Originally released in 1981, ‘Pleasure’ was the only full length LP to be released by Leeds’ very own but often overlooked post punk band, Girls at Our Best. With an indelible influence that can be seen on innumerable indie bands today, it now it gets the reissue treatment it deserves, via Optic Nerve. Pressed onto vibrant yellow vinyl with pink, red and blue splatter and featuring 6 bonus tracks, this special edition double vinyl is limited to just 500 copies.
Also included here are printer inner sleeves containing lyrics and rare photos, and just like the original, all copies include a “pleasure bag” which comes with 4 postcards, 2 stickets, 1 stencil, 1 A2 repro tour poster, 2 A3 repro promo posters for the 1981 and 1980 singles “Go For Gold” and ‘Politics/It’s Fashion’. For fans of 80s UK postpunk and C86-era indie.
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- Pleasure by Girls At Our Best
9/10 Hayley Staff review, 26 November 2014
It's about time ‘Pleasure’ got the reissue treatment it deserved: the original album is gathered alongside early singles, demos and BBC sessions, not to mention the excellent goodie bag that comes with the pink and yellow splattered vinyl – filled to the brim with posters, lyrics and general ephemera – Optic Nerve have really excelled themselves here.
So many things spring to mind upon hearing ‘Pleasure’ for the first time: pop, punk, indie, C86, even the dreaded twee label – but essentially, Girls At Our Best made unadulterated punk-tinged indie pop that became an indelible influence on the subsequent C86/jangle pop movement and, of course, was championed by the ever-reliable John Peel.
Opening with the jaunty, chanting title track ‘Pleasure’ – it’s an appropriate introduction to the band, with its shouty, collaborative versus and infallible pop melodies, demonstrating their influence on bands like The Flatmates and Tallulah Gosh. ‘Go For Gold’ and ‘Getting Nowhere Fast’ is where the album really prevails: the former incorporating Shangri-Las inspirited opening dialogue, funky, Gang of Four-esque basslines and hard-fast rush guitars, while the latter is probably one of their most revered songs; it was Single Of The Week in NME, covered by The Wedding Present and remains a defining song in the band's short lived career.
‘Pleasure’ isn’t flawless, it’s noticeably jagged at the edges, but some of the best music comes with blemishes. The best thing about this band – like many of their kind – is their unabashed amateurishness. And sure, Judy doesn’t have the best voice, at least in a traditional pop sense, but it works in their favour because they’re impactful and enduring, rather like this album itself.
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