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I Wanna Destroy You b​/​w Underwater Moonlight (Soft Boys Covers)

by Plates of Cake



Songs written by Robyn Hitchcock (c) and (p) Robyn Hitchcock.

Covering The Soft Boys in honor of Robyn Hitchcock's birthday! While on tour in 2007, I found an Italian pressing of Underwater Moonlight in a record store in Park City Utah and I’ve been addicted to all things Robyn ever since. That night I walked into a bar full of heavies, while some mainstream country “kill-all-the-terrorists” anthem was playing on the juke. It was a weird scene and I really didn’t feel great about getting up on that stage to do my little set of Syd Barrett/Skip Spence-inflected weirdo country tunes. And the crowd wasn’t feeling great about me either. This turned out to be a great time in my life to discover the songs of Robyn Hitchcock.There isn’t anyone else out there who can pack so much absurdity, pathos, & wit into a 3 minute pop tune. His music taught me that even if your music doesn’t quite “fit” - if you love it, stay on the path.

Up on Bandcamp today is our never-before-released version of I Wanna Destroy You, backed with Underwater Moonlight, which appeared on our 2nd LP. Artwork by Josh Carrafa is an 8-bit Nintendo-generation-kid homage to the famous second Soft Boys album. It’s no secret how much we love this music, and playing these songs live was a blast. One more aside: I remember playing UM once at a CMJ showcase at the Gutter in 2012, we were all unfortunately sloshed, and Josh fell off of his amplifier! I think our bass player at the time, had a meltdown on stage that night - by that time he had enough of us and soon packed off to sunny LA, kicking off a long tradition of bass players quitting Plates to move out West. Good times bad times!


released March 3, 2021


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Plates of Cake Brooklyn, New York

NYC band since 2009. Disgruntled waiter music purely for the back of house. The audial equivalent of spitting in your entree. Our shifts over, staff drinks drained, gonna stay out all night. Let’s not deprive each other: We have a seat at the table, try to make polite conversation. Still out of place. Decline and Fall speaks for itself. Critically acclaimed, criminally undersold - Plates Of Cake. ... more

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