Through time, many bands worth finding more ears have failed to garner the attention that they deserved. Similarly, anyone with an interest in music inevitably knows of a band or two who’ve flown close to genius, maybe even reaching it for a couple of tracks, or even an album, before quality fades, and the band ends up splitting, with the various members going on to make less and less interesting music, to smaller and smaller audiences.
One of the first bands I went to see live was the Boo Radleys, who sit sadly in this category. 1991 and 1992 saw the band deliver two excellent albums – ‘Everything’s Alright Forever’ and the more successful ‘Giant Steps’. Sadly, these were followed by three wretched pop albums, which both destroyed any credibility that the band had built up, and left most people with the memory only of the hopeless ‘Wake Up Boo’.
Anyway, despite this, the quality of the first couple of albums really shouldn’t be overlooked, and the two singles that gave them the foundation to ruin their career are really worth revisiting.
Lazarus live from Glastonbury:
I Hang Suspended live: