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Review: 'The Wee Cherubs'
'Dreaming/Waiting For My Man'   

-  Label: 'Optic Nerve Recordings'
-  Genre: 'Eighties' -  Release Date: '12.6.20.'-  Catalogue No: 'ON212'

Our Rating:
The Wee Cherubs are a long-lost Glaswegian band from the 1980's and this is a re-issue of the only 7" single they put out back then on the Bogaten label in 1984. The band features soon to be member of The Bachelor Pad Martin Cotter.

The A-side of this single Dreaming is a very postcard sounding introverted indie song that has quite a breezy feel to the production and the jangly guitar is actually pretty funky.

The real draw for me though is the cover of Waiting for My Man on the b-side a song I've been collecting versions and covers of since about 1981 When I first heard David Bowies version, and while I already own well over 300 versions of the song, including loads by the Velvets and the band members solo versions, I have never heard this version before.

Thankfully they don't play it too obviously and this version sounds like it's taken elements of the versions by Nico on Drama Of Exile and the version by Fiction, the Plastic People Of The Universe Velvets covers band in that it's quite languid with a very loose sounding bass-line although they never sound like they are fraught and desperate for the next shot.

This is a cool version that makes a great addition to the collection with vocals that remind me a bit of Paul Haig.
Find out more at https://opticnerverecordings.com/collections/the-wee-cherubs
  author: simonovitch

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