Now, I was never a fan of Busted. I thought they were a big pile of rubbish pants. And since they split (oh how I unmoved I was) we've had Charlie Simpson's slightly dull Fightstar and James Bourne's entirely pointless Son Of Dork.
But Matty boy is doing it on his own and, unlike The Other Two (as they shall henceforth be known), has remembered that tunes are what makes a hit record and has come up with a load of really good ones.
Now, the music that these boys made together was always completely derivative of punk/pop/rock bands like blink-182 and the like, and as such a couple of Matt's (the bouncy Luxury and the big ballady one Don't Let It Go To Waste) sound very Green Day. But the new single Up All Night is fucking amazing - power pop at its finest. Acoustic-y pop song From Myself Baby is scarred psyche set to a sunny tune, and Hey Kid was big enough to spill out of the Scala and into a stadium.
The parallels with Robbie Williams are obvious. Ex pop band member gone a bit to seed (Matt's packing a bit of extra weight as well as some good tunes these days, and he was completely out of breath after the frenetic performance of his first song), he's the ex-band member with the most charisma, he's the best performer, as he proved last night, and most importantly he makes the best tunes.
Basically what I'm saying is, my money's on Matt.