BY JOHN B. MOORE
Add Irish Pop band Pugwash to the list of tragically overlooked bands in this country. Thankfully, the good folks and Power Pop flag wavers at Omnivore Recordings, have seen it fit to put out a CD crammed with 17 songs culled from Pugwash’s catalogue from 1999 – 2011.
The collection is a best of and a starter record all in one. For the uninitiated, Pugwash is the second coming of ELO, Jellyfish and XTC (they were even wisely snatched up by Andy Partridge for his own label), combing smart lyrics with earworm Pop melodies that stick with you for days.
You can’t go wrong putting this album on shuffle, but stand out tracks here include the opening song “Take Me Away” and the hypnotically catchy “Monorail.” Fittingly, the CD includes liner notes from Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood (who clearly shares a record collection with the band) and The Section Quartet’s Eric Gorfain.
The band is also prepping for a long-overdue tour of the U.S. So get with the program, America!
DOWNLOAD: “Take Me Away,” “Monorail” and “It’s Nice to Be Nice”