An underrated, but important part of the British Ska movement in the early 1980's.
I first discovered BM at about nine or ten years old, they were a great band to dance to (for the boys) at various school discos, releasing a string of instantly catchy hit singles.
After BM's hits dried up I lost touch with the band, & it wasn't until nearly 30 years later that I saw a "best of.." album, so I thought I would relive my youth a bit.
Now what I got was 2 CDs, one a greatest hits package, but the other was full of album tracks & B-sides. What surprised be about this second disc, was the quality of the songs so I decided to investigate BM's back catalogue.
My favourite of these was 1981's "Gosh It's..".
This album contains a fascinating mixture of styles, from the quality writing & musicianship of songs such as "Walking in the Sunshine" & "Casablanca" to the experimental, slightly leftfield "Gherkin", to the great fun tracks like "Can Can" & "Ben E. Wriggle".
What you get is an amazingly diverse record that should have sold by the bucket load.
BS were always perceived as a singles band, although this was the bands most successful record, it only peaked at 18 in the UK album charts.
So if a fan of ska, then this album is an integral part of that scene.