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Crab Dance GI’s: Back In The Day  (German Shepherd)

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Bittersweet perfect-pop-song about nostalgia & regret from Manchester studio-based band.

This is perfect-pop.

An instant classic.

Easy-listening perhaps, but a double-edged slice of cosy nostalgic sweetness and melancholy bitter regret.

It could only be from Manchester…

That New Order/ Smiths / Electronic vibe.

It is almost pastiche. A knowing parody? Nah.  It’s good in its own right.

It’s a song about the past and a song about now.

‘Back In The Day’ is an often used phrase. A favourite of what Mark E Smith called ‘look-back bores’. I use it quite a bit…  But Crab Dance G.I’s reclaim it and load it with romance and melody…

It is a song about memory, a song about ageing, a song about love.

A song about regret?  Maybe.

A song about nostalgia?  Definitely.

A song about good times and a song about bad, but weighing them up and deciding the former comes out on top.

A song about how it’s bloody 2019 already and every one we loved from stage and screen is dying, or so it seems.

Or it could be just a catchy pop song.

Have a listen.

PR info,,,,

Based around the writing partnership of Danny Cusick (KIT B, Hidden Gem) and Craig Bodell (Hidden Gem) the new single “Back In The Day” is a bitter-sweet slice of Manchester pop music looking back to the heady days of the early 1980s.  Primarily a studio based project Crab Dance G.I. can be found on Facebook

I had a look back at their previous work and Crab Dance GI’s seem to have written a song about me and my ‘Punk Throwback’ mates…. called Dayglo Dave. I was so insulted I almost scrapped this piece in a fit of punk rock pique!   But I have one foot in the past, one in the present, and (try to) look to the future … the same as them – the bloody synth’n’guitar pop Manc throwbacks.


All words 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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