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  • Writer's pictureAndy Backhouse

Streets Ahead: 'Original Pirate Material' Listening Party

My aeriel is locked down. Tonight Streets fans are coming together to listen to ‘Original Pirate Material’, around the world, at the same time. If this is the first time you've heard this record, it's gonna change your life.

The Streets arrived fully formed with this record, and it still stands up and holds its own 20 years on. It sounds massive. It has the scale of an orchestra, all made by one man on his laptop; there's the spirit of rave culture at the turn of the century, with namechecks for Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling, and opens the gate for whole new generation of British artists. Lyrically Mike Skinner has a way of including you in his stories and his anecdotes with his cheek and wit: PlayStations, takeaways, falling in love, love ending, kebabs. He makes poetry out of the ordinary.

From the swagger of 'Same Old Thing', to heart-on-sleeve moments like 'It's Too Late', Mike Skinner captured a mood with this record, a unifying community spirit of London. Sounding more poignant than ever now. Join the conversation on Twitter, tonight from 10:00 GMT at #TimsTwitterListeningParty

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