Superb UK powerpop, and the first out of two equally good 7inches from this band. And they both have very attractive sleeves as well, if you’re like me and like the minimal and clean approach. Pretty damn cool idea with the photos of the band members on the back as well. And good lyrics, not particulary cool, but well written and a nice twist on somewhat popular themes. The verses to T.V. movie reminds me a bit of MDC’s My family is a little weird, but a more calmed down version of the veirdness in the family Dave sang about. The b-sides American dream is slightly inferior to my ears, and it has a wicked melodic guitar solo as well as lots of nice surf styled back-up vocals.
The band’s follow up 7″ will be posted later on, and it’s as cheap and easy to find as this one, so do yourself a favour and pick them both up next time you’re record shopping on the interweb.
Been a long time since we posted anything here, but I think it’s about to change now. I got at least a few posts more or less done, and over 1000000 records waiting in line to be ripped, scanned and posted. Here’s one that I’m sure you’ve all heard before as it’s quite common. I wish I at least had the dignity to post the rarer black vinyl version, but I’m afraid I just got this pressing. As you all know this is the second release from these Mexicans after their magnificent, but uber rare, 1979 7″ EP that I’ve never even seen for sale so far. If you find one, be aware that it might be a bootleg as they look very, very legitimate so don’t overpay unless you’re 100% sure it’s an original. Someone told me not to long ago that a label is about to do a legal reissue of their first 7″ as well, but I have no idea of who told me, or which label. Time will tell I hope.
So, this ain’t as raw as their first release, but it’s still a damn fine one. My favourite track is Social germ as I think it’s the snottiest one, but all three tracks are well worth a few spins in a row. Which is your favourite from this EP?
Label: New Rockers
I pity you.mp3
Long time since you saw a “real” KBD record here. I mean a record that actually was included on some of the Killed by Death comps(#18). Rot ‘n’ Roll makes me think of Sonic’s Rendezvous Band City Slang. They don’t sound the same but it’s that simple and effective riffing that can go on forever without getting boring. Teen Slime threads on that same grass. Closer to Stooges than contemporary punk in 1977. Still very good to my ears.
Rot ‘n’ Roll.mp3
My mind wanders!!! My mind wanders!!! My mind wanders!!! My mind wanders!!!
It can be one of the best songs ever written on a lot of days! So insanely catchy, so very British, so very much the perfect example of what I like to call UK DIY. The lyrics to the chorus with the line “and I wonder my darling, how much truth do you want?” might be the best damn lyrics ever written together with the second verse in Another girl another planet. At least they really speak to me and the situation I’m in right now.
All in all this debut from the Toys is a really beautiful EP and even if the other tracks don’t live up to the high standard of My mind wanders I still really like them as they’re all really good songs. I’d do anything for you is pretty much a perfect love song with simple yet effective lyrics and a great melody. The other two tracks are longer, but still really good, even if they might fall out of the power pop category and into straight pop as they’re not too power filled.
The band did a second EP in 1980 that has another superduper hit in Blanket to blanket, and I know Peter have another opinion, but I think the other three tracks on that EP are almost equally good as the obvious hit song. And I have to say that the singer, Gez, is really talanted! Again, he’s really talanted! Emotional, driving and a nice sense for melodies. And he hits all the notes without breaking a sweat. And the lyrics are in general really well-written to top it off. Steve LDK just told me that he later on worked as some sort of speach writer for Tony Blair so there you go.
Label: Provisional EMI Recording Company
My mind wanders.mp3
The girl on my wall.mp3
I’d do anything for you.mp3