Sophisticated Boom Boom - S/T LP
Sophisticated Boom Boom - S/T LP (Tapete/Germany)
When a band names itself after one of the best songs of one of the best bands of all time, namely "Sophisticated Boom Boom" by the Shangri-Las, that's quite a statement. Or rather a promise. And Sophisticated Boom Boom keep this promise on their singular self-titled album from 1982 originally released on Off Course Records, the label run by Swiss new wave royalty Grauzone and Stefan Eicher.
Sophisticated Boom Boom transported the Brill Building/Red Bird/Girl Group sound from the Sixties into the New Wave year of 1982. These 14 original compositions did not not lack in punk esprit and the band fell gloriously out of time in the jagged, slightly gloomy early Eighties. Their sound was probably too cheerful, too bubblegum and too life-affirming, and that's probably why they stopped after just one album. After the end of Sophisticated Boom Boom, the no less great C86/Power Pop band Chin Chin emerged from the ashes and released a compilation on Stephen Pastel's 53rd & 3rdLabel
If you google Sophisticated Boom Boom today, you'll find a lot about Dead or Alive's debut album or about a Scottish band of the same name, but little about this Swiss band. What a pity, this needs to change! Songs like "Frustration", "Jimmy Jimmy", "Trocadero" or "Train to Boyscamp" are great, timeless pop hits, danceable and full of teenage exuberance. Tapete Records are very happy to re-release this nugget of the continental neo-60s scene.
ESSENTIAL LISTENING! ! ! A one-and-done Swiss new wave sock hop party record from start to finish - yakety yak, swinging sax and all! The all-female band boldly adopted the legendary single by the Shangri-Las (The Beatles of 1960's girl groups) as their band name, so without even hearing a note, their name and cover art signals a blissful throwback. Originally released in 1982 on Grauzone's record label Off Course Records, this pre-Chin Chin band sounds like a technicolor response to the industrial grey smokestack punk bands of the day with their la la las lively posi-pop. Dub drenched punk is also a consistent thread among these songs and tethers their bopping balloon of energetic melodies to a pumping clenched fist (think The Clash's "This is Radio Clash". Make no mistake, from the outside this record appears to be a playful nod to doo-wop, but I suspect their lipsticks are actually disguised retractable blades. Rip-stick alert! Best of 2022