88 - Trapped and Unwrapped by Friends Again 1984
I'm afraid this is almost a repeat post from a week of posts I did on this band and what it splintered into a while back
One lp , 4 singles , 3 of which would be in a top 125 of my favourite singles was all that Friends again delivered before Chris Thomson and James Grant broke up the band to form the Bathers and Love and Money. From a time when Scottish music meant big guitars with short straps , a pop, soul , funk cross over , sharp cheek bones, and obtuse lyrics.
Trapped and Unwrapped is one great jangly summer record, close to Orange Juice in spirit but also Haircut 100 in sound it is a lost pop classic with every track a potential single.
State of Art used to be a fixture on pretty much every compilation cassette i made and forced on people and is so good that it manages to transcend the awful video. It features a guitar solo that James Grant would take with him along with the band's rhythm section to Love and Money
For Honey at the core not strictly a Friends Again clip but a relatively recent acoustic version from Chris Thomson and James Grant. The quality is not good but worth having a look for a spine shiver moment. The lyrics were always a puzzle and for years i though he was on about Barbara Castle falling down as some political statement! I was never quite sure about the moon boots fixation either.
Finally Sunkissed which would have could have been the title for the whole lp
Sunkissed - Friends Again
oh yeah my my
a dated sound but timeless pop which I cant help feeling I should have put a lot higher
As with the last post if you want to buy a copy then good hunting