Scruffs- Swingin’ Singles CD. The Scruffs are an American power pop group formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1974 by writer/guitarist/vocalist Stephen Burns who has remained the bands constant member over the years. Long admired by power pop enthusiasts, the reason the Scruffs were obscure for so long is simple: No one could find their records and there were barely any to buy at that. There was "Wanna Meet the Scruffs?", their amazing 1977 debut for Power Play Records that took the Liverpudlian erudition of fellow Memphis natives Big Star and redefined it into a more upbeat, less volatile mix with lyrics about girls, life as a starving musician and the conflicting hope and doubt of youth. Sporting 13 great songs, it was enough to earn them the accolades of Robert Christgau of The Village Voice and Greg Shaw at Bomp! Magazine, but it was hard to find even then and by the early ’90s, it was damn-near impossible. On their fourth album "Swingin’ Singles", the Scruffs sees Stephen Burns continuing with his Beatles-inspired pop finesse, but updating the sound with multi instrumental orchestrations and bolstered by gorgeous multi-layered harmonies. This 15 track masterpiece includes lead guitar by Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian) and Drums, Backing Vocals, Keyboards and Percussion by Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub. This is a reissue of this classic album originally released on Smash Records. Import from Japan with Japanese Obi strip.