Or, if not wrong, at least right but from the wrong angle, for haven't some of the best Pop moments been all about caricature? After all what is the finest Bubblegum music if not fabulously knowing sonic and lyrical caricature? So The Telescopes as The Archies of gloomy ‘80s alternative rock? Perhaps. And why not? Certainly a song like ‘The Perfect Needle’ is almost cartoon like in its eager supplication to dreary rock’n’roll mythology.
‘Please, Before You Go’ is the show-stopper though. It carves its way through your psyche like a Driller Killer video nasty, placing casually tossed kisses delicately on your bleeding eyelids as it does so. Lyrically it is nonsensical: “I’m an elevator, I’m a seahorse for you now” sings Lawrie. Huh? But of course like much of the finest Pop it doesn't matter a jot, because the feeling it all evokes is just spectacular: the dramatic heartache of parting, the longing, the fall from grace, the evenings spent emptying bottles in the grate of the old fireplace. All cliche, for sure, but the most satisfying cliche nevertheless.The Telescopes- 'Please, Before You Go'