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Album Review

Moving away from the gorgeously skewed guitar pop of Felt, Lawrence released this debut album under the Denim moniker in 1992. Those expecting the elegant guitar figures of old were in for quite a surprise. Sweet and crunchy rhythm guitars and goofy synthesizers were the new order of the day, as was a stream of lyrical vitriol. The beguiling eight-minute "The Osmonds" runs down a list of everything an English boy could encounter in the '70s, from velvet flares to the IRA, and ends with a nod to David Essex's "Rock On." The '70s actually hold up pretty well under Lawrence's critical gaze, particularly considering his passing shots in "Middle of the Road" at the usually revered Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan — or his outright hostility in "I'm Against the Eighties," which focuses on "winklepicker kids Mary Chain" and "Duran Duran fake makeup boys."

Customer Reviews

One of the best cd's ever recorded....(honest!)

If you don't own this cd already then I strongly suggest that you stump up the cash, download it and sit back to enjoy a slice of perfect 70's orientated rock/disco by the genius who is Lawrence. I envy you your first listen....

A really, really good album

This is the acceptable face of concept albums. The story was, if I recall correctly, that Lawrence left Felt behind after producing 10 LPs in 10 years. He bought a one way ticket to New York and, as the title track explains, came back with something new. What he came up with is a clever, focused set of songs that combine nostalgia and 90s postmodern irony. I think. Whatever, it's really, really good. It's a collection of fun, catchy songs that sounds old and modern at the same time. What more could you want?

Is this the great lost album of all time?

Former Felt man Lawrence gives up pretending to be an artiste and decides to write with affection about what really moves him: Birmingham in the 70s, grimy Britain, powercuts, the forgotten glory of the most unfashionable of all postwar decades. The glam-pop Chinnichap arrangements suit it perfectly but this is no novelty record. Songs like ‘The Osmonds’ and ‘I’m Against The 80s’ are heartfelt and properly moving. There really isn’t anything like ‘Back In Denim’. Give it a try right now… ‘cos Denim put the soul in your rock and roll.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Given Lawrence Hayward's frequent disputes with his bandmates during the decade-long run of his first and best-known band Felt, it came as little surprise that for his next project, he was not merely the uncontested leader, but the sole constant member. Denim was not a band in the traditional sense; instead, Hayward worked with a revolving cast of musicians for Denim's various studio projects and live appearances. The band also found Hayward setting aside the lush but wiry guitar-based pop that was...
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