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Friday, January 3, 2014

Modern masterpiece

The most recent Factory Records boxset, FACTORY RECORDS Communications 1978-92 on Rhino, has extensive track-by-track rundown by James Nice, as well as an essay by Paul Morley and notes from compiler, Jon Savage.  The Distractions feature on the first side, 1978-81 (described in one review as "the finest series of music thus far committed to disc"):




Track 06

Artist - The Distractions

Title - Time Goes By So Slow

This undervalued Manchester new wave pop quartet made their debut on TJM Records in February 1979, and like OMD were sponsored by Factory with a view to landing a major deal and a regular wage.  The entire Distractions repertoire dealt with the subject of love, 'ranging from disappointed to hatred', while Tony Wilson fancied the group as heirs to Austin, Texas, psychedelia circa 1966.  Crafted guitar pop wrapped in an average sleeve, the single neither looked nor sounded like a Factory Record, but earned excellent reviews from stalwarts Paul Morley ('anyone with a fraction of an idea of what makes Great Pop will melt in front of your eyes whenever this modern masterpiece is played') and Jon Savage ('the world's most perfect youth club band').  Within weeks the group signed with Island, releasing an album, Nobody's Perfect, the following year.  However mainstream success eluded them, and by 1981 the group were back on a small label, splitting that same year.

(c) James Nice, Rhino.


(c) De Bug.

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