Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Soft Boys Rock Hard

Lame-ass, title, huh? Anyway, if you aren't familiar with The Soft Boys, you should definitely check them out. They're part of my "commercially unsuccessful but hugely influential bands from the late 70's/early 80's" series of posts. Trippy old Robyn Hitchcock was the lead singer, and the guitarist, Kimberly Rew, went on to form Katrina and the Waves. The Soft Boys were a huge influence on REM and some of our other favorite artists from the 80's. Their 2nd album, Underwater Moonlight, is a classic. Two standout tracks are:

- I Wanna Destroy You (a response to punk rock)
- Queen of Eyes (talk about jangle-pop!)

You can listen to clips on Amazon, although not Queen of Eyes unfortunately. However, looks like Amazon offers Insanely Jealous as a free download.

The Soft Boys reunited for a few years earlier this century and put out a new album that was well-received critically. You can download a good track (Mr. Kennedy) from it at Epitonic.

3 Comments:

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Steve Malloy said...

Hmmm, I once dated a guy like that....ha ha, just kidding. Will check it out, thx. for the recommendation.

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Steve Malloy said...

By the way, that comment was from Alie, just so you don't think Steve has such a checkered past.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Drew Forsberg said...

I WAS wondering if that post really came from Malloy. BTW, do you want to get added so that you can post under your own name?

 

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