Friday, September 28, 2012

One More Time With Amelia Fletcher

It wasn't the plan, but this week has become an impromptu celebration of Amelia Fletcher. Since we have already listened to Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, let's conclude with something a little more recent. For the past decade, Fletcher has been fronting Tender Trap. The band is a wonderful bit of twee and not all that far removed from the sound Heavenly did so well. My favorite of Tender Trap's works is 'Dansette Dansette.' I liked it so much, in fact, it made my list of the ten best albums of 2010.

Fletcher has always seemed to have a knack for finding other female voices that mix well with her own sweet vocals. The standouts this time around were Elizabeth Morris (guitar) and Katrina Dixon (drums). You may recognize Morris' name from her own work fronting the brilliant Allo Darlin'. Have you ever noticed Fletcher's name pops up quite a bit in your record collection? She has worked with so many bands I like, including the Hit Parade, Pooh Sticks and Brilliant Corners. That tells me she must be well liked and admired. It doesn't seem right I'm tooting the horn of the great Fletcher without even mentioning the fact that her husband, Rob Pursey, has been in all of Fletcher's bands listed above, as well as Marine Research, the band she was in between Heavenly and Tender Trap.

You can find all of the following songs on 'Dansette Dansette.' If you don't have this album, you need it. Just listen to the "heavenly" vocals on the "Do You Want a Boyfriend?" video. Wow!

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