IT REALLY WAS A CRACKING DEBUT SINGLE (72) ??

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I’m sure there are some folk out there who reckon Love Is The Law is a cracking piece of music, and would argue that it certainly merits a place in this occasional series.  Indeed, given that this debut 45 went all the way to #3 in the UK singles chart, there might be quite a lot of you think along those lines.

Don’t count me in.

Yes, I did buy a copy back in either late April or early May 1997.  From recollection, it was part of a promotional offer in Virgin Records (or it might have been HMV) where you could get three chart singles for £5.  Looking at the Top 30 rundown that week, I’m thinking the others in the bundle could well have been Lovefool by The Cardigans, and Where Are They Now? by Gene.   I’d probably be lucky to get 5p if I put them on e-bay today.

I would have heard The Seahorses debut on the radio at some point as it was tailor-made for such a medium.  It obviously registered enough with me to make it part of the bargain bundle, albeit I never had really taken to The Stone Roses.  Everyone of a certain age was telling me that John Squire was the guitarist of his generation, and that his talents and musicianship would very much be at the forefront of his new band.  What did I have to lose?

mp3: The Seahorses – Love Is The Law

As it turns out, I lost £1.67, the equivalent of one-third of a fiver.

I maybe played this three times all told.  I realised on its first play that I hadn’t actually listened to it properly on the radio.  The tune was AOR muck and the lyric was variety-hall of the George Formby era with its mentions of Strap-On Sally chasing boys down the alley…..

Having played the other two singles,I returned to The Seahorses, just in case I had maybe over-reacted. It was then immediately put onto the CD shelves, quickly forgotten.

The third would have been just a few weeks ago, as I pondered whether if it should perhaps be reassessed.

Nope.   It is the very definition of landfill indie.

I may as well offer up the two other songs on the CD single.

mp3: The Seahorses – Dreamer
mp3: The Seahorses – Sale Of The Century

And to think, there were many music critics who were convinced this band was the future.  No wonder indie-guitar music soon died so spectacularly on its arse soon after.

Feel free to differ.  Or just move along quietly, and we can pretend this post never appeared on the blog.

JC

12 thoughts on “IT REALLY WAS A CRACKING DEBUT SINGLE (72) ??

  1. The musical equivalent of the “Going For An English” sketch on Goodness Gracious Me, specifically the “blandest thing on the menu” https://youtu.be/H-uEx_hEXAM

    Even the offer of 3 for £5 wasn’t enough to tempt me to buy anything by The Seahorses…

  2. The sound of John Squire’s legacy being thrown out of a window and run over by a passing milk float.
    Horrendous

  3. I wasn’t sure I’d heard this song. I listened. I had. To me it sounds a bit like Oasis doing the Stone Roses doing Oasis. I’m sure it has it’s fans.

  4. I’m hearing really bad news from the Pulp camp about Steve Mackay anyone else heard anything similar?

  5. This same thing happened to so many indie guitar dudes. Bernard Butler (Suede), Andy Bell (Ride), John Squire, and yes I will even through in the great Mr Marr. I was all in on the Stone Roses and thought this band were gonna be amazing only to realize that maybe it was actually the other 3 that made the Stone Roses so special.

  6. Gonna buck the trend and say I quite like this although I now view much (if not all) of the Second Coming as a waste of time/ tape/ legend. They really blew it after 1990- 4 men heading in different directions on different drugs listening to different music. The Seahorses don’t really stand the test of time, stodgy guitar rock. But I quite like this one for reasons I can’t put my finger on.

    There was an NME interview at the time with Mani (then having just joined Primal Scream) and the journalist played Mani Love Is The Law, unreleased at that point I think. Mani nodded and said he recognised the riff, one Squire had written and played during the Second Coming but which didn’t make it into full song form. So there you go, a Second Coming reject.

  7. Mansun opened up for the Seahorses in North America. Was at the Toronto show. Mansun blew the Seahorses straight outta the water. Needless to say we didn’t stay til the end of the headliners. It wasn’t great.

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