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Friday, February 18, 2011

Absolut perfekt

While some Distractions now have adopted homelands - Steve Perrin, New Zealand; Nick Garside, USA... Mike Finney, Yorkshire - it is Sweden that's home to some of the most ardent Distractions fans.  From December last year, here is a piece from the Popgeni blog, thanks to Björn for the article and to Hans for the Occultation link:



Absolut perfekt

Band som bara släpper ett album kan bli odödliga, men samtidigt klart irriterande.
Speciellt om debuten håller löjligt hög klass. Kanske handlar det om att fega ur och inte våga jobba ihop uppföljaren som förmodligen inte når upp till samma nivå.
Att engelska pop och new wave bandet The Distractions från Manchester splittrades bara ett år efter debutalbumet ”Nobody's Perfect” (1980) hade nog mest att göra med uteblivna listframgångar trots att recensenterna gjorde vågen för deras singlar och fullängdaren.
”Nobody´s Perfect” är en bortglömd diamant för den breda massan, men ett högt älskat album bland de som investerade när det begav sig.
Att sångaren Mike Finney och gitarristen Steve Perrin 30 år efter uppbrottet var tillbaka i en inspelningsstudio i juni i år för att spela in vinyl-EP'n ”Come Home” betraktar vi upplysta som ett litet popmirakel.
”Come Home” släpptes i november och på andra sidan nyår kommer ett samlingsalbum med tidigare outgivet material från bandet.
”Nobody's Perfect” finns inte på Spotify, så det blir ingen chans att lyssna in.
Men videon till ”Lost”, ett av de fyra spåren på ”Come Home”, visar med eftertryck att gubbarna fortfarande har känslan.
/Björn




With apologies to the author, here is rough translation with the help of google:


Absolutely perfect

Bands who only released one album can be immortal, but are clearly annoying.

Especially if its debut is of a ridiculously high standard.  Maybe it's about chickening out and not daring to work together on a sequel that will probably not reach the same level.

The English pop and new wave band, The Distractions from Manchester, split just a year after their debut album "Nobody's Perfect" (1980), which was probably mostly to do with the lack of chart success despite critics hailing their singles and the full length record.

"Nobody's Perfect" is an overlooked diamond in the crowd, but a much-loved album amongst those who invested in its time.

The singer, Mike Finney and guitarist Steve Perrin, 30 years after the breakup were back in a recording studio in June this year to record the vinyl EP "Come Home" which we regard as an enlightened little pop miracle.

"Come Home" was released in November and what's more, in the New Year, there will be a compilation featuring previously unreleased material from the band.

"Nobody's Perfect" is not on Spotify, so there is no chance to listen.

But the video for "Lost", one of the three tracks on "Come Home", indicates strongly that the old men still have the feeling.

/Björn


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