I had heard about this early group but I had never heard the music.
You know, the articles say that Matt is the lead singer but I just can’t believe that it’s his voice on some of the songs. I thought I would always be able to pick out Matt singing but I’m struggling to make the connection on a couple of these tracks.
Anyway, noted below is where I hear what I’ll call, “Matt’s voice of the future years”:
I just can’t believe that this is Matt singing lead. However, if you listen closely during the mid-song harmonies (i.e. singing “hard” and “yard”), you clearly hear the Matt low voice carry just an extra half second longer than the others.
‘Picture of a Girl’
Definitely a mid-80s sound but a good tune. I’m trying to remember who I think Matt sounds like in this one. I wish I had my CDs in front of me. I’m thinking maybe Modern English or early Squeeze. Anyway, I’m still shocked that Matt ever sounded this way. Towards the end of the song he sounds more like he does in future years. This song also reminds me a little bit of ‘Washington Bridge’ from “Applehead Man”
I know Matt is singing lead. However, you can clearly hear Matt’s future rocking voice towards the end as members take turns repeating the “Oh Rebecca, baby doll inspector” line. I know the main article referred to “weird, lyrical obsessions” but I enjoyed the lyrics of this song and I’m reminded of some of the quirky TS tunes that I still crave today! By the way, I love one of Dan’s “Oh Rebecca” howls about 2/3 of the way through the song.
‘Kiss Away the Tears’
So, clearly, a young Matt is singing lead on this one. But, wow; this song is like a precursor to ‘Reception’! Some riffs and lyrical hooks are clearly the seeds for what later developed on “Are you Shakespearienced”
Thanks Eric! What an absolutely terrific find.