Friday, April 17, 2009

The Nerves - One Way Ticket
Alive Natural Sound

Fresh outta the Bomp vaults this largely unreleased set shows The Nerves parlayed a non-procrastination belter of brash power pop that label legend Greg Shaw specialised in, y’know the sorta svelte swish sashays with slightly lip-smacking bittersweet tongue stains that The Beatles did as saccharine lachrymose shite in their early days, before they, like, invented psychedelia and Bono Lennon and shit, and before it all got cooped into a media pen as new wave. Anyway, this contains their only official EP release along with tracks slated for the follow up (being the Byrds 8 mile high on a rocket to Russia with a hip-flask of brace of Paper Dolls and One Way Ticket), lives, demos and the stunning fizz-frenzy of Walking Out On Love from breakaway band, erm, The Breakaways should be purchased for many more reasons – one being the Jack Lee solo It’s Hot Outside - than they being the originators of Blondie’s mainstream smash/crash Hanging On The Telephone, feature country-folk troubadour Peter Case in early incarnation and blatantly the band that the lonely, Loney-less Flamin’ Groovies sold their Gretsches for on the bland Jump In The Night late seventies era. File under lost classic with bile, style and baby, worth using up a little of your time.
Stu Gibson

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