Background and composition "Since Yesterday" (primarily written by Rose McDowall) was … But I was in a total war zone. Not in every way of course; nobody is. The band are considered one hit wonders, when their song 'Since Yesterday' reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1985. So everyone has a choice, and people either stay with the grain or go against it. It lifts my spirits. 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? And it wasn't until after punk or something that I just got so cynical about saving all these people. Repeated: 01 May 1985, Strawberry Switchblade - Trees and Flowers. Strawberry Switchblade discography and songs: Music profile for Strawberry Switchblade, formed 1981. Just because I knew, and I thought that everybody knew what I meant! Rose enthuses. (Redirected from Jill Bryson) Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish new wave / pop duo formed in Glasgow in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall, best known for their song "Since Yesterday" from 1985, and their flamboyant clothing with bows and polka-dots. "My dad was half deaf, so he thought this guy had said do you know someone, but he actually said, are you someone? "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. and he said, 'no, that's OK'. If you are searching for information about Strawberry Switchblade 2.0 from Riot Seeds, check out our Basic Infos, Lineage / Genealogy or Hybrids / Crossbreeds for this cannabis variety here at this page and follow the links to get even more information. In a interview published on the Strawberry Switchblade website, the band described how they were discovered by Kid Jensen and John Peel: [1]. Watch the video for Since Yesterday from Strawberry Switchblade's Strawberry Switchblade for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. she laughs. I could remember them from when I was fourteen, I was hyperventilating, I could hardly play. Rose met Bjork and Kukl through Icelandic composer Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, who worked with David Tibet and was in a line-up of Psychic TV, alongside Rose and Soft Cell's Dave Ball, that played at the 'Fabulous Feast Ov Flowering Light' at Hammersmith Palais in May 1985, when Strawberry Switchblade were still at the height of their Smash Hits dominating success. Two hours of weather(ish) themed musical gems, with the usual dad n daught chat. People have to understand that, and sometimes they don't; they say, 'Oh, you belong to the public now.' Deadlines are good for me.". It's such an insipid world where everything is all beauty and perfection. Eventually it came to mean the type of sanitised chart fodder as churned out by the likes of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, … 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. "We won't put up with racism, we won't put up with sexism, we won't put up with ageism; we won't put up with any of that crap," she says. 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!' 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. But obviously it wasn't going to be a band because everybody had their own thing. Rose and her friend Jill Bryson were known on the Glasgow punk scene for their outrageous dress sense - polka dots, beribboned hair - and with friends like Orange Juice and Postcard records in the ascendant, and ideas and originality acknowledged as far more important than musical ability, it was natural that they should form a band. "That's where I came from; my husband of the time, Drew McDowall, worked with Coil for many years, and is still working now. Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. And also that I often wonder why, at that age, I was drawn to first spend my own money on a record so infused with a sense of regret and nostalgia, when I should have been looking forward to life opening up before me. They couldn't get enough of me!" 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. "Equality: we are not all the same but we should have the same rights. And it was like a little supergroup. "They loved Switchblade, and they're my favourite band ever; no matter how crap I feel, if I put on the Mary Chain it makes me feel happy. She was like a mad little child and we got on really well. Listen to an hour of Strawberry Switchblade's technicolour pop on this In … Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Broadcast: 15 April 1985. Strawberry Switchblade. Track 1 to 11 are the original LP Strawberry Switchblade Tracks 12 & 18 from the single Let Her Go Track 13 from the single Who Knows What Love Is? 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. There's a magic to that song, to that record, I think. "Music is my way of expressing myself, and I don't do music for other people," she says. "Supporting the Mary Chain was amazing!" Why should musicians give up their job when they're twenty, instead of whenever they want, like anybody else? So when I went to Iceland, Bjork and I sang on Megas's album; he's an Icelandic performer, and we both did backing vocals on that. ROSE MCDOWALL: We did the John Peel session and then we did the Kid Jensen session. 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. 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. 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] … "Some of those bands everybody knows very well now, but at that time a lot of them weren't that well known. 11:23 . And ever since I was a little kid I was completely open-minded about all sorts of things; I was interested in magic when I was really young, I've always been interested in weird stuff that's happened all my life, so none of it phases me. JILL BRYSON: You know, it was just weird, the whole thing was SO weird. 'Since Yesterday' was released at the end of 1984 and reached number 5 early the following year; their eponymous LP cracked the top 30, but three further singles failed to find much success, and Strawberry Switchblade broke up acrimoniously early in 1986, their demise hastened by Bryson's agoraphobia and McDowall's own struggles with the psychological pressures of sudden fame. Rose laughs. Looking like the brides of Robert Smith, Strawberry Switchblade made a brief splash on the U.K. charts and then abruptly vanished in the mid '80s, leaving their fans with a handful of collectible singles and one LP of … 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). For Rose it all comes back to punk rock, as an attitude that will see you through life; accepting everyone's flaws and contradictions, while at the same time refusing to take any shit from anyone for being who you are. But I'd been on Top Of The Pops and everything, so it wasn't like I was a stray or like Little Red Riding Hood walking into the woods with all the wolves around her; it was probably the other way around! You dig into things you're interested in yourself, whether they be political or art or anything. I didn't like the stalkers; I like my privacy. JILL BRYSON: We had to pick four songs, and there was only the two of us so we had to get a band together. With their distinctive style (garish colours, polka-dots and a slight geisha influence) already intact they formed Strawberry Switchblade (named after a never … But I always wanted to be a singer, ever since I was really small, and it was punk that enabled me to do that. Recorded: 1982-10-04. And he said 'Strawberry Switchblade, they're good', so Kid Jensen's producer got in touch with us. Barcode and Other Identifiers . Read the choicest cuts from the Quietus archive: reviews, features and opinion, From Rome To Weston-Super-Mare: Coil’s Musick To Play In The Dark, Cult Director of Hardware Richard Stanley Interviewed, Pulling At The Threads: Katie Gately’s Favourite Albums, Unquiet Spirits: Ifriqiyya Electrique Interviewed, A Self-Willed Mythology: The Lives Of Scott Walker, A Sacred Geography: Ivan Zoloto Interviewed, Frenz Experiments - Black Country, New Road Interviewed, The Metal Gods At Fifty: Judas Priest Interviewed. I remember the Jensen session was the first proper recording we did and the producer was Dale Griffin and another guy from Mott The Hoople and I could hardly sit next to them. Get the Strawberry Switchblade Setlist of the concert at David Jensen BBC Studios Session, London, England on October 3, 1982 and other Strawberry Switchblade Setlists for … While Symphony's music was dark and harrowing in a sinister way, Strawberry's was bright and beautiful with dark undertowings. At what point do you become uncool?". Edit Release All Versions of this Release … While this is obviously a warning to the over-analytical music journalist, I tell Rose that 'Since Yesterday' was actually the first single I ever bought, when I was thirteen, and that it's a song that still resonates with me to this day. And she just looked at me, and she looked at him, and she said, 'No, it's not going to go any further.' Track 14 from the single Ecstacy (Apple Of My Eye) Tracks 15 & 16 from the single Jolene Tracks 17 & 19 from The 12" Album Track 20 from the single I Can Feel. But it's a fickle world, which is why I don't want to be part of the pop world.". I'd had a close friend who had killed himself, jumping in front of a train, and lots of weird things. It opened the doors for everyone that was musical but hadn't gone through the right channels. Still more were recorded in Iceland, where Rose was working with the young Bjork just as her dark-folk collective Kukl were starting to morph into the unique indie-pop of the Sugarcubes. We experimented a bit with instruments and things like that, what we could afford to experiment with. 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. She formed another duo, with ex … To find out more, click here. My dad said yes, and it was totally mistaken identity, but he hit him over the head with an axe, twice. Ben Graham talks to the Strawberry Switchblade member and Current 93/Psychic TV collaborator about the reissue of her Cut With The Cake Knife album. For me it's not about money, it's not about fame: it's definitely not about that, being in the limelight. I think Orange Juice had been signed by that time and it was Jim Kerr. Two neighbours had pulled me back, and in my rage I hadn't realised what afterwards I knew; that she didn't want to do that. It was punk rock that gave Rose the impetus to go against the grain and change her world at least. "I love the Ramones, they're amazing, but we were a bit more experimental than just punk; it wasn't quite post-punk, it was punk time, but it was a wee bit more rowdy than punk, if you know what I mean. Yes, that's where all my songs come from; they come from growing up. And they're great guys, I'm glad they're still out there.". If Switchblade Symphony was a distored mirror, Strawberry Switchblade would be the twisted reflection. 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. Track durations not listed on the release. It originated as a radio session track called "Dance" for 'Kid Jensen's' Radio One evening show in 1982. And we were all 'it's OK, it's only four songs, we can do it we can do it'. Broadcast: 05 October 1982. I am many things.". "It's like an exorcism inside me, it's like I'm getting it out of myself. "I am still mentally suffering from those days, although I probably didn't really think that until quite recently, to be honest! I was just listening to that recently and I'm really surprised that this is still a big secret; not a lot of people know about this.". "When you think of it, all of these people- the Creation people, all of the indie people, all of the dark industrial stuff- all of it came from punk, or just before, maybe going back to the sixties a bit even. "I was just tentatively feeling the ground again and getting some songs behind me," Rose admits. Just noticed two 'Madness' members helping out in Strawberry Switchblade here. The Jensen session was a bit more upbeat, the Peel session was a bit quieter. I didn't actually want to tell anyone what it was about at the time.". 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. After Strawberry Switchblade, McDowall worked with, among others, Coil, Current 93, Death in June, Nurse With Wound and Psychic TV. As well as the unparalleled joy of keeping the publication alive, you'll receive benefits including exclusive editorial, podcasts, and specially-commissioned music by some of our favourite artists. So there's a wee element of anger in a lot of what those people have done, because they've been coming out of that kind of growing up, rebelling against society, focussing on the things that are wrong with society, which is what we all do growing up, as we should. Since Yesterday was the one big hit for Strawberry Switchblade. That was just brilliant. JILL BRYSON:You know, it was just weird, the whole thing was SO weird. But even by the standards of the times, things happened remarkably fast for Strawberry Switchblade. Strawberry Switchblade ‎– Strawberry Switchblade (1985) This video is unavailable. Recorded: 1985-02-05. 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. Strawberry Switchblade were a Scottish female pop rock/new wave band formed in Glasgow in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall. Rose and Jill strummed their semi-acoustics and sang while Dave Balfe embellished the arrangements with sparse keyboard patterns. James Kirk from Orange Juice played bass and we had a guy called Shaheed Sarwar, who we all called Shaheed StarWars, played drums. We recorded the Peel one first but Jensen went out first. INTERVIEWER: Do you know how many tapes Peel gets, and yet he hires people who he's never heard! That is just insanely unjust. When … To find out more, click here. "I was always a creative person; I always loved singing. I can think of bad things happening right back to when I was five years old, but I'm always seeing the good things. Albums include Strawberry Switchblade, Since Yesterday / By the Sea, and Trees and Flowers / Go Away. She loved music and dreamt of maybe one day being a singer in a band. The introduction was sampled from First Class's single Beach Baby. She also put together her own dark folk project Sorrow, and their debut album, Under The Yew Possessed, is next up in Night School's reissue campaign. Longest Gaps Between Peel Session Appearances, https://peel.fandom.com/wiki/Strawberry_Switchblade?oldid=261045, 10 James Orr Street / The Little River / Secrets / Trees And Flowers, Cut With The Cake Knife / Nothing Changes / 60 Cowboys / Life Full Of Wonders. Now that is just outrage to me. 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. As a wholly independent publication, we rely entirely on our ad bookings to keep The Quietus going. "It was actually about nuclear war. 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. Genres: Synthpop, Twee Pop, Dream Pop. I love it when people like my music, but I don't belong to people. The debut Strawberry Switchblade single, 'Trees And Flowers' (a Balfe/Drummond production, with Roddy Frame on guitar) was released on Will Sergeant's 92 Happy Customers label, before Strawberry Switchblade joined the Bunnymen on Warner's Korova subsidiary in 1983. 1983 reduzierte sich die Band auf das Duo Jill Bryson und Rose McDowall.Ihr erfolgreichster Song war Since Yesterday. 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. I mean, do you believe in slavery? We had to have eight songs to do it and we only had six so we had to write another two! FruitierThanThou 9,179 views. If you have any personal experiences with … They were faces of the year in 1985, before disappearing into the obscurity they had emerged from; a peculiar punctuation to a peculiar decade of New Pop, There was a lot of talk about New Pop in the '80s. Well that is an insane thing to say to anyone. We're all people, we're all personalities, and everybody's body goes through stages of change from birth to death. I flipped a coin and just thought, put them up against a wall and put them out of everybody's misery; these thugs, these people that are ruining everybody's lives. But it all came from there. Whatever you want to do in life, you do it your way. It makes it a lot more colourful jigsaw puzzle. Away from the neo-folk / industrial scene, Rose has also sung on records by Felt and the Pastels, and her influence can be felt on contemporary American groups like the Dum Dum Girls and Puro instinct. Are you saying I'm a slave now, to humanity? I don't want people inside my life that aren't invited. "That sounds insane; I've had this conversation with friends recently, and to say I was almost murdered two or three times - I mean if you were almost murdered, why would you not remember exactly how many times? Rose was born Rose Porter, part of a large, poor Catholic family who, when she was ten years old, were moved to a particularly violent area of late sixties, early seventies Glasgow. It's worth noting too that Psychic TV were also courting pop success with the single 'Godstar,' which Rose sang on in early 1986. Barcode: 4 943674 109326Rights … "I just loved Bjork's energy. 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 . "Exactly! Live Strawberry Switchblade were a very rudimentary affair. They were just mates that I hung about with; them and the Weather Prophets and Lawrence from Felt. 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. Strawberry Switchblade was Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall—two girls from the opposite ends of the city of Glasgow. That's what life is.". It was just weird, it was wild, absolutely wild. In the nineties Rose formed Spell with controversial noise musician and author Boyd Rice, exploring their shared love of 1960s bubblegum pop. We'd been playing a few gigs in Glasgow and people obviously thought of it as a weirdo band of its time and place. Because he was one of the first Glasgow punks he remembers Rose particularly. And I don't really like Simple Minds, but they were being interviewed, I think it was on [Radio 1 show with DJ] Kid Jensen, and he asked them what's happening in Glasgow, what other bands are good. She was protecting her children, because people did get petrol bombs put through their windows. Don't make me over-explain things; I don't need to do that.". I wasn't in the best place at that particular point. 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. So we ended up doing two sessions within about two weeks of each other. They knew how much it meant to me. Feb 2, 2020 - Explore Maria's board "Strawberry switchblade" on Pinterest. Jill was at art school with ambitions to be a painter. It was like, this is mental! Originally pressed up as HAPS 001 A1 / HAPS 001 B1 by CBS. It's ridiculous, you don't belong to anyone. Here you can find all info about Strawberry Switchblade 2.0 from Riot Seeds. "My dad got hit over the head with an axe, twice, and he was rushed to hospital," she says. 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. Twee-Pop [ˈtwiː-] (von engl. We're all different and we should embrace our differences, not fight about them. It became their only major hit. Support tQ's work by becoming a subscriber and enjoy the benefits of bonus essays, podcasts and exclusively-commissioned new music. The Poems - with Rose on drums - recorded an album but the acetates were lost and it was never released. 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.' 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. Her father had once been hit in the head with an axe in … Strawberry Switchblade - Top Of The Pops 24-01-1985 - YouTube "Primal Scream were my friends; we're all from the same place so we kind of know each other. 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. I'm not talking about the Mary Chain; I'm talking about anybody from our generation. 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