From page 79 of Classic Rock Magazine May 2004
After just one listen, it’s remarkable to think that the 20 songs that make up ‘Coupled With’ were deemed unsuitable for The Wildhearts’ last ‘proper’ album, ‘The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed’. It’s worth remembering, however, that frontman Ginger is a stickler for detail, and if he doesn’t believe that the songs are flowing and he can’t find a way of making them do so, he’ll cut them out mercilessly.
For example, the first single following their re-formation, ‘Vanilla Radio’, made the album, while second single ‘Stormy In The North, Karma In The South’ didn’t and is instead included here. The CJwritten ‘Hit It On The Head’ may have initially been deemed too cutesy and, well, Jelly-ish, but it’s a cracking tune, and proves that Ginger isn’t the only quality songwriter in the band, as does Jon Poole’s ‘L.T.D.’. Their cover of the theme from Cheers – which earned The Wildhearts airplay on Chris Moyles’ Radio One show – is great fun, but overall ‘Coupled With’ is proof of just how remarkable a set of songwriters this band is.
Brett Callwood HIGH CONCEPT Twenty songs that didn’t make the cut, but mostly not for lack of quality.