Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our cassingle collection in search of a lost gem.
Artist: The Woodentops
Album: “Maybe It Won’t Last,” 1988
What happened: Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway was the final album by the British band The Woodentops; while it boasted “spiritual assistance” from Lee “Scratch” Perry, fans of the band’s earlier material were put off by it, although the track “Stop This Car” enjoyed minor success on the LA radio station KROQ.
Why it should have been a hit: “Maybe It Won’t Last” opens Wooden Foot Cops, and it’s a terror of a song with a manic piano line and no-future lyrics. Its herky-jerky beat and perfectly realized harmonies on the chorus make it even more irresistible.
The Woodentops – Maybe It Won’t Last [MP3, link expired]
The Woodentops [MySpace]