Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin

taking the balls out of rock

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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