joe crow Coincidence (CD, £4.75)label: big print
Joe Crow was in Birmingham's original art punk group The Prefects. Much loved by John Peel, the band released one single ("Going Through The Motions"), a Peel Session 12" and a 'Live in 1978' CD. The Prefects metamorphosed into The Nightingales and Joe was an original member, co-writing their first 45 ("Idiot Strength"). Since leaving The Nightingales, Crow issued only one solo single "Compulsion". Joe has recently been living in a Salvation Army hostel in Newcastle and it was here that he recorded this first solo album. The CD contains brand new classic Crow pop songs, radical re-workings of the "Motions" and "Idiot Strength" singles and a sweeping cover of the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk The Line". Despite shades of influence from the likes of Bowie, Ferry, John Cale, Yoko Ono and Syd Barrett, this record is a true Joe Crow solo work. A unique and underrated British talent who deserves to be heard.
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