Thursday, May 13, 2021

A Party With the Pooh Sticks

I finally got a hold of a physical copy of "Indies of the World," the latest single from indie-pop all-star band Swansea Sound featuring Hue Williams, Amelia Fletcher, Rob Pursey and Ian Button. You will want to seek this one out. As expected, the purchase also has my turntable busy with those early releases by the Pooh Sticks.

'Orgasm' is a live album released initially on the legendary 53rd & 3rd label. The show was recorded on Sept. 17, 1988, in Trudi Tangerine's basement. Trudi may or may not have been a member of the band. Honestly, I don't know. There is quite a bit of ambiguity surrounding personnel. What I do know is Trudi can write. Trudi's liner notes accompanying the Optic Nerve reissue of the 1988 box set of the five singles immediately following debut "On Tape" is a hell of a read.

'Orgasm' has the same vibe as Beach Boys' Party!' You feel as if you're eavesdropping on a few pals hanging out. There is a lot of banter between songs which made ripping the songs into individual tracks for today's post a challenge. Here are those five one-sided singles from the box set performed live. Sounds like a good time was had by all. More on the Pooh Sticks circa 1988 next time.

I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well (Live)

Heroes and Villains (Live)

Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution (Live)

1-2-3 Red Light (Live)

Heartbreak (Live)


Rol said...

Keep the Pooh Sticks love coming, Brian... and thanks for lightening my wallet once again, via Swansea Sound. (I used to write ads for a radio station of that name, occasionally.)

Dan Destiny's Silver Dawn said...

This is fantastic fun! Thanks so much for sharing. I remember when they played Heartbreak on a Peel session, and Peel couldn't get over that line: "I said, 'Baby, you've got nice legs', she said, 'Baby, drop your kecks*!'" - great memories.

(* Kecks - northern English slang for trousers or underwear).

Brian said...

Rol, Only recently learned of that radio station while looking up some stuff on the band. I think you'll like the anti-industry stance Swansea Sound has been taking with these releases.

DDSD, Perhaps our pal at Precious will see fit to release that Peel Session at some point. I would buy it on the spot. Thanks for filling me in on kecks too.

JC said...

Count me in as another fan of Swansea Sound. I even bought a t-shirt along with the single.

Brian said...

Looking forward to seeing that shirt, JC.