Music Box 25th March 2023

We start with The Debonnairs, and their surf-garage cover of The Wailers 1960 classic High Wall, never officially released but can be found on the following compilations .
The Popinjays are a British indie pop band, mainly active between 1988 and 1994, and again from 2015 to the present. The band was formed by Wendy Robinson (vocals) and Polly Hancock (vocals, guitar), initially with a drum machine. This line-up recorded the debut "Don't Go Back" EP on Big Cat UK in August 1988 achieving "Single of the Week" in Melody Maker. This is Fine Lines, from their John Peel Session of 1988, eventually recorded and released for their second single Please Let Me Go (One Little Indian 12” 1990).
Speculator is the solo project of Nicholas Ray, and this is Blue Rose, from his third album Nice (Underwater Peoples Records 2011).
The Throes (website) is an indie band formed in 1988 in Northern Virginia. This is the title track to their second album All The Flowers Growing In Your Mother's Eyes (R.E.X. Records 1990). Buy here.
We conclude with Paul Simon, and two superb songs from his first post-Garfunkel solo album (he’d already released one in the U.K. in 1965), the eponymous Paul Simon (CBS 1972). First, Duncan, which features Andean group Los Incas on flutes, and then the interestingly arranged Armistice Day, I just love those transitions. Superb. Until next week …