Sometimes I’m shocked at how long it is since I wrote a post in a certain series.
Bar tagging it into my post when Buzzcocks legend Pete Shelley died in December 2018, it’s over a year since I did one of these.
So, here’s a compilation album from 1988, which I bought because it contained sixteen songs by four bands, two by each band.
I already owned and absolutely loved, songs by two of the bands (The Raw Herbs and The Waltones), knew of the third band (The Corn Dollies) but knew nothing by them at the time, and knew nothing of the fourth band (The Rain) although I now wonder if it’s the pre-Oasis incarnation that I’ve read about.
Anyway, here’s all the songs on Edge of the Road: a Medium Cool Sampler:
The Waltones – The British Disease
If I may interject for a moment: The Waltones should have been massive. I’ve not even posted my favourite song by them (we’ll save that for another day, but if you know them, you’ll probably already know which song I mean), but they wrote ace jangly pop songs with smart lyrics, such as those in Bold, a song which compares one’s amorous feelings to a popular brand of washing powder.
“Take a look at my heart, it’s a bluey-white you’ll like” is just drop-dead brilliance in my book.
Where were we? Oh yes, I really like the next featured band, who also should have been huge:
The Corn Dollies – Mouthful Of Brains
The Corn Dollies – What Do I Ever
And then there’s this lot:
I expect if anyone can, then Walter from the ever-wonderful A Few Good Times in My Life will be able to resolve my “is it/isn’t it?” quandary about The Rain/Oasis (I don’t think it is, but….) ……no pressure!