Saturday, July 28, 2012

Found! Video From The Young Offenders

There was so much potential here.

In 1999, based on some mention in the NME, my friend and I found a few singles by The Young Offenders in the bins in England on our first trip there.

The singles -- in particular "Science Fiction" and "Pink and Blue" -- were just magnificent slices of T.Rex-inspired pop. Add in a few hints of early Suede -- that guitar work worthy of Bernard Butler comparisons -- and the songs really seemed hints of future greatness.

And flip-side "Get Laid With The Young Offenders" married ideas of sexual liberation to the sound of a Slade stomp to create a song that should have come from the mouths of one of those fake bands in 1998's Velvet Goldmine.

Unfortunately, the Irish band split up with wonderfully-named frontman Ciaran McFeely going on to perform as Simple Kid.

I found this video of The Young Offenders on YouTube and it's a great piece of footage of the band doing "Science Fiction" at T in the Park. I'm guessing that this is 1998 or 1999.

Enjoy and spread the word.