Female post-punk scene showcased on new release

A new compilation, Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985, showcases the female artists working on the fringes of the independent and DIY scenes in the post-punk era.

Taking its titles from a 1985 single by The Kamikaze Pilots, the 55 track 2-CD set touches upon post punk, mod revival, ‘60s revival, independent scene, rockabilly/cowpunk, garage, London soul/funk, reggae dub and commercial pop.

Digging past the likes of The Slits and The Raincoats, Sharon… goes underground to lo-fi label stalwarts Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike (Melanie Litten with brother Mark), The Avocados (Etta Saunders), The Petticoats (one woman girl band Stef Petticoat), Rexy (Blitz Kid Rex Nayman) and more familiar contenders Marine Girls, Strawberry Switchblade, and Dolly Mixture.

Sharon Signs To Cherry Red cover

Tracklisting:

DISC 1:

1-THE KAMIKAZE PILOTS: SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED
2-DOROTHY: I CONFESS
3-MARINE GIRLS: HATE THE GIRL
4-GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK: NOTHING YOU SAY…
5-THE AVOCADOS: I NEVER KNEW
6-SCREAM AND DANCE: IN RHYTHM
7-INGRID: THE JAM JAR SONG (FORMERLY SISTER SLOW)
8-THE GTS: BOYS HAVE FEELINGS TOO
9-MARGOX: JIMMY’S GRIN
10-JAQUI AND JEANETTE: 194 RADIO CITY
11-TWA TOOTS: PLEASE DON’T PLAY A RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA *
12-STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE: SEASIDE (GO AWAY) **
13-THE TWINSETS: HEARTBEAT **
14-MARI WILSON WITH THE IMAGINATIONS: IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT
15-THE CANDEES: LITTLE MISS RAINBOW
16-APRIL AND THE FOOLS: YOU DO
17-THE FLATBACKERS: BUZZZ GOING ROUND
18-HELEN AND THE HORNS: PIONEER TOWN
19-THE SHILLELAGH SISTERS: TEASIN’ CHEATIN’ MAN
20-THE GYMSLIPS: BIG SISTER (IT’S PROBABLY BETTER)
21-DOLLY MIXTURE: HOW COME YOU’RE SUCH A HIT WITH THE BOYS JANE?
22-COMING UP ROSES: I COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR GIRLFRIEND
23-THE B GIRLS: JEALOUSY *

DISC 2-
1-DAWN CHORUS AND THE BLUE TITS: TEENAGE KICKS
2-FAMILY FODDER: DEBBIE HARRY
3-TRACIE: THE BOY HAIRDRESSER
4-A CRAZE: WEARING YOUR JUMPER
5-VIVIEN GOLDMAN: LAUNDERETTE
6-RED ROLL ON: WET BLANKET
7-THE MO-DETTES: MASOCHISTIC OPPOSITE
8-THE PETTICOATS: NORMAL
9-JANET ARMSTRONG: EXPLOITATION
10-TRIXIE’S BIG RED MOTORBIKE: A SPLASH OF RED
11-SARAH GOES SHOPPING: SUMMER BLUES **
12-SUNSET GUN: BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT
13-DEE WALKER: JUMP BACK
14-ELEANOR RIGBY: I WANT TO SLEEP WITH YOU
15-THE MOCKINGBIRDS: MONEY
16-JANE KENNAWAY & STRANGE BEHAVIOUR: I.O.U.
17-REXY: (DON’T) TURN ME AWAY
18-AMY AND THE ANGELS: I HATE BEING IN LOVE
19-PRIDE OF THE CROSS: TOMMY’S BLUE VALENTINE
20-THE DELMONAS: WOA NOW
21-JANE (& BARTON): I WANT TO BE WITH YOU
22-KAMIKAZE SEX PILOTS: SHARON’S BEEN DEFLOWERED AND DEFOLIATED

* Unreleased at the time
** Previously unreleased

Sharon … is released on 20th May via RPM.

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