ARC038: The Long Blondes - “Singles”

“Singles”

Artist: The Long Blondes

Release Date: 20th October 2008

Release Type: Album

Formats: CD, download

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It all started when Reenie discovered a dusty bass guitar in an attic in 2003. At least thats what she says. Dorian would argue it started long before then, Emma might say it was significantly later. Either way, the crack of a starters pistol - they're off. Dorian then picked one curly haired drummer to order, and the gravy on the roast was Kate - poached from the vintage clothes shop floor, a recruitment policy first employed by the Human League. Screech had barely two drumsticks to rub together, but armed with a list of bands they chose not to emulate, they took the show to the road. And at their 3rd ever gig, something special happened. The Long Blondes found their first allies in Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation: a handshake, a drink, 7 inches.

Over the coming weeks, they spent a small fortune on cheap ebay-bought guitars, crafted early press releases which contained lies taken far too literally, and a stylophone came and went. The band took advantage of access to the office stationary cupboard to post a hastily burned CDR to bright young things Angular Records. A favourable response, a date was made, and the band found themselves taking the frighteningly young record label execs for a picnic to a Sheffield park. More allies, a second single, gig flyers copied in the staff room, they didn't have merchandise but they did have fabric paints.

Marching forward, training on the job, amps lugged on trains, the war cry: "The Long Blondes! Top of the Pops!". Another single, more applause, this is getting embarrassing...

...7 more inches, another independent label, applying eyeliner on nation express coaches, final written warnings... the Blondes finally gave in and accepted their fate - a record deal with Rough Trade. They signed on the line, downed the warm champagne from plastic cups, and headed across town for that night's gig - their first as professional musicians. It felt more or less the same as before.

And now, two albums and a few world tours later, we have "Singles" a compilation of the Long Blondes first four 7" singles which are now long since sold out and highly collectible...

1. New Idols
2. Long Blonde

Debut "New Idols/Long Blonde" was pressed onto bubblegum pink vinyl and released by Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation. The statement could not have been stronger. The press release read "We do not listen to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, or Bob Dylan. We chose an instrument each and learnt to play it."

3. Autonomy Boy
4. Giddy Stratospheres

"Giddy Stratospheres" was the first Angular release (blue vinyl) and became a bona fide dancefloor filler in indie discos nationwide.

5. Polly
6. Darts
7. Appropriation (By Any Other Name)

"Appropriation (By Any Other Name)" came next and by this time the Blondes were whipping up a media storm as "the best unsigned band in Britain" with their catalogue guitars and charity shop chic.

8. My Heart Is Out Of Bounds
9. Lust In The Movies
10. Separated By Motorways

Producer Paul Epworth asked to produce the next single "Separated By Motorways" for his Good And Evil imprint, but we haven't included his version here, instead preferring the trash and thrash of the Alan Smyth produced demo.

11. Big Infatuation
12. Peterborough

A couple of unreleased gems can also be found on the compilation in the shape of Autonomy Boy and Peterborough. Enjoy!

From couples to singles to "Couples" and now "Singles", what do the LB's think of their journey so far? A wry eyebrow, a fond smile, a simple quote: "We've had a ball."

Tracklisting:
1. New Idols
2. Long Blonde
3. Autonomy Boy
4. Giddy Stratospheres
5. Polly
6. Darts
7. Appropriation (By Any Other Name)
8. My Heart Is Out Of Bounds
9. Lust In The Movies
10. Separated By Motorways (Alternative Version)
11. Big Infatuation
12. Peterborough