Not all Indie in the Britpop era was looking to party in 70’s vintage clothes to 60’s guitar lines. Nope. The spirit of ’77 was very much alive in some parts of the Indie Disco. Clever/Stupid, Wordy/Angry. Shouty/Loaded Punk was still a thing. Like a cross between Crass and Manic Street Preachers, S*M*A*S*H based their name on the cosy US sit com that had seemed to be on every night for the last 20 years and a brand of dried packet fast food,
This music wasn’t played by little tin robots though. Actually given the production it might have been.
“The statistician studies Titan, the hand up his arse is a politicians”
That might be the most art college lyric I can imagine. Then again I was at art college when S*M*A*S*H played a gig in the next town and we all went for a mosh and a pint. So I have a confirmation bias ont hat one. They raged about the corrupt government of the era. The unjust war we were getting into and The Man, maaan. They were of course right about everything.
“Margaret Thatcher, Jeffrey Archer, Michael Heseltine, John Major, Virginia Bottomeley… Especially…”
(I Want To) Kill Somebody was featured on the NME compilation album Singles Of The Week 1994 (Still the best £4.99 I’ve ever spend by mail order) alongside Oasis, Shampoo, Underworld, Pulp and Veruca Salt. I have played it a thousand times since. What a time to be alive. I never wanted to kill anybody but I sang along anyway.