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Album Review

A handy collection of the band's earliest efforts, ranging from extremely early compilation appearances to various EPs, Remembrance Days is certainly a fans-only experience. That said, at worst it's still enjoyably derivative post-punk (certainly the first couple of cuts have a major Joy Division/Cure jones going in a slightly more pop vein) and at best it's sparkling. Admittedly, maybe the borrowing went both ways — while it doesn't sound similar at all, the fact that the band had a song called "Drowning Man" a year before a similarly titled cut turned up on the Cure's Faith is an amusing note of history. Rick Holliday's keyboards definitely give the band more of an individual voice, and while in the light of history his parts sound terribly thin and restrained (certainly he's no Brian Eno circa Roxy Music), his parts on "The Soldier Stood Alone" and other songs work well enough. That said, nothing can quite help the too-earnest-for-its-own good "Institution Walls," but the music does its best all around. The bandmembers themselves take the opportunity to rearrange the running order of the original Nowhere Girl EP into new form, and there's a wonderfully curious bonus — a variety of studio snippets as the band tunes up and figures out what to record or try next. Unsurprisingly, "Nowhere Girl" is the king of the tracks, and for good reason; if the band is still doomed to a one-hit wonder existence (new wave division), such a spectacular and wistful mark can't be ignored. It's a slightly different version here in original form, a little murkier and with choppier echoed guitar from Paul Statham, while the vocals are noticeably less smooth.

Customer Reviews

hahah...this must be the demo...not the one on the radio

I've never heard this version, which is as awful as any of the recent re-recordings. The "true" version is on the soundtrack for 200 Cigarettes film, or for the more dedicated, the extended version of this song is what you're looking for.

This isn't the Nowhere Girl I remember

After I purchased this darn song, which was by B-Movie, I realized it was nothing like the version they used to play on KROQ. This is crap and I'm out $1.

Not original

This sounds like a garage band or at best, a rough mix. The original vinyl version of "Nowhere Girl" sounds much fuller, well mixed and on key. If you're looking for the 80s new wave hit, look elsewhere.


Formed: 1979 in Mansfield, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The new wave band B-Movie's most recognizable record became more popular long after the combo had split up. Named after an Andy Warhol painting, B-Movie formed in 1979 with Steve Hovington (vocals), Paul Statham (guitars), Graham Boffey (drums), and Rick Holliday (keyboards). Inspired by synth-pop pioneers like Ultravox and New Order, B-Movie wrote catchy songs enveloped in keyboards. The group was signed to the Some Bizarre record label in the early '80s; in 1981, the band appeared on a Some Bizarre...
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