ARTIST: The Mighty Lemon Drops
TITLE: World Without End
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: #34 UK
SINGLES: Inside Out (#74 UK), Fall Down (Like the Rain)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you listened to college radio in 1988, probably some more off this album you’d recognize
LINEUP: Paul Marsh, Dave Newton, Keith Rowley, Tony Linehan
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: My goodness, if this wasn’t Echo & the Bunnyemen circa 1980, it’s a reasonable facsimile. Psychedelic UK post-punk or something akin to that is what the wags called it.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is the second full length by the Mighty Lemon Drops (more on that below) and the first album to get them noticed here in the US on College Radio (it was the #1 album in that genre in 1988).
There are plenty of psychedelic flourishes in the guitars. Everything seems to be in a dour minor key. There’s no doubt that Echo & the Bunnymen influenced them, and it’s uncanny how similar these bands are (just about 6-7 years apart).
I can see why College Radio loved them, songs like “Inside Out” and “One by One” are perfect for that genre – alternative but not totally crossing the line to avant garde repulsion. It’s a familiar sound, yet also one that’s not mainstream. So relive your college daze…er…days.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: OK, the MLD released a bunch of singles independently, then released an album that got rave reviews (Happy Head) that’s now streaming. Then they released an EP that’s streaming, but I decided not to review because it seems more single + leftovers + live cuts. And now THIS record isn’t streaming. The kicker is that everything is on the same record company. So, what gives? What gives?
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A bonus track CD version is available.
GRADE: B: I like this kind of college radio rock, even if it is derivative. A couple songs rise above and the rest are pleasant but kind of inconsequential.