Sunday, October 16, 2005

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".

Give a listen to both on the download page and hear Eugene Edwards very Squeeze-like "At Your Place" at Tall Boy Records.

Buy Any Trouble music here and visit Any Trouble's website here.

Learn more about Eugene Edwards, hear all his new album here, and be sure to pick up his excellent CD "My Favorite Evolution" too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, as always!

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice place. I've discovered the band from a spanish blog, Pepsounds (, highly recomended -better if you understand spanish, he he-). Now i'm listening to 'Where are the nice girls', a huge album. They are at the same level as the first -the better- Elvis Costello.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you know what ever happened to them?
(pfff, I have to improve my 'almost english')

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent!!! Eugene Edwards!!!

6:14 AM  

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