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The Dylans

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Album Review

The debut album by an underrated British psych-pop group, the Dylans, is one of the most enjoyable guitar pop albums of its era. Coming as it did during the first flowering of grunge, the defiantly '60s-inspired feel of the band (the name, the Rickenbacker jangle that colors all the songs, song titles like "Mary Quant in Blue") was simply not in step with the times. Singer and primary songwriter Colin Gregory doesn't have the best voice, but he wisely stays within his range, and his unfailingly catchy tunes and often witty lyrics are strong enough to stand up, despite the vocal flaws. Highlights include the sweeping single "She Drops Bombs" and the groovy "Planet Love," which has the psychedelic wiggle of a classic Stone Roses track; while not all the songs are up to that high level — the closing "Indian Sun" doesn't justify its five-and-a-half minutes — The Dylans is sure to be of interest to anyone who loves the Dentists or the House of Love.

Customer Reviews

From the era of Madchester...

Those who were around remember it well...albeit through somewhat of a haze. These boys, along with the likes of The Wendys, Northside, Happy Mondays, early-era Charltans UK, The Lightning Seeds (more Ian Broudie greatness...his pinnacle IMHO), early-era Blur, was all so wonderful. Still remember when "Mary Quant In Blue" premiered on 120 minutes...back when MTV played music and was still decent. This is a stellar release, from start to finish. Get it. End of story.

Class of '91

This album is definitely a creature of its time-- from the jangly guitars of "(Don't Cut Me Down) Mary Quant in Blue" to the Roses-like dance beats that infuse "Planet Love"-- but if you lived through that time and the music conjures fond memories, you'll enjoy this disc. The Dylans somehow never made it to the import shelves at my local record store when I was in high school; the day grunge killed all the good tunes was a sad one, but it's nice to see this stuff resurrected on iTunes. I bought this on a whim and a fondness for "Mary Quant" on the BritBox compilation; it didn't disappoint. A touch uninspired in places, but the hits are worth it.


Formed: 1989 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The neo-psychedelic British band the Dylans formed in Sheffield, England in 1989 around the nucleus of vocalist/bassist Colin Gregory and guitarists Jim Rodger and Andy Curtis. Before ever even performing live, the group won a contract with Beggars Banquet in the summer of 1990, and after recruiting keyboardist Quentin Jennings and drummer Garry Jones they made their concert debut in the early weeks of the following year. The Dylans' first single "Godlike" appeared not long after, reaching the Top...
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