The Britoons: Fictional Retro – Pop At Its Best.

18 Feb

The Britoons are not a real band. But that doesn’t mean their music isn’t real, or really well done retro-pop.

The band and its music are showcased in the Oscar nominated animated feature “The Illusionist.”

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The film is set in the late 1950’s when pop acts took over the stage from vaudevillian performers.

Director Sylvain Chomet, commented to Oscar.org that the band, also known As Billy Boy and the Britoons were “an amalgam of every single 50s pop idol you could imagine.”

The movie’s soundtrack includes three songs by The Britoons but it is “My Girl Blue,” that stands out as what could pass as a legitimate retro single.

With a swagger of Elvis Presley and a heaping dose of early 60’s Gene Pitney a la “A town without pity,” The Britoons croon their way into fictional band history. But more importantly they make one wish they were real.

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