“Pelican West” by Haircut One Hundred - album review

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TJR says

The debut album from the London sextet arrived in February, 1982, produced by Bob Sargeant. They lined-up: Nick Heyward (20, vocals, guitars); Les Nemes (21, bass guitar); Graham Jones (20, guitar); Phil Smith (22, saxophone, brass arrangements); Marc Fox (23, congas, percussion) and Blair Cunningham (24, drums). Three chart-bound sounds were housed on the LP, all of which made the Top 10 in the UK: “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)” (Oct-81, #4), “Love Plus One” (6.3) (Jan-82, #3) and “Fantastic Day” (Apr-82, #9). Their lively brand of funk pop is way too clean-cut and polished for my tastes, but that debut single wasn't too bad and the follow up was definitelty a favourite of the 12-year-old me. “Where does it go from here? Is it down to the lake I fear? Ay ay ay ay ay ah, Ay ay ay ay ay ah”. It was very easy to grow out of them.

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A1 [03:06] 5.4.png Haircut One Hundred - Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (Nick Heyward) Pop
A2 [03:34] 6.3.png Haircut One Hundred - Love Plus One (Nick Heyward) New Wave
A3 [03:56] 4.2.png Haircut One Hundred - Lemon Firebrigade (Nick Heyward) Pop
A4 [03:33] 3.1.png Haircut One Hundred - Marine Boy (Nick Heyward) Pop
A5 [02:55] 3.2.png Haircut One Hundred - Milk Film (Nick Heyward) Pop
A6 [04:25] 3.5.png Haircut One Hundred - Kingsize (You're My Little Steam Whistle) (Nick Heyward) Pop
B1 [03:14] 4.3.png Haircut One Hundred - Fantastic Day (Nick Heyward) Pop
B2 [04:03] 4.1.png Haircut One Hundred - Baked Bean (Nick Heyward) Pop
B3 [02:56] 5.2.png Haircut One Hundred - Snow Girl (Nick Heyward) Pop
B4 [03:38] 3.8.png Haircut One Hundred - Love's Got Me In Triangles (Nick Heyward, Les Nemes) Pop
B5 [03:19] 3.6.png Haircut One Hundred - Surprise Me Again (Nick Heyward) Pop
B6 [04:06] 3.3.png Haircut One Hundred - Calling Captain Autumn (Nick Heyward) Pop

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