The 88: Good Enough For Ray Davies A classic-sounding song performed with electrifying energy, The 88's "They Ought to See You Now" is a little more than two minutes of disarming charm and irresistible melodies.
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'They Ought to See You Now' by The 88

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The 88: Good Enough For Ray Davies

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The 88: Good Enough For Ray Davies

'They Ought to See You Now' by The 88

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Song: "They Ought to See You Now"

Artist: The 88

CD: The 88

Genre: Pop-Rock

Like Converse All-Stars, great power-pop music never really goes out of style. The L.A. band The 88 hasn't yet broken through in a big way, but the group does bear the endorsement of power-pop godfather Ray Davies, who hand-selected it to open for him on tour and serve as his supporting band on stage. Davies returned the favor by supplying his backing vocals to The 88's new single, "They Ought to See You Now."

Lean and mean, raw but smartly tailored, the song captures the considerable energy of one of L.A.'s best live bands in a way its recordings haven’t quite accomplished in the past. A classic-sounding song performed with electrifying energy, "They Ought to See You Now" is a little more than two minutes of disarming charm and irresistible melodies. Besides, if the song is good enough for Ray Davies, who are mere mortals to disagree?