Ballboy is a Scottish band (vocalist Gordon McIntyre, keyboardist Katie Griffiths, bassist Nick Reynolds, drummer Gary Morgan) that was briefly Britain's "next big thing", and, like all the previous ones, was not only obnoxious but also derivative (of Belle And Sebastian,
Arab Strap and many more).
The most original feature of their music is the length of the song titles.
Club Anthems (SL, 2001 - Manifesto, 2002) collects the early singles,
including Olympic Cyclist (2000),
I Hate Scotland,
Sex Is Boring,
and Essential Wear for Future Trips to Space, all replete with shy
refrains and grotesquely inane lyrics.
A Guide For the Daylight Hours (Manifesto, 2003) boasts two gems
(I Wonder If You're Drunk Enough to Sleep With Me Tonight,
I Lost You but I Found Country Music), two mildly entertaining
(Where Do the Nights of Sleep Go to When They Do Not Come to Me,
You Can't Spend Your Whole Life Hanging Around With Arseholes)
and a lot of yawn-inducing melodies.
The album is more polished and, alas, occasionally evokes the
The "next big thing" of 2001 was already forgotten two years later, when
McIntyre fired everybody else and released
The Sash My Father Wore (SL, 2003), de facto a solo album.
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