The Spongetones Present Jamie & Steve – English Afterthoughts

January 01, 1970

(Loaded Goat Records)


For well over three decades, the Spongetones have ranked
among indie pop’s best-kept secret. Though consistently denied the benefit of
major-label affiliation, this North Carolina combo has steadfastly perfected
their craft, turning out brilliant Anglo-infused power pop and a retro rock
discipline brimming over with effusive hooks, radiant harmonies and the sort of
irresistible melodies that linger long after the disc leaves the player.


Though billed only as the band’s pair of principals —
Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel – English Afterthoughts unquestionably sounds for all intents and purposes
like one of their traditional band outings, and longtime Spongetones fans will find plenty to cheer here. There’s certainly no denying its
overall shine and sparkle, beginning with its ebullient opener “Emily’s Ghost”
and sashaying emphatically through the enticing pair, “Color Me Over Again” and
“Let Me Back In,” and then culminating with a flourish via the gently embracing
closing track, “In Their Rooms.” 


Too well-crafted to be considered any sort of afterthought
— English or otherwise – the Spongetones special basks in the full blush of sheer power pop regalia.


Standout Tracks: “Emily’s Ghost,” “Color Me Over Again,” “Let Me Back In”



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