parlando playlist #25: talulah gosh - i can't get no satisfaction (thank god) [1987]

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Oxford's Talulah Gosh, named after a headline from a New Musical Express interview with Clare Grogan*, were short-lived; they didn't even have an album in their lifetime, though they've had three compilations since (and a fourth coming in 2013). I have one of them, Backwash (from the K label). It's very good, and I might lament the loss of a fine band, except the majority of Talulah Gosh eventually reformed as Heavenly, another fine band that lasted.

"I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Thank God)" is from the EP Where's the Cougar Matey? I like the lyrics, but I think the production washes the vocals a little bit out (though it's otherwise good), so I've provided them, if you want.
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9 comments.

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

"Some of my best friends are bastards like you
At least they’re not neurotics, too."

Gavin

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

Charming, if verging on twee. I would file them next to the Vaselines and Captain America aka Eugenius. I'm not as into that sound as I once was, but I would have loved this back in the day.

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

In fact they are twee; they were one of the two of three bands that started the "twee-pop" genre (also they were C86, though they weren't on the original NME tape. But they were on the 1996 retrospect CD86: 48 Tracks from the Birth of Indie Pop). Many of Talulah Gosh's songs were not verging on twee, but full-blown twee ("Beatnik Boy"), what John Peel called "shambling" (he liked it, of course).

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

I'll bet Joe H loved it.

Gavin

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

I forgot twee was a genre, not just an adjective!

Did you like the Pooh Sticks?

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

I remember that you liked them (I think you had three CDs by them), but I don't know [whether I'd heard any of them]. I should try them.

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

(I should say that when I say "[Talulah Gosh] were one of the two or three bands that started the 'twee-pop' genre", I mean writers said that Talulah Gosh were one of the two or bands etc etc. I suspect Talulah Gosh themselves didn't care what you called them [or disclaimed the whole "twee-pop" genre, more likely; that's the usual approach when you attempt to place musicians, quote, "in a box": "But Talulah Gosh turn up their nose when you mention that word. 'Oh god, twee-pop,' sniffs Amelia. 'That's critic-speak.' " Etc.])

Gavin

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

Oh, right, I forgot you used to alphabetize for me. I think I ended up with an absurd number of Pooh Sticks CD, like eight, or something. They were funny, and twee, and I haven't listened to them in fifteen-plus years.

Scraps

Comment on October 10th, 2013.

Eight! I forgot how many.

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