I've listened to this and their debut at least once. But I mustn't have been paying attention the first time, because this is stellar. As it plays, you can hear the process punk and new wave being transmuted into what would become the lo-fi shambolic style of indie rock later in the 1980s. I love how they sound rough around the edges, without ever lacking in purpose or conviction. The whole thing is weird and fantastic. On another listen, I can also see the 1960s psychedelic influences coming through, which I hadn't really thought about before. If this group are a throwback to 1960s rock, they are actually improving on the original. I wouldn't change anything, so 5/5.
it was rly good but then i saw it was 40 songs and then i was like man was that necessary
Great New Wave - post punk psyc rock. Glad this came up!
Such a fun album! Great production and great songs.
Awesome psych stuff
Soft boys go hard
I knew I’d love this one from the first few chords! Perfectly walks the line between being weird and accessible. Way ahead of their time. Favorite tracks are “I Wanna Destroy You” and “Positive Vibrations”.
Hugely influential on the early 90s British indie scene. Underrated at the time of its release but deserving of respect.
mediocre alt nice rock catchy punk nice yhyh but minus points cos it’s not good enough to be that long
Very unique and an original style. The sound and lyrics were somewhat psychedelic. Really dug this one.
I love Robyn Hitchcock and I love this album. Not sure if I like this album or his first solo album more but this is certainly RH in top form. His songwriting is so immediately identifiable. The lyrics are idiosyncratic and bizarre in such an entertaining and even a dazzling way. But the weirdness in no way feels forced. It feels entirely natural and just part of who he is. I love looking at the world through his eyes. Some of his word choices just amaze me. I also think the humor is balanced perfectly as a sort of undercurrent throughout the album. It never quite bubbles over into laugh out loud moments but you just sort of smile the whole time. He does everything with such a straight face you sort of believe he really is one of his own outlandish characters. Would feel like real capital "A" Art to me if it weren't so much damn fun. I really enjoy the updated psychedelic sound. Very lean and catchy. And his guitar playing is almost as iconic as his lyrics!
i'm alive to listen to that kind of stuff. amazing
had me from the first track, just brilliant
Absolutely loved it
Mix Syd Barrett with the Byrds and this is what you get: British psychedelic jangle pop with sixties influences. Great album! Discovered it 25 years or so after its release ..and for me, one of their best songs, "He's A Reptile" is part of the album ..but it is not: it was added in the reissue. The 10 original songs are strong enough to hold their own though and several of them are perfect examples of outstanding songwriting: 5 stars easily.
Right in my sweet spot, post punky power poppy with catchy choruses not trying to be anything it isn’t. Saved to the ol Spotify albums which is criteria for 5 stars
Really enjoyed this one. It doesn't do anything revolutionary, but the tracks are all so catchy and memorable. Good bops
First ever listen to this. Knew this band were highly influential, and you can hear why. In my opinion, lacks a truly knockout track, but it sounds great.
I Wanna Destroy You and Insanely Jealous are pretty good songs.
lots of really cool colorful stuff on here (opener is really good, queen of eyes feels like a beatles song but with jangly guitars) but unfortunately i cannot in good conscious give anything with "i got the hots" above an 8.
Great album. Cheap Trick-ish, proto-REM by Robyn Hitchcock. The deluxe version more than doubles the original release, but they made a good choice with the songs they did. I Wanna Destroy You, the title track and the bonus track Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole are my favorites, but all here are quality tracks. Maybe with a little more time listening this could be a 5 star, but for now, it is a solid 4 star album.
Surprisingly good album, liked the sound a lot plus the songs were very catchy
Another really neat album that just kind of came out of nowhere for me. Almost all of the songs are really catchy, and all of them are good 4/5
Schöne Brücke der späten 60er zu 80s underground
Got a bit of a backlog to get through here since the weekend. Liked this, expected typical 80s synth pop but got rubber soul/revolver era Beatles instead
A 60s rock album in the 80s.... who knew?
Weird but I kinda love it? Some Beatlesy moments. 3.5 rounded up.
Production: 7/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =79 Very impressed by this - full of absolute bangers. And now I know who Robin Hitchcock it so I know who Michael Legg keeps offending!
A very good album. Several great songs.
I like the sound, simple and catchy rock, kinda reminds me of The Beatles in a modern way
Fun and wonderfully weird. Makes you want to move. Would be fun to run to.
A pleasant surprise. Some ballsy tunes
Liked this. Took a couple of listens and the 'extended' version isn't worth the hassle.
Enjoyed this a lot - listen again
never heard of them / this. Really enjoted it and reminded me why i'm doing this! 4.
Brand new band for me! Great psyc/power/indie pop. Dark lyrics underneath jangly tracks. Great find. Best tracks: I Wanna Destroy You, Kingdom of Love, Queen of Eyes
4/5 actually this was a solid album. And huge one too
Never heard of them before but really enjoyed this album
Definitely coming back
Fantastic album, psychedelic new wave, was not familiar with this band at all.
(Only listened to half) It was great :D
this shit is fire as fuck , simple as
A surprise 4 for me. I wasn't familiar with them but I definitely like. And that cover art is wonderful.
I was late to this album - but then so was nearly everyone else. Now seen as highly influential and regarded, rightly, as a classic.
This is great. Extremely difficult to pigeon hole but quintessentially British in delivery. Would listen again!
Really like the vocals and guitar sounds. 1st song is great.
Great album by a great band.
Really interesting album. Treads a line between pop, punk, and classic rock. Ending up somewhere around modern indie. I imagine at the time it was pretty unique. Enjoyed, will definitely listen again in the future.
This is a great album. Love it. Robyn Hitchcock criminally under-rated (by me). I only had Can of Bees previously but this album way better. 4.5
God, this record rocks.
Yeah this was quite good actually. Not what I was expecting really, thought it would be more experimental for some reason. I think I knew one already... probs from Luke.
I never heard of these guys although we probably all know Rew's post Soft Boys' composition Walking on Sunshine. His one hit wonder band sold more records but his no hit wonder band makes the 1001 list. On the first track, Wanna Destroy You, the band is on fire. What a song! On Positive Vibrations I really like how both guitarists play lead. They don't take turns doing a solo but during some segments continually come in and with a new riff and have very different sounding guitars. This is really well done. I Got the Hots wasn't doing it for me but the Earl Slick-like guitar in the last minute is quite good although for some reason the last 20 seconds are mixed down to almost zero volume. I don't get it. The Psychedelic stuff like Queen of Eyes is kinda neat since it fuses in some riffs of the day but I'm still sick of Psychedelic (Blame the App for sending too much in a short time). The album never recovers to the level of I Wanna Destroy although Old Pervert comes close and the title track is a strong finish to the album. There's also lots of excellent off the beaten path guitar on the less strong songs and this gets the LP over the 3 hump. The cover is so cool it might even be better than the song.
A pretty cool marriage of new wave and psych rock. I bopped hard to a lot of these tracks, but there are definitely a couple fumbling ones tht significantly decreased my enjoyment.
Wist niet wat ik moest verwachten. De beschrijving zijn psychedelische rock, maar ik vond het al bij al wel goed
Insanely jealous va megabanger Ja va först sådär att dang dehär låter old skewl å d e e från 2010 men sen kolla ja wikipedia lol
What a gem. Awesome punk rock
Was surprisingly good. Reminded me of a few other artists, though now that I'm rating this a few days late I can't recall who they were. I think Bowie was one that came to mind?
When I was in my twenties many, many years ago I knew a girl who was obsessed with Robyn Hitchcock. The few songs I heard by him I didn’t love. They were too cutesy and clever. But this album I really liked. Great tunes. I’ll definitely listen to this again. 4 stars.
Odd one for 1980. Could have been released in 68 or 92, but this is right down the middle. Better than average though, so I’ll sneak it a cheeky 4.
Big Robyn Hitchcock fan from way back. This a straightforward but super English psychedelic rock album
Note, if you're listening to this on spotify, one of the versions of this album is listed as 2+ hours long. Only the first 10 tracks are actually from this original album. It also says 2010 but the original album was released in 1980. I thoroughly enjoyed this album and could hear its influences in Lou Weed, err Reed, REM, and even a Minutemen track.
Really fun post punk new wave thing - completely new to me - loved it - only fault is slightly awkward lyrics - but otherwise really fun
nunca tinha nem ouvido falar e gostei bastante Gente, como assim um album com 40 musicas? Que loucura
Surprisingly good, but not quite great. Much better than I expected, and much rockier and louder too. Bonus tracks on the Spotify version are actually longer than the original album, for some reason.
Weak 4, catchy and fun
I can tell how this band came to be, and I can hear the influence they had on alt-rock bands of the 80s and 90s. "I Want to Destroy You" is timeless. Kingdom of Love musically sounds like a lost Talking Heads song, but lyrically - kind of gross. Positive Vibrations is the most retro of the songs structurally with elements of The Who, The Byrds, and The Beatles. I Got the Hots is a throw-away track to me, but it sounds a little like Oasis did in their throw-away tracks. Insanely Jealous is like alt-rock Bob Dylan. I love the way it builds. I can't fault this album much. I will throw it in my rotation.
Surprised to enjoy this so much! Can see the influence on Pixies/Stone Roses in some of the jangle pop numbers. I Got The Hots / Insanely Jealous the stand outs
Pretty awesome psychedelic rock
Great Robyn Hitchcock
This album reportedly influenced R.E.M., and you can definitely hear that. I'm just not so sure it stands up on its own. Best track: I Wanna Destroy You
Liked it will probably listen again. Never heard of these guys before.
It wasn't bad, but very long. I could probably find a song or 2 to listen to again.
I didn't listen to the 2 hours worth of bonus tracks but the album was fine up until that.
Enjoyed the songs and sound but album was too long!
it was fairly promising quite disappointing
Su principal pecado es durar más de dos horas. Pero tiene buenas cosas adentro.
cheeky and kind of fun
If give them another listen! Pretty good but nothing caught me
There are some interesting sounds here, but it just doesn't come across as a fun album you want to keep in regular rotation. It's worth the listen one time through, but probably not again.
Un merecido 3 es todo lo que puedo decir... HOY GANA LA U EL MUNDIAL
Its very REM. I guess i dont mind it but i dont really like it much either
3.4 - An exceptionally literate sound, one that draws from and pays homage to tons of influences. I hear nods to 60s rock (Beach Boys, Beatles) to glam (Bowie, TRex) to post punk. “Insanely Jealous of You” is one of the best songs about jealousy I’ve ever heard. Still, I think it’s overall good but not great.
Verrassend gevarieerd en mooie stem.
Yeah pretty good
Om Arie's woorden te gebruiken: Geinig plaatje! Helemaal niet slecht dus, ga ik nog vaker proberen.
There were some good tracks and I quite enjoyed listening to it. A boring ***
Another psychedelic/new wave band that is pretty good, but just didn't do anything special for me.
80's but sounds like the 60's. A strange album with two distinct halves. Not bad.
okay punk rock
Ayy now we're back to the early 80s English post punk... This was good, if it had been just the regular album and maybe a couple of the bonus tracks that were enjoyable. The melodies were a little lighter and even funky at times, which I enjoyed. Unfortunately many of them were just repetitive hooks, rehearsals, and excerpts. But I'll rate it on the merit of the actual album.
Why is the version on spotify so long???? I Googled the original tracklist and listened to the original 36 mins. Definitely did not hate this. Wikipedia says it's influential as it inspired R.E.M and I can totally see that and I respect it. Probs 3.5 stars.
Bang average. Nothing great, nothing truly shite either.
Catchy songs but just not my style
Far too long. 2.5 hours. Music is good though. Rock and roll from 80s.
I mean, I have no idea what I've been listening to, but it's not bad? Didn't listen to all of the bonus tracks, as it takes to album to over two hours and I just don't have that kind of patience currently. I probably won't be listening again, but at least it was decent enough.
Starts strong, gets slightly more whiny towards the middle of the album and then recovers. Overall good album.
This was ok but a bit chaotic for me.
It was alright. "I Wanna Destroy You" was probably my favorite track on the album
yeah pretty good
Interesting tracks here and there punctuated by just enough tongue-in-cheek energy and wild abandon to make things work. Kept me interested enough to listen through all 2.5 hours at least
Føltes ut som en moderne Beatles
Never heard of these Soft Boys before, but they made a good first impression. A bit like an 70s/80s Supergrass. Big points for the batshit lyrics, and decent blend of singalong-ability & post-punky experimentation. 3.5.
Never heard of this band, I imagine they must have a bit of a cult status due to only having 3 albums and not being around for long. But I'm putting that aside, I won't be brainwashed by no cult. There are some genuine tunes on this album, Tonight is a fun singalong and You'll Have to Go Sideways is a really fun riff where it sounds like they accidentally left a synth track in towards the end. I do enjoy the not overly polished demo type vibe with albums like this one. Final bonus points for some laugh-out-loud lyrics (would have gone for 3.5)
When some obscure album from a once obscure artist shows up on the list, it has a backstory that reads something like, "initially panned upon release, only sold 5,000 copies, but everyone one of those people started a band." And often times one of those bands is R.E.M. If the endorsement is from Peter Buck or Mike Mills, I usually end up loving the album. A Michael Stipe shout-out is hit or miss. Apparently Bill Berry never went on record to rave about some forgotten gem. I can hear where R.E.M. got inspired by a lot on this album. Oddly enough, I kept thinking I'd like to hear all of these songs with Michael Stipe's Murmur/Reckoning Era vocals. Actual rating is 3.5, but my appreciation of the album cover isn't quite enough to curve up. I didn't listen to all of the seemingly endless bonus tracks Spotify threw at me. I'm not a monster.
Pop-rock sin estridencias. Batería y guitarras poderosas.
It was fiiiiine
I only had a chance for a quick listen. I didn't like the first song, but after that there were some catchy well crafted pop songs, guitar front and center with occasionally a jangly 60s feel. It's easy to see how this would get ignored in the early days of punk. I like Robyn's voice and it's good to see he's still performing and cranking out albums today and living with a country music singer 30 years younger than he.
I listened to it once and was unimpressed. But something made me hold off on reviewing and listen to it another day. It got better, and I can see how it must have been an interesting crossroads between punk and 80s popular music, but I don't think there's really anything to return to after Track 1.
It was ok
After listening to this album, I don't think I see the similarities between classical and neo-psychedelic. This sounded like a standard UK rock album from the 80s more than any type of psychedelic genre album. Still not bad though. Fav song: kingdom of love
Enjoyable enough, but sometimes I found it faded too far into the background and only came back after a song switch.
More main character energy! Still nothing that really stood out to me though oof :(
Overall good some weird lyrics
Did not enjoy the first 4 songs. Then the album goes into a different direction. "Insanely Jealous of You" sounds like a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song, I like it. The rest are just ok to me, I definitely hear some early proto-punk/Iggy pop-like structures on "He's a Reptile" as well. Beyond that, it's ok.
Am I glad I listened to this? I suppose. Did I enjoy it? Maybe. Will I come back to it? Doubtful.
Underwater Moonlight is a psych-rock with tones of influence from The Beatles, with note of the sitar throughout. Whilst they haven't had much commercial success, they have been credited as early influencers of the likes of REM. Best: I Wanna Destroy You Worst: Old Pervert NOTE: Spotify had ALL of the reissue tracks on the one album. I only listened to the original 10 songs off the album.
The Soft Boys make a soft album
Better than I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed it and gotta give it another spin.
Can hear the influence on the Stone Roses, OK album
OK, but i doubt i will ever remember this band
80s, punky, British, not bad
A compendium of influences. Entertaining.
snappy, uptempo beats; first two tracks are fun, rest are more punk
Not my cup of tea
Wenn das hier einen Eingang findet in die Liste, müsste jedes Parquet Courts Album rein. Slightly underwhelmed 2.5
feels more like a quirky alternate rock album than the psychedelic music i know
Mixed bag for me, this. Very good guitar work throughout, but the vocals are putting me off. In the more melodic songs the harmonies sound quite dated, and I'm just not digging the loose style of the lead vocal in general. In summary, it just falls short of 4 stars.
What a great band name. Ain't never been boys softer than these. This album was not great, but it was actually a lot better than my expectations. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The opener, Destroy You, and the closer, Moonlight, were my faves.
It's okay, but not really my kind of music.
It has nice portions, nothing inherently wrong with it. Very Beatles-esque at points.
First half was better, but overall an enjoyable listen. I think it hasn't really "clicked" for me yet, but I'd give it another try for sure. 3.5 overall, but I will give it a 3.
Glad to hear this, the title track is great and the rest a solid slice of early 80s powerpop/psychedelia.
This album wins the Creepiest Cover Award.
seriously, another album where i wonder what makes it so special for it to be on this list. so many albums could have replaced this album. its not even "bad", its just so .... blah
Starts off good, makes a hard crash
Not an album I needed to hear before I died
too long, over 2 hrs long. catchy choruses but the lyrics are pretty silly.. aka - he's a reptile, vegetable man
Not really my style
Por lo que alcance a escuchar ni está tan malo pero nada espectacular.
Remember them at the time and not bad, but now sounds like a pretty bad attempt at copying the psychedelic greats.
not bad but probably won't listen to it again
Rock with alguna ida de olla. Cantante regular
Washed over me a bit.
Begon aardig maar kon m'n aandacht uiteindelijk niet vasthouden.
Verassend, ik kende dit totaal niet. Begon wel een beetje te vervelen op den duur.
Walked away not remembering anything I’d listened to - all quite average stuff
One or two decent psychedelic songs, but largely forgettable
I didn't listen to it completely because it was way too long, and the songs didn't catch my interest in order to spend 2 hours listening to them.
It was okay.
I listened to it but have forgotten everything. Can't have been that good.
Enjoyed the angular Richard Hell via Beefheart aspects. The rest of it I could take it leave.
Not my style
Catchy from the get go, made me laugh. Positive vibrations sidhar :) A bit cringy. "Would you care for a lump of steak... or a piece of hake". You cringe and then you genuinely laugh. Some songs reminded me of Tim Mitchen or Bill Bailey. The longer it went on the less interested I became though. Maybe influential bringing 60s sound to young 80s kids. I won't be listening again though. Maybe a song or two but not the whole album.
well, it sure as hell did not make me hard
Never heard this before, though the band name sounded familiar. Yeah its grand, like I don't completely hate it, some elements I like, when it sounds a bit more new wave/proto punk, but the more psychadelic elements, the echoey vocals, the hammed up english accents, are not my jam. Would not listen again.
Dull and Really long
somewhat like cheap trick.... but maybe mixed with the beatles?
Was Ok but a bit samey and forgettable. Might enjoy repeat listens but I zoned out mid-way through and didn't even realise when it began replaying songs
I recognize a few of these songs from the 80s ie Underwater moonlight and I got the hots but they really didn’t do much for me back then and they certainly don’t excite me now either. Just not my jam, Waaay to long so I couldn’t get thru it all.
It was not memorable, granted the Friday songs get written on Monday reviews so most are not.
Sometimes listenable, sometimes just to noisy. Regardless, 40+ years later, it's hard to find it special
Eh nothing special, in fact it's kind of bland. Has some pretty late 60s rock sound to it compared to when it was released. 5/10.
Didnt like insanely jealous of you or old pervert.
pretty blank on this one, would not play it again
Sem nada marcante, talvez uma ou outra instrumental .
Although it does feel like it has this mix of The Byrds and Syd Barrett (that everybody talks about) as a major influence, the album never really pulls through and becomes very repetitive, very fast. It has some cool ideas, but they were already being executed by better post-punk bands.
Lose a point for making me listen to a 2.5 hour album 4/10
Listened to it a few times and haven't made a decision on this one yet. 2/5 for now.
Didn't think it was anything too special
Not feeling it at all. 0/5
This album is really not my thing and I had HUGE difficulties listening to it.
Definitely not for me, way way too long (2.5 hr) surfer punk jams 2/10
Eh, pretty bland honestly. Not very engaging.
Does not age well
Best Song: Insanely Jealous of You. An actually intense song that concludes in an interesting crescendo. Worst Song: I Got the Hots. Sounds like a sociopathic, wannabe cowboy learning how to play scales on guitar. Overall: Wholly boring, with the audacity to think I want to listen to 40 songs of very nearly the same song repeating. Would fit well in a book called "1001 Albums It's Totally Fine to Miss Before You Die."
Really liked the first song but they all started to sound the same after that and couldn’t get through all 170 songs to be honest