Review Revue: Virgin Prunes - “Don’t Look Back” single

As seems to happen so often around here, for this week’s column I come to you as a complete ignoramus. Until today, I knew nothing about the Virgin Prunes. Based on this record cover, I couldn’t decide if they were a Cure knockoff band or some other kind of band that was making fun of The Cure by dressing like them on their album cover.

Turns out I was wrong on both fronts -- though it appears from the KCMU DJ response that this cover was kinda lame even by 1986 standards. Virgin Prunes started right around the same time as the Cure, in Ireland (they had close ties to U2 from very early on), and were quite well-respected as a band. I guess they and The Cure were probably both part of the same 80s goth zeitgeist. Seriously, though, if you had told me that Gavin Friday, over on the left, was actually Robert Smith, I would have believed you. But I never said I knew what the heck I was talking about, did I?

“More like the early darker + rawer Virgin Prunes but still seems to be lacking a certain something.”

“Sincerity?”

“Haircuts imply a certain vain immaturity. Sorry.”

“Gees, I get mine cut still, Art... and don’t forget this is show biz.”

“Gavin Friday is my god, but I would’ve rather seen ‘Deadly Sins’ as a 12″. Oh well.”

“SAD cover but music’s not ‘that bad.’”

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One Comment

  1. Damon Creed
    Posted August 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Virgin Prunes vocalist, Gavin Friday also popped up as a guest vocalist on the The Fall’s 1984 album, “The Wonderful & Frightening World of The Fall.” No mistaking on the songs which one is MES and which one is GF.

    Curiously, this 12″ and accompanying lp, “The Moon Looked Down & Laughed” were released on Touch&Go. Virgin Prunes were a bit of a left field release on T&G, typically the home at the time of such acts as Big Black, Killdozer, Butthole Surfers.

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