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retrospective of classic indie pop ness on Big Pink Cake.
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Never seen without a Groove Farm t-shirt on his back, my friend Stewart rattled on about the genius of these teenage Bristol upstarts for so long during my formative musical years that it was almost a type of rebellion that I chose to listen to the relatively sophisticated psychedelic pop of various Paisley Underground stalwarts instead probably just to annoy him. I therefore missed out on the cerebral pop thrill of these garage inflected wonders. Listen back to this 20 odd years later, it has to be said that I'm still not that into it, just too simplistic, lacking in melody for these ears now softened with decades of Steely Dan abuse. So why give it top marks then? Well this is because for a certain breed of listener this will be the pinnacle of indie pop bliss. Taking their cue (as many others did) from the two chord chaos of The Velvet Underground they inflected a raucous live garagey feel into the singalong surf pop gems. In concert, they were apparently a tour de force and this is reflected in the messy grooves of this superbly packaged re-issue. It archives 23 of their best bits and the extensive, hilarious sleeve notes are probably worth the price of admission alone. Fans of early Wedding Present, Flatmates, Boyracer and anyone who has ever stepped on a fuzz pedal, played a couple of chords and shouted a bit, take note.
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