"December Boy", is the first single to be taken from their fourth and final album “…Love You”, and the first on which Jenna Love (The Loves' J-Lo) takes lead vocals. Recorded live at Soup Studios in London's glittering East End, it turns the chorus for "September Gurls" by Big Star into a Spector-esque girl group pop number, with help from Liz Hunt from The School and Emma Hall from Pocketbooks on backing vocals, as well as Rob Jones (AKA The Voluntary Butler Scheme) on organ. Real life violins also make an appearance. Flip-side "Bubblegum" is equally upbeat, but with more of a 60s garage Nuggets feel.
It’s Christmas! And it’s 1963! Well not quite, but listening to ‘December Boy’ one half of the latest 45 from The Loves you could be forgiven for thinking it was. In ‘December Boy’ The Loves, clearly in love with the sixties, have created an authentic and most enjoyable slice of sixties girl band pop that could easily have been lifted from Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ album. The only thing missing is the sound of bells, though on first listen I could have sworn there were some! Flip side, the rockier ‘Bubblegum’ sees Simon taking vocal duties. In its rhythm and girl backing vocals you can still feel a clear sixties influence but it also has a cool guitar riff that reminds me of The B52s ‘Rock Lobster’. I have an image in my mind of the band recording this decked out in black berets and little round dark glasses, cool cats indeed! 8/10
(Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot)