THE BOYS – st [1977]

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“Although they were swiftly overtaken by the emergence of a custom-crafted power pop movement, for much of 1977-1978 the Boys reigned supreme in the bright and breezy bubble punk stakes, simply churning out a succession of two-to-three-minute gems that flooded not only their albums and singles, but also the realms of the alter-ego Yobs. Patently influenced by the Ramones but readily avoiding the most obvious traps by virtue of their own understanding of what made a pop song tick, the Boys’ first two singles, “I Don’t Care” and “The First Time,” remain period classics, while their debut album, September 1977’s The Boys, went on to nibble the U.K. Top 50 at a time when such glories were still a rare achievement. Tightly scything guitars, sharply embroidered keyboards, and Kid Reid’s contagiously imploring vocals dominate the proceedings, a relentlessly crisp buzzsaw whine that is as melodic as it is fast and as irresistibly singalong as it is either. Time, the enemy of so many punk-era artifacts, hasn’t dented the album’s pleasures; indeed, it might even have heightened them, as a direct line of descent to the modern likes of Green Day is revealed in living neon.” [Dave Thompson]

 

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”The Boys debut album is one of the great overlooked records of the UK punk scene. Fourteen tracks of exciting, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll, in a touch over 28 minutes, of a rare quality that rivals even the mighty Ramones early albums. Punk Rock heaven.”

”Track after track bear witness to the amazing energy, sense of melody and creativeness of The Boys, arguably the best melodic punk band alongside The Buzzcocks.”

“What to buy after you got the SEX PISTOLS, CLASH, RAMONES, BUZZCOCKS, DAMNED & GENERATION X albums? THE BOYS, baby!!!!!  You only need to know 2 chords to make a killer riff and the BOYS prove that left and right on their debut. Super cool ’77 punk. Don’t miss out.”

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(((o)))

 

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