Just one song from the astonishingly assured The Embarrassment, active in the States in the late seventies and early eighties and one of the greatest underachieving bands in the whole of rock history.
Listening through to their compilation Heyday 1979-83 yesterday I was amazed at just how very good they were. It was all there. The melodies, lyrics, imagination, energy, verve and diversity. Pretty much everything you could possibly want from an alternative guitar band.
Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, their output stands up with those of Mission of Burma and Gang of Four, and the imprint of their sound, inventiveness and restlessness is all over Omni's Deluxe, one of my favourite albums of 2016 which I'll write more about in the coming days. In the meantime, back to The Embarrassment and their tribute to the indescribably wonderful face of Elizabeth Montgomery.