Being that I was five years old at the time of Underwater Moonlight’s release, I came to know of the group, not directly, but through their influence on much of the (more interesting) music of the mid-late ’80s and nineties. A new wave, post punk cross-breed, this Byrds and Captain Beefheart obsessed group must have seemed incredibly out of place at the time, which is most definitely why they never achieved any of the acclaim of their peers. As it would play out vocalist Robyn Hitchcock would go on to inhabit cult-like status with his work with the Egyptians.
If you’re a fan of Hitchcock’s latest incarnation, the Venus 3, or his past projects give these neo-classics a download. I’m sure I’ll be listening to a few of these flying cross-country back to the east coast for the holidays this evening. Cheers.
Elsewhere: Nice audio interview with Hitchcock on NPR’s World Cafe December 7, 2006 .
MP3: The Soft Boys :: I Wanna Destroy You
MP3: The Soft Boys :: I Got The Hots
MP3: The Soft Boys :: Old Pervert
Amazon: The Soft Boys :: Underwater Moonlight
Love Is All :: Nine Times That Same Song
Elsewhere: Like Swedish pop? Then you’ll want to regularly visit Swedes Please.