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The text (with thanks to Keg):

Here's the text of the "On" column feature on The Becketts. It's taken from
the NME, 6 October 1990.

BECKETT TO THE LIMIT
" I think the West Country angle throws a lot of people. They have a lot of
problems with a band possibly being at the cutting edge of noise music
coming from an area like the West Country."
Mike, axe-wielding vocalist with THE BECKETTS, has a point. With the
honourable exception of Cranes and Bad Girl labelmates The Family Cat, the
large expanse of strange turf between the M4 and Land's End is hardly
renowned for vigorous excursions into mayhem-fuelled guitar pop. And even
The Becketts themselves have feigned rural residence, as Mike plus drummer
Nick, bassist Howard and guitarists Simon and Debbie confess to upbringings
in places as far afield as Yorkshire and Singapore: "So we're not quite the
yokels that we're sometimes presumed to be!"
But that isn't particularly important right now. Of infinitely more
significance is the fact that The Becketts are collectively responsible for
a thoroughly boisterous debut LP which goes under the provocative title of
'Lust' and comes wrapped within a lascivious sleeve depicting an unnamed
part of Madonna's brazen physique beneath a large, lurid scarlet cross.
Phew, controversial or what? Erm... or what, actually.
" I like to think we've got an eye for a striking image," sighs Mike. "But
it's not premeditated or calculated. I think it's entirely suitable. It says
a lot about pop and the way it's sold. It's indicative of our ironic sense
of humour - I don't really see it as controversial."
'Lust', which cannily includes last year's single 'Most Beautiful Girl In
Town', is one of those joyful articles - a mini album with a huge sound ("It
cost, ooooh, £500 to make!"). It also takes a semi-reverential look back at
the best point of '80s grinding guitar pop and weaves it into a raucously
attractive '90s tapestry. A forthcoming jaunt to Paris with Teenage FC,
Edsel Auctioneer and See See Rider would seem to suggest that The Becketts
are more than ready to stake their place as fashionable Noise Kids On The
Block.
" Oh, it sounds terrible when you put it like that," cringes Mike. "It's
probably because there's a number of bands drawing on a shared heritage,
back to the Velvets and Lamont Young. There's a lot of similarities but I
think we're bringing a few different elements into the noise thing - it's a
thoughtful noise!"
Think on, kids.
Simon Williams

 

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