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Underwater Moonlight [10 Tracks] [Digipak]
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Album: Underwater Moonlight [10 Tracks] [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Wanna Destroy You
2)    Kingdom of Love
3)    Positive Vibrations
4)    I Got the Hots
5)    Insanely Jealous
6)    Tonight
7)    You'll Have to Go Sideways
8)    Old Pervert
9)    Queen of Eyes
10)    Underwater Moonlight
1)    He's a Reptile
2)    Vegetable Man
3)    Strange
4)    Only the Stones Remain
5)    Where Are the Prawns
6)    Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
7)    Dreams
8)    Black Snake Diamond Rock
9)    There's Nobody Like You
10)    Song #4
11)    Empty Girl
12)    Have a Heart Betty (Mark 2)
1)    Rock 'n' Roll Toilet (Mark 2)
2)    Old Pervert (Section 1)
3)    Like a Real Smoothie
4)    Alien
5)    Bloat [Extract]
6)    Underwater Moonlight [Early Version]
7)    She Wears My Hair
8)    Wang Dang Pig
9)    Old Pervert (Section 2)
10)    Insanely Jealous
11)    Leave Me Alone
12)    Goodbye Maurice or Steve
13)    Old Pervert (Section 3)
14)    Cherries
15)    Amputated
16)    Over You
17)    I Wanna, Er
18)    Old Pervert (Section 4)
 

Album: Underwater Moonlight [10 Tracks] [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Wanna Destroy You
2)    Kingdom of Love
3)    Positive Vibrations
4)    I Got the Hots
5)    Insanely Jealous
6)    Tonight
7)    You'll Have to Go Sideways
8)    Old Pervert
9)    Queen of Eyes
10)    Underwater Moonlight
1)    He's a Reptile
2)    Vegetable Man
3)    Strange
4)    Only the Stones Remain
5)    Where Are the Prawns
6)    Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole
7)    Dreams
8)    Black Snake Diamond Rock
9)    There's Nobody Like You
10)    Song #4
11)    Empty Girl
12)    Have a Heart Betty (Mark 2)
1)    Rock 'n' Roll Toilet (Mark 2)
2)    Old Pervert (Section 1)
3)    Like a Real Smoothie
4)    Alien
5)    Bloat [Extract]
6)    Underwater Moonlight [Early Version]
7)    She Wears My Hair
8)    Wang Dang Pig
9)    Old Pervert (Section 2)
10)    Insanely Jealous
11)    Leave Me Alone
12)    Goodbye Maurice or Steve
13)    Old Pervert (Section 3)
14)    Cherries
15)    Amputated
16)    Over You
17)    I Wanna, Er
18)    Old Pervert (Section 4)
 
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Performer Notes
  • The Soft Boys: Kimberly Rew (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, bass); Robyn Hitchcock (vocals, guitar, bass); Morris Windsor (vocals, drums); Matthew Seligman (bass).
  • Additional personnel: Andy King (sitar); Gerry Hale (violin).
  • Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
  • Personnel: Kimberley Rew (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Robyn Hitchcock (vocals, guitar); Morris Windsor (vocals, drums); Andy King (sitar); Gerry Hale (violin).
  • Recording information: James Morgory, AK (06/1979-06/1980); Spaceward (06/1979-06/1980).
  • Photographers: Rosalind Kunath; Mark Jordan .
  • After recording the material that would later comprise the bulk of Invisible Hits, the Soft Boys recorded their masterpiece, the shimmering neo-psychedelic Underwater Moonlight. Essentially, the band didn't change their style for the record -- they merely perfected it. The Soft Boys don't hide their influences -- whether its the ringing guitars of the Beatles and Byrds or the surreal humor of John Lennon and Syd Barrett -- but they assimilate them, resulting in a fresh, edgy take on '60s guitar pop. Robyn Hitchcock's subject matter tends to be more explicitly weird and absurdist than his influences, as titles like "I Wanna Destroy You," "Old Pervert," and "Queen of Eyes" indicate -- even "Kingdom of Love" equates romance to bugs crawling under your skin. But the lyrics aren't the only thing that are edgy -- the music is too. The Soft Boys play pop hooks as if they were punk rock. "I Wanna Destroy You" isn't overtly threatening like their post-punk contemporaries, but with its layered guitar hooks and dissonant harmonies, it is equally menacing. Furthermore, the group can twist its songs inside out and then revert them to their original form, as evidenced by "Insanely Jealous." Although the neo-psychedelic flourishes are fascinating, the key to record's success is how each song is constructed around rock-solid hooks and melodies that instantly work their way into the subconscious. In fact, that's the most notable thing about Underwater Moonlight -- it updates jangling, melodic guitar pop for the post-punk world, which made it a touchstone for much of the underground pop of the mid-'80s, particularly R.E.M. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (3/16/01, p.69) - "...[Their] 1980 masterpiece....making a strong case for the Boys' oddball genius." - Rating: A

Q (12/92, p.154) - 3 Stars - Good - "...this has rightly been adjudged a stylistic tour de force..."

CMJ (3/26/01, p.12) - "...One of Robyn Hitchcock's most memorable batch of songs, as evidenced by just how imaginative and timeless it still sounds today..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "'I Wanna Destroy You' and 'Insanely Jealous' keep the neurotic faith....It's irradiated by Hitchcock's gamma-ray imagination..."

Mojo (Publisher) (5/01, p.122) - "...60s songcraft, outer imagery, and 3-part harmony....it is hard to think of a better record made in England in 1980..."

NME (Magazine) (3/10/01, p.32) - 8 out of 10 - "...A wonderful album...A Freudian slip down a particularly unnerving rabbit hole, a Bacon-esque landscape of slithery things with teeth where they shouldn;t be..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a bit of punk rush, a swoosh of psychedelia and much lyrical playfulness."
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