"Underwaterboys" - Shriekback (1986)
Who said pop music can`t get dark & ominous, while remaining melodic and emotional? Shriekback were an `80s English pop/new wave band not easily classified, formed by ex-XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews and ex-Gang Of Four bass guitarist Dave Allen, borrowing elements from psychedelia, new wave and rock.
"Underwaterboys" from their 1986 "Big Night Music" album, for instance, is a memorable dark and mysterious new wave/synth pop ballad with haunting vocals, a captivating atmospheric melody and dark lyrics:
"…Little Nick wasn’t happy,
He felt sick inside,
One day he jumped from the window,
Into the arms of a Wagnerian bride…”