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Its not every band take their primary influence from Van Der Graaf Generator but here’s a possibility. Coming from the international pop hotbed of Bradford (see also: Kiki Dee) and rejoicing in the names Augustin Bousfield, Nanette Brimble and Bradley Cunningham, the group have recorded this their debut 7” with man about town and Hookworms screecher MJ at his Suburban Home Studio lair.
A side ‘You Send Me Up’ sounds a little like Hookworms working their way randomly around Steely Dan’s entire back catalogue on a tea-fuelled night off. The Van Der Graaf influence is seen in the honky tonk organ pounding away. Yet its this same organ which produces the exquisite highlight where the organ decides to inject some melody into proceedings and twinkles a beautiful descending motif that lasts of all of a minute before prog style veering off into an entirely different section which features a lesser-spotted key change.
The B side fires into life after a few minutes of wandering around an early 10CC-like melody with a pleasing upwardly moving chord progression, nice female backing vocals and a squiggly organ. A funny old disc all in all but not without merits. Deal or no deal? Deal!
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