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Johnny Foreigner

You know when Huw Stephens does his “let’s go over to our correspondent in Ipswich” bit, and then Local Radio Andy tells you what an exciting time it is for music there just this minute, and by way of proof cues up some generic high school jam band? Johnny Foreigner are them, writ large: mystifyingly held up as ‘the...

Johnny Foreigner

When Walter Donovan drank from the gilded goblet at the end of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, his craving for eternal life led to a grisly, dusty death. The dumb Nazi-lover was looking in the wrong place – the debut album from this sparky Brummie trio is as strong a shot of pure youthfulness as anything found in...

Johnny Foreigner

Birmingham’s a bit of a mixed bag, isn’t it? On one hand you’ve got bands such as The Twang (bad, derivative) and then there are forward-thinking young guitar-slingers like Johnny Foreigner. This youthful trio have been listening to Sonic Youth instead of Stone Roses and Huggy Bear over Happy Mondays. The end result is a turbo-charged, noisy and downright...