Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Shapes - I Saw Batman In The Launderette

The 3rd of the Easter songs with a loose sci fi theme comes from a band that formed way back in 1976 in Leamington Spa. Favourites of John Peel, The Shapes toured with the likes of The Fall, The Photos and The Cure and carved out a cult fanbase who lapped up their humorous tunes, What's for lunch mum? (not beans again!) being a particular favourite. Like a lot of the bands from this era, they didn't hang around long, falling by the wayside during the Two Tone explosion emanating from nearby Coventry. This is I Saw Batman In The Launderette, it's based on a true story about a man dressed as the titular superhero who handed a wanted criminal into a Yorkshire police station, he'd earlier been spotted in a Leamington Spa coin-op laundrette.

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