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Underwater Moonlight...And How It Got There [2-CD]
     

Underwater Moonlight...And How It Got There [2-CD]

by The Soft Boys
 

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At the height of the British punk movement, this unfashionably cerebral foursome -- led by future alt-pop icon Robyn Hitchcock and future Katrina and the Waves leader Kimberley Rew -- recombined the basics of '60s guitar rock, the experimental spirit of prog-rock,

Overview

At the height of the British punk movement, this unfashionably cerebral foursome -- led by future alt-pop icon Robyn Hitchcock and future Katrina and the Waves leader Kimberley Rew -- recombined the basics of '60s guitar rock, the experimental spirit of prog-rock, and Hitchcock's vivid, surrealistic lyrics to create a completely unhip but hugely influential fusion of the Beatles and Dali. The band's acknowledged masterpiece -- and swan song -- was the seminal 1980 album Underwater Moonlight, which boasts such darkly whimsical, twistedly tuneful classics as "I Wanna Destroy You," "Kingdom of Love," "The Queen of Eyes," and the rousing title track. This expanded two-CD reissue makes an already great album even better, adding nine mostly excellent bonus studio tracks, an extensive essay by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, and a full CD's worth of rough but illuminating vintage rehearsal tapes -- including several otherwise unrecorded Hitchcock compositions -- that further confirm the Soft Boys' quirky genius.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One could argue that one of the reasons the Soft Boys' music still sounds so fresh today was in 1980 they managed to be ahead of the times and behind the times all at once. While their sharp intelligence, wiry melodies, veddy sophisticated wit, and cool yet powerful twin-guitar attack anticipated post-punk and indie rock by several years (especially R.E.M. and the Paisley Underground crowd), their obvious love of psychedelia (in particular Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and Capt. Beefheart), Byrds-style harmonies, and sterling chops made them seem like '60s throwbacks in the midst of the first punk era. As a result, the band's masterful second album, Underwater Moonlight, had to wait to find its audience until years after the band broke up in 1981. In time for the disc's 21st birthday, Matador has released Underwater Moonlight...And How It Got There, a greatly expanded two-CD edition of the album which offers 26 (mostly) strong bonus tracks in addition to the album's ten superb songs. Disc one features Underwater Moonlight in its original sequence, along with nine bonus tunes from the same sessions; nearly all this material appeared on Rykodisc's previous reissue of the album, but this edition also adds the fine "He's a Reptile." The second disc offers up the real archeological prize -- nearly an hour of Soft Boys rehearsal tapes (in good if not spectacular fidelity), which finds the band in superb form (especially the guitars of Robyn Hitchcock and Kimberley Rew and the drumming by Morris Windsor) and unearths several undocumented Soft Boys tunes, including the sublime "Like a Real Smoothie," "She Wears My Hair," and "Amputated." While it's taken awhile for people to realize just how good and how important the Soft Boys were as a band, Underwater Moonlight...And How It Got There gives the group's finest album the royal treatment it so richly deserves (including remastering and liner notes by David Fricke), and it still stands as a work of left-field genius.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861050025
catalogNumber:
10500

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Wanna Destroy You
  2. Kingdom of Love
  3. Positive Vibrations
  4. I Got the Hots
  5. Insanely Jealous
  6. Tonight
  7. You'll Have to Go Sideways
  8. Old Pervert
  9. The Queen of Eyes
  10. Underwater Moonlight
  11. He's a Reptile
  12. Vegetable Man
  13. Strange
  14. Only the Stones Remain
  15. Where Are the Prawns?
  16. Dreams
  17. Black Snake Diamond Rock
  18. There's Nobody Like You
  19. Song #4

Disc 2

  1. Old Pervert - section 1
  2. Like A Real Smoothie
  3. Alien
  4. Bloat (extract)
  5. Underwater Moonlight
  6. She Wears My Hair
  7. Wang Dang Pig
  8. Old Pervert - section 2
  9. Insanely Jealous
  10. Leave Me Alone
  11. Goodbye Maurice or Steve
  12. Old Pervert - section 3
  13. Cherries
  14. Amputated
  15. Over You
  16. I Wanna, Er... (extract)
  17. Old Pervert - section 4

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soft Boys   Primary Artist
Robyn Hitchcock   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Gerry Hale   Violin
Kimberley Rew   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Morris Windsor   Drums,Vocals
Andy King   Sitar

Technical Credits

Robyn Hitchcock   Composer,Drawing
Pat Collier   Producer,Engineer
Mike Kemp   Producer
Kimberley Rew   Composer
Matthew Seligman   Composer
Morris Windsor   Composer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Lal Hitchcock   Sculpture
Hitchcock   Composer
James Morgan   Engineer
James Morgan   Engineer

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