Bruce Woolley & the Camera Club ‎– English Garden (1979)

English Garden is the lone album by English New Wave/synthpop band Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, released in 1979 on Epic. The album contains the frontman’s version of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which he co-wrote with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes during the formative stages of The Buggles. A young Thomas Dolby plays keyboards on this album.

Tracklist:
A1. “English Garden” (3:03)
A2. “Video Killed the Radio Star” (2:54)
A3. “Dancing With the Sporting Boys” (3:27)
A4. “Johnny” (3:02)
A5. “No Surrender” (3:35)
A6. “Flying Man” (2:50)
B1. “You Got Class” (2:11)
B2. “W.W.9. / Clean-Clean” (3:50)
B3. “Get Away William” (3:14)
B4. “Goodbye to Yesterday / Goodbye to Yesterday (Reprise)” (5:59)
B5. “You’re the Circus (I’m the Clown)” (3:31)

Credits:
Bruce Woolley — vocals
Matthew Seligman — bass
Rod Johnson — drums
Dave Birch — guitar
Thomas Dolby — keyboards

Mike Hurst — producer
Richard Goldblatt — engineer
Nick T. Froom — assistant engineer

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1 thought on “Bruce Woolley & the Camera Club ‎– English Garden (1979)

  1. A truly remarkable album that, upon release, Rolling Stone Magazine compared to Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. I still listen to this album from start to finish. Woolley’s version of “Video Killed the Radio Star” is a rocking work of art and not the twisted embarrassment that The Buggle’s version is. The only other song that I remember getting airplay when it was released is “Get Away William”, a true gem. “Clean Clean” and its Dolby intro “W.W.9.” punctuates the entire album’s lyrical artistry. “You’re the Circus (I’m the Clown) appropriately closes out the album and in my universe is a classic. Even now, forty-four years since it’s release, I keep wondering when this album will get the attention it deserves.

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