Music Box 8th July 2023

We start with The Sound singer/songwriter/guitarist Adrian Borland,  born 1957 in London, who sadly died far too young in 1999. This is Adrian Borland and The Citizens, a Dutch band who released three LPs. From them, here’s their debut single Light The Sky (Play It Again Sam 7” 1989), which also opens their debut LP Alexandria (Play It Again Sam 1989). If you’ve not heard The Sound, check out this brilliant 80s post-punk band.
Next up, Isle of Wight dreampop band Cranes and the official video for their single Jewel (Dedicated 7"/CD 1993), also from their fourth LP Forever (Dedicated 1993).
Sweden’s The Radio Dept. now and the brilliant Domestic Scene, from their third LP Clinging To A Scheme (Labrador 2010). Enjoy.
The Swamp Rats were a garage rock group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Also known as Bob Hocko and the Swamp Rats. They released a number of singles in 1966 & 67, the band achieved regional success with singles cover versions of popular songs. Their material is considered one of the earliest examples of proto-punk, which has led to re-releases of their work. This is their cover of The Kinks US only single release She's Got Everything. Recorded in 1966 I think, but not released until the compilation LP Disco Still Sucks! (Get Hip Recordings 2003), credited to the Bob Hocko name.
We conclude with a double bill from French yé-yé singer Jacqueline Taïeb, born in 1948 in Tunis, Tunisia. First, Bientôt Tu L'Oublieras, the B-side of her debut single Qu'Est-Ce Qu'On Se Marre À La Fac (Impact 7” 1967), then we finish with her most famous track, Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts, the B-side to her fourth single On Roule à 160 (Impact 7” 1967). Both featured on her eponymous debut LP Jacqueline Taïeb (RCA Victor Canada only 1967). Until next week ...