April 19, 2009

The Soft Boys - A Can of Bees

Genre(s) - Postpunk plus
Origin - United Kingdom
Year of release - 1979
Bitrate - 160 kbps
Size - 69.36 MB

Something strange from that dastardly oddity mr. Robyn Hitchcock and his first band. Expect some real early postpunk, playful and full of youthful enthusiasm, with some generous pinches of psychedelic 60s pop and rock. Sprinkle this with Hitchcock's singular sense of humour and off-kilter vocal hooks and you get an album that is several years ahead of its time. Just check out the insane speed and sonic density reached on Wading through a Ventilator. A Can of Bees is not an aggressive album though, not at all, just infectiously energetic.
There's a real groovy thing goin' on in tracks like Leppo and the Jooves, Skool Dinner Blues and Return of the Sacred Crab. The band is clearly having fun playing their music, which in turn makes this all the more fun to hear.
  1. Give it to the Soft Boys
  2. The pigworker
  3. Human music
  4. Leppo and the Jooves
  5. The rat's prayer
  6. Do the chisel
  7. Sandra's having her brain out
  8. The return of the sacred crab
  9. Cold turkey
  10. Skool dinner blues (live)
  11. Wading through a ventilator (live)
  12. Leppo and the Jooves
  13. Sandra's having her brain out
  14. Skool dinner blues
  15. Fatman's son
  16. (I want to be an) angelpoise lamp (live)
  17. Ugly Nora (live)
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