The Statistics were a short-lived, late seventies West London (Uxbridge) power-pop band who consisted of David Jones-Owen guitar, vocals - Barry O'Brien drums - David Leversedge vocals, keyboards and Alan Thomas bass.
The band's sole single offers a tight-rocking pair of songs that needs to be brought out from the storage room of history. "Dumb" marries a witty, post-modern take on the art of song-writing with a hard-hitting arrangement, a heavy-weight hook and some wild sax playing. "Home Movies" is a little quirkier but still has the stinging Farfisa organ and the catchiness of the A-side. While not really indebted to anyone band of their time, this little affair does reminds me of a punkier Squeeze, which is only a good thing. The sax on the A-side was added by the band's friend, mentor and producer Bob Morgan who recorded a number of well known singles himself under the name Steppin' Out (available HERE and HERE). Two Stats, O'Brien and Jones-Owen, also played on the very well-regarded (read HERE) single "Red Box" by I Jog and The Tracksuits.
A Dumb 3:41
B Home Movies 3:25
Engineer – Dave Cook
Producer – Bob Morgan
Recorded At – Quest Studios, , Luton.
Manufactured By – Ellie Jay Records
Includes a DIN A4 sized insert with comic art to introduce the label "Tyger Label Records" and a sticker with a tiger head.
(new scans and the insert above are courtesy of the awe-some mylife'sajigsaw)
Since the last time I posted this single (thanks to a donation of rips and scans by the redoubtable Roberto), it attracted the attention of Statisticians David Jones-Owen and Barry O'Brien who helped me fill in the gaps about the band. So up for remedying the errors of music history was O'Brien that he wrote a witty, whimsical history that takes up five pages[!] and is included in this download for your perusing pleasure.
Hey this post represents some big work from me, Roberto and of course Barry O'Brien and his band-mates, hopefully you'll spare a word or two on the subject of The Statistics in the COMMENTS section!