Give it to the Soft Boys!

Robyn Hitchcock’s original band, The Soft Boys were definitely in a class of their own in the late seventies/early eighties. Highly reminiscent of ¬†Syd Barrett’s absurd psychedelic style yet also infused with punk’s manic new energy, their sound was very distinctive and instantly likeable.

 

 

 

The Soft Boys released a pile of singles and 2 full LPs during this time period: A Can of Bees, which still had that raw punk edge, and the classic Underwater Moonlight, which really saw the band stretch into a formidable psychedelic pop outfit with a sound all of their own. Much of Robyn Hitchcock’s solo material is also very good, but I have not heard the Soft Boys reunion album from 2002, Nextdoorland.

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