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.