13 Sep 2014

How minimal can you get? #80–82

Twee special
“Simplicity can indicate a lot of things in music. It can signal a lack of chops, inattention to detail, a minimalist approach, or disinterest in more complicated forms. But in a timeless fashion — like the eternal little black dress — Tracey Thorn's A Distant Shore proves that sometimes simple is the most direct route to stunning.” Lois Maffeo

Tracey Thorn A Distant Shore LP (Cherry Red, 1982)

Tracey Thorn – Too Happy

“If punk’s utilitarian manifesto was summed up by 'this is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band' and its DIY ethos by the Desperate Bicycles’ declaration 'it was easy, it was cheap — go and do it!' then by the time those calls to action had hit the Isle of Wight in the early 80s, they’d been taken on board by brother and sister Mark and Mel Litten as ‘we have a schoolgirl’s recorder, a beaten up cheap guitar and we can hit things for percussion’.” Did Not Chart

Trixie's Big Red Motorbike ‎Hold Me EP (1982)

Trixie's Big Red Motorbike – Hold Me
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Trixie's Big Red Motorbike – That's The End Of That [Second John Peel Seession]
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“Twa Toots was the second group featuring songwriter Sarah Brown. The first being Sarah Goes Shopping who released a clutch of essential 45s. The band hailed from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, UK and performed only a handful of concerts.” Discogs

“The group — Sarah Brown (vocals, guitar, bass, piano), Phillipa Richmond (guitar, vocals) — recorded their debut (and only) Peel session in 1983, augmented by Will Cassell (drums) and Sarah's dad Frank on trombone. But it wasn't until the latter part of 1986 that this seven track mini LP quietly slipped out on the Crystal Clear label (Cat. No. CC103) in a pressing of just 250 copies.” Maggot Caviar

Twa Toots Please Don't Play A Rainy Night In Georgia 12" (Crystal Clear Records, 1986)

Twa Toots – Hurts So Bad
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