AGIT-PROP indie-gospel Thatcher-baiting that wasn’t afraid to fall over on Wacaday. For the briefest of pop moments, a bunch of overgrown students in shabby jumpers somehow emerged through the radio twilight zone of John Peel/Janice Long endorsement to become the nation’s favourite chart-toppers, perplexingly acquiring a zany cuddly image despite singing Blue Peter-baiting songs about shooting bankers, monarch-instigated throttling, and, erm, turning pigs upside down. All the unexpectedly-Wogan-appearance-generating hits were present and correct on the Fourth Best Band In Hull’s ‘Quite Good’ debut (although – completists take note – Flag Day and Think For A Minute! both appeared in ‘different’ versions) alongside loads more piano-pounding jangly guitar leftism and a couple of Comedy Bit In Jossy’s Giants-friendly instrumentals, which defied its Red Wedge-rabble-rousing origins to become the must-have for those AntiApartheid badge-sporting youngsters who were wont to, well, think for a minute, and eventually to sit alongside Graceland in the swankiest of habitat-furnished chrome-and-black pads in ‘the city’, doubtless helped on its way by the mock-vintage stylings of the tastefully tinted sleeve.
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It’s amusing to see Andy McCluskey on Pops 80 performing songs about Joan of Arc and getting up the noses of the musical establishment and then remembering that two decades later he was writing and producing Atomic Kitten’s output, which is not a slight on McCluskey or Atomic Kitten in any way because a successful three minute pop song is so incredibly hard to write and takes just as much skill as any “serious” music. Another star of one era who had a hand in the pop of another was Marty Wilde, who after his own hits dried up penned a stack of ace tunes for his daughter with equal success, as he will explain to Russell Davies.
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