The third Big Four member and the original lead singer of Loveless was Alan McGee. Glasgow-born McGee started out as a DJ, wrote the intro to Slowdive's Cars Can Be Lemonade (even though I still think it was a terrible EP) and here was in charge of a whole disheveled band of stringy girly-wigs like a teenage Kinks. He then took them to London, and was thrilled to meet up with former colleague Damon Albarn, whose new band was the other half of the third Big Four (they were the lightning bolts in the flashback story of Music Of Life).
Conceived for a Slumber Party 30thanniversary tour in 1998, Nothing Is Real was released in 1999 on CD and double vinyl by Fat Cat records - who brought Karaoke Forever and Music of Life to the US there. (Then there's another version on the Japanese Karaoke Forever reissue, with some new bonus tracks, and that was only in the 90s.) I never got to hear it live, but it was visible to me on the UK tour of Music Of Life in 2002. It's mental. This is the sound of grown men gyrating around a giant floor display of flashing lights and photos playing the role of a microphone. I want to go home and play this now. It's so good it even has two (pretty cool) video links up on youtube.
This has got to be the most impressive Sonic Boom album of the lot, and it had all the hallmarks of all their best stuff. It also had the Cosmic Dancers demo version of "Rollercoaster" on one side and most of a version of "Blood From A Star" on the other.
Prodigy was the sonic firework at the beginning of a book. It's essentially an 80s Britpop album, with the frontman swearing like a Slade and going on about celebrity tawdry exploits. It's clearly the sound of a band in a new country in its own head. d2c66b5586