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Friends
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The Bolshoi
Label
Beggars Banquet
Catalogue Number
BBP2022
Release Date
June 28, 1999

Friends is the group's 1986 debut album, and it summarizes all of the band's strengths. Although not as goth-inflected as the Bolshoi's Giant EP, Friends is still very dark. Trevor Tanner's lyrics unflinchingly relate tales of hypocrisy in "A Way" and "Sunday Morning." In "A Way," a family tries to hide that they once forced their daughter to work as a prostitute: "Money's scarce/But family honor/Brings it home, brings it home/And down the shop, the tongues they snicker," Tanner sings with empathy. "Sunday Morning," like XTC's "Dear God," is a scathing attack on organized religion. However, Tanner's target isn't God; it's going to church. "I remember when I was young/Feeling sick on Sunday morning," Tanner reminisces. While it may seem blasphemous to some, "Sunday Morning" offers a realistic perspective; Tanner sounds like a bitter former altar boy, disillusioned by the façade of innocence of the people around him. Paul Clark's moody, nostalgic piano paints the images described by Tanner's words. "Romeo in Clover" and "Books on the Bonfire" revisit the glum, whirling guitars of the Bolshoi's past, echoing the Psychedelic Furs and Bauhaus. - ALLMUSIC.COM

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Away 4:56 Buy

    Away

  2. 2 Modern Man 5:39 Buy

    Modern Man

  3. 3 Someone's Daughter 3:54 Buy

    Someone's Daughter

  4. 4 Sunday Morning 6:35 Buy

    Sunday Morning

  5. 5 Looking for a Life to Lose 4:44 Buy

    Looking for a Life to Lose

  6. 6 Romeo In Clover (Call Girls) 5:39 Buy

    Romeo In Clover (Call Girls)

  7. 7 Books on the Bonfire 4:59 Buy

    Books on the Bonfire

  8. 8 Pardon Me 4:37 Buy

    Pardon Me

  9. 9 Fat And Jealous 4:11 Buy

    Fat And Jealous

  10. 10 Waspy 5:13 Buy

    Waspy

  11. 11 A Funny Thing... 3:53 Buy

    A Funny Thing...

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