The Rakes–22 Grand Job

Remember The Rakes?  You should.  Such stalwarts of post-punk revival English indie that Arctic Monkeys once got called “the poor man’s Rakes.”  Their breakthrough single, 22 Grand Job, channeled the anxieties of young working Londoners.  Am I making enough to get by?  Does it matter if it’s less than what my mates are making?  Is it worth the misery? Opening with a machine gun snare and never looking back, the song is a snapshot of the young professional ennui that got largely wiped out by the global economic collapse.  It’s done with a swagger that clearly recalls their one-time tour mates, Franz Ferdinand, and shows no indication understanding that things could get much, much worse.

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