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Welcome to the official Distractions website. We will be aiming to record the history of one of the greatest, but least heralded, of all Manchester beat groups.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Manchester's best kept music secret

"There is a lovely, lost Distractions song, 'Time Goes By So Slow', which sees the singer referring to Manchester as it was ("They put your statue up in Albert Square and all the people passing by just stare ... but Albert just won't do, I don't need him but you...").  It was a lyric not lost on Garvey, who could understand the use of landmarks to tell a tale of lost love."

Reluctant Heroes: The Story of Elbow, Mick Middles (2009).




"C’era un gruppo chiamato Distractions, un gruppo straordinario – 'Time Goes By So Slow' e un singolo davvero notevole.  Alcuni di questi gruppo sono stati quasi come dei sogni, e quasi come se non fossero mai esistiti."
"There was a group called Distractions, a unique group - 'Time Goes By So Slow' a truly remarkable single.  Some of these groups were almost like dreams, and almost as if they never existed."

Totally wired. "Post-punk". Dietro le quinte, Simon Reynolds (2010).


"That is what remains so ironic; that in dysfunctioning, The Stone Roses almost... almost grasped the heights scaled by Led Zeppelin.  Undisputed greatness.  Then again, as one briefly celebrated Manchester band - The Distractions - once noted, nobody's perfect.  Not even the finest band that this fantastic city of Manchester has ever produced.  But they almost had it..."

Breaking into Heaven: The Rise and Fall of The Stone Roses, Mick Middles (1999).


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