Desperate Bicycles

  • Desperate Bicycles
  • New Cross New Cross EP (UK Refill) 1978 
  • Remorse Code (UK Refill) 1979 

Along with the far more heralded Soft Boys, this legendary post-punk Chocolate Watch band predated the neo-psychedelic movement by several years with a series of self-released singles and an LP of ten pop gems. The interplay of agile bass and near-perfect guitar on Remorse Code helps kick things along, and songs like “Sarcasm” and “It’s Somebody’s Birthday Today” are utter classics. Sly humor is exhibited with silly tape and sound effects, not to mention the guitarist’s savvy pseudonym: Dan Electro.

[David Sheridan]