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Friday, August 5, 2011

Something for the weekend?

While we wait for the new Distractions LP to be mixed, dubbed and readied, why not revisit another of the earlier records, their third (and last) single on Island in 1980, Something For The Weekend b/w What's The Use? (WIP 6650).  The single is a re-recorded and predictably more polished version of the stomping album track recorded without the recently departed Steve Perrin.  The B-side, What's The Use? is a funky number with a kettle drum style beat that hints at Alex Sidebottom's future ventures.  Here's 'The Poor Ditching Boy's' take on it:

The Distractions - Something For The Weekend

"Because I should probably post something before the weekend and because this one seems the most relevant but mainly because I just scored the picture sleeve 7-inch of this a couple of weeks ago for a steal, here’s one from a group who were probably a bit out of sorts with their original label mates on Factory Records.  The Distractions were one of those new wavey type groups who received all the critical hype but had little, if any, commercial success.  A move to the more appropriate Island Records in late 1979 did little to alleviate this predicament, even after the 1980 release of their lone album, Nobody’s Perfect, which, again, received all kinds of favourable reviews but little mainstream airplay.  This is really quite a shame as anything I’ve heard by this group is worth your time to seek out."


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