The Jags: Evening Standards (1980)
So, sure, that's the main reason to check out the album. (Though the album version of that tune isn't quite as great as the single, which showed up on a number of compilations.)
Which isn't easy, as Evening Standards is long out of print and never saw a CD release. The bulk of the record (as well as most of the band's second and final LP, No Tie Like A Present) was later included on The Best of the Jags, which did come out on CD -- but, alas, that collection is also out of print, and doesn't stream.
So with the band's music all but disappeared from the face of the planet, you might assume there was little there beyond the one single. But truth be told, the album (as well as it's largely similar sequel) was actually pretty good. Stylistically they sound like the first Joe Jackson album crossed with the Knack, with traces of early Elvis Costello and Squeeze as well -- energetic pop hooks with playful lyrics (when you can make them out through the heavy British accent). Maybe not a lot of songs with real staying power (though a few, like "Tune Into Heaven" and "Woman's World," demonstrate some clever pop-craft), but also no bum notes. Just a solid 40 minutes of jangly, infectious power pop.
Hunt it down, you'll be glad you did.
Here's "Back of my Hand":...and "Tune Into Heaven":Here's an audio rip of "Woman's World":...and "Party Games":...and "Desert Island Discs":
You are the most comprehensive source of Jags streams on the interwebs. Overlooked and underappreciated -- maybe for good reason -- the Jags are etched in my musical brainstem. They hit me at the right time.ReplyDelete
Likewise. Not sure it would grab me the same way if I first heard it today, but they captured that moment of new wave/power pop convergence perfectly.Delete
Nancy Drew where are you? Feel free to get in touch again. -JeffDelete