Will Neil Buchanan's fame as UK presenter of childrens' show, Art Attack be eventually replaced with some belated respect for his reformed band, Marseille?
A market leader in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, their stadium profile in the US was all but obliterated by the collapse of Mountain Records in 1980. Once the Saxons, Leppards and Maidens got a foothold in the NWOBHM arena, it was difficult for these Liverpudlians to fly their tricolour in a crowded market two years later.
Fast forward to 2009 and there is a correlation betwixt Neil's major media. Marseille take a very direct route to your senses with a cheeky charm which is difficult to reject. Like Aerosmith, Kiss and Slade these guys produce grooves you can dance to with your other half.
None of the songs on this EP display any progressive airs and graces. Rhythm, courtesy of Knowles and Dinwoodie, is tight and punchy while the soloing from the twin guitars of Buchanan and US resident supply a Lizzyesque dimension.
The opener, ‘Are You Ready?' takes us to a place we want to be. No credit crunch. No political posturing. No grunting. It's a beach party at your favourite resort. The theme is continued in ‘You're a Woman.' Stating the obvious is part of the fun.
This is a team effort. At no point do you feel that Buchanan is trying to steal the show. In fact it's new singer Nige Roberts who gives the band its fresh identity, fitting in like a fresh gear box on a refurbished Firebird.
An AOR oriented melodic interchange between Charters and Buchanan on ‘Heat of the Night' swing us along, with audience participation a probability as the tour wears on. When the rock n' rolling ‘Some Like it Hot' ends abruptly, you want more of the same.
With a full UK tour beginning in July, Neil Buchanan's image will help the band's branding. And it won't detract from the mission to cheer us all up.
So stick another burger on the barby, grab your nearest and dearest and turn up the volume. Marseille are sizzling.