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What are people's thoughts on this band and their work? I don't see a thread in place to discuss them; their back catalogue is out-of-print. But, they certainly sound my cup of tea - I recall Tom Ewing placing them in the Smiths-Prefab Sprout-Pet Shop Boys lineage, ages back.

What do they sound like? How were they received in the context of their time? How do the respective records compare...?

I only hope I will be able to hear them, without having to pay exortionate prices.

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 21 August 2005 16:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They had a few records played on the Chart Show in the UK on Saturday mornings. I have one of their LPs somewhere. They're not up to much, really. Whispery vocals; understated tunes. I wouldn't pay extortionate prices if I were you.

KeefW (kmw), Sunday, 21 August 2005 21:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Their first video (Chart Show, yes) was one of those that seemed remarkably expensive for an unknown band. I remember feeling the same thing about A-Ha.

the bellefox, Sunday, 21 August 2005 21:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you can't give their records away. i like the 4AD single, the rest declines from there

jimmy glass (electricsound), Sunday, 21 August 2005 22:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you can download the albums for about a dollar from

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 21 August 2005 22:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

here.

They are quite nice, but not as good as I remember thinking they used to be.

(I have no idea where the rest of my last post went)

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 21 August 2005 22:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Nothing" is an amazing song.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 22 August 2005 00:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey baby I hear the blues a'callin'
Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs,
And maybe I seem a bit confused
Well, maybe, but I got you pegged
But I don't know what to do with those
Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
They're callin' again
Frasier has left the building!

electric derby, Monday, 22 August 2005 17:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Interesting.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 22 August 2005 17:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love the 4AD single, the first album is great, and from there they sorta dropped off. But the "Typical" single is nice too.

My favorite track of theirs is "Storm"

And I'd say soundwise they are pretty straight up synthpop, but with lots more "traditional instrumentation" - woodwinds, flutes, etc
Really goregous, and sounded strangely aproppriate the other night in my headphones while lying impatiently and uncomfortably in the dark after waking from a troubling nightmare (and couldn't fall back asleep.)

I think they're unfairly ignored for being less dancey and more twee/wimpy than the remainder of synthpop (and that's saying quite a mouthful)

rentboy (rentboy), Monday, 22 August 2005 17:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Derby, you beat me to it.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 August 2005 17:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i love Wide Awake. just such an appealing formula - the best parts of China Crisis, Lightning Seeds, Prefab Sprout and some really obvious AM tunesmith(s) i can't quite finger. sophisto-pop with a great voice, pretty good lyrics, lush production, and excellent arrangements. and if'n "Bye-bye Little Bird" isn't the best Moose song ever...

Mr. Hal Jam, Friday, 28 September 2007 00:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

They did a great mellow cover of "Anarchy In The UK" on one of their singles. I think it was the one that came in heart-shaped packaging.

Mr. Odd, Friday, 28 September 2007 02:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

the only song of theirs i can remember is "dream kitchen" ... wasn't that the "hit"? p'raps not, as nobody's mentioned it.

anyway. a bad who gave far less than they promised.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 07:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Storm" was a melancholy mope favourite of mine when it came out, which would have been what... 87 or 88? Loved that ep. Still have it on vinyl. Never got anything else.

Trayce, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dream Kitchen was on a cassette given away with Q millions of years ago, that's where I first heard them, I think.

ailsa, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

For some reason, their Sue album has been lying about on my computer desk for months now.
I bought it after a positive review in Record Mirror. I thought they would be Housmartins-ish. As it turned out they were closer to The Beautiful South who emerged the same year. "Sloppy Heart" my favourite track, but I stuck with TBS afterwards.

DavidM, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So looking up info for another thread and reading that lead singer Tim Freeman's brother Martin is Tim from The Office and that the character is based on the singer!

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 14 February 2008 22:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

whaa, that's crazy!

Years ago someone highly recommended their stuff to me, and I have a single lying around that I've never give a fair chance. Must dig that up...

dell, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

My favorite track is "Nothing"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GieeErXHsz0

Spencer Chow, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

That song is awesome.

adam, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Mr. Odd was right about their mellow cover of Sex Pistols' "Anarchy In The UK". I was never the same after I heard that.

Bimble, Friday, 15 February 2008 06:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

something about the wet blanket delicateness of Frazier Chorus that makes for perfect Sunday evening listening

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink

They have a song about going to a Little Chef for dinner ffs

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Hey baby I hear the blues a'callin'
Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs,
And maybe I seem a bit confused
Well, maybe, but I got you pegged
But I don't know what to do with those
Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
They're callin' again
Frasier has left the building!

brimstead, Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

otm

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd totally forgotten about "Nothing" - thanks for reviving the thread!

I remember when this came out I used to confuse them with the Beloved because "Nothing" basically sounds like an alterate take on "The Sun Rising".

yesca, Monday, 11 September 2017 12:43 (two months ago) Permalink

They did a great mellow cover of "Anarchy In The UK" on one of their singles. I think it was the one that came in heart-shaped packaging.

― Mr. Odd, Friday, September 28, 2007 3:32 AM (nine years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This just popped up on a thread somewhere. Unlikely covers or something.

Stevolende, Monday, 11 September 2017 12:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Great band, I was living in Brighton when they were around and saw them a fair few times. Sue was a fine début, especially the singles "Sloppy Heart" and "Typical" which I used to play to death back in the day. Having said that I lost interest after that when they went all trancey-dancey. The cover of "Anarchy" is on the b-side of the "Sloppy Heart" single and the Cherry Red reissue of the album, and is well worth hearing. Funnily enough I always thought Tim bore a passing resemblance to John Lydon which certainly added to the strangeness of their version.

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 11 September 2017 13:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I love "Typical". Unusual song; instead of a chorus it gets that lovely instrumental break instead. Kudos for having the phrase "buggering off" in a song too.

"...and I close my eyes with my eyelids"

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 11 September 2017 13:14 (two months ago) Permalink


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