Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.


Getting Nowhere Fast

Classic Re-Up of an album that fell through the cracks and needs to be heard if you're a fan of New Wave/Post Punk

Girls At Our Best emerged from the Leeds punk scene in 1979 and were frankly responsible for some of the finest post punk pop of the era; featuring, oddly enough, a pre-fame Thomas Dolby here and there on keyboards. Girls At Our Best's sole album, Pleasure, is an underrated delight, tempering the sometimes harsh edge of the earliest singles to an equally passionate and entertaining approach not afraid to be calm here and there. The quartet touched on everything from the Banshees' arty edge to Gang of Four aggro-funk and full-on power pop catchiness, and did so brilliantly. Jo Evans' voice was at its considerable best at many points; sometimes so light that it was hard to catch what was being sung, but often able to deliver her sometimes wry, sometimes sunny, but always smart sentiments just right. Excellent as it was, Pleasure doesn't have the band's defining moment, the absolutely brilliant début single "Getting Nowhere Fast," which sounds equally as fresh now as it did back then; that opening harsh nagging riff, the descending looping bass giving way to swirling guitars that hints at early Banshees – this is short, spikey pop complete with Jo Evans ever so imperfect vocal delivery about trading your life for a replacement. Sharp, short, and perfectly catchy down to its sudden edit ending two minutes in, it's one of the highlights of turn of the '80s Brit rock. 

The group initially consisted of vocalist Judy "Jo" Evans, guitarist James "Jez" Alan, bassist Gerard "Terry" Swift, and drummer Chris Oldroyd. The band took its name from a line in their track "Warm Girls", which first appeared on their 1980 début single "Getting Nowhere Fast" on their own Record Records, and was followed up by their second single, "Politics" c/w "It's Fashion!”. Oldroyd departed to join Music for Pleasure, and was replaced by Darren Carl Harper before the next single, "Go for Gold" c/w "I'm Beautiful Now" on Happy Birthday Records, which was their biggest indie chart hit. The group released their album, Pleasure, the first to be released on the Happy Birthday label, and reached No. 2 on the indie chart and No. 60 on the UK Album Chart. The band's fourth and final single, "Fast Boyfriends" c/w "This Train", was released later that same year.

Debate still rumbles on as to whether Jo could actually sing, certainly in the accepted sugar coated manufactured pop environment they preceded her voice, the band weren’t perfect, but aren’t the imperfections the things that make great pop music?

All tracks are taken from the original singles and album presented here in MP3 @ 320kbps

Pleasure LP (Happy Birthday RULP 1)
            A1 Pleasure
            A2 Too Big For Your Boots
            A3 I’m Beautiful Now
            A4 Waterbed Babies
            A5 Fun City Teenagers
            A6 £600,000

            B1 Heaven
            B2 China Blue
            B3 Fast Boyfriends
            B4 She Flipped
            B5 Goodbye To That Jazz

Getting Nowhere Fast 7” (Record Records RR1)
            A Getting Nowhere Fast
            B Warm Girls

Politics! 7” (Record Records RR2)
            A Politics!
            B It’s Fashion

Go For Gold! 7” (Happy Birthday UR4)
            A Go For Gold!
            B I’m Beautiful Now

Fast Boyfriends 7” (Happy Birthday UR6)
            A Fast Boyfriends
            B This Train



  1. Wonderful Blog !!!
    Would you be so kind to re-up the girls at our best stuff?
    THX in advance :-)

  2. THX x 1000 !!!!
    You've made my day...