In the light of 1000 smiles

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The Scream­ing Meemees sound as fresh and vibrant today as they did in 1981 and 1982. They still leap out of the speak­ers full of teenage verve to a pound­ing almost mar­tial rhythm from Joh and Peter. Tony Drumm adding the off-true Kiwi vocal and ear for a mem­o­rable hook line Jor­dan Luck would work into a high art. Michael O’Neill – style and gui­tar – nev­er too lit­tle and nev­er too much – punk sting and intent intact – but always so much more than that – find­ing pow­er in the melody and colour.

[From Mys­terex: The Scream­ing Meemees revis­it­ed]

Andrew Schmidt’s overview of the Meemees’ career is both inci­sive and hon­est (as his blog, which is utter­ly essen­tial read­ing for any­one with even a pass­ing inter­est in music from the south­ern isles).

Did we do 104 gigs in 1982? ..shit.…

They were, and I’m biased of course, a thor­ough­ly bril­liant band.

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