Tuesday, August 25, 2009

shine on me

Perhaps the greatest long lost nugget of post-punk and, without any doubt, way way way ahead of it's time.

The undisputable champions of the total look; Boys Wonder.
Fusing punk, mod and pop; celebrating 'Britishness' and it's diversity in their greatest non-hit, Shine On Me.
Hard to credit that this was some 6 or 7 years before Britpop.

Boys Wonder didn't fit with the NME or MTV or Radio 1 back in 1987 so never got the mass media exposure, and ergo record company moolah, that would have seen them break.

By the time that the conditions were right they had already morphed into acid-jazzers Corduroy and Blur et al rolled in and stole the thunder.

Today it would be a different story, the web would have allowed them to find their audience (and them find each other) much quicker.

Mediocre careerist popsters take note: You now do not need to compromise. You do not need to rely on mass media for exposure, or the opinions of some student NME journo.
Or the bloody X Factor.

'If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there' Will Rogers

Still, pump up the volume and stick on yer eyebrows. Let's rock.

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