In Tape, 1988. ITT056
Writing about the long tracks on Dexy’s Don’t Stand Me Down put me in mind of this very fine Robert Lloyd single which clocks in at a hefty 9 minutes or so, but like Dexy’s, doesn’t outstay its welcome.
Robert Lloyd is mostly known as a founder member of The Nightingales, but he had a brief stint in the late 80s as a solo artist, initially on Marc Reilly’s In Tape, then Virgin. He also used to run Birmingham’s Vindaloo Records who were responsible for discovering Ted Chippington (he justified his existence by this alone) and Fuzzbox.
His solo career didn’t go well at all, but it wasn’t for want of good material. This single is as good as anything I bought that year; a wonderful song played with a real energy complete with Stone Roses style drumming, a year before the Stone Roses really made it big. The B sides aren’t too shabby either. I have no idea what the “New Four Seasons” thing is about though. He doesn’t sound anything like them.
Further listening: well none of his solo material is available, but the Nightingales are soldiering on and always worth a listen. Their current album No Love Lost is as good as anything they’ve done, which is no mean feat with a back catalogue like theirs.