Eden Kane: Boys Cry (1964)

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Eden Kane: Boys Cry (1964)

When Peter Sarstedt had his smash hit single Where Do You Go To My Lovely? in '69 some unfairly asked . . . where did his brother Richard go?

Richard, who used the stage name Eden Kane, had enjoyed some chart success in those pre-Beatle days (hence the name change, he was in there with Adam Faith, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury et al) but had largely disappeared after his one last flash, the terrific driving slice of pop that is Boys Cry.

Kane had been one of those good looking stars whose career was largely in the hands of other songwriters, in his case the prolific Les Vandyke who churned out the songs (a landslide for Adam Faith including What Do You Want, half a dozen for Kane).

Boys Cry was Kane's attempt at beat-pop of the Beatles kind and it worked, it went top 10 in the UK and Australia and got plenty of play elsewhere. But it was the last great moment and he went into production in the States under his real name where he still works. And he has appeared in Star Trek and Voyager.

He might have become a backroom guy in the music business, but this thrilling slice of radio pop showed that the guy whose recording career started with a jingle for Cadbury's chocolate had more than a little something going for him.

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The Riverboat Captain - Nov 8, 2010

Also well worth tracking down is Manchester post-punk band The Distractions and their album Nobody's Perfect - on which resides a faithful (and quite glorious) retread of this song.

Where else? - May 6, 2013

The "Boys Cry" audio sounds like a re-recording. It doesn't sound the same (or as good) as I remember it.

Rosco - May 6, 2013

Yes TRC, very interesting band and association with the Factory scene. A no-vid YT clip is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5BJFL660W0

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