Graham "Suggs" McPherson

I'm Only Sleeping/Off on Holiday [#1]

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"I'm Only Sleeping" -- a jolly, ska-inflected cover of the Beatles classic -- was the first single of Suggs' solo career. Producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare were apparently working on a shoestring budget, but that apparently didn't prevent them from loading the song with hyperactive bustle, including a cheerful trumpet solo, a whimsical alarm clock opening, even cartoon background noises. John Lennon would, no doubt, be horrified. But the cover has a good deal more polish than the second track, "Off on Holiday," which Suggs wrote himself. The relentless clack and whir of the cheap-sounding keyboards and drum machines does nothing to mask the essential mediocrity of Suggs' dopey tune about a beach vacation. This first edition of the single also contains an instrumental dub of "Off on Holiday" that manages to improve the whole perky mess slightly by removing the painful lyrics and adding a few decent instrumental solos. But this edition is nonetheless a waste of money for all but the most doggedly completist collectors. The second edition, which includes two additional tracks, is a much better investment.

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