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Friday, September 17, 2021

Riskee and the Ridicule Release ‘Young and Beautiful’ Cover

UK Grime Punk pioneers Riskee And The Ridicule are not afraid to say what they think or do what they like and the unpredictable Kent punks have released their own respectful take on New York pop singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s award-winning 2013 smash-hit, ‘Young And Beautiful’. This, however, is no guilty pleasure for the band, who are longtime fans of Lana’s work. 


“Lana Del Rey is one of pop music’s best storytellers. Young and Beautiful is a song I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Scott Picking

“In choosing this song, I knew I could bring something different vocally and musically, we were excited about changing the song dynamically while staying true to the emotiveness of the original.” states frontman Scott Picking.

Being in isolation hasn’t marred their creativity with former bassist David Thomas collating footage from one of the bands earlier hometown gigs, along with home recordings of their individual parts, creating a video for ‘Young and Beautiful’ as unique and colourful as the cover itself.


“The video feels like a nod to both our early days as a band, just us and our own motivation, as well as where we are all at in this unique moment, one that we’re not likely to be in again any time soon.”

Scott Picking

“The video feels like a nod to both our early days as a band, just us and our own motivation, as well as where we are all at in this unique moment, one that we’re not likely to be in again any time soon (hopefully).” says Scott. 

2019 was an amazing year for the band and saw the highly anticipated release of their third album ‘Body Bag Your Scene’ well received by both fans and critics alike, with their sets at Rebellion and Boomtown proving to be real highlights of 2019.

Growing up in Kent, Riskee And The Ridicule have always been a staple of the UK DIY scene, but their fervent attitude and unique “Grime-Punk” rallied troops of dedicated fans across the world. Full of fierce energy, they have motives resting among The Clash with relentless streams of wit, literacy, and observational accuracy akin to The Smiths and a background in the UK Grime scene. 

There is much more to come. You can be sure that Riskee And The Ridicule will be back onstage as soon as the world allows. 


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