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Song of the day – 535: The Babies (+ album mini-review)

If you ain’t got the idea by now don’t come whining to me in 15 years time baby about how you missed out.

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Song of the day – 448: Summer Twins

The music, I like – but you have to appreciate that these people are not my people.

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Song of the day – 446: Coasting

We’re talking The Vivian Girls stripped of the 60s West Coast stuff and with layers of mid 80s Dunedin stuff added in its place.

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Song of the day – 425: Royal Headache

Damn. This music is so fine. One minute 30. Why do you need more?

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Song of the day – 228: La Sera

There’s absolutely nothing not to love about this single. A song that distills all the purest Shop Assistants elements of The Vivian Girls, with a teeth-clenching breathy high vocal, and drums that linger for seconds at a time. Harmonies that wrap themselves around your body like fondest memories. (You can’t put your arms around a […]


The Fresh And Onlys – Play It Strange (In The Red)

Little things can make a big difference. Sometimes, it’s the difference between loving something and thinking it’s just OK. Or thinking it’s OK and hating it.

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Song of the day – 160: Frankie Rose And The Outs

The exact point where Dum Dum Girls meet Vivian Girls… which is barely surprising as Frankie Rose has drummed with both, and for Crystal Stilts as well. If this makes it sound like I’m only begrudgingly recommending this group to you because I think I ought to, think again Methuselah, think again. Those reverb-saturated harmonies! Bangs […]

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Song of the day – 135: Town Bike

I’m a sucker for any band that’s a sucker for early Ramones the same as me, especially if they have a female singer. Of course, this sucker-dom can manifest itself in many ways. From Shonen Knife to Helen Love, from Soda Fountain Rag to Shop Assistants, from Vivian Girls to… ah Bangs alive, we’re going […]

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Song of the day – 94: Neverever

Ah, but I love Facebook sometimes. An old Brighton friend tipped me off to a brace of awesome new femme-pop sounds, this group first. Damn, she knows me well: how can I resist such outrageously harmonised and resonant pop? Everything about this is so, so crush-worthy. Bangs damn it but there’s so much of this […]

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Spotlight – 17: The Monster Women

I love Facebook sometimes. You casually scroll through the comments and links and status updates of the myriad people who claim, mostly somewhat spuriously, to have an affiliation with you and discover this. You know that when a band lists their influences as B-52’s,Young Marble Giants, Shangri-Las, Detroit Cobras, Joan Jett & the Runaways, Exotica!, 60’s […]