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5.0 out of 5 stars Just how I remembered this 80s classic, 22 Dec 2013
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Really pleased to have got my hands on this CD, its been on my 80s wanted list for years. Busy preparing for Xmas and wailing along to Modern Man and Books on the Bonfire. Trevor Tanner, take a bow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trevor Tanner's eye makeup, 5 July 2007
Jollyon Benn "JB" (London) - See all my reviews
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I got into this band while at college in mid Scotland in 1986 and ended up following them around the country on tour. Nothing sounded quite as original as this stuff, and I thought the 'goth' epithet was a bit unfortunate with the album's pop sensibilities. Fabulous hard bass on Someone's Daughter contrasts the somewhat lighter Funny Thing. Trevor had something to say, though, and it was usually witty. I love his lyrics - take this from Waspy - "Ugly yellow zebra all filled with hate/You head butt the jar, your backside pulsates/You will be done before this day is through/I'll keep your remains then I'll remember you".

I hope Mr T, Nick Chown (bass), Jan Kalicki (drums) and Paul Clark (keyboards) are doing well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop music for goths in the 80s., 30 Jan 2003
Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Friends was part of the seemingly permanent soundtrack to my teens, so perhaps this is not as objective a review as it could be. The Bolshoi were often associated with all things goth- perhaps as they were on Beggars Banquet (home of Bauhaus), had spikey hair & had songs you could throw shapes to? I always thought of them alongside bands like The Church, Comsat Angels, The Chameleons & Echo and the Bunnymen. The whole goth tag was dull and pretentious- anyone who's had the misfortune to hear The Bolshoi's live take on Billie Jean on the Books on the Bonfire single will hear the audience- an example of the typical Mish/Sisters fan living in their introverted world where they think they are individual or stars. Really...
Here at this budget price we get 1986's Friends album at a bargain price- sad we don't get any b-sides or tracks like the reworked Away- the catchy Away2 (though I spose that's what 2nd hand record shops are for?). Most of the album has dated quite well, all things considered- Trevor Tanner's vocals were always much more soulful than Peter Murphy (whom he was often compared to)- an example of this is found on the gorgeous Pardon Me, or the anti-religious diatribe of single Sunday Morning (which has a very Bowie feel also).
There are a few duds- Books on the Bonfire is as bombastic as nonsense like Play Dead and The Mighty Lemon Drops, Romeo in Clover is fairly banal & Modern Man sounds like the missing link between A Flock of Seagulls and Jesus Jones (which might be a good thing, late at night, rationality remodelled by hedonism...).
BUt for the most part this is a great collection- Fat & Jealous sounding like a demented cousin of Bowie's Fashion, Waspy sounding like Love & Rockets covering a track from Burning from the Inside & Looking for a Life to Lose a more poppy take on the world previously charted by The Bunnymen on Heaven Up Here and The Sound on In the Lions Mouth. The songs sound huge, The Bolshoi had clear stadium ambitions- it just didn't work out that way- Someone's Daughter and classic anthem Away show more ability in this department than the stale material Echo & the Bunnymen offered with their mediocre eponymous album the following year.
Friends is certainly a product of its age, but who can say no to a kind of classic at such a bargain price? The Bolshoi would follow this up with the great Lindy's Party album- a release that I think is up there with such 80s albums as The Affectionate Punch, Don't Stand Me Down & anything by The Triffids. Forget drivel like The Mission, The Nephilim & The Sisters- which is all dated nonsense for the most part & enjoy this: pop music for goths in the 80s!
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