A massive bout of nostalgia this afternoon drove me, as usual, into the arms of You Tube to search for The Ogdens.
The Ogdens were one of those post-Smiths band still mourning the passing of Manchester's finest, and who sounded unashamedly like their heroes. The bands finest moment, for me, was "Rachel, Put Your Arms Around Me" which came out on Casca Records in 1989, and was listened to by me and my girlfriend over and over again in her bedroom in Caistor, Lincolnshire whilst we waited for her Mum to come and cook us tea.
Like many bands of their ilk, The Ogdens gave up the ghost at the beginning of the 90s, but their myspace page says there'll be a compilation out on Firestation records next month. Which is super news for those who can't find their records anywhere these days, and so 'Hellish Mad Rush' is very welcome.
Now if only I could get my hands on those long, lost Charlottes records...