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Monday, January 25, 2010

Our Generation's George Jones

Mike Finney's remains one of pop's greatest lost voices. It's a sad indictment of the music industry that the only readily available CD or downloadable material from The Distractions is the glorious Time Goes By So Slow, thanks to the plethora of Factory compilations released over the years. That the majority of The Distractions' output was on Island, who are now owned by Universal, means that so far all efforts to release Nobody's Perfect have led to nothing due to the corporation asking for unrealistic sums to release the rights. Within this album alone, Finney effortlessly evokes the 60s (Boys Cry, Wonder Girl, Still It Doesn't Ring) and 70s (the punk of Paracetamol Paralysis, Valerie) while being unmistakeably The Distractions (Waiting for Lorraine, Something For The Weekend, Nothing). Two of the most heart-breaking ballads you'll ever hear (Leave You To Dream, Looking For A Ghost) round off an extraordinary vocal performance and a classic album that barely sold.
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"Mike sang all day. I suggested we form a band largely to shut him up. At the time he was obsessed with all varieties of soul music." - Steve Perrin, The Distractions.
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"Mike Finney looked like a bookie's clerk and sang like R. Dean Taylor or some other blue-eyed soul god." - David Quantick, NME.

(c) http://www.this.is/drgunni/gerast0506.html.

"Great pop band, [Time Goes By So Slow] sounds like something straight off Nuggets or some other 60s psych collection." - Stephen Morris, Joy Division / New Order.

(c) www.beloblog.com/KGW_Blogs/pdxscene//nuggets.jpg.

"[on You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That] Mike Finney sounds uncannily like Gene Clark." - RareBird.

(c) Last FM.

"Singer Mike Finney, sounding like a less twinkly, more rough-hewn Roddy Frame [on Time Goes By So Slow]." - The Blue In The Air.

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