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Sunday, July 1, 2012


In the news this week due to The Word magazine's sad demise, founder and editor David Hepworth was a fan...  From Smash Hits, 15th November 1979:

THE DISTRACTIONS: Time Goes By So Slow (Factory / Island).
Manchester's newest entries into the sensitivity stakes are five guys old enough to be Sad Cafe but, thank the lord, they're anything but.  Their hazy, tuneful approach could very well have come from the late sixties and I have a feeling that these guys could prove to have real substance.
David Hepworth

 (c) Brian at Like Punk Never Happened.

And from 29th May 1980:

THE DISTRACTIONS: Nobody's Perfect (Island). Where to begin? Soft but sometimes angry, bristling with graceful touches but almost clumsy, naive but bitter, rooted as much in psychedelic bubblegum as in Mancunian new musik, this enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop could go straight over the head of the casual listener. Which would be a tragedy as this could well be the most attractive and hardest wearing debut album since The Pretenders. Get the picture? (8 out of 10).
David Hepworth


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