Various - Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985-CD-South

Various - Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

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Sharon Signs To Cherry Red’ began life as the archetypal independent single released on the obscure Lowther International label by archetypal independent act, The Kamikaze Pilots, the review of whom by Danny Kelly, NME gives us the starting point: “Disturbingly, also from Norwich…comes this plaintive tribute to/assassination of all the earnest misery gobs ever signed to Cherry Red’s roster, with particular reference to the Tracey Thorn pantheon”.

What was a gentle mocking of The Marine Girls et al is now being hailed by RPM as a noteworthy offering in its own right, suggesting it represents a defining group of female voices from the period who performed and recorded in all manner of genre and styles. As the parent group of RPM Records is Cherry Red Records, the once mocked is now able to celebrate one and all.

Many of these artists were night-time John Peel session regulars, fighting for daytime coverage in the press, walking the fine line of questioning from the NME (hip young gunslingers asking sexual politics) and Smash Hits (Milton Keynes readers asking which hairspray they used). ‘Sharon…’ is an eclectic soundtrack for the early ‘80s covering post punk, mod revival, ‘60s revival, independent scene, rockabilly/cowpunk, garage, London soul/funk, reggae dub and commercial pop, pre C86 with its looking back and looking forward.

DISC: 1
1: Sharon Signs To Cherry Red - THE KAMIKAZE PILOTS
2: I Confess - DOROTHY
3: Hate The Girl - MARINE GIRLS
4: Nothing To Say - GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK
5: I Never Knew - THE AVACADOS
6: In Rhythm - SCREAM AND DANCE
7: The Jam Jar Song (Formerly Sister Slow) - INGRID
8: Boys Have Feelings Too - THE GTS
9: Jimmy's Grin - MARGOX
10: 194 Radio City - JAQUI AND JEANETTE
11: Please Don't Play A Rainy Night In Georgia - TWA TOOTS
12: Seaside (Go Away) - STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE
13: Heartbeat - THE TWINSETS
14: If That's What You Want - MARI WILSON WITH THE IMAGINATIONS
15: Little Miss Rainbow - THE CANDEES
16: You Do - APRIL AND THE FOOLS
17: Buzzz Going Round - THE FLATBACKERS
18: Pioneer Town - HELEN AND THE HORNS
19: Teasin' Cheatin' Man - THE SHILLELAGH SISTERS
20: Big Sister (It's Probably Better) - THE GYMSLIPS
21: How Come You're Such A Hit With The Boys Jane? - DOLLY MIXTURE
22: I Could Have Been Your Girlfriend - COMING UP ROSES
23: Jealousy - THE B GIRLS

DISC: 2
1: Teenage Kicks - DAWN CHORUS AND THE BLUE TITS
2: Debbie Harry - FAMILY FODDER
3: The Boy Hairdresser - TRACIE
4: Wearing Your Jumper - A CRAZE
5: Laundrerette - VIVIEN GOLDMAN
6: Wet Blanket - RED ROLL ON
7: Masochistic Opposite - RED ROLL ON
8: Normal - THE PETTICOATS
9: Exploitation - JANET ARMSTRONG
10: A Splash Of Red - TRIXIE'S BIG RED MOTORBIKE
11: Summer Blues - SARAH GOES SHOPPING
12: Be Thankful For What You've Got - SUNSET GUN
13: Jump Back - DEE WALKER
14: I Want To Sleep With You - ELEANOR RIGBY
15: Money - THE MOCKINBIRDS
16: I.O.U. - JANE KENNAWAY & STRANG BEHAVIOUR
17: (Don't) Turn Me Away - REXY
18: I Hate Being In Love - AMY AND THE ANGELS
19: Tommy's Blue Valentine - PRIDE OF THE CROSS
20: Woa Now - THE DELMONAS
21: I Want To Be With You - JANE (& BARTON)
22: Sharon's Been Deflowered And Defoliated - KAMIKAZE SEX PILOTS