18 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years after Shop Assistants disbanded, acts such as Slumber Party, the Aislers Set and the Concretes would borrow quite a bit from their melodic and fuzzy sound, but even in their Scottish homeland this delightful four-piece seems to have fallen into indie-pop obscurity. Combining their self-titled 1986 debut album with tracks from earlier seven-inches, this portrait of their first year and a half in existence is almost everything you need by the beguiling one-time NME cover stars (the absence of the awesome lullaby moment "It's Up To You" is puzzling, but not a big deal). This is the band for you if you like Phil Spector's girl- group productions from the ‘60s but wish they had a lot more distortion in the mix, or if you'd prefer to hear Nico's songs on the first Velvet Underground album backed by the Jesus and Mary Chain instead.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Years after Shop Assistants disbanded, acts such as Slumber Party, the Aislers Set and the Concretes would borrow quite a bit from their melodic and fuzzy sound, but even in their Scottish homeland this delightful four-piece seems to have fallen into indie-pop obscurity. Combining their self-titled 1986 debut album with tracks from earlier seven-inches, this portrait of their first year and a half in existence is almost everything you need by the beguiling one-time NME cover stars (the absence of the awesome lullaby moment "It's Up To You" is puzzling, but not a big deal). This is the band for you if you like Phil Spector's girl- group productions from the ‘60s but wish they had a lot more distortion in the mix, or if you'd prefer to hear Nico's songs on the first Velvet Underground album backed by the Jesus and Mary Chain instead.

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