Damn this takes me back to, if not happier days, then considerably younger ones. Who remembers Bob, audacious rapscallions of distractively dinked C-86 jangle pop whose simple heartfelt courtship of sing-a-long toe tappers, pristinely prickly melodics, feel good vibes and a strangely un-wholesome dollop of breezy effervescent cheer, never failed to raise a smile and a quick two stepped jig in our gaff back in the day. a regular fixture on the John Peel nightly wingding, they achieved Festive 50 legendary status when ‘convenience’ creeped into the listeners end of year loves in 1989. the track has now been given a second life, opening the credits to Optic Nerve’s second season of singles club madness. this time, as with previously Optic occurances, in a limited 7-inch pressings on a choice of red, amber and green wax, over on the flip you’ll find the previously unreleased ‘Coquette’ recorded in ’92 adoring the groove space. each single is accompanied with all your standard indie retro gubbins, postcards, poster and sticker, methinks they are spoiling us.
to coincide with the festivities Bob are on the road one last time ……
23/11 Birmingham Flapper
24/11 Kingston upon Hull New Adelphi
26/11 Leeds Wharf Chambers
27/11 John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket
28/11 100 club, London support from the Popinjays ……