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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

White Dopes


Most compilations featuring The Distractions go for the brilliant but obvious FAC 12, Time Goes By So Slow.  Not 2005's White Dopes On Punk (Castle Music), though.  Compiler, David Wells, went for It Doesn't Bother Me from the debut EP, and it sits alongside the likes of The Damned, Sham 69 and JCC on side one of this fine collection of "50 punk nuggets and new wave rarities":






Back in Manchester, The Distractions, who first formed in 1975 but changed direction after hearing The Buzzcocks, included drummer Alec Sidebottom, who'd joined flower power jugband The Purple Gang (of 'Granny Takes A Trip' fame) as far back as 1969. 





The Distractions possessed a 60s-style Pop approach to songwriting that was evident on the EP You're Not Going Out Dressed like That, which featured the rather splendid 'It Doesn't Bother Me' - subsequently re-recorded and released as a single then the band signed to Island a year later.




7. The Distractions - It Doesn't Bother Me: 2.44
(Finney/Perrin) Island Music
from the EP You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That,
TJM2, released November 1978

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