Defend The Indefensible: Reef

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Bah your Beautiful South love defeated me but surely this will be your downfall!

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 19 August 2003 23:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gary Stringer went to my school, you know.

(That is not a defense... as far as I am concerned, there is none. We had to endure ALL of their singles at ALL of the school discos, for one thing, which made them even more hellish than they already were.)

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 19 August 2003 23:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you found my gold! tuck in

captain birdseye (blueski), Tuesday, 19 August 2003 23:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh come on, "Set The Record Straight" isn't THAT bad, Tom.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 05:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't they do that "place your hands upon my hole" song? That was pretty good in a "he didn't say what I thought he said" kinda way.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 08:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh come on, "Set The Record Straight" isn't THAT bad, Tom.

except it actually sounds like Robbie Williams

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 09:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

At least they're not from Cornwall.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 09:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Their defining moment was doing the jingle "IT'S YOUR LETTERS, IT'S YOUR LETTERS" to the tune of "Place Your Hands" on TFI Friday - that's how bad they were.

Oh yes, and does anyone remember "Yer Old"?

gobemouche, Wednesday, 20 August 2003 10:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It was kind of fun singing "oh plaaace youuurr hands, on my pole... and your fiiiiingers in mah hole" at the age of 17. And the bit when he went "orlroight now!" was amusing.

They were probably quite good at surfing. And they're not the Stereophonics.

That's the best I can manage.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 10:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like "Place your hands."

You hate fun.

fin

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 10:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Right. Here we go.

1; They're from the South West.
2; They're good at football.
3; I do a fucking mean Gary Stringer impression.
4; One of them was called Kenwyn House which is surely the name of some stately home somewhere.
5; They do that retro-rock holler thing MUCH better than Kings Of Leon, who are just boring by comparison but get props cos they're really American.
6; I do a fucking mean Gary Stringer impression.

That's it.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 11:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

4. Select assumed the same as you and looked for the "real" Kenwyn House. As I recall they failed to find one, despite locating the home of Kynwyn-named places and things (Truro).

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 12:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

4. Select assumed the same as you and looked for the "real" Kenwyn House. As I recall they failed to find one, despite locating the home of Kenwyn-named places and things (Truro).

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 12:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

  • "Place your hands" was not too bad....
  • In the videogram for the gramophone of the same name, the long haired bloke with the voice wears a grey cardigan not unlike the one I wore to school in my younger days!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Summer's In Bloom" and "I Would Have Left You" on their Glow album are alright.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I liked 'Place Your Hands' -- but I'm not sure how well it's aged (I'm not optimistic). Gary Stringer sounds like he's trying too hard to be Mick Jagger.

person#0 (person#0), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

defend Reef? 'Place Your Hands' is great to dance to. Existence justified!

pete b. (pete b.), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 14:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

just about every song they ever did was better than 'Place Your Hands', fwiw... i like 'em, though i don't own any records and wouldn't necessarily want to play them. good fun live, though... in a dumb, sweaty, drunk/stoned way.

stevie (stevie), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Just found out that they took their name by jumbling the letters around in the name of their favorite band, Free. A shame, that, but I do like a couple of tracks off of Glow. Then again, I liked a Kula Shaker track or two in my day. Bear in mind that I was drunk a lot of the time.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 13 February 2004 17:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Impossible. I know of few things more pathetic than Brits (or at least people from the British isles) trying to sound typically American...

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 14 February 2004 02:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Beatles
Kinks
Rolling Stones
Animals
Led Zeppelin
Deep Purple
Joe Cocker
David Bowie
Cream
Primal Scream
Free
The Who
Tom Jones
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Van Morrison
Spencer Davis Group
John Lennon
Thin Lizzy
Elvis Costello

Silly Geir, Saturday, 14 February 2004 03:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

"Just found out that they took their name by jumbling the letters around in the name of their favorite band, Free."

amazing

jabba hands, Monday, 4 February 2008 04:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mighta faired better if they'd called themselves FEER.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And they're not the Stereophonics.

This is a flawless defence of anything in the world, except the Stereophonics.

chap, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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IN MOIIIIIIIII HOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL#
ALLLLLLLROIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHTT

Dom Passantino, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I quite like the AROIGHT-AH! bit.

chap, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

As far as singalong student anthems of the late 90s go, there's a lot worse.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The guy's gurny face is quite amusing.

chap, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

whenever i hear of this band i think of "it's your letters, it's your letters" above all else.
moral = if you are reef, even chris evans is going to make fun of you.

Frogman Henry, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they were not as bad as the more 'serious' retro bands of the late 90s.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They had a number of bands doing an 'It's Your Letters' jingle on TFI, and Reef won a phone vote as I remember. The runner-up was Faith No More, with Mike Patton screaming the line over distorted guitars. But for a quirk of fate, Patton could be known in this country to this day primarily as the 'It's Your Letters' guy.

chap, Monday, 4 February 2008 14:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

They only made four studio albums, what exactly is there to put on 9 CDs?

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Monday, 21 January 2013 15:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Their unreleased masterpiece, Fart Sounds

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 January 2013 15:59 (six years ago) Permalink

ILX pre-covers... no wait don't bother.

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Monday, 21 January 2013 16:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe Chief Keef and Reef could collaborate on an album called 'That's How I Spell Relief'.

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Monday, 21 January 2013 16:04 (six years ago) Permalink

or 'releef'

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Monday, 21 January 2013 16:06 (six years ago) Permalink

No results found for "gary stringer bell".

kind of surprised by this tbh?

▼ardkore mort▼ (DJ Mencap), Monday, 21 January 2013 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Just found out that they took their name by jumbling the letters around in the name of their favorite band, Free. A shame, that

attempt to look intentionally nerdy, awkward or (thomp), Monday, 21 January 2013 16:11 (six years ago) Permalink

The fact that they loved Free was enough to get me to pull up "Place Your Hands" on YouTube.

(elapsed time = 30 seconds)

Fuck this band.

誤訳侮辱, Monday, 21 January 2013 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

ftr the lyric is "place your hands on my hope". similar to "Kiss On My Lips", one wouldn't place their hands ON one's hole, but IN it. it wrecks the perfection of the rhyme but well...that's Reef.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 22 March 2014 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

(and yes I know the song is "Kiss on My List", but that was another 'misheard'.)

Neanderthal, Saturday, 22 March 2014 20:26 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

fuck this band

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 January 2019 23:49 (five months ago) Permalink

shan’t

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 10 January 2019 23:52 (five months ago) Permalink

I once saw Reef and Kula Shaker (when they were The Kays) on the same bill and it was, well, a really good show.

I'll get my coat.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink


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