Boothill Foot-Tappers

  • Boothill Foot-Tappers
  • Get Your Feet Out of My Shoes EP (UK Go! Discs) 1984 
  • Ain't That Far from Boothill (UK Mercury) 1985 

In yet another installment of “Musical Styles Traverse the Ocean,” these seven rustic English lads and lassies play a charming and catchy version of old-timey folk (banjo, fiddle, guitar, washboard, accordion) on the wonderful title track of their five-song 12-inch. But it doesn’t stop there: they also essay a soulful choral arrangement of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” and a rousing assault on Margaret Thatcher called “True Blues.” The only duff item is the rushed, tuneless “Milk Train.”

Unfortunately, the album makes a crime of eclecticism: the band dabbles in everything from ska to country-western, connecting emotionally with none of it. Flat, insipid production (mostly by Dick Cuthell) matches the performances’ lack of spunk; the net result is a record without depth or charm. Even a new version of “Get Your Feet Out of My Shoes” sounds tedious and contrived. The Boothill Foot-Tappers disbanded at the end of 1985.

[Ira Robbins]