23.5.10

MARINE GIRLS : On My Mind 7" (1981)

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Strange how the least pre-possessing of bands are often the ones that endure. Who would have thought, for instance, that Young Marble Giants' solitary LP would be selling more copies than ever, 3 decades on? Ditto Marine Girls, whose Beach Party & Lazy Ways LPs continue to acquire new admirers on the back of Cherry Red's re-reissued 2-fer CD compilation. Your copy, like mine, probably doesn't include their standalone "On My Mind"/"The Lure Of The Rockpools" 7", originally released by In Phaze in 1981 to little fanfare (though strangely I do recall Smash Hits raving about it!) & rebooted the following year by Cherry Red. I suppose it's fair to say that Marine Girls played a pivotal role in the emergence of the bloodcurdling "Twee" scene but, as their contribution is wholly inadvertent, I'm happy to forgive them. For further reading, check this excellent Marine Girls retrospective interview, c/o the sadly defunct Plan B magazine, & the short piece by Tracey Thorn here... Pass the Oxy-Gum.

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