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.
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.