Why are they amazing?
1. They have gotten better as they have gotten older. While I liked their 80s stuff, PSB really hit their stride from 1990s Behaviour album onwards. Their quality control is very high indeed.
3. Their b-sides would put the singles and album tracks of almost every other act to shame. Every new album brings a clutch of extra tracks that are often superior to the album tracks and singles. Ask a fan about ‘Fugitive’, ‘In the night’ or ‘The truck driver and his mate’.
4. They are curious and experimental. They write and produce others, made a (crap) film, did a (crap) musical, employed architects and artists for their extravagant tours, curate tribute albums, rescored Battleship Potempkin, keep indulging Sam Taylor Wood and they are now working on a ballet. They seem to stretch the idea of what it is to be a pop band so that it includes being cultural omnivores. Burp!
5. They have a sense of humour. Do yourself a favour and listen to their commentary on the DVD of PopArt, their collection of videos from a few years back. When they howl with laughter at their moody scowls in the early videos or any attempt at intellectualising the stuff, it’s pure entertainment.
Congratulations, gentlemen. You have been spared The Dumper.