While it’s hard to post about Strawberry Switchblade without resorting to type and blathering about their magnificent one hit wonder ‘Since Yesterday’ I am going to persevere. The Glasgow duo of Rose McDowall and Jill Bryson may have disappeared by early 1986 but no 80’s retrospective would be complete without Bananarama’s darker and more interesting younger sisters. Their debut single ‘Trees and Flowers’ was an ode to Bryson’s agoraphobia (beats Robert De Niro I guess) and was produced by future KLF insaniac Bill Drummond. Also featured on the song was a budding songwriter by the name of Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera). ‘Sunday Morning’ (Velvets cover) appeared on the ‘Since Yesterday’ 12-inch (not porn related kids) as a direct antidote to its lavishly designed a-side. While it lags in the comet trail of the original it is still a fragile piece of dream pop (they are the true predecessors of that scene) and not even the vinyl blemishes can disguise those wonderful voices. KD
Strawberry Switchblade – Sunday Morning
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