The Claim were a melodic hybrid of classic early 60s Mersey guitar pop (ala The Milkshakes, etc) & the more intelligent end of C-86 "shambling" scene (comparisons with The Wolfhounds might not be unreasonable). There was still a surfeit of this kind of thing knocking about when this single emerged in 1990, though much of it - Alan McGee's oft celebrated Biff Bang Pow, for instance - sounds awfully pedestrian today. The Claim, however, still sound surprisingly prescient - thanks, no doubt, to the consistently high quality of their songwriting. God knows why they didn't make it any bigger, though the dismaying lack of a (then) crucial Peel session might've had something to do with it? If you've not come across them before, give this superior single a listen & then bag yourself a copy of the excellent Black Path compilation, released by Joe Foster's laudable Rev-Ola concession a couple of years ago. It swings, sah!
THE CLAIM : Birth Of A Teenager 7" (1990)
Medway beat scene of the mid-to-late 80s. They released a couple of LPs & a brace of EPs for a plethora of shortlived & ridiculously obscure provincial labels, of which This Pencil Was Obviously Sharpened By A Left Handed Indian Knife Thrower is probably the most renown. My favourite of their releases, possibly because of Billy Childish's exquisite linocut sleeve design, is this hard-to-find 45 on Bob Stanley's short lived Caff label. Another Medway stalwart, occasional Hangman poet Vic Templar, pops up overleaf, reading his eccentric "Mike The Bike" piece. Top notch.