THE BOYS - BOYS ONLY (RSD 2022 / ORANGE VINYL)
Reissue, originally released in 1980. Despite strong followings in Holland and Norway, where keyboardist Casino Steel hailed from, London power-pop pioneers the Boys never achieved the British breakthrough they were due, and after three albums failed to chart, Steel quit, making more space for the twin-guitar attack of Matt Dangerfield and frontman Honest John Plain. Final album Boys Only held echoes of the Ronettes' riveting harmonies, the rock excess of Johnny Thunders, and punky pop of the Ramones. "Miss You" is a country punk salute to John Wayne and "Weekend" has been belatedly acknowledged as an edgy pop masterpiece. In short, a great Boys swansong. Gatefold sleeve; orange vinyl.