THE CROOKS – Just Released (1980)

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Undeservedly overlooked, The Crooks got lost in the Mod Revival mania of 1979/1980. The fact that they never laid down a bad track is encapsulated here. It includes all their studio work, one album and two singles A&B sides.
Like all good bands that stand out it’s the songs that make or break it and the Crooks had at least a dozen good ones. Unlike many other mod bands that were accused of miming The Jam, the Crooks had their own sound that tended more towards the guitar driven power pop, never punk, sound. Mod bands tended to have more accomplished musicians than punk or the dreaded “new wave” outfits and the Crooks were no exception, an excellent rhythm section (bass and drums) they also threw in just enough beyond the g/b/d formula in the studio to keep it interesting without ever getting pretentious.

If you like British power pop from the mod revival era (1978 – 1981), or just like power pop, You won’t be disappointed. [Amazon review]

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