A few years ago I invited some friends from Holland to visit me in Weston-super-Mare, gave them a tour of the town and we had a few drinks. A few months ago, out of the blue, one of them posted me a link to a Youtube video filmed in Weston, "When the Lights Go Out" by Crybaby: a very surreal video of a man dressed as a bear wandering around an empty seaside town. I was instantly hooked, and found myself humming the tune at all sorts of times I wouldn't have expected.
Danny Coughlan (the singer in "Crybaby") has a very distinctive voice - it's like a cross between Morrissey and Roy Orbison - and on "When the Lights Go Out" he uses it fully as he twists the notes during a "Middle 8" that is quite unlike any I can think of elsewhere. I struggle to count the number of albums that I've bought on the basis of one song and been disappointed by, but having read a review that said that this one was produced by Merrick from "Adam & the Ants" I felt it must be worth a shot!
And what a find - "When the Lights Go Out" is just the tip of the iceberg. The opening track, "I cherish the heartbreak.." is deeply moving, and from then on every track is a revelation. "Veils" is a particular favourite of mine, one of the finest anti-war songs I have yet heard.
It amazes me that Crybaby still seem to be gigging around the Bristol area, rather than taking the world by storm. This man is a genius, and deserves more for his band. Buy the album and see if you agree... I don't think you'll be disappointed.