The Undisco Kidds by Boots For Dancing is a genuine lost gem of a record. The Scottish funk-punk band disbanded in 1982 after releasing a handful of singles. Fortunately, they left a treasure trove of music committed to tape. The Undisco Kidds, had it been released at the time, would no doubt have made the band as popular as the bands they shared members with: The Rezillos, Josef K and The Human League.
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Boots For Dancing are the missing link between Jozef K and Modern Romance (bear with me) i.e the band Franz Ferdinand wish they were. This amazing piece of lost history fills in a much needed gap in Scottish pop history - where Orange Juice dropped all their foppish leanings and truly went for the dance floor. Sharing members with Josef K and the Rezillo’s and containing future members of the Human League and Delta 5, Boots four Dancing certainly deserve their place in Scottish pop history albeit belated.
Immediately when you put the needle on the record you are taken back in time to some working mans club in Glasgow in 1980, a band on stage in smart suits and guitars played way up there, Edwyn Collins in the audience carefully taking notes. You could easily expect to find tracks like ’The Pleasure Chant’ on a compilation of lost Postcard records -- it really is that good. '(Let’s All) Hesitate’ starts out uncannily like Orange Juice’s ‘Falling and Laughing’ but despite their funk punk leanings, Boots For Dancing have more in common with Josef K with their choppy shards of guitar and dishevelled rhythm section particularly on ’Timeless Tonight’ which has their scrappy charm in spades. I’ve only listened to this twice and there are several tracks jumping out like I’ve known it all my life. ’South Pacific’ for example is a superb piece of Chic influenced post punk with the line ‘going where the weather suits my clothes - the young Georgios Panayiotou wasn’t listening was he? There’s the odd overly fancy moment hence the Modern Romance comparison but there are so many highlights over the two LPs.
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