The Boo Radleys emerged in the shoegaze scene of the late 1980s. They came from Wallasey, a town just across the Mersey from Liverpool. They shifted closer to pop/rock in the 1990s, and achieved critical acclaim, particularly for their 1993 record Giant Steps.
I’ve come under a lot of fire for my enjoyment of The Boo Radleys, as the following Facebook post illustrates.
Named after an enigmatic character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, The Boo Radleys enjoy a dedicated cult following rather than a mass audience. They blessed fans with a lot of non-album material, but much is now out-of-print and not available on Spotify.
They may have better b-sides, but the nine-minute long ‘Blues for George Michael’ is notable for its high effort. It’s not dismissive of Michael’s work, instead recognizing that Michael was already struggling with fame. Lots of the song is given over to a spacy jam. It’s maybe a little loose in structure to fit on an album, but it’s good that the band gave themselves to stretch out in a less formal setting.
‘Blues for George Michael’ has enjoyed a better fate than most of The Boo Radleys’ b-sides – it was included on the 2005 anthology Find the Way Out.