James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 23: Wake Up!

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Who, what, why, where and when are all words that begin with ‘W’.

And so does today’s album.

Because we’re on ‘W’ in my A-Z of albums.

So it should begin with ‘W’.

That is literally the only expectation we can reasonably have of this album.

But it is also one of my all time favourite albums.


W is for Wake Up!


Wake Up! was the album that was by far the biggest commercial success for The Boo Radleys, and until recent years it was the only album of theirs that I really knew.

Which is strange because I enjoyed this album so much that you might imagine I’d have investigated the rest of their back catalogue. But their 1996 follow-up, ‘C’mon Kids’, didn’t really generate the same level of interest as ‘Wake Up!’ and I neglected to add it to my collection. Which with hindsight was a mistake because that too is an awesome album.

I have rectified this error in recent times and after paying closer attention to their other work, I feel it’s probably fair to say The Boo Radleys deserve to be recognised as more than ‘just another Britpop band’.

But the success of ‘Wake Up!’ did owe a lot to Britpop.

I don’t know if an album like this would have been successful in another era, but I’m glad it came out in 1995.

Firstly, because I might not have heard it otherwise.

But also because, the day after I finished my last GCSE exam, it was absolutely brilliant to switch on my CD player the following morning, with the longest summer of my life awaiting me and listen to the opening track, ‘Wake Up Boo!’ as I lay smiling in bed. It really is the perfect post examination track.

  10 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 23: Wake Up!

  1. April 27, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Yet another one. 25 years ago. Really?

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    • April 27, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Sadly yes, but I just like to think of myself as 25 years cooler now. Because I’m delusional in that way…

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  2. Bryntin
    April 27, 2020 at 9:52 am

    In retrospect and looking at the meagre grades actually attained, I think I would have played the Wake Up Boo! track just before my exams if I could. Unfortunately, it was about 14 years too late.

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    • April 27, 2020 at 10:54 am

      Later again by about two years but I think an ideal pre-exams Boo Radley’s track would be C’mon Kids!


    • April 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      I’m 25 years more dustier now.

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  3. April 27, 2020 at 11:32 am

    The Boo Radleys?
    You’re redeeming yourself… 😉

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  4. April 27, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Good name for a band.

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    • April 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      It is. Don’t think I realised how good it was until many years later, when I was attempting to teach ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ to a class of 14 year olds without having actually read the book. Long story…

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      • April 27, 2020 at 10:30 pm

        Isn’t it funny when you suddenly realize where a name of something comes from?

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