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? 11:23 . But I was in a total war zone. 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. 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. But even by the standards of the times, things happened remarkably fast for Strawberry Switchblade. We experimented a bit with instruments and things like that, what we could afford to experiment with. 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.' "It was an all-day event that had Micha Bergese with his dance team, which was totally amazing," Rose recalls. 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. Rose and Jill strummed their semi-acoustics and sang while Dave Balfe embellished the arrangements with sparse keyboard patterns. Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish female pop rock/new wave band formed in Glasgow in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall. Kukl were among the support acts. JILL BRYSON: At that point it was the Peel session you really wanted to get rather than a Jensen session, but we weren't going to turn down either. 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. 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. But I always wanted to be a singer, ever since I was really small, and it was punk that enabled me to do that. While Symphony's music was dark and harrowing in a sinister way, Strawberry's was bright and beautiful with dark undertowings. 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. Rose was from the deprived working class side of the city where violence was endemic. 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. 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. But I wouldn't like that amount of fame. It was just weird, it was wild, absolutely wild. "It happened at just the right time, because I didn't feel like anyone around me. "Oh thanks," Rose laughs. I didn't enjoy that as much as it might have seemed. She was like a mad little child and we got on really well. "Supporting the Mary Chain was amazing!" Rose and Jill were a years ahead of SwitchBlade Symphony, but they shared the same musical ideas in an odd, different, and twisted way. And it was like a little supergroup. I was walking in a world I knew pretty well when I met those guys, hence loving the name Strawberry Switchblade, because I am both things. 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. and he said, 'no, that's OK'. After Strawberry Switchblade, McDowall worked with, among others, Coil, Current 93, Death in June, Nurse With Wound and Psychic TV. Twee-Pop [ˈtwiː-] (von engl. 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. Watch Queue Queue Not in every way of course; nobody is. Then David Jensen did it as well just cos John Peel had, they were both trying to be the first one to get us out. Profile: From the ominous shadows of Goth suddenly appeared two young girls in polka-dot dresses, flaming red lipstick, and hair ribbons. I think Orange Juice had been signed by that time and it was Jim Kerr. 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] … "It was actually about nuclear war. 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? And the people that go against the grain are the people that change the world.". We always got on really well because we were all quite similar in lots of ways. It's such an insipid world where everything is all beauty and perfection. Recorded: 1985-02-05. I didn't actually want to tell anyone what it was about at the time.". The Poems - with Rose on drums - recorded an album but the acetates were lost and it was never released. "I was just tentatively feeling the ground again and getting some songs behind me," Rose admits. "I am still mentally suffering from those days, although I probably didn't really think that until quite recently, to be honest! I mean, do you believe in slavery? 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 . 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. That was just brilliant. I don't want people inside my life that aren't invited. Now that is just outrage to me. Since Yesterday was the one big hit for Strawberry Switchblade. "Equality: we are not all the same but we should have the same rights. 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). Babysprache twee „hübsch; süß; nett“) ist eine Variante des Indie-Pop, die sich durch einfache, hübsche Melodien und Texte auszeichnet.. Dieses Genre entstand 1986, als die britische Musikzeitschrift New Musical Express den Sampler C86 herausbrachte, auf dem unter anderem Bands wie The Pastels und Primal Scream enthalten waren. But I would rather my life be like that, be more spontaneous than not, because that's how I feel comfortable.". 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!' But it was done in a very punky way I guess, because we were little punks.". "When punk happened it just opened the gates for me to go into adulthood," she says. Limited edition 7" that came free with initial copies of "Strawberry Switchblade". ROSE MCDOWALL: No, we didn't! She was protecting her children, because people did get petrol bombs put through their windows. So when I arranged these gigs they all volunteered to help, which was brilliant. "I know, that's great, because I believe great music never dies anyway. Live Strawberry Switchblade were a very rudimentary affair. Emerging from a scene of goths and inconspicuous indie musicians, Strawberry Switchblade were a technicolour anomaly. 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. Strawberry Switchblade discography and songs: Music profile for Strawberry Switchblade, formed 1981. Well that is an insane thing to say to anyone. 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. At what point do you become uncool?". 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. I said 'do you want us to send a tape?' "The Strawberry Switchblade thing when it happened, it was like from pauper to princess almost," says Rose. Every day you just walked around thinking, anything could happen, at any time.". Albums include Strawberry Switchblade, Since Yesterday / By the Sea, and Trees and Flowers / Go Away. "My dad was half deaf, so he thought this guy had said do you know someone, but he actually said, are you someone? He was in a band in Glasgow, I can't remember what they were called. So everyone has a choice, and people either stay with the grain or go against it. Formerly known as the Sunflower demos, after an alias Rose was considering using at the time, some of the tracks were intended for the never-made second Strawberry Switchblade album; others were written as Rose became increasingly involved with the post-industrial underground scene of Current 93 and Psychic TV. Don't make me over-explain things; I don't need to do that.". "I just turned round to Drew and said if they can do it, we can do it!" Dance (BBC Jensen Session 1982) Songtext von Strawberry Switchblade mit Lyrics, deutscher Übersetzung, Musik-Videos und Liedtexten kostenlos auf Songtexte.com "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. Zoo Music/Warner Bros. Music Ltd. ℗ 1983 WEA Records Ltd. A Warner Communications Company. 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!' Support tQ's work by becoming a subscriber and enjoy the benefits of bonus essays, podcasts and exclusively-commissioned new music. "We did two gigs, actually," Rose confirms. To find out more, click here. Barcode and Other Identifiers . Repeated: 01 May 1985, Strawberry Switchblade - Trees and Flowers. moysmat January 19, 2018 Report; what a stunningly beautiful song this is i love it very talented band Reply Notify me Helpful [r764314] Release. JILL BRYSON: You know, it was just weird, the whole thing was SO weird. It opened the doors for everyone that was musical but hadn't gone through the right channels. I didn't like the stalkers; I like my privacy. 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. Get real! JILL BRYSON: We had to pick four songs, and there was only the two of us so we had to get a band together. I love it when people like my music, but I don't belong to people. They couldn't get enough of me!" FruitierThanThou 9,179 views. Playing Synth Pop, Dream Pop. If Switchblade Symphony was a distored mirror, Strawberry Switchblade would be the twisted reflection. I'd had a close friend who had killed himself, jumping in front of a train, and lots of weird things. 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. 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. We're all different and we should embrace our differences, not fight about them. 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. "Some of those bands everybody knows very well now, but at that time a lot of them weren't that well known. No, he just phoned my house - not even getting the producer of the show to phone - and said 'Hi, this is John Peel, do you want to do a session?' It was punk rock that gave Rose the impetus to go against the grain and change her world at least. Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. Why should musicians give up their job when they're twenty, instead of whenever they want, like anybody else? "My dad got hit over the head with an axe, twice, and he was rushed to hospital," she says. 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. 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. 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