and I got a degree/All my friends call it ‘the big D’/I went to school and I got the big D.”
Surely, I thought to myself, this is by far the stupidest thing I have heard all day. A dick joke in the first twenty seconds. That has to be a new record. I paused the song, got up from the couch that I’ve been sick on for days, and pumped myself full of drugs, determined to give this song a fair shake outside of my unrelated nauseated state.
When I came back, the very next line I was confronted with was a Mean Girls quote: “Is your muffin buttered/Would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin.” Confronted with the revelation that this entire song was going to be firmly tongue in cheek, I finally pulled the stick out of my butt and let the post-punky track say its peace.
I will say this: ‘Chaise Longue’ wasn’t the stupidest thing I heard that day, and in fact was probably the most memorable song out of the 15 or so new tunes that I sift through every day. As I continued about my business, my mind kept going back to the circular hook “All day long on the chaise longue”, repeated ad infinitum, until it basically became a a joke within a joke.
Is it good or bad? I have no idea. If there’s a rating assigned to this review, it came from an editor, not me. But judging based on quality is terribly subjective; judging based on the inability to forget it is more objective. ‘Chaise Longue’ stuck with me. It plagued me. It haunted me. For that, I should congratulate Wet Leg. I look forward to ways that they can burrow something into my brain in the near future.
Check out the video for ‘Chaise Longue’ down below.