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The Boo Radleys: Irish Centre, Leeds

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 7 April 1995

AS MUSIC biz jokes go, The Boo Radleys are a very, very good one. Formed in Liverpool in 1989, their topsy-turvy career (taking in baldness, in-flight LSD trips, record company bankruptcy and great pop music) earned them the industry nickname of The Doo Badleys. They were the "band least likely" to succeed, and yet the punchline to the joke is that they have done. Their recent smash hit single 'Wake Up Boo!' sold more in two weeks than the previous 10 did in five years, and their exceptional pop album Wake Up entered the charts at number one.

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