Sunday, 26 July 2015

Powerpop - The Boyfriends

To complete a Pat Collier trilogy, following his productions for Knox and Kimberley Rew, here he is in performance mode.

The Boyfriends were the band Collier formed after leaving the Vibrators, with him as the frontman. They released two singles in 1978, which were okay, but 'Last Bus Home' in 1979 - the third and final single - was their best work. It's a melancholic little song that proclaims its Britishness from the opening line: 'It's late, it's dark, it's raining.' Obviously it doesn't hurt, in this respect, that it shares a title with an episode of Hancock's Half Hour.

This was produced by Martin Rushent, who was on something of a roll at this stage, having just produced the first Stranglers album and the soon-to-be-released Buzzcocks debut/

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