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Strawberry Switchblade were a beautiful sugar-sweet indie-pop band from the 80’s. In the intervening time their cult reputation has only grown, making the appearance of these early recordings particularly tantalising. 1982 4-Piece Demo, from before the band stripped down to a duo, is a previously unheard insight into the band’s very beginnings, and a lovely listen to boot. 7” on Night School.

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1982 4-Piece Demo by Strawberry Switchblade
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 February 2017
I’ve been looking forward to this. So much so that I’ve bothered to get off my chair and stagger to the record player....a first.    We all remember Strawberry Switchblade for when they used up the worlds supply of hair miming along to ’Since Yesterday’ on Top of the Pops in 1985 but before that they were a pretty smart indie pop band. Thing is the stuff they did as a four piece has never been released... until now. These are their original records and the never heard before ’Spanish Song’ is rather great sounding much like a slightly more realised if no less shambolic Marine Girls. Overleaf we get an early version of the gorgeous ’Trees and Flowers’ which would later become a small hit when performed in their two piece line up. This version is easily recognisable if 200% quainter with tentative playing and vocals just managing to stay in key. The final ‘Go Away’ is another example of proto indie pop that would have fitted perfectly onto Cherry Red’s ‘Pillows and Prayers’ compilation.    A great historical document of both the beginnings of a band and a movement.   


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