August 16, 2012

Strawberry Switchblade

Found these cute Celtic harmonizing girls on vol. 4 of the awesome (and mostly out of print) Living in Oblivion series. There's a re-issue of their only album, which I'll have to check out.

They were a bit ahead of their time in mixing gloomy lyrics with bubblegummy melodies, which would become a little more popular when college rock hit its peak around 1988 with the Cure, Voice of the Beehive, Transvision Vamp, the Primitives, etc. But, the good part of hailing from 1985, just as the heyday of new wave was winding down, is that it's a lot more body-moving. Even the goths back then were bouncy and upbeat!


  1. being somewhat aged, they were my favorite band for a while when i was 16-17 in the 80s. rose macdowell, went on to be a vocalist in david tibet's apocalyptic death folk band "current 93" a bizarre band associated with coil, nurse with wound, legendary pink dots and death in june

  2. Great song. Great costumes as well.

  3. I forgot to say how colorful and ornamented goths used to be as well.


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