IT SOUNDS VERY
In 1985, five young lads in Abingdon, Oxfordshire formed a band called On a Friday. They wrote songs with lyrics like "somewhere in Palestine a crazy young man wants to rule the world so he buys himself an atom bomb and he drops it on your head" and "Dance sucka dance sucka dance sucka dance."
Some sad fuck named Chris saw them in a pub and thought they had talent. In hindsight he was a genius but his business partner must've been wondering what the fuck Hufford was on when he decided to manage these guys.
IT SOUNDS VERY LOGICAL
Then one of the band members, a dude named Colin, accidentally met an EMI rep at the record shop where he worked. The band signed a six-record deal and changed their names.
They released an album in 1993 with a baby face surrounded by petals on the cover. One of the songs from that album got pretty big among the alt yoof in America and Israel, probably because it was called Creep and spoke to their condition with lyrics like "I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here, I don't belong here." The album also had a song called Anyone Can Play Guitar, which is a lie.
THAT IS NOT
They released another album in 1995. It did pretty good.
WHAT IS HAPPENING
Then they recorded another album. A young chap named Nigel was brought on to do producing. They released it in 1997.
The band got really popular. Really popular. People were calling them geniuses, saying that they'd made the definitive album of their generation, that they would forever be considered musical greats. Unless they fucked up next time.
WHAT IS HAPPENING
Next time was three years later, when they released two albums - one had a lot of melodic ambient stuff and one had a lot of glitchy mood tracks. Recording it had been rough because one of the band members, Thom, was really depressed and their newfound fame was putting a lot of pressure on them. The people were a bit less unanimous this time - some people even longed for the rock of the old band.
Those people were fucking wrong.
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DONT BLOW YOUR MIND WITH WHY
SO WHY DOES THIS NOT ADD UP
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