The Very Things: Motortown


One Little Indian 1987. TPLP6.


The Very Things described themselves as Dadaists, which I guess they were but it’s not a helpful guide to what they sounded like.  The problem is that they didn’t really sound like anyone else.  There’s a Cramps style interest in 1950s b movie sci-fi kitcsh, a bit of music hall, some motown (as the name of this mini album suggests) and some mid 80s indie guitar.  That all sounds like a bit of a car crash, but they made some fine records, this being one of them.

They must also be the best thing ever to come out of Redditch, a godforsaken new town just outside Birmingham, which maybe inspired the motortown thing.  An alien landing there could be forgiven for thinking it’s populated by cars and the weird two legged creatures are some sort of parasite they have to endure.

  1. […] – it’s pretty hard to sit still when they come on.  The Very Things have featured here before, and put in a decent showing on Side […]

  2. bugger missed this, their album the bushes scream is superb

    1. I’m getting more download requests than I have time to deal with, but since you’ve got a great blog with some stuff I’m going to grab, I’ll put this at the head of the queue. Give it a few days and check back.

  3. Re-upped

  4. […] from the excellent Radio Session blog asked for a re-up of a fine Very Things album I posted a while back, which reminded me of this equally fine single.  The A side (which I think […]

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