Shed a tear tonight for the Bridge Gang, the London-based punk-pop trio who have, apparently, called it a day. Two stellar singles (one more to come, posthumously?), and that's it. Perhaps that's what a career should be. Imagine if the Smiths had released "This Charming Man," "Reel Around the Fountain," "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle", and "Jeane" - and then vanished into thin air. That's not a musical comparison, by the way - as the Bridge Gang so charmingly put it, "We are NOT influenced by Orange Juice, XTC or Wire. Morrissey did NOT change our lives. We did NOT form at artschool. We are BORED of indie disco. We LOVE making POP NOISE."
The four songs on the Bridge Gang's myspace page will, I hope, remain there for a while yet. Apparently the second one, "The Money Will Roll Right In" is a cover (anyone know the original?), but the others are their own compositions. If the vinyl of "Blue Sky Grey" isn't worth hundreds of pounds on eBay a few years from now, I'll be amazed. (And no, I don't own a copy - yet.)