CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

October 2008

THE ISLE OF MAN I Want My Records Back

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email: theisleofman@hotmail.com

When I put this cd on, my first thought was Cool, an Aboriginal reggae band! And I was digging it. I was still digging it when I opened up the bio sheet and found out that The Isle Of Man are a four-piece bunch of boys – definitely white – and living out their rock and roll dreams in Melbourne.

'I Want My Records Back' is a great song, and, in a roundabout way, the reply to Carol Bayer Sager's hit 'You're Moving Out Today' from 1977. She says 'so pack your toys away/your 45s away/your funny cigarettes/your sixty-one cassettes' and he says back to her, in a laidback drawl, ‘I want my records back’. (I’d quote some more lyrics from the Isle Of Man song here, but found them a bit hard to work out).

The other two songs have a similar feel to 'I Want My Records Back', something to do with the rhythm guitar, but that's not a bad thing as both 'I'm A Foolish Man' and 'For The Hundredth Time’ are good'ns, too, with the latter being a bit of a grower. There's an overall sound to The Isle Of Man songs - a confident 60s-style pop attitude. Funny how I originally heard Australian reggae!

The Isle Of Man cite The Kinks, Zombies, Elvis Costello and XTC as inspiration so they get full marks for having good taste. Their three-tracker cd was recorded by Paul Maybury from fellow-Melbournites Rocket Science and the songs have a warm, bouncy sound to them. We look forward to hearing more 'sussed, toe-tapping Kinksian pop' from the lads. – ND

P.S. the old Kriesler (well, that's my guess) stereo system looks pretty cool in the cd insert, too!


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THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
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THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
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LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
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PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
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BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
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Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
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the MP3's - July 2004
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