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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Much-needed Distractions

Here's a few much-needed distractions while we await the news that we've all been waiting for on the 'Parabolically Yours' set...



(c) Google Books, 2015.


There was a band called The Distractions, an extraordinary group - 'Time Goes By So Slow' was a great record. Some of these groups were almost like dreams, it's almost like they didn't quite exist.


(c) Amazon.

On the Piccadilly Records page for the excellent Manicured Noise reissue, 'Northern Stories 1978-1980' (Caroline True Records), an old Paul Morley quote from the NME:

“Factory have expressed an interest in The Distractions, The Negatives and current musicians’ favourites, Manicured Noise. (Ask Vic Goddard, the Banshees; Wire what they think of M Noise. Politely of course”. 
 (Paul Morley, NME Dec 1978)


Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt revealed that The Distractions records which Tracey Thorn bought him influenced his debut album, 'North Marine Drive':

"...The hectic tempo of a couple of the tracks was a direct influence of meeting Tracey [Thorn]; she played me pop bands new to me like The Distractions and Orange Juice."






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