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Monday, February 21, 2011

The peculiar sound of Manchester

Not sure where this review of Nobody's Perfect came from originally - it's the Editorial Review from Amazon.com but reads very much like a translation (so we've tidied it up a bit):

The Distractions - Nobody's Perfect. (c) amazon.

Editorial Reviews

The Distractions, Manchester, UK.  They were formed in 1975 by Mike Finney (vocals) and Steve Perrin-Brown (guitar), along with Lawrence Tickle (bass) and Tony Trap (drums).  They had a few changes until finally Finney and Perrin settled on Pip Nicholls (bass), Adrian Wright (guitar) and Alec Sidebotom (drums).  At first they played live, playing songs like 'Waiting for Lorraine,' 'Paracetamol Paralysis'...  They were supporting the main bands of Manchester area, releasing a single and an EP that will be here soon.  

At the end of the summer of 1979, they signed with Island, but until the spring of 1980 we would not see the light of their first and only LP, the wonderful 'Nobody's Perfect.'  Fourteen songs full of new-wave sound, the peculiar sound of Manchester, voices like Clive Gregson (Any Trouble).  Really an authentic jewel of the British New Wave.  The reviews were very good, but this did not translate into sales in the commercial market, and they split in 1981.  

'Nobody's Perfect' is their majestic LP, and for the delight of all lovers of Pop-Rock... it's here.

* * * * * (5 Stars)

Tracks: Waiting For Lorraine / Something For The Weekend / Boys Cry / Sick And Tired / Leave You To Dream / Louise / Paracetamol Paralysis / (Stuck In A) Fantasy / Nothing / Wonder Girl / Still It Doesn't Ring / Untitled / Looking For A Ghost / Valerie


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