It's kinda nice when something other than rampant Tory-ism comes out of Kent, so god bless the Dentists for that -- though the album cover is still coloured in blue, so you know, what's the deal with that? Back in the 80s, the Dentists were making adorable twee pop that felt both contemporary and a little bit dotingly traditional -- somewhere between the Free Design and new twee pop. 'Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It's Wintertime)' is a 7" that serves as a good example of their jangling, humming and cooing. Sometimes good things come out of the garden of England.
Vinyl 7" £9.99 TIM075
Ltd reissue 7" on Trouble In Mind.
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The Dentists are one of those completely out of time bands who existed in the ‘80’s but made music like it was the ‘60’s. Unlike my other favourites from that era, Cleaners From Venus, they have a sound that suggest that the band has heard no new music since 1968. Their early recordings are essential. Just get the ‘Some People are on the Pitch’ compilation and you’ll see. Here, Trouble in Mind has re-issued their utter utter classic 'Strawberries Are Growing in my Garden' which is full of granny-glassed Byrds-like strum and jangle which, if there was any justice in the world, would be filed alongside the first Rain Parade album as proof that people in the ‘80’s could eschew the Phil Collins drum sound in favour of some nice organic kaleidoscopic pop. Great. Two excellent B sides complete the picture, one that has The Byrds and The Kinks Kollaborayting.
8/10 Ben 4th February 2015
A fabulous indie record from the '80s with a sound and production values from twenty years earlier. I flinched at paying nearly ten quid for a single but it's well worth it for the A side alone. "Strawberries" is a lush pop rock song with enough angular punchiness to differentiate itself from a pure sixties Byrds pastiche. I think I played it a dozen times back to back... Great stuff. The two B sides are just as good. I don't remember even reading about this band in my teens and it's a shame they never got more exposure.
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