BFC 40861 Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway
Produced by Scott Litt and Rolo
Released on 1988
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N ot as joyous a record as Giant, but fitfully smart in spots. It’s strange to see The Woodentops developing still, considering the bridge ran out after Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway. Even producer Scott Litt (R.E.M.) couldn’t reign in Rolo McGinty, and label Rough Trade lived up to its name. Their last record is as itchy as anything they’ve released, contagious too but not an itch that everyone will need to scratch. Honestly, if you're only going to buy one Woodentops album, Giant stands the tallest. Those still curious would do well to pick up their singles compilations. Only if you need more Woodentops (and why wooden you?) does their final studio album enter the picture. Rolo and the rest of the band make self-pleasing pop music, which is fine since their tastes lean toward the adventurous, but not everyone wants to be intellectually and artistically challenged by pop music. (They call it “pop” for a reason.) And the margins of new wave’s manifesto are crammed with commentary from miniature emperors: Art of Noise, Big Country, The Call, Thomas Dolby, etc. Rolo McGinty and The Woodentops were just one more group of explorers scaling the mountain with flag in hand, a sovereign to themselves. They took a different path, intersecting artists as far apart as The Crammps and The Smiths, but never arrived near the top of the mountain (though they did get a peek at it on occasion). To its credit, Wooden Foot Cops marches forward irregardless of fate (a point the first two tracks would seem to address). The earlier records were more energized, more innocent, but the wordy Wooden Foot Cops is Woodentops from head to toe, so don’t be scared.

BFC 40861 back cover BFC 40861 picture sleeve
BFC 40861 back cover BFC 40861 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. MAYBE IT WON'T LAST    3:01
  2. THEY CAN SAY WHAT THEY WANT    4:14
  3. YOU MAKE ME FEEL    3:08
  4. WHEELS TURNING    5:16
  5. STOP THIS CAR    3:18
  6. HEAVEN    4:04
  7. WHAT YOU GIVE OUT    3:26
  8. TUESDAY WEDNESDAY    3:28
  9. IN A DREAM    3:27

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. YOU MAKE ME FEEL (LATE NIGHT MIX)
  11. I WANT YOUR LOVE
  12. KEEP A KNOCKIN'
  13. HALLELUJAH
  14. WHY

    All songs written by Rolo

CREDITS

FRANK DE FREITAS -- bass guitar and vocals
SIMON MAWBY -- guitar and vocals
ROLO -- acoustic guitar and vocals
BENNY STAPLES -- drums and vocals
ANNE STEPHENSON -- violin, keyboards and vocals
Gary Lucas -- slide guitar
Mark Lussana Tunkara -- voice
Fred Maher -- percussion assistance
June Miles -- kingston-voice
Lee Scratch Perry -- spiritual assistance
Doug Wimbish -- bass
Bernie Worrel -- clavinet
PANI.C -- sleeve

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1988 Rough Trade LP/CD/CS ROUGH/CD/ROUGHC 127 picture sleeve
US 1988 Columbia LP/CD/CS BFC/CK 40861 picture sleeve
GRC 1988 Rough Trade LP VG50352 picture sleeve
  April 19, 2002 Cherry Red CDX CDMRED208 w. bonus tracks

 

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