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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Distractions at Cerysmatic Factory

"Sometimes you have a band that feel like they are entirely yours. My band were The Distractions."

This is exactly how I've felt for years until recently.  These are the words of David Quantick from his excellent article that appeared in Scream City 5, the Factory Records fanzine from John Cooper & Co at Cerysmatic Factory.  This included The Distractions' first release in 29 years in the shape of (I Thought You Were Dead) Josephine on the limited edition CD which accompanied the publication.





Sometimes you have a band that feel like they are entirely yours.  (This is no fun for the band who would like to belong to themselves but be liked by the world.) My band were The Distractions, and they felt like they were mine despite the fact that they'd made one of the great, great Factory singles, Time Goes By So Slow, despite the fact that they'd signed to Island Records when that was a cool, pre-U2 thing to do, and despite the fact that they were brilliant. Mike Finney was possibly the only great white soul voice of the punk and post-punk eras, Steve Perrin a brilliant songwriter and inventive guitarist, and the rest of the band were a unique blend of the spikey modernist pop of Buzzcocks and the more retro groove of Costello.

David Quantick, Scream City 5

The Distractions' brand new page over at Cerysmatic Factory contains links to current and previous Distractions releases plus other pieces.



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