The Crowds And The Sounds LP/CD
DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS
You always here them again and again, the old story about justice and injustice within´ the musical landscape of today, the stories of bonfire daydreams from the good old days when the British Music Press at least had a minimum of taste left, stories of young men and women whose ears were glued onto the radio when John Peel marked the start for lifelong musical love affairs simply by putting his favourite records on and providing teenage kick after teenage kick.
Also if those days are aeons ago now and times have changed in too many rotten ways I can´t resist but to strike out a blow for those old times because if there still would be any such thing as justice THEE SPIVS would be on the cover of every British Music Magazine.
Finally and way overdue we would be able to read the title story of a young, dedicated and inspired group of savage young men who formed a phenomenal band instead of being bored by claptrap of the Gallagher´s brothers dirty underwear or celebrity blackouts of some shitty Doherty co-brothers in law.
Even John Peel would rise from his grave and return into his radio studio one more time only to dedicate a special broadcast to those Cider matured East Enders.
Not that the forerunner records "Black And White Memories" and "Taped Up" wouldn´t have had the potential already to offer some special brewed pantie hotspurs between MONKS (UK) and JILTED JOHN Pre-Pubescent Pop played with the ferocity of the SONICS and a definite Raw Records appeal but with "The Crowds And The Sounds" they have cranked out their masterpiece so far, their very own "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" Epic.
Because whereever and whenever, apart from your dirtiest and most loathsome dreams, do you get the chance to listen to a Howard Devoto MAGAZINE like genius re-recording the "And Don´t The Kids Just Love it" record by the TELEVISION PERSONALTIES with the pop sensibility of the BUZZCOCKS or the NOT SENSIBLES not only falling in love with Margaret Thatcher but also deflorating legendary band THE TIMES on an Andy Warhol Poster.
It´s even more than that, if let alone only "Mozart´s Locked Away" would have been recorded 29 years earlier BILLY BRAGG wouldn´t need to agonize about being reduced to "A New England" only anymore because THEE SPIVS would have blown him out of the charts.
Even naming the ostensibly only assosciated with LSD filled giant elephant ballon bunch of PINK FLOYD doesn´t have to scare the long hair out of you because with the song "Weathermen" THEE SPIVS are giving the proof about their knowledge of Syd Barrett´s lingerie raids alongside with Arnold Layne while seeing Emily play.
So if the urine bathed British Music Press isn´t able of recognizing such talent it´s on us at least to pave THEE SPIVS´ way to stardom, fame, unlimited world power and an endless suplly of marmite and baked beans.
Enough unctious words said for now, let´s finally indulge ourselves in a moment of tranquility and wave goodbye to the handlebar moustache of former SPIVS member Dan May who is given his well earned honour and tribute with "Mickey Pearce Waved Goodbye" !