The first 45 on the Datapanik label was a 1989 split single from Columbus, Ohio locals the BOYS FROM NOWHERE and TWO HOUR TRIP, both tackling songs from statewide legends Mike Rep & The Quotas and Peter Laughner, respectively. There was this totally hyperbolic Forced Exposure review of the 45, just way overboard about how mindblowing a single comprised of two friggin’ cover songs was, punctuated by the collector-scum rating of “C/U Entire Pressing” – meaning that the record was so amazing that, if possible, the editors would buy up the entire pressing of the record. Hey, I never even liked the TWO HOUR TRIP song, and frankly think Laughner himself is pretty overrated (his guitar in early Pere Ubu being a huge, huge exception). Anyway, The Boys From Nowhere were a pretty cool 60s-throwback band from the 1980s and early 90s with a great shouter/screamer of a singer named Mick Divvens. You have to remember, in the 80s most of the bands who were making any sort of general nods toward the 1960s garage-band sound kinda sucked. All those bands on Voxx Records, The Fuzztones, “The Marshmellow Overcoat”, that sort of malarkey – man, the Boys From Nowhere were a massive breath of fresh air. Particularly when doing a MIKE REP & THE QUOTAS song from 1975! Their other material – captured on a series of black & white 45s on their own Young Lion label - is at least worth looking at, if not falling in love with, if you catch my drift.
Play or Download THE BOYS FROM NOWHERE – “Rocket to Nowhere” (A-side of split single)