Nights at the Roundtable with Scottish Punk/New Romantic/Dream Pop Duo Strawberry Switchblade and a session recorded for the John Peel Program at The BBC - October 4, 1982.
March 5, 2012

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Rose and Jill of Strawberry Switchblade. Leaping from Punk, gliding past New Romantic and landing in the lap of Dream Pop.


The 80's tonight (if you couldn't already tell). Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish Punk Duo consisting of Rose McDowell and Jill Bryson. Forming in 1981, the duo drifted away from the rough-edge of Punk and, taking a wardrobe nod from the New Romantic movement, dove into what would come to be known as Alternative/Dream Pop.

Sadly, they were commercially considered something of a one-hit wonder for a while and were largely overlooked for their contribution to an emerging genre. But the music business is vague enough and they have weathered a few storms and broke out of that singular hit stereotype with a hit cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Tonight it's a session they recorded early on for the John Peel Program at The BBC. Recorded on October 4, 1982, it features the duo with additional backup musicians for a very nice and atmospheric batch of tracks.

They are:

1. 10 James Orr Street
2. The Little River
3. Secrets
4. Trees And Flowers

Taking the noise level down a bit further this evening.

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