And on the subject of groups who were around in the late ‘80s and who sounded a wee bit like The Wedding Present, may I now give you Blind Mice. I know even less about Blind Mice than I do about The Sinister Cleaners. All I can say for sure is that this utterly fabulous 7” tumbled into my possession in 1988.
The single was on the Davy Lamp label, for whom a swift interwebs search tells me the Newtown Neurotics also recorded. The same interwebs (to be precise The Harlow Bands Archive) also tells me that Davy Lamp was in fact run by a chap called Graham who now lives in LA with a weekly radio show about soccer called ‘An Englishman in LA’. Marvellous this interwebs, innit?
So yes, as you guess, all this tangential meandering is by way of disguising the fact that I know bugger all about Blind Mice. Except, except... I stuck ‘Nothing’ on a mix tape I made for Richey Edwards once and he raved about it in his letter in response. And everyone I’ve ever played it to since has thought it really rather marvellous too.
Check for yourself, crackles and all.