Milltown Brothers – Slinky

The second gig I ever went to was the Milltown Brothers.  They played at Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1991 (it was a Polytechnic back then). They were supported by Beware the Green Monkey.

I was so impressed by Beware the Green Monkey.  I brought their tape from the T-Shirt stand. Lead singer Bruce Thomas had a Ian Brown monkey gait. There was a general Roses’ feel to the whole band.  I still have the tape but no means of uploading the content from it.

When the Milltown Brothers played, I seem to remember they played Which Way Should I Jump and Here I Stand twice. I am not sure why.  I don’t think that they lacked enough songs for a gig. These are the stand out songs of the album.  There is a nice Hammond organ in Apple Green too. They sounded like Brit Pop way before their time. Yet there are jangly baggy elements to the album.  All this and reminding me of The La’s.  Their lack of recognition may be due to spreading themselves around genres.

Milltown Brothers : Slinky

Apple Green
Here I Stand
Sally Ann
Which Way Should I Jump?
Never Come Down Again
Something Cheap
Seems To Me


4 thoughts on “Milltown Brothers – Slinky

  1. May 1991 backpacking up the east-coast of the USA,I booked into a hostel in Washington DC. wandered into my dorm to be gob-smacked to hear Which Way Should I Jump ringing out. Assuming it was a fellow Northern brit with a stereo, was amazed to find it was being played on local radio. A station that played nothing but uk indie bands. Gotta love americans.

  2. Hey I remember watching Beware The Green Monkey at the Subterrania in Ladbroke Grove London on that tour… Amazing band and after talking with Bruce I found out he knew all of my family as they are from Nelson and Burnley too… amazing days

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