Saturday, 8 June 2019

Secret Affair

Glory Boys (1979)

Glory Boys/Shake And Shout/Going To A Go-Go/Time For Action/New Dance/Days Of Change/Don't Look Down/One Way World/Let Your Heart Dance/I'm Not Free (But I'm Cheap)

Rather like The Tom Robinson BandThe Rubinoos and reggae’s Steel PulseSecret Affair were a late 70s band who had a great debut album and then pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth, certainly in terms of commercial success.

This is a good album from a band supposedly at the forefront of the somewhat tepid “mod revival” of 1979. Standard bass, guitar and drum sixties-influenced stuff is augmented by singer Ian Page’s trumpet, particularly on the album’s closing tour de force, I’m Not Free, But I’m Cheap and the use of the riff from The Spencer Davis Group’s Gimme Some Lovin’ in Shake And Shout.


Glory Boys is impressive as well, and there are the two hit singles Let Your Heart Dance and the rousing call-to-arms of Time For Action - with its “we hate the punk elite” line. Punks - elite? Hmmm. 

Days Of Change also taps into the slightly half-baked “mod revival” mood. One Way World is catchy as well. They also do a credible cover of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ Going To A Go-Go.

I saw the band live in 1979 at Canterbury Odeon and they were really good. After this, they faded away, despite a couple more excellent singles on their next album in My World and Sound Of Confusion. Shame, as they seemed to have something about them.


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