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Crab Dance G.I’s: Latest Record  (German Shepherd Records)

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Studio-based veteran musicians from the North reveal themselves (again!) to be wry, pop-geniuses who can laugh at their obsessive younger selves.  Ged Babey gets ready to tape the Top 40. 

This is an instant classic.

The Crabbies are probably the best new  ‘singles band’ you’ve never heard of.

This is a song about most of  us. Obsessive fans of post-punk pop music. The generation that started regularly buying vinyl in say 1978. Consumers with a loyalty to our groups which meant we bought every single seven inch on the day of release from the local record emporium, followed our heroes as they went chart-bound after the obligatory Top of the Pops appearance…  and over the years, our loyalty never waned. We still bought the records even though the quality dipped and the artist slipped into a formula…. and we only discussed it amongst our circle of fellow-fanatics.

Yep, like their previous Back In The Day track, Crab Dance G.I’s trade in nostalgia.  But turn it into underground pop gold.  The sort of song which forty years ago would without a doubt have ‘made the To 40’. It’s a pop song about pop songs.

It’s a smart lyric about the relationship between artist and consumer, naivety and commerce, which doesn’t necessarily lay any blame with either party.  The band no doubt recognise themselves and their mates in the lyrics – which are just remembered conversations of the kind all fan-boys had, about the newest artefact they had purchased.

Have a listen – and with the permission of Danny, Craig and Paul, sing along,  using the Smash Hits style lyrics reproduced below.

Have you heard
The latest record
I don’t rate it that much
It’s not as good
As the last one
I think they’re losing their touch
It’s not the classic
Original line up
They’re just living off their name
But I’ll still buy
The latest record
Though it doesn’t sound the same

But I don’t mind
I’m their biggest fan
I’ve got everything they’ve done
I don’t mind
I’m their biggest fan
I need it for my collection

Have you heard
The latest record
I was disappointed
It’s not as good
As the last one
The sound is all disjointed
Though I like the sleeve
The artwork’s naive
With a lyric sheet inside
The words are patchy
The guitar’s scratchy
With a little touch of slide

But I don’t mind
I’m their biggest fan
They’ve just announced another tour
I don’t mind
I’m their biggest fan
Though the ticket sales are poor

Lyrics (C) Crab Dance G.I’s 

So which band is the song about?  New Order?  the Smiths?  Psychedelic Furs?  The Cure?  Which band got progressively worse as time went on?   CDGI’s aren’t saying.  But curiously, I was thinking, that Last Record isn’t actually quite as good as their previous releases …. so perhaps it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts about their own career trajectory?

I would still buy it though. (Winks)

From here


Follow Crab Dance G.I’s on   Facebook  as they have a mini-album compiling their finest moments coming soon…

Other recent releases on German Shepherd I would recommend are the following:

Inferior Complex – I Dream (Remix)

Lizard Brain  – Don’t Even Blink (deregulated mix)


All words by Ged Babey

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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