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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Big Gold Dream - 3

An embarassment of riches to choose from this week on Disc 3 from 1982 to 1985
It would have been easy to feature the Bluebells (but Cath has appeared here before),or the Waterboys,Aztec Camera, Cocteau Twins or the Jesus and Mary Chain but I thought I would go for some of the lesser known artists.

You could argue that Strawberry Switchblade are reasonably well known but they only ever had one album and one huge hit with Since Yesterday.
Here is the first single from Rose McDowell and Jill Bryson recorded on the 92 Happy Customers label run by Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen fame.

The Suede Crocodiles were a band fronted by Kevin McDermott who featured here pretty recently
Stop the Rain was a 1983 single on the NoStrings label.They were originally called Popgun not to be confused with Brighton band The Popguns a firm favourite of our dear friend Brian

After two Weegie acts we leave the City of Culture and head north to the City of the Furry Boots. Fit like Lynchie?
Aberdeen band The Jasmine Minks,fronted by Jim Shepherd and Adam Sanderson, were signed to Alan McGee's Creation label  releasing their debut single Think! in 1984.

Another plethora of pop perfection to choose from next week when we dip into Disc 4.

Strawberry Switchblade - Trees and Flowers

The Suede Crocodiles - Stop the Rain

The Jasmine Minks - Think!


  1. Lovely picture of the girls - We females wrecked our hair in the mid '80s trying to copy such styles with perms, backcombing and ribbon attachments. Nice song and a nice bit of nostalgia. This set just perfect for you.

  2. As you say, an embarrassment of riches on this one. You will have trouble choosing on disc four too. As for the three songs you selected, I proudly own all three of these as singles.

  3. In recent weeks I've been enjoying the dreamy new Rose MacDowall album Far From the Apple Tree, which is the soundtrack to a film by Grant McPhee, who directed the big Big Gold Dream documentary that inspired the CD collection.