|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s alternative rock indie rock college rock seen live jangle pop indie georgia paisley underground|
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This quartet was formed in Marietta, Georgia, USA, in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist Murray Attaway and guitar player Jeff Walls, initially as a vehicle to perform renditions of Civil War songs. However, with a line-up of Robert Crowe (bass) and John Poe (drums), they went on to specialize in guitar-led songs with impassioned and wilful lyrics, in a manner that prefigured the 90s rise of Grant Lee Buffalo. Mainly written by Attaway, who once led a Yes covers band, these songs looked at Americana, personal disasters and spirituality - notably a fascination with southern Baptist culture summed up by one critic as gospels, damnations and hallelujahs. Named after a soldiers history of the World War II Guadalcanal campaign, the group made its debut in 1983 with the EP Watusi Rodeo. Two of the songs also appeared on their first long-player, as did Watusi Rodeo, which had given the EP its title but which had not actually featured. Afforded the...