My Top 1000 Songs #343: Box Set Go
The High didn't stick around very long, and never got much play in the States, but "Box Set Go"--lead-off track from their 1990 debut Somewhere Soon--has had my attention since I first stumbled across it back in law school. They were part of the 80s/90s Manchester scene, and it's tough to reference them without the obvious comparisons to the Stone Roses (indeed, the High's guitarist had helped co-found the Roses). Somewhere Soon has a similar early BritPop by way of Paisley Underground sound--vaguely psychedelic, jangly and melodic.
That's particularly notable on "Box Set Go," a winning circular guitar & bass riff with some tastefully deployed piano, an easy earworm that doesn't push any envelopes but is no less entrancing. It's one of those tunes that makes you think, hey, what a nice little number, why didn't these boys go further?Live on tv: