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After taking a long powder from music, punk-turned-Sinatra-wannabe Vic Godard returned to the fray in 1998 with an album that evinced less ambition than his earlier attempts at creating new lounge pop standards. However, it's the more relaxed atmosphere that's one of Long Term Side-Effect's greatest charms. Although Godard tries a little crooning on "Cold London Blues" (which also features a nifty guitar cameo from Roddy Frame), the majority of this collection is delightfully shambling rock and soul that compliments the star's artless vocals — and focuses attention on the wit of songs like "Zero Tolerance" and "In the Shadow of Your Ego." Produced by kindred spirit Edwyn Collins, the album manages to cover a lot of ground in its lazy way — serving up faux-Motown on "One Step From the Gutter, Baby," power pop on "We'll Keep Our Chains," and even surf with the twanging "George Blake — Masterspy." But it all hangs together — loosely, to be sure — making Godard's low-key comeback a low-key success.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1977, Vic Godard, leader of the early British punk band Subway Sect, described how his band differed from the Sex Pistols and the other new groups on the scene: "They just want to revitalize rock & roll whereas we just wanna get rid of it." Subway Sect were one of the more distinctive acts to emerge from the first wave of U.K. punk, possessing a lean, primal sound that owed a strong debt of influence to the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers, but while they were playing gigs as early as...
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