The Springfields were an American jangle-pop group with obvious influences from the 'Paisley Underground' scene which came five or six years before, their 7" single of which I am going to review and share - 'Sunflower' was released in the summer of 1988 on cult British 'Indie' label 'Sarah Records' and is one such musical 'hidden gem', I feel this is one of the most beautiful releases during the late-80s.
Packaged in a alluring hand-folded sleeve with dazzling and wonderfully designed labels, the record not only sounds the part, it also looks the part too.
The Springfields were -
Rik Menck - 12 String Guitar, Tambourine, Drums & Vocals
Wes Lachot - Bass
Paulie Chastain - Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Eric Petersen - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
The Springfields mainly revolved around the talents of the band's leader Rik Menck.
Below I have added two songs from the 7", the A-side 'Sunflower' which is a wonderfully rich sounding recording with Byrds-like jangle and textured harmonies, it's a really great song and I feel a really interesting piece of song writing especially for the late 80s.
The second track is one of the two B-sides, the song of which I am including on this post is a cover version of The Hollies track 'Clown', The Springfields version sounds very much like it could have been a B-side on a 60s garage band 45.