For one reason or another, mainly publishing deadlines and the other incredibly boring hum drum everyday minutia that fills my waking moments, this record has been sitting on my desk for a while. Sitting there, staring at me, begging to be played and this morning I finally relented and it’s been on repeat for the last, oh six hours or so. And during those six hours, I’ve been singing along and getting down with my not so bad self. There might also have been some middle aged dad dancing going on, but as there were no witnesses, you can’t prove anything.
To be honest, I’d never heard of these chaps before Everybody’s Famous unexpectedly turned up and it’s darn shame that the chances of actually catching them at a show in the next twelve months are probably slim to zero, as they’re almost certainly a blast live. Tonota 80 are all about massive power pop hooks and melodies and frantic, energetic delivery and without fail, every single time I play Everybody’s Famous I inevitably find myself thinking “Oh, so that’s what Snuff would sound like if they played Smiths songs…” . Don’t be like me, don’t be a moron and sit there staring at this record. Buy Everybody’s Famous, play it, sing-a-long and maybe, when no-ones watching, bust out a groovy move or two. Go on, you know you want to… Tim Cundle
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