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Kimberley Rew (of the Soft Boys and Katrina & the Waves)

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Kimberley Rew is probably best known for writing “Walking on Sunshine,” the 1985 smash for Katrina & the Waves. While a member of that band, he also penned “Going Down to Liverpool,” later covered by the Bangles. But before his hit-making success, Rew played guitar in the seminal alternative band the Soft Boys along with Robyn Hitchcock, who had a big impact on bands like REM. Yep Roc Records has just released that influential band’s first two albums, A Can of Bees and Underwater Moonlight, with additional bonus tracks. Icon Fetch talks with the influential guitarist from his home in the UK about the beginnings of the Soft Boys, and how a song he wrote 25 years ago is still doing quite well for him.

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