Forgotten Songs of the ‘80s: Miracle Legion-“The Backyard”
Connecticut isn’t really known as a hybrid for good modern rock but when the ‘80s came around, that all seemed to change. Miracle Legion came out of nowhere with one of the most haunting and gorgeous alt-rock songs of the whole decade. “The Backyard” speaks to memories of time past and harkens back to a time when life was simpler and people took pleasure in their work, including cutting down apple trees and watching them burn.
The simple melody carried all throughout the song is handled excellently and Mark Mulcahy’s somewhat nasally vocal keeps bringing the memories further into the listener’s mind. The easy as pie riff courtesy of Mr. Ray Neal is one of the most recognizable and forgotten of the eighties. Just being able to listen and here the ease with which everything comes together is phenomenal. Thankfully, this wasn’t their only good song, but unfortunately their entire catalog is out of print.
Maybe it was because of the record’s lack of distribution, being self-released initially before being picked up by Rough Trade; lack of current availability, essentially out of print except for some Best of the ‘80s: New Wave, Volume 80 compilations. Regardless, the song deserves to be heard, either used in a commercial for some shitball restaurant or ritzy soft drink, but the people need to hear it and need to be able to respect the band for achieving absolute greatness on their debut single.