Mccarthy helpfully remind us that indie rock existed before the '90s and all that vacuous, reassuring slacker pop about taking it easy. This collection of pretty much everything they did, titled to give us a scope for the situation -- 'Complete Albums, Singles and BBC Collection' -- shows off a time when this jangly alternative to mainstream rock had just begun and was counting itself all in for politics and social commentary. The lyrics, embittered with a hatred for the right, are as important as the melodies.
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9/10 Paul Nicholson Customer review, 9th January 2015
McCarthy were the late 80s equivalent to Sleaford Mods. No really!
Without the aggro. And not laugh out loud hilarious. Oh, and the frontmen were a shade apart. Not much sign of casio action here either, although guitarist Tim Gane went onto embrace that with Stereolab. So, what a bab account this is...
Back to the point, this is chock full of serious, soaring melodies, tight drumming and searing accounts of broken Thatcherite Britain and some prophetic words about greedy Uncle Frankers (still basking in all that glory,here today, right now). Malcolm Eden's nasally, girly vocals are so beautifully fragile and are a perfect match.
And I'm only talking about the Peel Sessions, included here. I passed over their later albums(again included here) but a listen proves that they were worthy of attention
To my mind, back then, there was only McCarthy, Wolfhounds and My Bloody Valentine worthy of homegrown attention, when pitted against all the glorious stuff blasting out of the USA clutching the punk baton.
McCarthy and Hüsker Dü were jostling at the top of my Walkman 'playlists' depending on which strain of depression needed company that day.
The Manics were bang on about these.
Party on, kids.
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