British rock-pop act Transvision Vamp enjoyed massive chart success in the UK and abroad before disbanding in early 1992. 25TH MARCH 2013 sees the release of Transvision Vamp’s first two highly successful album releases from the late 1980s, Pop Art and Velveteen. The albums are being released as 2-CD sets, each featuring a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities.Led by the forthright Wendy James, backed up by the songwriting of Nick Sayer and musical muscle of Dave Parsons and Tex Axile, the band provided a splendid antidote to the Stock-Aitken-Waterman dominated pop charts of the late 80s.In the brief finger of time after the breakthrough of acid house and before Madchester, the group brought some old-fashioned punk sparkle to the charts.
Pop Art was Transvision Vamp’s debut album and is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 2CD re-issue.
The album’s big single I Want Your Love was perfection itself – big, brash, stupid, loud, funny, clumsy, short, spiky, and became a huge hit.
With its hatful of influences and a barrel load of swagger, Velveteen is the absolute definitive article for the group: 1989 was the group’s high-water mark. Singles were stripped off it and it cruised to the UK No. 1 album slot.
Baby, I Don’t Care was the first single with its cheeky appropriation of the Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ riff and signalled the group’s brief imperial phase. It was a superb hard rocker, full of the requisite joie de vivre of a band achieving their goals.
Velveteen was released in June 1989. It was big, bold, brash, a bit daft, funny and exhilarating, all the things that rock’n’roll is supposed to be. And Transvision Vamp had rock’n’roll in spades.
Today, with all its bonuses, session material and b-sides, it is a vibrant flashback to when Transvision Vamp were there at the cutting edge, with all the exuberance, passion, anger and naïveté that pop breakthrough acts possess.
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