From a profile in The Guardian newspaper back in November 2009:-
Series: New band of the week : The Sexual Objects (No 669)
With big pop tunes, giant choruses and ace titles, this new group from former Fire Engines singer Davey Henderson is no half-hearted stab at glory.
The lineup: Davey Henderson (vocals, guitar), Ian Holford (drums), Simon Smeeton (guitar), Douglas McIntyre (bass).
The background: It’s nice to see those original Postcard boys, Edwyn Collins and Paul Haig, back in action and on fine form. Roddy Frame has never really been away, so that just leaves the fourth man of early-80s Scottish indie pop, Davey Henderson, to stage a return and we’ve got the full set. Henderson was never on that seminal independent label with his band of the time, Fire Engines, but he was a hugely important figure in that transitional period between post-punk and new pop. In their scratchy, shambling, rhythmically perverse way, Fire Engines’ tracks such as Get Up and Use Me and Candyskin taught white boys how to dance and should have made singer/guitarist Henderson a household name.
Then again, in the minds of some people, he always was as big a superstar as Michael or Madonna, as cute as Bolan with the bite of Rotten, and so when he disbanded Fire Engines to form a groovy, glam outfit called Win claiming to offer “chewing gum for the ears”, a small coterie of admirers continued to hail him as rock’s great unsung hero. When Win failed to match critical acclaim with commercial success, even with sure-fire hits such as You’ve Got the Power, Henderson moved on once more, this time to the jerkily Beefheartian melodramas of Nectarine No 9, who received considerable praise for their eight albums between 1992 and 2004.
Nectarine didn’t sell any more records than Fire Engines or Win, but at least Henderson got the official seal of approval from a new generation of indie-funkers at the time of the band’s dissolution, coinciding as it did with the emergence of Franz Ferdinand – they didn’t just claim Henderson as an influence but actually recorded a double-A-side seven-inch single with a briefly reformed Fire Engines, the Engines covering Franz’s Jacqueline and FF having a bash at Get Up and Use Me.
Henderson could easily have left it at that, having passed the baton on, but something keeps him coming back. So here he is with band number four. The first thing you notice about the Sexual Objects – featuring former members of Win and Nectarine No 9 as well as Creeping Bent label boss Douglas McIntyre – is that, as with Win and Nectarine No 9, this is no half-hearted stab at glory. This is proper stuff: big pop tunes in a T Rex or Bowie/Eno (glam era, not Berlin) vein played on guitar, bass and drums with handclaps and giant choruses and titles that would look fab in neon flashing over Times or Leicester Square: Here Come the Rubber Cops, Full Penetration, Queen City of the Fourth Dimension.
As ever with anything bearing Henderson’s name, the songs are full of references to old pop hits, the performances veer perilously close to collapse while throughout he employs his trademark cheeky louche drawl – an analyst might conclude that he knows his subject too well and almost wants it (the pop success that has constantly eluded him) so badly he sabotages it before it’s had a chance to happen. And yet the music’s so ace, you decide it’s not your problem that Henderson is probably living on state hand-outs while musicians with a tenth his talent are scoffing caviar. There’s freakbeat here, there’s doo wop, there’s narcotic funk that suggests Prince in a drug den with Peter Perrett, there are Velvets/Television drones and the sweetest sugar pop. And to cap it all the Sexual Objects are apparently recording their debut album with electronic dreamers Boards of Canada! Now if they could get Sky Ferreira in to duet with Davey on their next single we really could die happy.
The buzz: “Henderson and Co are still the best rock’n’roll band on this or any other planet.”
The truth: Time to lubricate your living room again.
Most likely to: Achieve full penetration of the pop chart of our dreams.
Least likely to: Become sexual objects.
What to buy: Full Penetration is out now on Creeping Bent. The Sexual Objects play London’s Buffalo Bar on 27 November.
File next to: Win, Bowie, Bolan, early Eno.
mp3 : The Sexual Objects – Merrie England
mp3 : The Sexual Objects – Demonstration
A single from 2007…..