Monday, 10 August 2009

Wake Up

Wake Up its a beautiful morning, the commercial radio DJ’s dream song, and one of the songs on todays commute CD, Wake Up by The Boo Radleys. 1995 if memory serves me and an album owned by my short wife and sent to me on tape when I working at Butlins, I played it a lot that year.
The Boo Radleys, or to quote Simon Bates, that’s Bob Randley. He was a bit of an idiot that Simon Bates.
Any hoo, Wake Up is perhaps the bands most accessible work and it does have flashes of genius, although their interludes do get samey at times and they have a lot of interludes. Interludes aside, this album has some extremely fine tracks on it, Wilder in particular, It’s Lulu, Wake up Boo, Find The Answer Within, and a few more besides.
The thing with The Boo Radleys, and many bands in a similar position, they don’t like to keep to a formula and so the follow up was such a disappointment.
I think it was all downhill after this, squeezing out two more albums and then splitting up, Martin Carr the main songwriter went on to be Wichita records signing Brave Captain, Bassist Tim Brown is now a teacher, Steve the former drummer had a stint in Placebo, Rob Cieka is in a band with Bez and Sice, the baldie headed lead singer is now the baldie headed lead singer of the band Paperlung. You now know all there is to know about Boo Radleys.
The album though, its a good album and if this was 1995 it would be a great album, but as the world in 2009 isnt as forgiving as 1995, 6 out of 10.

Wilder by The Boo Radleys

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