Yesterday/Today - Any Trouble/Eugene Edwards
Manchester, England's Any Trouble had a lot of trouble turning talent into success. With the help of exposure of the band's first single by John Peel they landed on the legendary Stiff Records. Being on Stiff led to the inevitable comparisons to labelmate Elvis Costello but success didn't follow. The first record failed commercially and Stiff suggested that leader Clive Gregson go it alone. Gregson refused and the band recorded a follow up with a new drummer. During a stateside tour the band was dropped by Stiff and was stranded in America. The band split for about 18 months, got back together with a new line up and recorded another album but once again failed to achieve success.
Clive Gregson went on to an acclaimed solo career. Any Trouble have announced their intention to reform, make a new album and play some gigs.
When I first heard the new song "It Doesn't Get Better Than This", by Los Angeles' Eugene Edwards, I thought his vocals sounded a lot like Clive Gregson of Any Trouble. I miss-heard the first line of the song as a nod to Elvis Costello, an artist he is being compared to. Instead of "Washington detectives...", I heard "Watching the detectives..." There's also a bit of Nick Lowe's acoustic strumming in the instrumentation. The rest of the album may remind you of Squeeze, Tom Petty, or Marshall Crenshaw. He's an artist that deserves success and not become a "Lost Band".