Subway Organization 1987. SUBORG4
I’ve been quite rude about the Subway stuff I’ve posted in the past (sorry Tom), but I must say, digging this out decades after I last heard it was a pleasant surprise. Yes, it has all the features of Subway which I don’t think have aged too well, but somehow here it works much better.
Stars of the show are The Flatmates with the final track, Love Cuts. It has all the Flatmates’ hallmarks – corny tune with worse lyrics, badly played and sung but I actually really like it, although I’m not really certain why. It’s the bit at the end which particularly works – all they’re doing is strumming their way through the chords which make up the song, but it had me jumping around the room. They obviously knew it was good – it’s the only time I can think of that a Flatemates track goes beyond a couple of minutes. The preceding track by Bubblegum Splash, The 18.10 To Yeovil Junction achieves something similar although not quite as well. The Razorcuts come up trumps with the hilarious Big Pink Cake. If you’re going to be twee, you might as well go completely over the top with it. The rest is fairly standard Subway stuff, good if that’s what you’re into, although Rodney Allen just makes me want to listen to Billy Bragg, who did the same thing infinitely better.
This is a sequel to Take The Subway To Your Suburb which I’ve re-upped. In fact the two albums were released together on CD at some point (in Japan I think).