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To be bluntly honest, a true The Very Best of the Farm would be a 7" single of their admittedly charming 1990 hit "Groovy Train," with either the follow-up, "All Together Now," or maybe their Pop Will Eat Itself-derived cover of the Monkees' "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" on the flip. Released a full decade after the Farm's brief moment of Top of the Pops glory, The Very Best of the Farm shows only how poorly the group's aping of the far more interesting Happy Mondays and Stone Roses has aged in the meantime. Although Blur's first album was a similarly bandwagon-jumping affair, the Farm never could move away from their debut's stylistic debts, and the later tracks are merely increasingly less-inspired retreads of what wasn't particularly interesting to begin with. In its favor, however, The Very Best of the Farm does feature the usually much-improved single mixes of the band's hits, unlike the previous The Best of the Farm release from 1998, making this probably the better choice if one really must own a Farm album.


Formed: 1983 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

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

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 "the Soul of Socialism," the group promoted its music not...
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