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Boyracer

Although leader Stewart Anderson is seemingly incapable of keeping a band lineup together for more than a couple of records at a time, his band Boyracer is one of the longest-running and most prolific bands of the '90s U.K. indie pop scene. Noisier and more aggressive than many of their rather twee contemporaries, Boyracer actually has more in common with more rocking American indie bands like Henry's Dress or Pavement than with any of their contemporaries on the estimable UK indie Sarah Records.

Boyracer formed in Wetherby, England, a suburb of Leeds, in 1990, taking their name from the teenage boys who dragged the town's main street on summer nights. The first lineup was Anderson on guitar and vocals, Richard Adams on guitar and keyboards, Simon on bass, and James on drums (like many British indie bands of the era, Boyracer adopted the habit of listing its members by first name only on all releases and promo materials, and some members' last names remain mysteries), a lineup that only lasted long enough to record one single, "Railway" backed with "Reverse," released in April 1992, and half of a split single with the Louisville, KY, group Hula Hoop that July.

Adams left the band to concentrate on his own electronica-oriented project, Hood, just before the release of the shoegazey three-track Naked EP in February 1993. The new three-piece lineup signed with Sarah Records that spring and released the quickly-recorded B Is for Boyracer EP in May. The songs started becoming shorter and punkier at this point, as shown both on the Sarah EP and on a 10" mini-album recorded with Hula Hoop entitled Louisville/Leeds TKO, released on A Turntable Friend in July 1993. Capping a seriously prolific year, the five-track From Purity to Purgatory EP, their second Sarah release, was released in October.

James and Simon left the band acrimoniously in February 1994, and Anderson recruited Matty Green on guitar and ex-Hood Nicola Hodgkinson on bass, along with a drummer named Kevin. This lineup recorded Boyracer's first full-length album, More Songs About Frustration and Self-Hate, which came out in May 1994, and that summer's Best Flipstar EP before Kevin was booted from the group. His replacement, Ged Megurn, joined the group after the recording of Boyracer's third and final Sarah EP, Pure Hatred 96, on which Anderson doubled on drums. Following the band's first U.S. tour, the second album, We Are Made of the Same Wood, came out in early 1995. Upping the noise quotient even further, the group recorded their exceedingly lo-fi next release, Pain, Plunder and Personal Loss, live on a four-track in their communal home.

Boyracer went up a level in commercial visibility in 1995 when they signed to the New York-based Zero Hour label. A curious little 5" vinyl single, "West Riding House," came out later that year, followed in early 1996 by their third full-length album, Boyracer in Full Colour. The record sold poorly and Zero Hour unceremoniously booted the band off the label in the middle of an extensive U.S. tour. By this time, however, Boyracer were firm favorites on the U.S. indie scene, and the group released a staggering half-dozen singles on six different American indies before 1996 was through. However, the group seemed to tire of both the grind and each other, and they split upon the release of the "Present Tense" single in early 1997.

In late 2000, Anderson formed a new edition of Boyracer. Retaining Green on second guitar and adding bassist Jen (from Rabbit in Red) and drummer Frank (from the Bright Lights), the new lineup toured the U.S. in support of Boyfuckingracer, a 33-track compilation of new songs and favorites from the 1991-1997 singles, EPs, and albums. ~ Stewart Mason
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Punch Up The Bracket

1. A Punch Up The Bracket

2. The Man The Myth

3. Second Hand Youth

4. Secret Jokes

5. The Toilets Of Northern Europe

6. Insect Boy

7. A Happy Accident

8. No Tears

9. Geordie Lout

10. The Desperate Hours

11. Yr Love It Lies To You

12. Contradictions

13. Normal

14. Perennial Underdog

15. Louise

16. Stand By Your Words

17. Yr Silent Years

18. Kids Don't Follow

19. More Than Most

20. Pleasantries

21. Tactile

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Track List: Punker Than You Since '92

Disc 1

1. A History Of Snakes

2. They're Making Money Off You

3. Who Pissed On Yr Bonfire?

4. 2nd Hand Youth

5. 9 To 5 Style

6. Lou And Ged

7. The 90s Are Thru

8. On Bleached Grass

9. Sarah And Sarah

10. (It Just Fell Down The) Back Of The Fridge

11. Absence Makes The Heart Grow Harder

12. Everyday Is Saturday Night

13. You've Squandered Yr Talents

14. Billy Three

15. Pop Holiday

16. Concede

17. Ghosts In Japan

18. Words Are Yr Currency

19. Warmest Hours

20. Tell Me Where My Hands Should Go

21. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

22. I Thought Even More Of You When You Told Me You Wanted Me Dead

23. Louise

24. Where To Place Yr Trust

25. Yr Static Flame

26. It's A Long Way To Go To Lose More Than Loose Change

27. Fool Around

28. We Have Such Gifts

29. Temper

30. The Sadness In You

31. That Boy Yr With Is A Dick

32. Stars And Car Parks

33. Wholly Generic

34. A Chipped Tooth And Greasy Fingers

35. Secret Jokes

36. We Are Pure Chrome

37. The Man The Myth

38. Temp

39. Vinegar Evenings

40. How Many Cars Can You Fit In Yr Garage

41. Toilets Of Northern Europe

42. A Punch Up The Bracket

43. Careful What You Wish For

44. When I Was A Blonde And You A Brunette

45. Now I Have Everything

Disc 2

1. Black Fantastic Splitting

2. Turquoise Mood

3. Doorframe

4. Yr Breaking His Heart

5. Yr Unspoken Desires

6. I've Got It (And It's Not Worth Having)

7. Twisted Love

8. West Riding House

9. Tested

10. He Gets Me So Hard

11. Friend

12. Beautiful Lines

13. Stabbed

14. Boyracer

15. Is It Me Or Is It Cold?

16. Small Consolation

17. Meadowhall

18. Patric Walker

19. Friend For Life

20. Ejk

21. Passionflower

22. Denatured

23. Naked

24. Spindle

25. Boxing Day

26. Wanting For All The Wrong Reasons

27. Re-Run

28. Snowly

29. Michael

30. Railway

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Track List: Happenstance

1. Vinegar Evenings

2. I Thought Even More Of You When You Told Me You Wanted Me Dead

3. Where To Place Your Trust?

4. Invisible

5. Careless And Caught Out

6. The Moment

7. Flinch At The Light

8. The Warmest Hours

9. What You Decide To Cherish

11. Awkward Silence Is Not A Steady Diet

12. I Was The Drummer In Altered Images

13. A Chipped Tooth And Greasy Fingers

14. On Bleached Grass

15. Angle

16. Riding The Rims

17. Overcast Youth

18. The Others Way

19. A Lesson In Bad Posture

20. How Many Cars Can You Fit In Yr Garage?

21. Christopher

22. The Basics

23. Untitled

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Reading this band's bio, I see descriptive words like noise, shoegazy and lo fi. These are supposed to be attributes ? Sounds like sucky no talent juveniles to me.
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This band reminds me of Stereolab
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This band has an enormous discography. Can't you get access to more than just 3 albums? I want more boyracer songs on my boyracer station!!! Please play the actual band more often. Thanks

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