My family are still just about talking to me, as every so often a gem will shine through the vast muddy field that is the BBoHS week 2: The Alarm – Army of Lovers. In case you missed last week’s debut installment, I am surviving lockdown by (in part) working through the BBoHS A-Z. Rules were in last week’s post, so it’s straight into an observation and then the finds.
Observation: you think this will be a voyage into the deep past, the charts that existed way before you were even born (in my case 1965) and golden hour hits that had already slipped off Radio 1 by the time you got there. Wrong. It’s actually a voyage into the 80s – 00s (my penultimate edition is from 2004 when download were already being counted). And here’s one reason why my listening is dominated by boybands, grunge landfill and faceless dance. The lowest place in the charts that is included was from 1978 on 75. Until 1960 it was a top thirty, so barely half the post-78 total. It expanded to become 40, 42 for one week in the seventies, then a top 60. Someone clever can work out the percentages, but it explains why my listening is massively weighted to 1978 on.
Now the finds. One here – the truly obscure Bobby Angelo and the Tuxedos from the wasteland of the early 60s. A fine cut of UK rock and roll, nothing particularly innovative but really well put together, especially the surfin’birdesque guitar.
One more unearthed gem find, a sophisticated jazz-disco-funk obscurity from 1979, in the comments together with a right old curio.