Thursday, April 05, 2007

Strawberry Switchblade - hot hot hot

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These bitches were HOT. For more photos go here. Fashion mavericks - they're like brunette british Olsens with talent. Have a bit of that psychedelic punk thing Rubella Ballet had going on, a little Robert Smith, etc. Rubella Ballet + Robert Smith + Olsens = something close to Strawberry Switchblade style.

A while back I posted a link to a bunch of SS demos and radio sessions. For those that didn't check that out, I've gathered a few of my favorites together. "Dance" is an early version of "Since Yesterday" from their self-titled debut album (1985). Listening to them side-by-side you can see the evolution they underwent from Postcard-esque indie pop to bubblegum dance pop. It wasn't a total evolution though, if the gothy beauteousness of "Nothing Changes," also from 1985, is any indication.

Strawberry Switchblade - Dance (BBC Jensen Session Oct 1982)
Strawberry Switchblade - Secrets (Peel Session Oct 1982)
Strawberry Switchblade - Trees and Flowers (Peel Session Oct 1982)

Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday (1985)
Strawberry Switchblade - Life's Full of Wonders (Peel Session Feb 1985)
Strawberry Switchblade - Nothing Changes (Peel Session Feb 1985)


Ed said...

Thanks for posting these -must investigate further.

Ed, 17 Seconds

Delysid said...

So is the version of "Since Yesterday" you've posted here the hit version? The year generally given for the hit version was 1984, so is this one a 1985 remix, or just a minor date quibble and it actually is the big hit version?

Thanks for these, by the way -- very good timing for me since I just remembered this song today and was looking online for tabs or chords, and in the process spotted this, posted only a couple months ago. Is a Strawberry Switchblade renaissance percolating up through the collective unconscious? Is it Scottish witchcraft? I certainly hope so.