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Underwater Moonlight

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I Wanna Destroy You
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Kingdom of Love
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Positive Vibrations
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I Got The Hots
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Insanely Jealous of You
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Tonight
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You'll Have To Go Sideways
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Old Pervert
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Queen of Eyes
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Underwater Moonlight
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He's a Reptile (Bonus Track)
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Vegetable Man (Bonus Track)
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Strange (Bonus Track)
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Only The Stones Remain (Bonus Track)
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Where Are The Prawns (Bonus Track)
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Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole (Bonus Track)
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Dreams (Bonus Track)
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Black Snake Diamond Rock (Bonus Track)
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There's Nobody Like You (Bonus Track)
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Song #4 (Bonus Track)
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Empty Girl (Bonus Track)
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Have a Heart Betty (Mark 2) [Bonus Track]
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Rock 'n' Roll Toilet (Mark 2) [Bonus Track]
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Old Pervert (Section 1) [Bonus Track]
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Like a Real Smoothie (Bonus Track)
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Alien (Bonus Track)
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Bloat (Extract) [Bonus Track]
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Underwater Moonlight (Early Version) [Bonus Track]
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She Wears My Hair (Bonus Track)
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Wang Dang Pig (Bonus Track)
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Old Pervert (Section 2) [Bonus Track]
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Insanely Jealous (Bonus Track)
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Leave Me Alone (Bonus Track)
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Goodbye Maurice or Steve (Bonus Track)
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Old Pervert (Section 3) [Bonus Track]
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Cherries (Bonus Track)
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Amputated (Bonus Track)
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Over You (Bonus Track)
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I Wanna, Er (Bonus Track)
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Old Pervert (Section 4) [Bonus Track]
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Total Tracks: 40   Total Length: 148:01

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Underwater Moonlight

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Wow, how is there no member review of this album? Such a great piece of work, top to bottom. "I Wanna Destroy You" is immediately winning. "Kingdom of Love" has guitar licks in it that other guitarists would have killed to lay down (mad respect to Kimberley Rew, a too-often slighted integral piece of the band given Robyn Hitchcock's cheeky lyrical presence). "I Got the Hots" and "Insanely Jealous" are perfect little pieces of twitchy, neurotic-rock. How has a hip-hop artist not sampled the crushing drum and bass line from "Old Pervert?" And one listen to the beatific "Queen of Eyes" will tell you a whole hell of a lot about where Yo La Tengo has pulled a majority of its career from.

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After recording the material that would later comprise the bulk of Invisible Hits, the Soft Boys recorded their masterpiece, the shimmering neo-psychedelic Underwater Moonlight. Essentially, the band didn’t change their style for the record — they merely perfected it. The Soft Boys don’t hide their influences — whether its the ringing guitars of the Beatles and Byrds or the surreal humor of John Lennon and Syd Barrett — but they assimilate them, resulting in a fresh, edgy take on ’60s guitar pop. Robyn Hitchcock’s subject matter tends to be more explicitly weird and absurdist than his influences, as titles like “I Wanna Destroy You,” “Old Pervert,” and “Queen of Eyes” indicate — even “Kingdom of Love” equates romance to bugs crawling under your skin. But the lyrics aren’t the only thing that are edgy — the music is too. The Soft Boys play pop hooks as if they were punk rock. “I Wanna Destroy You” isn’t overtly threatening like their post-punk contemporaries, but with its layered guitar hooks and dissonant harmonies, it is equally menacing. Furthermore, the group can twist its songs inside out and then revert them to their original form, as evidenced by “Insanely Jealous.” Although the neo-psychedelic flourishes are fascinating, the key to record’s success is how each song is constructed around rock-solid hooks and melodies that instantly work their way into the subconscious. In fact, that’s the most notable thing about Underwater Moonlight — it updates jangling, melodic guitar pop for the post-punk world, which made it a touchstone for much of the underground pop of the mid-’80s, particularly R.E.M. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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