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Is the nuts! One of the best albums of the 90's...
We both had 'C'mon kids' at Number 6.
In hindsight, it's obviously not.
But it is FUCKING AWESOME.
C'Mon Kids is FUCKING AWESOME.
(before it slows down) is amazing.
It's funny, but he kinda hated it and saw it as messy and a band reacting against their new found fame. Which might be exactly why I love it so much?
it has one of the best and most unsettling songs I know.
He must have had cheese the night before he wrote that one.
that seems to ring a bell.
Yes, it had. It had "Skywalker" on one side and "Canadian Bean Soup" on the other. God knows how i remember that!
were the most creative and brilliant band of the nineties (them and the Tindersticks always shoot it out for best band of the nineties). I think Giant Steps is their masterpiece but C'Mon Kids is such an audacious, brave, inventive record that nothing really compares to it. I just don't think there's many bands around today that have career trajectories and musical ambition like these guys had.
Boo Radleys & Tindersticks - what the 90's should be remembered for far more than Oasis, Blur, et al
C'mon kids, don't do yourself down
Throw out your arms for a new sound
Pretty face it don't mean a thing
If you look so same as your crowd
Work all day, it don't mean a thing
With the sun always outside your window
Fuck the ones who tell you that life
Is merely a time before dying
Look for the box and find what's inside
You'll never find it till you have done
And fuck the ones who tell you that life
Is merely a time before dying
I know it's hard to do
But have we ever let you down?
cos it's the epitome of them achieving what they wanted and it's totally poptastic perfect from start to finish. But for individual tracks Giant Steps has their highest highs for me.
is my default answer to the question 'albums where the singles are by far the worst tracks on it'
C'mon Kids, What's in the Box and Ride the Tiger wasn't it? In which case I respectfully disagree.
'C'mon Kids' and 'What's in the Box'. The rest of the album was really clever and intricate, and the singles were so dumb and throwaway.
(See also 'Free Huey')
Ride the Tiger was good though, although the guitar bit is nicked from Wonderwall.
and was a bit boring.
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That song wasted a valuable 3 minutes on my video-of-songs-recorded-off-The-Chart-Show. And I couldn't tape over it because I taped a good song straight after it and it would have been messy.
FUCK YOU SICE, YOU RUINED MY CHILDHOOD.
The version I have on tape is from when the chart show started inserting interviews with the bands into the videos which made it even worse. Martin Carr was falling asleep on Sice's shoulder.
I imagined you typing that last comment with Boy Wonder by Speedy playing in the background.
list too. First two singles are wonderfully raucous
It's their most impassioned album and it really struck a chord with me. Sadly, it never really got the love it deserved.
It's pretty good, but I don't think it's a patch on Giant Steps or Everything's Alright Forever. It IS messy, is is all over the place and it is sonically interesting, but Giants Steps managed the to be all over the place and sonically interesting while also being cohesive and tuneful. Some of Giant Steps' best moments are really terrific pop tunes.
that Wake Up Boo had at least half of the "Alright" effect that the latter had on Supergras, and has kept the former Boos with a continuing stream of royalty cheques, as the move they made with C'mon kids suggested they had! I don't think the Boos ever had it in them to properly crossover and sell out stadiums so it was nice to see them kind of embrace that.
For me it's their best album. Ballsy and raging against mainstream indie-pop whilst still being pop.
Whilst their best songs lie on other albums, this is the album of their's that I can listen to from start to finish - it's full of ideas and has songs going off in different sonic directions.
The title track is up there with the best singles they ever did.
Ride the Tiger is a cracking song, New Brighton Promenade is beautiful, Everything is Sorrow is nice and melancholy. Still reminds me of my youth, still listening to Britpop but branching out into more interesting territory.
I have this on my mp3 player, I grabbed everything beginning with A and B off my hard drive. Way home listening!
and worth a follow, if you're into that sort of thing. It would appear he still likes a drink.
is a) on Spotify and b) THREE cds long!
well you do now
Everything's Alright Forever and Giant Steps demand all my time. I'm still convinced that had they released the poppier 'Kingsize' instead they would have prolonged their career but I guess they were trying to shake off their newly-acquired yet successful vanilla-beige-radio2 status by making a 'difficult' album. That plan worked a little too well!
might be the greatest album of the 90's. It topped a ton of year end polls at the time and the Select album of the year write up nailed it. I can't believe it isn't celebrated more today and doesn't sit next to Different Class, Parklife, Definitely maybe etc as one of the great albums from that era. Giant Steps through Kingsize were reissued with all the b-sides, remixes etc through Cherry Red and they are must owns to get all the b-sides. Boo Radleys were a b-side band just like early Suede and Oasis were.