The Woodentops

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: new wave indie pop 80s alternative seen live indie british post-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 2000s
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At one point, it seemed likely that the Woodentops from Northampton, England, would be commercially successful. After the offbeat ‘Plenty’, a one-off single for the Food Records label in 1984, songwriter Rolo McGinty (guitar/vocals), Simon Mawby (guitar), Alice Thompson (keyboards), Frank de Freitas (bass) and Benny Staples (drums) joined Geoff Travis’ Rough Trade Records and issued a string of catchy singles that fared increasingly well commercially. The jolly ‘Move Me’ was followed by the menacing pace of ‘Well Well Well’ while ‘It Will Come’ seemed a likely hit. The band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Giant, was an enticing mixture of frantic acoustic guitars and a warm yet offbeat clutch of songs. After ‘Love Affair With Everyday Living’ in 1986, McGinty decided on a change in direction, hardening up the Woodentops’ sound and incorporating new technology within their live repertoire. The...

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