One of our writers Paul Villers is running a terrific series on AUK at the moment called “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway?” (or WITATA as we say in the business) about how AUK writers got into the genre in the first place, and for me, Belfast band The Adventures’ ‘Trading Secrets With the Moon’ album from 1989 was looking back one of those records that crept up unawares and hooked me into a sound I’d never heard before, having been saturated in the 80s as a teenager with, well, the 80s. The whole record from start to finish is just a delight, and the track ‘Don’t Blame it On the Moon’ has one of my favourite outros to any song, ever. Sadly the band never had a significant commercial breakthrough but they leave behind a small but impressive back catalogue. It’s sobering this is now 30 years old!
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