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A little bit of a childhood on a disc
on 23 January 2017
With Busted's recent surprise comeback, I searched for my old copy of their self-titled debut album from 2002, and to my surprise, I found that the old record still held up very well after all these years. I'd completely forgotten how good it was, and have been listening to it a lot lately.
These four London lads were always better than you're average male British pop band, because they wrote their own songs, and played their own instruments. There was nothing really manufactured about them, and although their sound and lyrics were obviously geared towards the teenage market, I think that older music fans have got to give them respect for their aforementioned talents.
Almost a greatest hits album, and indeed, in my opinion, the best of their singles are on all here, 'Busted' contains so many anthems for my generation, the humorous 'Year 3000' (check out the music video and you'll see that, despite the lyrics, a hell of a lot has changed!), the relatable quirky gem which was their debut single 'That's What I Go to School For', and who hasn't had a crush on one of their teachers?, the upbeat number one hit 'You Said No', and the slower, much melodic 'Sleeping with the Light On'. The latter isn't the only mature track on offer, just listen to the yearning ballad 'Losing You' (a big it clearly missed), the reasonably deep 'Psycho Girl', and the even deeper 'Without You' (a massive contrast to 'Year 3000'!), and you might find yourself realising that they were a bit more versatile and deep than their teen-fan reputation would suggest.
I honestly can't say that this album, which sold in excess of 1,180,000 copies in the UK, has any fillers, because each track is well worth the time spend listening to it. This is guitar-driven pop-rock music at it's finest, and right up there with the likes of Scouting for Girls, Bowling for Soup, Good Charlotte, and of course McFly. Busted are a little of bit of my childhood, but when I rate their first album five stars, it isn't down to any nostalgia filter, it's because I honestly believe that it is worth nothing less. Don't let their old image fool you, and check out their early material with an open mind.