Friday, January 11, 2008

460. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight (1980)

Track Listing

1. I Wanna Destroy You
2. Kingdom Of Love
3. Positive Vibrations
4. I Got The Hob
5. Insanely Jealous
6. Tonight
7. You'll Have To Go Sideways
8. I'm An Old Pervert
9. Queen Of Eyes
10. Underwater Moonlight


Here is a band which sounds strangley like the Byrds, but with a post-punk sensibility. The jangly sound jars with the message of I Wanna Destroy You, but in a good way. This strange mix is fascinating at first and never ceases being interesting, but quickly loses the novelty value.

Then we have to ask ourselves if after the novelty value is gone there is enough to hold our love. Well, there is something there but not enough to make this a permanent addition to my Ipod.

This is peppered with retro sounds from the sitar in Positive Vibrations to the general harmonies of the group, reminiscent of American bands of the 60's. So this is a fun little album which even if it is interesting it ends up being slightly inconsequential.

Track Highlights

1. I Wanna Destroy You
2. Positive Vibrations
3. I Got The Hots
4. Underwater Moonlight

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The band broke up in 1980 after Underwater Moonlight. They briefly re-formed for a UK tour in 1994 and then again in 2001 for the 20th anniversary of Underwater Moonlight (in 2001) and the release of a new album, Nextdoorland (in 2002). They disbanded once again in 2003.

Underwater Moonlight, sorry about the lack of proper video:

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