The Scruffs – Teenage Gurls

Memphis power pop is such an ever-expanding genre that Big Star's Alex Chilton, the godfather of the scene, must wish he'd taken out copyright. The Scruffs are one of several pre-Replacements acts who tapped into that antsy girls-on-my-mind mood and pursued the blend of melancholia with added rock'n'roll rush to a logical conclusion. Fronted by Stephen Burns, this second Scruffs album (recorded in 1978/9) contains band staples like "Go Faster", "Alice, Please Don't Go" and the post-Flamin' Groovies blood-letting of "Treachery".

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Memphis power pop is such an ever-expanding genre that Big Star’s Alex Chilton, the godfather of the scene, must wish he’d taken out copyright. The Scruffs are one of several pre-Replacements acts who tapped into that antsy girls-on-my-mind mood and pursued the blend of melancholia with added rock’n’roll rush to a logical conclusion. Fronted by Stephen Burns, this second Scruffs album (recorded in 1978/9) contains band staples like “Go Faster”, “Alice, Please Don’t Go” and the post-Flamin’ Groovies blood-letting of “Treachery”. Burns still fronts a Scruffy outfit and is big in Japan and Scotland?natch. Definitely one for the gurls.

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