Hailed as part of the UK’s New Wave Of The New Wave movement in 1994, Mantaray are a mod-influenced trio from Braintree, Essex, whose obvious punk reference point, even down to their suits, was the Jam. Led by Chris Latter (vocals, guitar), their first release was one track, ‘Sad’, on the Fierce Panda Records’ ‘Shagging In The Streets’ compilation 7-inch. This was followed by ‘Insomniac’s Dream’ and ‘Adoration’, the latter prefacing the group’s debut album, which was filled by poppy but nevertheless highly politicized songs. Two of these, ‘Closet Hetro’ and ‘If You Were A Girl’, focused on homophobia and gender prejudice, while ‘Greatest Living Soul’ attacked pop’s transient values: ‘I’m the greatest living soul... this week.’ Their major label debut for Fontana was disappointing, however, leaving many commentators wondering whether the band would survive the backlash against Britpop.
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