Strawberry Story - Gravy

(PZL082: 708527005248)
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Genre: Indiepop

Strawberry Story were a favorite of the extremely fertile late '80s/early '90s British indiepop scene, putting their Talulah Gosh-inspired twee-crash-pop out on a variety of 7"s, flexis and cassettes on influential labels such as Woosh, Vinyl Japan and Heaven as well as their own Dasiychain Records. A few years back, the band began stirring again, even releasing a pair of EPs on Cloudberry and Anorak, and last year, they compiled pretty much EVERYTHING they had ever released (as well as over a dozen previously unreleased live tracks and demos both old and recent) onto a double-disc set. They only made 100 copies of this and it sold out pretty quickly, so while in discussion with the band about getting more copies for the Jigsaw mailorder, I half-joked that I should bootleg it since they were out. Well, one thing led to another, and voila! The comp is back in print! And as an added bonus, we have included a bonus demo from 1988 (taken from an mp3 of a long-lost cassette; yeah, a bunch of these songs are really lo-fi, coming from decades-old cassettes...), AND slightly more informational liner notes (which the original issue lacked). With 54 tracks in over 2Ω hours, there's a lot to take in here, but at least you have the band's entire output at your disposal - and what a lot of fun it is!

RIYL: Talulah Gosh, Fat Tulips, a punk Dolly Mixture, silly twee pop


01  Tell Me Now
02  Well What Do You Think About That Then... Paddy?
03  This Time Baby
04  Buttercups & Daisies
05  Gone Like Summer
06  Saturday Without You
07  I Still Want You
08  I Don't Want You
09  Think Of Me (Grrr version)
10  The Last Thing That You Say
11  Freight Train (live)
12  For The Love Of Billy
13  Summer Scene
14  I'm In Love With A Boy (live)
15  Boys From The Story
16  Twenty Six
17  Andrew
18  Swimming
19  Close My Eyes
20  Ashlands Road
21  Molly Ringwald
22  I Never Loved You
23  Sci-Fi Guy
24  The Man With The Stereo Hands
25  Tell Me Now (Recorder)
26  Precious
27  All For You

01  Tell Me Now (live) 
02  Midsummers Daydream 
03  Simple 
04  Pushbutton Head 
05  Think Of Me 
06  Beautiful 
07  I Never Loved You (live) 
08  Rainbow 
09  Theresa Lovely 
10  Kissamatic Lovebubble 
11  Freight Train 
12  Chicken Biscuit 
13  Saturday Without You (live) 
14  Shame About Alice 
15  Boys (D&D version) 
16  Caroline 
17  Twenty Six (live) 
18  Kiddie 
19  Made Of Stone 
20  Buttercups & Daisies (live) 
21  Maria 
22  Behind This Smile 
23  Sunshine 
24  A Love Song For The Shy & Cynical 
25  Between Dreams And Breakfast 
26  Thinking Of Julie 

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