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Saturday, January 29, 2011

English soul singer

An approximate translation from an article on the Lennart Persson website on pop classics of the 1970s that weren't hits.  In amongst good company with Big Star, Television, Undertones...




The Distractions 
Time Goes By So Slow 
[Factory, 1979] 

The music of The Distractions is fleeting, sensuous, difficult to describe.  A melancholy that is spread by wind, a sad longing and sensuality.  One listen to "Time Goes By So Slow" and hopefully you will understand what I mean. 

Sung by a real English soul singer, written by guitarist Adrian Wright - though it says otherwise on the label - and was originally intended as a B-side.  Instead it became a very obvious A-side and one of those rare singles that has everything. 

You can play it a hundred times without finding a weak point, and it stands out completely from the time and the trends.  Play it now and re-discover innocence. 

And for goodness sake - find a copy of "Nobody's Perfect," their only and much loved album!  

Lennart Persson (originally published in Fever #2 in 1990)


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