Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

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Overview

Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985 is a landmark compilation that captures a wide range of female-led bands that popped up in the wake of punk rock. Definitely following the lead of trailblazers the Slits and the Raincoats, the bands here range from slick dance-pop to rhythmically complex funk, with plenty of jangling guitar pop in between. The selection of bands and songs doesn't follow any pattern or stick to any particular format. Ian Dury-style pub disco from Ingrid nestles up against a slick girl group pastiche from the G.T.'s, Mari Wilson's big-voiced Dusty Springfield-style pop sits comfortably next to the Candees' candy-flavored psych pop, and Vivien Goldman's shuddering dub ballad "Launderette" follows A Craze's sweet jazz-pop tune "Wearing Your Jumper." The set isn't out to nail down a specific sound or make a case that there even was a sound; instead, they wanted to document the anything-goes nature of the era when a group of girls could get together, knock out a couple songs, and have them released by a label, sometimes even Cherry Red. There are a few names here that the dedicated fan of post-punk and pop should know, like the Marine Girls, Dolly Mixture, the Modettes, and Strawberry Switchblade, whose "Seaside (Go Away)" is taken from an early demo from when they were a guitar band. The inclusion of these bands is key to understanding the era, but the true pleasure of the collection is discovering the bands who made even less splash. Trixie's Big Red Motor Bike's "A Splash of Red" is a lo-fi punk-funk charmer, Rexy's "(Don't) Turn Me Away" is a chilly slice of electropop balladry, the Avocados' bustling guitar pop track "I Never Knew" sounds like a template for Talulah Gosh, and Jaqui and Jeanette's "194 Radio City" is a smile-inducing, rootsy pop-reggae song that should have found a home on 2 Tone. There are loads more obscure delights to be found on each disc (the Petticoats' "Normal" and April and the Fools' "You Do," to name a couple), with only a few duff moments here and there. The sound quality is perfect, the liner notes are witty and informative, and the whole thing is long overdue. Sharon Signs to Cherry Red is a vital document for those looking to learn more about the U.K. post-punk scene, especially anyone with an interest in the important, usually overlooked role that women played throughout.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013929553224
catalogNumber: 5073634
Rank: 49213

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Billy Childish   Composer
Kevin Armstrong   Composer
Ian Dury   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
William DeVaughn   Composer
Simon Preston   Composer
Mike Berry   Producer
Ian Broudie   Composer,Producer
Pat Collier   Producer
Alex Fergusson   Composer
Chaz Jankel   Composer
June Miles-Kingston   Composer
Paul Weller   Composer
Alan Rankine   Producer
Liam Sternberg   Producer
Tot Taylor   Composer,Producer
Steve Vandeller   Composer
Barbara Wilson   Composer
Bob Waxman   Composer
Jon Ward   Composer
Paul Bevoir   Composer
Vic Martin   Composer
John Carley   Composer
Debsey Wykes   Composer
Amanda Stewart   Composer
Mark Stratford   Producer
Neil McDonald   Composer
Jane Fox   Composer
Vivien Goldman   Composer
Rachel Bor   Composer
Ramona Carlier   Composer
Jane Crockford   Composer
Hester Smith   Composer
Suzanne Scott   Composer
Karen Yarnell   Composer
Mickey Hampshire   Composer
Kate Corris   Composer
Mark Litten   Composer
Michael Robson   Producer,Artwork,Concept
John Landley   Composer
Jane Kennaway   Composer
J.J. O'Neill   Composer
Paddy Lorenzo   Composer
Chris Free   Composer
Owain Barton   Composer
David Hubbard   Composer
Etta Saunders   Composer
Phil Gaston   Composer
Dorothy Max Prior   Composer
Dawn Leader   Engineer
Geoff Griffith   Engineer
Ruth George-Jones   Composer
Julian Dale   Composer
Lucy Barron   Composer
J.R. Pearce   Composer
Tracie Green   Composer
Phil Byford   Composer
Julie Usher   Composer
Paula Richards   Composer
Helen McCallum   Composer
Lynder Halpin   Composer
Chris Burne   Composer
Russell C. Brennan   Producer
Harriet St. J   Composer
Angie Coulter   Composer
Stephanie Heinrich   Composer
Ana Chi   Composer
Germaine Dolan   Composer
David Wibberley   Composer
Margret Clarke   Composer
Gaye Bell   Composer
Rachel Bell   Composer
Rory Hall   Composer
Sarah Brown   Composer
James D'ecosse   Illustrations

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