Which one’s Dusty?

The answer being: none of them, because this isn’t those Springfields. As mentioned a couple of posts back, this lot were a jangly all-male indiepop band from Chicago and released a tiny smattering of singles between 1986 and 1991, but no album, though the core members Ric Menck and Paul Chastain were reasonably prolific, having a couple of other bands (Choo-Choo Train and Bag-O-Shells) on the go at the same time, and went on to form Velvet Crush, which reminds me that I probably haven’t played any Velvet Crush this millennium either…

Anyway, this was The Springfields’ first single, issued on The Bus Stop Label (its inaugural release!) in the US and Sarah in the UK, pairing their own “Sunflower” with a cover of a Hollies album track, “Clown”. The Sarah release added an extra song, “Are We Gonna Be Alright?”, written by Matthew Sweet, though I’m not sure he’s ever released it himself. If you tend to like stuff from the Bus Stop / Sarah axis, you’ll probably like this…

Link: The Springfields – Sunflower

1. Sunflower
2. Clown
3. Are We Gonna Be Alright?

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