Bears, Breasts and the British Public

Continuing this year’s theme of 90’s tinged nostalgia is a brand new band from England appropriately calling themselves the British Public. Their first single came out late last year on the Tip Top label.  It’s called a double A-Side (forgot to add the double A-side to my 7″ gripes post).  In any event the better of the two sides, which we will call the A-side is Bears.  It has it’s Pavement-isms and a little bit of the Carpet People (sorry, obligatory obscure reference) dourness to it.  I love the stuttering la-la-la-la’s, na-na-na-na’s a, and the b-b-b-b-b-b-bears choruses.  The other side contains Breasts and nearly as good with it’s horns and similarities to Nick Lowe creates a good argument for calling this a double A-side.  The record arrived at my house on Friday and it’s been on near constant rotation this entire weekend.  If this song tickles your fancy get on the horn and order one of these because it’s limited to 250 copies.  The band are promising an album sometime this year.  Hope that this single is just the tip of the iceberg.

mp3: The British Public – Bears (order the single from Tip Top Recordings)


  1. johnnycashmachine · January 27, 2011

    Thanks for this, I love pavement!

    • Toby · January 29, 2011

      Pavement is ok, but I prefer open fields.

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