The Ordinary Boys


Disc review

Think of The Jam, Madness and The Clash and you’ll get a good idea of the material The Ordinary Boys mine for their derivative ska-rock sound. This quartet has all the right inflections and moves to place an authentic "Made in Britain" sticker on this disc. Life Will Be the Death of Me possesses a Clashy feel with its declaratory vocals, Thanks to the Girl is executed with a similar urgency attributed to The Jam, and the ska-driven Boys Will Be Boys features toaster Rankin’ Junior (son of Rankin’ Roger of English Beat fame). And is that a whiff of Morrissey I hear on Red Letter Day? This is a definite delight for any Brit music fan, but it’s something we’ve heard many times before.

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