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Although they made only two full albums during their existence, The Woodentops were briefly pivotal in the fast changing late 80s music scene, the adoption of their song ‘Why Why Why’ by Ibiza's nascent Balearic scene in 1987 neatly encapsulated a moment when indie rock and dance music crossed over one another. Until that point, with the exceptions of New Order and the ... Read more in Amazon's Woodentops Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MNW, Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B0010Y8K4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,058,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Great lost pop albums part 327. I keep bangin on about albums like "Giant", albums that should have sold by the truck load , with the sinking heart of someone who knows he is not so much p***sing in the wind as defecating in a hurricane. It's obvious reading the other reviews here that some punters share my opinion of this wondrous album but it's still not enough. "Giant" is a halcyon living breathing marvel of an album. Pop music with an organic scuffed sheen, but a sheen none the less. The melodies are skittering and slightly askew but still dizzy, infectious and addictive .This is song writing that often goes against the grain of what constitutes great pop It's very rarely graceful or dripping with glamorous glee, the vocals by Rollo, like those of Gerard Langley of the Blue Aeroplanes are more than often someone enunciating with a awkward melodic edge yet every song on "Giant "adorns the listener with something to get excited about. Some of it will have you skipping around like a City worker opening his bonus payment.

There is one song on here -"So Good Today"- which is one of those songs that can change your mood imperceptibly .You could be having the day from hell, but one listen to this with it's heady hurdy gurdy arrangement and general air of pleasurable revelling in the little things that can make life worth living and you'll be grinning so wide you'll have to hire extra teeth to fill your mouth up.

Driven my furiously strummed acoustic guitars , tumbling percussion and the odd wheezing gasp of accordion amongst other things , this is one of the best independently released albums of the eighties and one that is so often overlooked .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Definitely their best album; and although it was acclaimed critically, never propelled the Woodentops beyond cult status. One of the better indie albums from the late 80's, Giant not only includes manic pop songs such as "Get It On", "Love Train" and "Hear Me James", but also excellent slower tempo songs such as "Good Thing" and "So Good Today". And, of course, there is "Love Affair With Everyday Livin'"... simply a great pop song. Included in this release are extra tracks, most notably from the "Well Well Well" E.P. A great slice of indie pop, that has aged remarkably well.
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If you have been lucky enough to stumble across this album review, probably best to just buy it.

It is the first Woodentops album, one of the eighties bands that signally failed to achieve the recognition that many of us felt they deserved. It has been suggested that their disappointing second album or poor live gigs were to blame, but sometimes fate is just fickle. This does remain a classic.

The songs all have that bright high energy feel of Orange Juice and the Bluebells Young at Heart, so if you want a whole album of that sort of thing this is the place to come.

The songs are well crafted, they suck you in and don't outstay their welcome. Having said all that, I cannot imagine anyone else covering any of the songs, and although it might be heresy, they do all sound a bit the same. So although this is a great album to have, and one that I always enjoy listening to, if I were running from a burning building it is probably not the one I would take. Enjoy it for what it is, bright energetic and fun, good memories of happy times.
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This is cracking album, bristling with great touches, catchy melodies and frenetic beats. At the time I revelled in how bands like the Woodentops producing pure pop brilliance could go under the radar of the mainstream and the bloated music moghuls. Now 25 years later its a bit sad that Rolo Mcginty never got the credit he deserved. Anyway - download this now, you won't be disappointed. After that seek out a copy/download of Its Immaterial 'Song' and Kitchens of Distinction 'Death of the Cool' and you will have 3 of the finest albums of the whole decade and you will probably be in a select club of about a hundred souls.
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