The Pooh Sticks claim to have been inspired by The Records and Raspberries among others. In terms of conventional power pop however, this Welsh co-ed troupe tended to play it fast and loose in that particular domain on their premiere long-player (one which followed an avalanche of singles and eps). Lots of idiosyncratic tangents and such here, that I'm sure must have kept John Peel intrigued. Formula... boasts a couple covers, including the Vaselines "Dying For It" which nearly bests the original. Since I can't offer much more insight into this record, I'll let Trouser Press have their say:
Formula One Generation — the Poohs' first
proper studio album — is self-indulgent ("Tonight"
takes forever to gather itself into an actual song) and
uneven, but the lack of sonic luster can't possibly spoil
such wonderfully cool tunes as "Susan Sleepwalking," "Radio
Ready," "Dare True Kiss Promise," "Soft Bed, Hard Battles."
(The inclusion of yet another version of "Dying for It"
doesn't hurt, either.) But there's an especially hasty
quality to the performances, which leaves them mildly
lacking that certain esprit de pooh.
02. Radio Ready
03. Teenage High
04. Time to Time
05. Susan Sleepwalking
06. All the Good That's Happening
07. Dare True Kiss Promise
08. Teenage High 2
10. Soft Bed, Hard Battles
11. Dying for It