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Friday, August 13, 2010

Boys Cry

Nobody's Perfect, Smash Hits 15th May 1980 p.30. (c) BrianDamage at flickr.


THE DISTRACTIONS: Boys Cry (Island). Hands up anybody who's really soft. Anyone whose eyes mist over watching old James Stewart movies, anyone who ever secretly read a truly soppy romantic novel, anyone whose heart turns to melted caramel when confronted by a juvenile animal?

Boy, do I got a record for you! An Eden Kame hit from 1964, all melancholy lyrics and tear jerking tune, handled with just the right proportion of vulnerable humour by the band that make The Buzzcocks sound like vicious bullies. Pass the Kleenex.
Esmé Sprigg


Another little review from Smash Hits thanks to the archiving by Brian McCloskey (see his Like Punk Never Happened blog here). Again, The Distractions are amongst good company, including [cough] Shakin' Stevens, the wonderful Comsat Angels, OMD and Squeeeze. The album page contains a good review for the Human League but a not so positive critique of Magazine's The Correct Use Of Soap.


Reviews, Smash Hits 15th May 1980 p.30. (c) BrianDamage at flickr.
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