Artist: Band of Holy Joy
Label: Rough Trade
Catalogue Number: RT 223
Year of Release: 1988
B Butterfly Beauty Burns
Take a close look at the girl on the front cover. She looks how I felt listening to this single.
I have this single and the album Manic, Magic, Majestic, from which this is taken, and I can only assume that I saw them live at an impressionable age, and then sought out these releases.
The A-side sounds like a worse version of The Levellers, if you can imagine such a thing, only with someone doing a Fergal Sharkey impression over the top.
The B-side attempts to whip things up a bit, but the godawful synth they augment their gypsy-folk sound with makes it sound like the kind of thing no self-respecting band would release without the letters D-E-M-O after it, in big letters, underlined. Fergal tries to cram as many syllables into each line as possible, and talks about bruised clouds meaning that it's going to rain, which is probably a metaphor for, y'know, life, or friendship, or something important, but instead is just a bit dull.