Monday, 17 October 2016

REWIND: The Boo Radleys - 'C'mon Kids'

Time once again to rewind back exactly 20 years ago for more of the wonderful music that entered the charts this week in 1996. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

The Top 10 in the UK singles chart from 20 years ago this week (13 October 1996 - 19 October 1996) features a few great songs (B.B.E, Babybird, The Chemical Brothers) as well as some awful ones (Mark Morrison, Boyzone's atrocious Bee Gee's cover 'Words'). See the full chart rundown from that week HERE. This guitar-heavy single from The Boo Radleys was a new entry at number 18.

Despite the band releasing the incredible and majorly underrated album 'Kingsize' a couple of years later, 'C'Mon Kids' turned out to be their final UK Top 20 hit single. Like many others, I first heard of this band via their joyous 1995 hit 'Wake Up Boo', and thanks to radio and TV not giving their subsequent material the exposure it deserved, I didn't hear any more new music from the group until the 1998 single 'Free Huey'. After 'Wake Up Boo' and its parent album 'Wake Up' proved to be the band's breakthrough, 'C'Mon Kids' was seen as a deliberately difficult departure from the previous record. However, frontman Sice stated a few years later that "We didn't want to scare away the hit-kids, we wanted to take them with us to somewhere that we'd not been before. All we wanted to do was make a different type of album than Wake Up... All we wanted to do was try something new - to keep ourselves fresh and interested. We were very surprised to find that it was seen as a deliberate attempt to scare away newly created fans. That would have been an extremely foolish thing to do."

The album went to number 20 in the UK album charts.

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