Next to all the various mysterious and difficult-to-explain reasons for liking a certain band, song or album, there's always this one intuitively recognizable feeling that has to be there after listening: for the songs to leave me wanting more.
Sex Clark Five's rather classic album Strum & drum! is definitely one of those records. The longest of the twenty songs clocks in at 2:43 and most are much shorter. Obviously being short alone doesn't make a song great, but for their 1987 debut SC5 managed to record mostly tunes with great melodies and hooks that won't quit. A lot is happening: some surf, beat, jangle, punk et cetera, all mixed together as infectious pop.
Sex Clark Five was a band formed in Huntsville, Alabama in the mid-'80s, at the time of recording this album consisting of singer and songwriter James Butler, guitarist Rick Storey, drummer Trick McKaha and bass player Joy Johnson. Strum & drum! is a collection of infectious and often somewhat politically charged songs, with some not annoying hints of humour mixed in.
After this first jangly pop explosion, things didn't necessarily get much better for the band. The subsequent albums I've heard have their moments, but this is clearly where you want to start.
Does anyone know if they're still going?
1. Sex Clark Five - The men who don't know ice
2. Sex Clark Five - Alai
3. Sex Clark Five - Valerie