"I was always a creative person; I always loved singing. Strawberry Switchblade: Trees And Flowers ‎ (7", W/Lbl) Ninety-Two Happy Customers: Haps 001: UK: 1983: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review. So when I arranged these gigs they all volunteered to help, which was brilliant. Albums include Strawberry Switchblade, Since Yesterday / By the Sea, and Trees and Flowers / Go Away. "I was just tentatively feeling the ground again and getting some songs behind me," Rose admits. Recorded: 1982-10-04. Watch Queue Queue But I would rather my life be like that, be more spontaneous than not, because that's how I feel comfortable.". I wasn't very settled, let's say. Colour portraits by Gilbert Blecken, "I was almost murdered two or three times," says Rose McDowall, formerly one half of Strawberry Switchblade, Spell and Sorrow, as well as a recurrent singer with Current 93, Coil, Death in June and Psychic TV, and solo performer. It opened the doors for everyone that was musical but hadn't gone through the right channels. Still more were recorded in Iceland, where Rose was working with the young Bjork just as her dark-folk collective Kukl were starting to morph into the unique indie-pop of the Sugarcubes. It's such an insipid world where everything is all beauty and perfection. Strawberry Switchblade (auf Deutsch: erdbeerrotes Springmesser, Schreibweise auf den Veröffentlichungen war Sträwberry Switchbläde) war eine schottische Indie-Pop-Band, die 1981 in Glasgow gegründet wurde. Here you can find all info about Strawberry Switchblade 2.0 from Riot Seeds. Playing Synth Pop, Dream Pop. FruitierThanThou 9,179 views. We always got on really well because we were all quite similar in lots of ways. Now that is just outrage to me. And he said 'Strawberry Switchblade, they're good', so Kid Jensen's producer got in touch with us. I didn't enjoy that as much as it might have seemed. The introduction was sampled from First Class's single Beach Baby. Their first gig in 1982 was followed within weeks by Radio One sessions for both John Peel and David 'Kid' Jensen, after which Bill Drummond and Dave Balfe came up to Glasgow and offered to manage them. Not literally that, but I just went from everybody can be saved to some people have just got to be beyond it - for a period of time. Given that Rose was still a successful pop star at the time, I wondered if the likes of Genesis P Orridge and David Tibet were reluctant to take her seriously when she began moving in their circles, and whether becoming involved with what was at the time considered a subversive and extreme underground musical movement was a reaction against the vapid hypocrisies of the mainstream pop world of 1985. Feb 2, 2020 - Explore Maria's board "Strawberry switchblade" on Pinterest. It's funny when people think that if they don't hear about you then you're not doing anything, because as we all know, when people aren't seeing you, you're probably doing more, because you're in the studio, writing songs and doing all sorts of things. (Redirected from Jill Bryson) Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish new wave / pop duo formed in Glasgow in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall, best known for their song "Since Yesterday" from 1985, and their flamboyant clothing with bows and polka-dots. "I am still mentally suffering from those days, although I probably didn't really think that until quite recently, to be honest! Rose and her friend Jill Bryson were known on the Glasgow punk scene for their outrageous dress sense - polka dots, beribboned hair - and with friends like Orange Juice and Postcard records in the ascendant, and ideas and originality acknowledged as far more important than musical ability, it was natural that they should form a band. I can think of bad things happening right back to when I was five years old, but I'm always seeing the good things. "It was an all-day event that had Micha Bergese with his dance team, which was totally amazing," Rose recalls. Rose enthuses. Whatever you want to do in life, you do it your way. But I think I had a brilliant childhood. It was like, this is mental! Not in every way of course; nobody is. Genres: Synthpop, Twee Pop, Dream Pop. Eventually it came to mean the type of sanitised chart fodder as churned out by the likes of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, … Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. It became their only major hit. It's ridiculous, you don't belong to anyone. She formed another duo, with ex … And also that I often wonder why, at that age, I was drawn to first spend my own money on a record so infused with a sense of regret and nostalgia, when I should have been looking forward to life opening up before me. If you love what we do, you can help tQ to continue bringing you the best in cultural criticism and new music by joining one of our subscription tiers. Profile: From the ominous shadows of Goth suddenly appeared two young girls in polka-dot dresses, flaming red lipstick, and hair ribbons. Rose does however still have a copy on cassette, and if the quality is good enough and everyone is in agreement it's possible it could eventually come out on Night School Records, who are beginning an extensive reissue of her back catalogue beginning with her album of immediate post-Strawberry Switchblade recordings, Cut With The Cake Knife . While her contributions are often crucial to the overall sound - especially on albums by Coil and Current 93 - to the casual observer Rose's career has been all but invisible. It was just weird, it was wild, absolutely wild. It's rubbish when people say, 'Oh, they look old now.' As a wholly independent publication, we rely entirely on our ad bookings to keep The Quietus going. But at the same time it's a great song to have as your first single precisely because of that built-in nostalgia. INTERVIEWER: Did you submit demos or anything? She was protecting her children, because people did get petrol bombs put through their windows. In 1986, the group split with Rose McDowall continuing playing music in neofolk bands while Jill Bryson in 2013 returned to writing music after a gap of 30 years in a band called The Shapists with her daughter Jessie Frost. In a interview published on the Strawberry Switchblade website, the band described how they were discovered by Kid Jensen and John Peel: [1]. And ever since I was a little kid I was completely open-minded about all sorts of things; I was interested in magic when I was really young, I've always been interested in weird stuff that's happened all my life, so none of it phases me. I'd had a close friend who had killed himself, jumping in front of a train, and lots of weird things. Just noticed two 'Madness' members helping out in Strawberry Switchblade here. So everyone has a choice, and people either stay with the grain or go against it. While this is obviously a warning to the over-analytical music journalist, I tell Rose that 'Since Yesterday' was actually the first single I ever bought, when I was thirteen, and that it's a song that still resonates with me to this day. I was always saying to my mum when I was too tiny to even properly know what I was talking about: 'Oh Mum, everybody would just be really good if they only knew!' ", While Rose's childhood was brutal by any standards- she also witnessed a fatal stabbing and was pursued by the killers, had her pet cat murdered and saw her six-year-old brother die following a beating - she has a remarkable ability to remember mostly the good times and to draw inspiration from those at least as much as the bad. "I know, that's great, because I believe great music never dies anyway. Live Strawberry Switchblade were a very rudimentary affair. Strawberry Switchblade was a new wave duo from Glasgow, Scotland, UK, formed in 1981 by Rose McDowall and Jill Bryson.Bonded during the Glasgow punk scene of the late 1970s, first as friends, then as bandmates. I just flew at the guy, and I was only about fourteen or something, and I went crazy saying you are not getting away with this, I don't know what's happening to my dad, and I said, 'Mum, tell him.' To find out more, click here. You dig into things you're interested in yourself, whether they be political or art or anything. Track 1 to 11 are the original LP Strawberry Switchblade Tracks 12 & 18 from the single Let Her Go Track 13 from the single Who Knows What Love Is? As well as the unparalleled joy of keeping the publication alive, you'll receive benefits including exclusive editorial, podcasts, and specially-commissioned music by some of our favourite artists. But obviously it wasn't going to be a band because everybody had their own thing. Immensely prolific, Rose's profile has nevertheless remained somewhat below the radar as her vocals have generally been on other people's records and shows. I played live with Felt at one of the Creation nights, too; that was really great fun but I was just in a very strange place at that time in my life. So we ended up doing two sessions within about two weeks of each other. But I'd been on Top Of The Pops and everything, so it wasn't like I was a stray or like Little Red Riding Hood walking into the woods with all the wolves around her; it was probably the other way around! Rose was from the deprived working class side of the city where violence was endemic. Written by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall Produced by David Motion Released 1984 as a single, and in 1985 on the album Strawberry Switchblade Since Yesterday was the one big hit for Strawberry Switchblade.It originated as a radio session track called "Dance" for 'Kid Jensen's' Radio One evening show in 1982. And not only that, your private life is barely existent. I said 'do you want us to send a tape?' I love it when people like my music, but I don't belong to people. After Strawberry Switchblade, McDowall worked with, among others, Coil, Current 93, Death in June, Nurse With Wound and Psychic TV. Mark Bedford and Daniel 'Woody' Woodgate. Don't make me over-explain things; I don't need to do that.". She was like a mad little child and we got on really well. But even by the standards of the times, things happened remarkably fast for Strawberry Switchblade. Those poor little kids that I always thought were born into this, that have no choice, this is all they know; I do know that to be true, but also there was a part of me that thought, well, I grew up in that and I did not turn out like that. "My dad was half deaf, so he thought this guy had said do you know someone, but he actually said, are you someone? And we were all 'it's OK, it's only four songs, we can do it we can do it'. They knew how much it meant to me. Two neighbours had pulled me back, and in my rage I hadn't realised what afterwards I knew; that she didn't want to do that. For me it's not about money, it's not about fame: it's definitely not about that, being in the limelight. "We did two gigs, actually," Rose confirms. The Jensen session was a bit more upbeat, the Peel session was a bit quieter. "It's like an exorcism inside me, it's like I'm getting it out of myself. Reply Notify me Helpful moysmat January 19, 2018 Report; referencing Trees And Flowers, 12", Hapt 001. what a stunningly beautiful song this is i love it very talented band Reply Notify me Helpful [m30452] … "Some of those bands everybody knows very well now, but at that time a lot of them weren't that well known. You've got what I am prepared to give, and that's that. "My dad got hit over the head with an axe, twice, and he was rushed to hospital," she says. There's a magic to that song, to that record, I think. It's worth noting too that Psychic TV were also courting pop success with the single 'Godstar,' which Rose sang on in early 1986. But although songs like 'Tibet', 'Wings Of Heaven' and 'Crystal Nights' have all the feather-light, bittersweet beauty of the best Strawberry Switchblade material, but with an added depth and darkness, and Rose's dance-pop take on Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear The Reaper' sounds like an eighties mega-hit that never was, none of this material was properly released at the time. she laughs. But it all came from there. I actually need someone to do that because days fly by and I don't know where time's gone. moysmat January 19, 2018 Report; what a stunningly beautiful song this is i love it very talented band Reply Notify me Helpful [r764314] Release. With their distinctive style (garish colours, polka-dots and a slight geisha influence) already intact they formed Strawberry Switchblade (named after a never … That was just brilliant. Longest Gaps Between Peel Session Appearances, https://peel.fandom.com/wiki/Strawberry_Switchblade?oldid=261045, 10 James Orr Street / The Little River / Secrets / Trees And Flowers, Cut With The Cake Knife / Nothing Changes / 60 Cowboys / Life Full Of Wonders. I remember the Jensen session was the first proper recording we did and the producer was Dale Griffin and another guy from Mott The Hoople and I could hardly sit next to them. I mean, do you believe in slavery? If Switchblade Symphony was a distored mirror, Strawberry Switchblade would be the twisted reflection. Strawberry Switchblade singles chronology "Trees and Flowers" (1983) "Since Yesterday" (1984) "Let Her Go" (1985) "Since Yesterday" is a song performed by Scottish synth-pop duo Strawberry Switchblade, the lead single from their self-titled album. "We won't put up with racism, we won't put up with sexism, we won't put up with ageism; we won't put up with any of that crap," she says. If you have any personal experiences with … She also put together her own dark folk project Sorrow, and their debut album, Under The Yew Possessed, is next up in Night School's reissue campaign. "It happened at just the right time, because I didn't feel like anyone around me. Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): SAM 240 A1 DONT TELL … James Kirk from Orange Juice played bass and we had a guy called Shaheed Sarwar, who we all called Shaheed StarWars, played drums. "I love the Ramones, they're amazing, but we were a bit more experimental than just punk; it wasn't quite post-punk, it was punk time, but it was a wee bit more rowdy than punk, if you know what I mean. I wasn't in the best place at that particular point. When … Strawberry Switchblade never fitted in. And they're great guys, I'm glad they're still out there.". I'm not talking about the Mary Chain; I'm talking about anybody from our generation. One suspects this may be how she likes it. Jill was at art school with ambitions to be a painter. And it wasn't until after punk or something that I just got so cynical about saving all these people. "Supporting the Mary Chain was amazing!" "When you think of it, all of these people- the Creation people, all of the indie people, all of the dark industrial stuff- all of it came from punk, or just before, maybe going back to the sixties a bit even. I am many things.". Track 14 from the single Ecstacy (Apple Of My Eye) Tracks 15 & 16 from the single Jolene Tracks 17 & 19 from The 12" Album Track 20 from the single I Can Feel. But it was done in a very punky way I guess, because we were little punks.". And this man came into our house while he was in hospital, and stood there in the living room and said to my mum, this is not going to go any further, is it? Get real! "When punk happened it just opened the gates for me to go into adulthood," she says. We'd been playing a few gigs in Glasgow and people obviously thought of it as a weirdo band of its time and place. And it was like a little supergroup. "The Strawberry Switchblade thing when it happened, it was like from pauper to princess almost," says Rose. Away from the neo-folk / industrial scene, Rose has also sung on records by Felt and the Pastels, and her influence can be felt on contemporary American groups like the Dum Dum Girls and Puro instinct. "It was horrendous," she admits. Read about Lynda (aka Let Her Go) (Kid Jensen Session) by Strawberry Switchblade and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Ben Graham talks to the Strawberry Switchblade member and Current 93/Psychic TV collaborator about the reissue of her Cut With The Cake Knife album. Edit Release All Versions of this Release … In the early 1980s they shone, brightly and briefly with deceptively joyful pop music, before fading into relative obscurity by the middle of the decade. In a interview published on the Strawberry Switchblade website, the band described how they were discovered by Kid Jensen and John Peel: INTERVIEWER: So how did you get signed? While Symphony's music was dark and harrowing in a sinister way, Strawberry's was bright and beautiful with dark undertowings. Strawberry Switchblade. And she just looked at me, and she looked at him, and she said, 'No, it's not going to go any further.' I didn't actually want to tell anyone what it was about at the time.". I didn't like the stalkers; I like my privacy. Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish female pop rock/new wave band formed in Glasgow in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall. We're all different and we should embrace our differences, not fight about them. I think Orange Juice had been signed by that time and it was Jim Kerr. I remember someone reviewed it and said it was the best pop band ever, and I got such a kick out of that. "It wasn't a reaction against the pop thing at all," Rose says. She loved music and dreamt of maybe one day being a singer in a band. "Music is my way of expressing myself, and I don't do music for other people," she says. Yes, that's where all my songs come from; they come from growing up. I never told anybody that because I didn't want to write political songs, and also I'm quite private with what I think, so I just wanted to write a song. We'd been playing a few gigs in Glasgow and people obviously thought of it as a weirdo band of its time and place. I didn't ever feel like I fitted into that, and it was like the gates of freedom had just been opened on the spot. It was punk rock that gave Rose the impetus to go against the grain and change her world at least. We had to have eight songs to do it and we only had six so we had to write another two! Barcode and Other Identifiers. "Primal Scream were my friends; we're all from the same place so we kind of know each other. Every day you just walked around thinking, anything could happen, at any time.". 11:23 . It is of course a coda from Sibelius's fifth symphony that introduces this sweet and elegiac single - you can hear its distinctive phrase throughout the song (and in a more subtle form on the first incarnation of the track too - which was called Dance, and was broadcast on David 'Kid' Jensen's Radio 1 show in October of 1982). We experimented a bit with instruments and things like that, what we could afford to experiment with. Looking like the brides of Robert Smith, Strawberry Switchblade made a brief splash on the U.K. charts and then abruptly vanished in the mid '80s, leaving their fans with a handful of collectible singles and one LP of … Listen to an hour of Strawberry Switchblade's technicolour pop on this In … "I just loved Bjork's energy. Track durations not listed on the release. Rose and Jill were a years ahead of SwitchBlade Symphony, but they shared the same musical ideas in an odd, different, and twisted way. "That sounds insane; I've had this conversation with friends recently, and to say I was almost murdered two or three times - I mean if you were almost murdered, why would you not remember exactly how many times? And when they asked me to sing backing vocals on 'Just like Honey' with them as well I was like, 'Oh my god', and I came off stage and all of my band were like, 'Wey!' But we had lots of things and interests in common, and so I felt really comfortable among those people. Support tQ's work by becoming a subscriber and enjoy the benefits of bonus essays, podcasts and exclusively-commissioned new music. We're all people, we're all personalities, and everybody's body goes through stages of change from birth to death. But it's a fickle world, which is why I don't want to be part of the pop world.". Barcode: 4 943674 109326Rights … Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. Well that is an insane thing to say to anyone. Rose laughs. Strawberry Switchblade was Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall—two girls from the opposite ends of the city of Glasgow. JILL BRYSON: We had to pick four songs, and there was only the two of us so we had to get a band together. But I wouldn't like that amount of fame. Dance (BBC Jensen Session 1982) Songtext von Strawberry Switchblade mit Lyrics, deutscher Übersetzung, Musik-Videos und Liedtexten kostenlos auf Songtexte.com "That's where I came from; my husband of the time, Drew McDowall, worked with Coil for many years, and is still working now. It lifts my spirits. Because he was one of the first Glasgow punks he remembers Rose particularly. That is just insanely unjust. "When I was a kid I never thought I'd see myself driving around Japan in a limousine, with people screaming at the car and stuff. Barcode and Other Identifiers . Kukl were among the support acts. And I don't really like Simple Minds, but they were being interviewed, I think it was on [Radio 1 show with DJ] Kid Jensen, and he asked them what's happening in Glasgow, what other bands are good. Broadcast: 05 October 1982. Strawberry Switchblade ‎– Strawberry Switchblade (1985) This video is unavailable. TLDIR003 WEATHER Tune into Indie Rocks UK at 5pm today for The Lyon'... s Den weather report. On the dates I saw this year and it was great to see a younger generation of kids getting g into it; 14-year-olds in the mosh pit taking songs like 'Never Understand' as their own. “Rose McDowall’s career has followed a typically cult-hero path; like Alex Chilton, she went from pop star to troubled recluse in the blink of an eye,” wrote paul Lester for The … ", The teenage Rose formed her first band the Poems with soon-to-be husband Drew McDowall after they saw the Ramones live. I know because I looked it up in wikipedia - as you do. Basically it was the four of us and we had to rehearse. "I guess there was just a lot going on in my life at the time, and you don't have a manager on your back; you don't have somebody kicking you up the backside all the time going have you finished that yet? Rose met Bjork and Kukl through Icelandic composer Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, who worked with David Tibet and was in a line-up of Psychic TV, alongside Rose and Soft Cell's Dave Ball, that played at the 'Fabulous Feast Ov Flowering Light' at Hammersmith Palais in May 1985, when Strawberry Switchblade were still at the height of their Smash Hits dominating success. And the people that go against the grain are the people that change the world.". Although new material written with Canadian composer Shawn Pinchbeck is forthcoming, most recently Rose came full circle by opening for the Jesus And Mary Chain on this year's Psychocandy anniversary tour. Because of that. `` is my way of expressing myself, Trees. 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