|Produced by Pat Collier|
|Released on 1993|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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F un? Only if your idea of it is bratpop covered in prickly hairs that run skin deep and not a centimeter more. You see, there are a lot of bands that do this sort of thing better. A lot. Teenage Fanclub, Oasis, Flaming Lips, Shirk Circus. And unless an Oasis is the center of your universe, you don’t need to probe the peripheral plutos like Dig and The Candy Skins. I only ended up here because of the damn trouser press. They invoked The Buzzcocks and The Beatles. B real. Others have likened them to Nick Lowe. Not even clowes. Fun? is merely mainstream alternative rock, an oxymoron in an age where everybody is doing (and listening to) what everybody else isn’t. Albums like this terrify me because they make plain that only a thin line separates inspired genius from inspired knockoff. The Candy Skins want so much to be loved that they’ll slip into anyone’s skin once: Elvis Costello (“The House at the Top of the Hill”), Flaming Lips (“Grass”), Oasis (“Everybody Loves You”), Teenage Fanclub (“Everything Just Falls Apart on Me”). More politician than musician, they’re making the music they think you want to hear. At least that’s the impression that I get. I wanted to like them, or any band where someone has the fashion non-sense to wear a red, rubber, devil’s skullcap. But you can’t be alternative and mainstream at the same time without pissing off one of the parties. Worst track? Let’s take over the world. No one should have to work so hard to make David Geffen money. The Candy Skins do have talent. “Wembley” is ample proof. But the fact is that The Buzzcocks rocked harder, better, faster fifteen years before, and not until they have a room all to themselves in the rock hall of fame will I accord The Candy Skins an inch of anything.
|DGCD-24494 back sleeve|
NICK BURTON -- lead guitar, vocals
MARK COPE -- rhythm guitar, vocals
NICK COPE -- lead vocals and acoustic guitar
JOHN HALLIDAY -- drums
KARL SHALE -- bass guitar
Nick Muir -- keyboards
Kevin Reagan -- art direction/design
Walter Wick -- cover photo
Angus Girvan -- band photos
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