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  • Viva YouTube! (Episode 8: Big Heat-Watch Me Catch Fire)

    19 Feb 2009, 19:06 by cruz992

    If I was smart, I would've been a soul music aficionado. My teenage years would've been so different: tailored clothes; coordination on the dancefloor; clove cigarettes; maybe a cool ivy cap (my head's too big to pull off a porkpie hat). But nerd that I am, I decided to devote my devotion to power pop.
    For many grooveless years in the 80's-90's, Big Heat's one and only release "Watch Me Catch Fire" was one of the few soul records in my collection. Big Heat were a retro r & b group from mid 1980's England. The nerd connection was this: they were a quasi-supergroup that included Bill Hurley (The Inmates) and Drew Barfield (The Keys) on vocals, Chris Parks (Any Trouble) on guitar, and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions) on drums, among others. An 80's power pop/pub rock nerd's wet dream...
    This band had the goods, though. The songs on the 12" single were gritty soul doppelgangers echoing out of dark London alleyways…