The Soft Boys

By Oliver Hall

 

The Soft Boys were an English psychedelic band from Cambridge, the lifelong home of their guiding light Syd Barrett, whose madcap pop sensibility the Soft Boys artfully combined with the avant-garde blues rage of Captain Beefheart.  Formed in 1976 and dissolved in 1981 by their leader, the renowned singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, the Soft Boys coexisted uneasily with the English punk phenomenon; guitarist Kimberley Rew writes at his website that the 1978 show the Soft Boys opened for the Damned marks “the only time in my life I have ever attended a punk... Read More

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