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Kittie Now and Then

Posted by neonangels on December 5, 2009

All-girl metal band Kittie have suffered line-up changes and label problems over the years, but against all odds, they are still out there, kicking it. This is from their latest album, In the Black, released September 2009 (and also featured on the Saw VI soundtrack), Saw VI, Cut Throat.

Ther band’s first LP was ten years earlier – 1999’s Spit spawned this minor hit:

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Intastella and the Family of People

Posted by neonangels on December 2, 2009

Signed to MCA at the height of the Madchester movement, Intastella – much like fellow-South Mancunians World of Twist – never really fitted in with that scene, and once the world had moved on, found themselves dropped. A few more indie releases followed, but the band never really found an audience. A pity, as their dance-pop-rock hybrid was pretty infectious and, as Goldfrapp would later prove, potentially commercial if given the right exposure. sadly, the band more often than not found themselves on shows like this, playing to indifferent audiences.

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I Want to Hold the Hand Inside You

Posted by neonangels on November 27, 2009

The eerily beautiful Fade Into You was the biggest hit for Mazzy Star, taken from their 1993 album So Tonight That I Might See. The band were formed by ex-Rain Parade guitarist David Roback and singer Hope Sandoval from the ashes of Opal, and recorded three albums. Never officially splitting, a fourth LP has been in the worksd, on and off, for over a decade.

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Now Ain’t The Time For Your Tears

Posted by neonangels on June 22, 2009

Transvision Vamp emerged in the late Eighties and mixed pop-punk with pop culture, managing to be self-consciously trashy and musically powerful simultaneously. Frontwoman Wendy James was the perfect pop goddess, but seemed to have little time for the idiots in the media – I recall her being barely able to contain her contempt for Radio 1 clowns like Gary Davies and Bruno Brookes in interviews. It probably didn’t help her career in the long term, and despite several hit singles and a number one album, their label refused to release the third TV album in the UK, effectively killing the band.

After TV imploded, Wendy recorded a solo album, written for her by Elvis Costello. The songs he wrote for her are cynical, bitter and moody – exactly what you might have expected from someone who had a glittering career snatched away. It’s a great album, but failed to sell and Wendy disappeared from public view.

More recently though, she has re-emerged as Racine – this time writing the songs, owning the label and being pretty self-sufficient.

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Fuzzbox meet the Spirit in the Sky!

Posted by neonangels on June 19, 2009

Ahh, the joys of We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it from the days when they were just having fun. They would eventually sell out, start to take themselves seriously and shorten their name to Fuzzbox. But here are two gloriously chaotic numbers performed live on Whistle Test circa 1986!

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Meet The Runaways

Posted by neonangels on June 19, 2009

Well, what else could we have as the first entry? The wonderful Runaways appear on Japanese TV in 1977.

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