Thursday, August 31, 2006

Look out below -- The Fizzbombs

"If you weren't in at least two different bands," vocalist Andrew Tully once said, "something was wrong."

Such was the state of Edinburgh's music scene in the mid- to late-1980s: incestous and chaotic. (Tully, for example, was in both Rote Kapelle and Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes.) Vinyl, instruments, and ideas were frequently exchanged. Lineups morphed, as members departed to spawn their own bands, only to return soon after. Regular gigs were a rare occurence, so schedule conflicts were hardly a concern.

Of those acts, The Fizzbombs ranked at the bottom of the Edinburgh music food chain, below the influential, white-noise popsters Shop Assistants and the Rough Trade-aspiring Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes. (Three members of The Fizzbombs were previously in the latter group.)

The low standing is on account of The Fizzbombs cutting just two releases: the single "Sign On The Line" and The Surfin' Winter EP, which showcased the group's affinity for surf rock. Included on that EP is a thick, fuzzy cover of Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry."

Hear it for yourself. Download: "Cherry, Cherry" by The Fizzbombs.