I purchased The Aliens’ Astronomy for Dogs this morning and I’m playing it as I type these words. I sense it will prove a ‘grower’; nothing sounds startling yet but I do whiff a bit of the magic that made the Beta Band so interesting. I was served by a young bloke with dreadlocks at Fopp who uttered an admiring, ‘Good album!’ as I offered him my wares. We chatted briefly and I explained, without patronising the nipper in the least, the history of The Aliens. He said he’d have to find out more about them. Exchanges like this put a spring into the stride.