Best ever spring singles No.2 – The Boo Radleys ‘Wake Up Boo!’ (1995)

I went through a break up with a girl in the spring of 1995. The day after it happened, I heard this track for the first time, and things were (almost) better again. As uplifting as the best Soul music can be, this stomper got into the charts in March 1995, and eventually got as high as number 9. It was the Boo Radleys finest hour, and as close as any British white indie band from Cheshire (or anywhere else) ever got to perfecting that beating rhythm that propelled the best Northern Soul and Motown tracks. The lyrics merely re-emphasise the beauty in the stirring music, shouting at you ‘isn’t it great to be alive???’;

Wake up it’s a beautiful morning
Feel the sun shining for your eyes
Wake up it’s so beautiful
For what could be the very last time

The Boo Radleys very own Northern Soul anthem still sounds fresh because it is a classic pop song, its exuberance and infectious rhythm never outstaying its welcome.

The Boo Radleys at Wikipedia

BBC Interview with Martin Carr of the Boo Radleys

Review of ‘Wake Up!’, the album from whence the single came

The lyrics for ‘Wake Up Boo!’

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