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Spartacus

The Farm

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Album Review

The Farm's debut album Spartacus is one of the more ridiculous by-products of baggy, containing all of its rolling, neo-psychedelic grooves and blissfully colorful pop hooks, yet very little of its charm, character, or substance. Since baggy was never about substance, this is particularly damning. Still, the Farm manages to turn out a couple of goofily endearing singles with "Groovy Train" and "All Together Now," but the group shows no real feeling for dance-club rhythms, or even pop hooks. As an artifact, Spartacus is fascinating, since it demonstrates how far the over the top the entire Madchester phenomenon went, even if the record itself isn't necessarily good listening.

Customer Reviews

the official review of this is utter nonsense

this is a fantastic album, and a hell of a lot better than the vast majority of releases by the other more trendy and media friendly bands of the era.
ok, so it was The Farm's only moment of greatness, but they were a top band and this is a great album.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the stranger overnight success stories in pop history, the chameleon-like Farm was formed in Liverpool, England in 1983 by singer Peter Hooton, a one-time youth worker searching for a musical outlet to voice his political concerns. Rounded out by guitarist Stevie Grimes, bassist Phil Strongman and drummer Andy McVann, the first incarnation of the Farm recalled both the leftist identity and horn-powered sound of the Redskins; dubbed...
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