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To Kill a Mockingbird

In 1993 I bought a JVC portable stereo cassette player on the basis of a review by “legendary” producer Pascal Gabriel. I loved it, still have it and it still works.

For the next six months, The Boo Radleys’ Giant Steps was ever-present among the selection of cassettes that I carried around with me. It remains an astonishing record, by a long way the best LP of the year.

Picking one track is slightly unfair, as this is one of those long players that’s much greater than the sum of its parts. But choose one I have.

Of course the Boos are best known for Wake Up Boo, their daytime radio staple and probably the worst thing they ever recorded. This song-from-each-year-of-my-life is so much better.

The Boo Radleys :: Upon Ninth and Fairchild

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And now for something completely different from the same yea: Chumbawamba, another band better known for their worse record, in collaboration with the UK rapper known as Credit to the Nation.

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