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PORTOBELLOHELLO

THE STUDIO 68 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Label: PAISLEY ARCHIVE
  • ASIN: B00I7Y1BGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DETOUR RECORDS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THEIR LATEST RELEASE ON THE 'PAISLEY ARCHIVE' LABEL. EVERY NOW AND THEN WE AT DETOUR GET TO RELEASE A RECORD WHICH WILL STAND AS A MODERN DAY MOD CLASSIC. THE WILD CARDS OF THE '90'S MOD SCENE -THEY PLAYED REGULARLY WITH THE CLIQUE, THE MOMENT ETC - THE STUDIO '68! RECORDED THEIR INCREDIBLE DEBUT ALBUM 'PORTOBELLOHELLO' IN A TWO WEEK BLITZ IN AUGUST 1992. HOWEVER, THE TAPES FROM THOSE EXTRAORDINARY SESSIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY LOST FOR TWENTY YEARS. UNTIL NOW! THE PERFECT SONIC SYNTHESIS OF THE SMALL FACES, THE PRISONERS, THE ACTION AND THE WHO DELIVERED THROUGH A PSYCHEDELIC POP PRISM- 'PORTOBELLOHELLO' IS, QUITE SIMPLY, A MOD MASTERPIECE TO RIVAL THE PRISONERS 'THE LAST FOURFATHERS' OR EVEN OGDEN'S NUT GONE FLAKE! CHANNELLING THE YOUTHFUL AGGRESSION OF THEIR LIVE SHOWS -WHICH SAW NME PLACE THEM IN A PROTO-BRITPOP SCENE WITH FIVE THIRTY AND DODGY- IT IS A HAMMOND ORGAN HEAVY ORGY OF WILD ACID FREAKBEAT (WINDFALL, THE OTHER ME), GROOVY GARAGE ROCK (ROLLIN' MACHINE, MRS CHOUDHREY) AND SOULFUL, KINKS-ESQUE '60'S POP (DEATH OF A POET, AFTERNOON SUN) WHICH CAPTURES THE BAND-AVERAGE AGE 22 - AT THE PEAK OF THEIR POWERS. WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME, 'PORTOBELLOHELLO' ALSO SURFS A FAR OFF WAVE OF THE ZEITGEIST WHICH WITHIN TWO YEARS WOULD ENGULF THE MAINSTREAM AS BRITPOP. IN SHORT, IT IS A TIMELESS REMINDER THAT THE STUDIO '68! WERE ONE OF THE TRULY GREAT MOD BANDS. FORM AN ORDERLY QUEUE, PLEASE! TRACKS WINDFALL / GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN / AFTERNOON SUN / THE OTHER ME / DEATH OF A POET / IN A BROKEN DREAM / ROLLIN' MACHINE / MRS CHOUDHREY / JUST SAY THE WORD / PORTOBELLOHELLO / GET OUT OF MY HAIR / DOUBLEDECKERBUS / LIGHTHOUSE / POP STAR'S COUNTY MANSION / HE'S MY SISTER / HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS ONLY 200 COPIES PRESSED SO BE QUICK!!!!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kaleidoscopic Mod-Garage mayhem revealed! 4 Mar 2014
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At last! The Studio 68! Who?! You may well ask.

First I heard of this band was via a 1992 Twist Records compilation LP called 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' (buy it, it's great) and a track called 'Lighthouse'. A fairly blistering slab of anarchic Hammond-driven Mod fury, it obviously bode well for future releases. The thing is, not much else happened. One track ('Hair') popped up on the 'Security' EP in 1993 and I stumbled across a copy of their 'Smash!' EP from 1991 shortly afterwards. Great stuff, but that seemed to be the end of the trail. I kept an eye out for gigs and new releases, but it quickly became obvious they'd jacked it in. Cue twenty year wait...

Now, finally, Detour Records - gawd bless 'em - have done the biz and given us the full picture on this elusive group. Turns out the band had imploded in 1992 having pushed themselves to the absolute limit with booze, drugs and general wild-eyed lunatic behaviour! Check out the excellent liner notes for the full story of how it happened (and how it all went severely wrong!)

Luckily for us they left an entire album in the can, which is what you get here alongside a selection of cuts from the singles. While the music press evidently tried to create a new 'scene', drawing the band together with the likes of Dodgy and the excellent Five Thirty, seems to me they slot in better with that post-Prisoners 'Mod for a new era' feel as practiced by the likes of The Nerve, The Clique, The Aardvarks, The Acrylic Tones and so on. You could probably also draw parallels with Boys Wonder in terms of attitude and general aesthetics, not to mention the early Charlatans and Inspiral Carpets to a degree. The sheer adrenaline on display here also reminds me of Spitfire, yet another great 'lost' 90's Garage combo.
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