"Crystal Clear" (Watch this and then Blondie's "Dreaming"; the resemblance is uncanny.)
"It's All Up to You"
"Hit the Ground"
While I'm awaiting the arrival of pre-ordered CDs by Madonna and the Breeders, I find myself on a Darling Buds binge over here every waking moment. Known for their Beatles-influenced vocal harmonies and hook-laden melodies, the Cardiff, Wales, power pop band released three outstanding albums during their time as a group, between 1986 and 1993.
(The best place to start is with their flawless debut, "Pop Said...") Their wildly catchy 1990 single "Crystal Clear" made a small dent in the Modern Rock charts here in the U.S., but when the follow-up album bombed the band sadly called it a day. Andrea Lewis of the Buds was my favorite bombshell of the short-lived Indie Rock Blond Movement that also included Transvision Vamp, the Sundays and the Primitives ("Crash" rules!), although I must confess I never really followed up nearly as much with any of those acts. For those who know, let tell me if I should ... and for who never knew about the Darling Buds, dig in!