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A Can of Bees


Download links and information about A Can of Bees by The Soft Boys. This album was released in 1979 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Punk, Alternative, Psychedelic genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:16:43 minutes.

Artist: The Soft Boys
Release date: 1979
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Punk, Alternative, Psychedelic
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:16:43
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No. Title Length
1. Give It to the Soft Boys 2:00
2. The Pigworker 4:32
3. Human Music 4:30
4. Leppo and the Jooves 5:27
5. The Rat's Prayer 3:21
6. Do the Chisel 3:05
7. Sandra's Having Her Brain Out 4:09
8. Return of the Sacred Crab 2:57
9. Cold Turkey 4:20
10. School Dinner Blues 2:23
11. Wading Through a Ventilator (Live) 3:58
12. Let Me Put It Next to You (Bonus Track) 2:03
13. Blues In the Dark (Bonus Track) 4:11
14. When I Was a Kid (Bonus Track) 5:07
15. Love Poisoning (Bonus Track) 4:37
16. The Asking Tree (Bonus Track) 5:13
17. Muriel's Hoof / Root of the Clones (Bonus Track) 4:10
18. Have a Heart Betty (Mark 1) [Bonus Track] 2:42
19. Rock 'n' Roll Toilet (Mark 1) [Bonus Track] 3:16
20. Heartbreak Hotel (Bonus Track) 4:42



The Soft Boys eventually gave birth to Katrina & The Waves and the solo career of Robyn Hitchcock. In their own time, they were an underground phenomenon whose legacy influenced the ‘80s college-radio sound. Their 1979 debut album,A Can of Bees, has guitars that are snarling and Hitchcock-ready with a voice that can phrase a lyric. “Give It to the Soft Boys” states “Feel like asking a tree for an autograph / And I feel like making love to a photograph” with a true sense of purpose. “Human Music” features chiming guitars that sound nicked from the Beatles’ Revolver, with a reflective tone that sounds like the Byrds and Syd Barrett making musical love. “Leppo and the Jooves,” “Do The Chisel” and “Sandra’s Having Her Brain Out” are infectious neo-psychedelic numbers that position Hitchcock as a mad scientist breaking test tubes in the lab. The version of John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey” is strong and deliberate. This 2010 reissue includes a John Cale-like cover of “Heartbreak Hotel,” along with fantastic bonus cuts such as “Blues In the Dark” and “When I Was a Kid.”