Talulah Gosh, gawd’ bless ‘em. – the band that launched thousands of floppy fringes and hundreds of scratchy indie pop bands. If there’s one group that sum up the mid-eighties for me, it’s Talulah Gosh.
Their happy brand of high-tempo trash-pop rarely failed to make me smile and want to leap frantically up and down in a most unflattering way. Well, it was a combination of Talulah Gosh and many pints of beer together really. Given the right set of circumstances and similar stimulants today, I’d be taken straight back there and quite possibly attempt to recreate those moves. It’s probably best avoided though, as the collateral damage could be quite severe these days.
Listening to the ‘new’ Talulah Gosh limited-edition 7” single though, I can still see the attraction that my younger self saw. Although the initial impression of the tracks is ‘wow – that sounds really rough’, it’s entirely understandable as they were the first songs that the band ever recorded, which was done in Gregory Webster’s house in early 1986.
However, once my ears got attuned to the low-fi sound, I could again hear the appeal. Wonderful, Ramones-style catchy pop songs with simple melodies and limited chord changes but always played with high-levels of conviction and enthusiasm; things that go a long way with me every time.
So, here we get original versions of “Steaming Train”, “I Told You So”, “Mmm, Mmm, He’s so Dreamy” and “Sunny Inside” in all their rough and ready glory.
The guitar sounds like a banjo on “I Told You So”, the vocals aren’t quite the joy they later became, the drums sound a tad mechanical and the bass is not always on the beat but these recordings do have an undoubted charm of their own. While I’m very glad to have heard them, they leave me excitedly looking forward to getting hold of the forthcoming complete recordings, which I may have to listen to with a few beers and some paramedics in attendance. Bring it on!
Talulah Gosh – Demo’s EP will be released as a limited 7” single only on Damaged Goods on 16th April 2011.