A truly great debut single should make the listener ask: Who is this person? And where did they come from? That's what happens when you first watch the video to Willy Moon's "I Wanna Be Your Man," in which a lean and long-faced young man struts and jerks and testifies in a spotlight, over a monstrously metallic Bo Diddley beat, for one minute and 50 seconds. And the answers in this case are every bit as interesting as the record itself.
Willy is 21, and whip-smart with a tinder-dry sense of humour. He doesn't blend different sounds; he smashes them together to hear what kind of noise they make. It's as if rock'n'roll had been deep-frozen in 1965, just before the Beatles discovered acid, and abruptly reanimated 45 years later by a laptop hip hop producer.