The Odd Numbers – About Time (Millennium Edition) (Beer City Records)

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It doesn’t matter how much you think you know, the truth is that, to quote Jesse Michaels and Plato, you really know nothing. Or more accurately, you don’t know as much as you think you do. Even though I’ve been immersed in the scene for more than thirty years, I’m still constantly being surprised by records and bands that are almost as old as I am that seem to appear out of nowhere. The Odd Numbers are one of those bands and About Time is one of those records. Before this morning I’d never heard of them and didn’t have a clue who they were, but by the time the afternoon rolled around, I couldn’t stop listening to this damn record. 

About Time has far more in common with the Mod scene of the mid-sixties and its Vespa championing fashionistas than it does the blood, sweat and tears and energy of the punk scene and it’s one of the catchiest records that I’ve heard in many a moon. The Odd Numbers are like Elvis Costello and the Attractions channelling The Kinks and The Who on full throttle and About Time sounds just as good nearly thirty years after it first appeared as I’m sure it did when it was originally released. And the same will be true in another thirty years. It’ll still sound incredible. Get your dancing shoes on and get down with The Odd Numbers… Tim Cundle

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