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Post by crystalball » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:15

Let's talk about the greatest discopop genius on the face of the planet as well as about the new Helen Love-inspired bands that are appearing left, right and centre, like Cooties Attack!, Town Bike and The 10p Mixes.

I love them all.

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Post by Contravene » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:26

Were the Loves a Helen Love-inspired band? Their original stylings seemed like it, but they've evolved into a whole different kind of beast

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Post by darvé » Mon Oct 08, 2007 13:21

It's no exaggeration to state that 'Bubblegum' was one the records that changed my life, Marc Radliffe played it one night, a few days later i was wandering around London (an alien place to me then) looking for it wherever i could, there were a couple of copies in Virgin and myself and the cool looking kid in front of me in the queue both bought it, i felt well in.

The B side ('let's go' i think) was a bit rubbish, but Bubblegum got played to death, over and over and over.

I have so far been lucky enough to see her live twice (should have 3 times, but she got stage fright after cartoon teenage punk band The Pin-Ups caused a mini riot and she was too scared to follow them so didn't play) i still believe i'll see her again, one day.. somewhere.
and that snare drum, that drum roll
means we've got a winner

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Post by crystalball » Wed Oct 10, 2007 22:11

Two members of this very forum had emails from Helen herself today. We truly are the Chosen Ones!

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Post by Contravene » Wed Oct 10, 2007 22:26

Dear two members of the forum,

Please stop camping outside my house, you're scaring the chickens,

Yours sincerely

H. Love

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Post by darvé » Thu Oct 11, 2007 16:04

crystalball wrote:Two members of this very forum had emails from Helen herself today. We truly are the Chosen Ones!

.. and this was obviously to confirm their London comeback show i presume!



(for 'presume' read 'hope')

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Post by helen » Thu Oct 11, 2007 19:42

davo wrote:It's no exaggeration to state that 'Bubblegum' was one the records that changed my life, Marc Radliffe played it one night, a few days later i was wandering around London (an alien place to me then) looking for it wherever i could, there were a couple of copies in Virgin and myself and the cool looking kid in front of me in the queue both bought it, i felt well in.

The B side ('let's go' i think) was a bit rubbish, but Bubblegum got played to death, over and over and over.

I have so far been lucky enough to see her live twice (should have 3 times, but she got stage fright after cartoon teenage punk band The Pin-Ups caused a mini riot and she was too scared to follow them so didn't play) i still believe i'll see her again, one day.. somewhere.
Yeah the b side was'nt too hot was it,i'm afraid we left that pin ups gig because the whole thing was awful,blimey thats a thousand years ago.

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Post by agooner » Thu Oct 11, 2007 19:51

davo wrote:I have so far been lucky enough to see her live twice (should have 3 times, but she got stage fright after cartoon teenage punk band The Pin-Ups caused a mini riot and she was too scared to follow them so didn't play) i still believe i'll see her again, one day.. somewhere.
I saw 'em once at the garage, I actually jumped up and down near the front

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Post by darvé » Thu Oct 11, 2007 20:16

helen wrote:
Yeah the b side was'nt too hot was it,i'm afraid we left that pin ups gig because the whole thing was awful,blimey thats a thousand years ago.

I bloody love you!


'Let's go' has grown on me over the years, still not your finest moment, but it brings back many fond memories.

The Pin-Up's, whatever happened to them.. It was a strange night, we left after Kenickie if memory serves, Symposium headlined, which was all sorts of wrong really and nothing that we wanted to stay around for.. We ended up on the tube with the Pin-Ups and the bass player was sitting there with his top off, bass propped up on the seat next to him loving his 5 minutes of fame (very loose term) My girlfriend at the time and her mate ended up almost going on tour with them as Go-go dancers.. I think Period Pains were supposed to play the same night but they'd been grounded as they got pissed there the night before. Good times.

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Post by strengthofstrings » Thu Oct 11, 2007 20:27

Hey. Nowt wrong with symposium. I'm going out for a drink with one of them this weekend!

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Post by helen » Thu Oct 11, 2007 20:31

davo wrote:
helen wrote:
Yeah the b side was'nt too hot was it,i'm afraid we left that pin ups gig because the whole thing was awful,blimey thats a thousand years ago.

I bloody love you!


'Let's go' has grown on me over the years, still not your finest moment, but it brings back many fond memories.

The Pin-Up's, whatever happened to them.. It was a strange night, we left after Kenickie if memory serves, Symposium headlined, which was all sorts of wrong really and nothing that we wanted to stay around for.. We ended up on the tube with the Pin-Ups and the bass player was sitting there with his top off, bass propped up on the seat next to him loving his 5 minutes of fame (very loose term) My girlfriend at the time and her mate ended up almost going on tour with them as Go-go dancers.. I think Period Pains were supposed to play the same night but they'd been grounded as they got pissed there the night before. Good times.
i dont remember much at all about that night,apart from we had played in Oxford(the point?)the night before,and stayed in Brighton,then drove thru the horror of central London,parked the car for like 40quid,mooched in to find some Kenickies shouting and screaming,and from there it all got a bit too much,was there a guy called Hi Fi organising it?,i'm pretty sure he put together The Rest Is History cd,which is pretty cool.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Oct 12, 2007 02:24

strengthofstrings wrote:Hey. Nowt wrong with symposium.
I'll probably get heckled for this, but I agree. I used to like them. They had nice faces, lovely bunch of lads. Plus, they weren't any older than me at the time, which made me feel better.

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Post by kingofpartick » Fri Oct 12, 2007 07:37

strengthofstrings wrote:Hey. Nowt wrong with symposium. I'm going out for a drink with one of them this weekend!
i hope you're not just fairweather friends.
I remember when all this was fields

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Post by tompony » Fri Oct 12, 2007 09:10

I bought Wojtek's solo album the other day because I saw it in a sale! It's not brilliant but it has lovely packaging and just oozes 'nice'.

I love the first Symposium mini-album but after that they were just completely rubbish. I keep meaning to do a synthpop cover of Farewell to Twilight but I can't bring myself to sing the line "I'll just have a mare".

Sorry to drift away from the topic. Hi Helen! Does Your Heart Go Boom is one of the best singles EVER.

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Post by helen » Fri Oct 12, 2007 09:19

tompony wrote:I bought Wojtek's solo album the other day because I saw it in a sale! It's not brilliant but it has lovely packaging and just oozes 'nice'.

I love the first Symposium mini-album but after that they were just completely rubbish. I keep meaning to do a synthpop cover of Farewell to Twilight but I can't bring myself to sing the line "I'll just have a mare".

Sorry to drift away from the topic. Hi Helen! Does Your Heart Go Boom is one of the best singles EVER.
thanks Tompony,your very kind.

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Post by darvé » Fri Oct 12, 2007 09:36

helen wrote:i dont remember much at all about that night,apart from we had played in Oxford(the point?)the night before,and stayed in Brighton,then drove thru the horror of central London,parked the car for like 40quid,mooched in to find some Kenickies shouting and screaming,and from there it all got a bit too much,was there a guy called Hi Fi organising it?,i'm pretty sure he put together The Rest Is History cd,which is pretty cool.
Well the 2 gigs were essentially the Rest is history 'festival' i think. The ticket just said something like 'The White Door, Tottenham Court Road' so we spent the best part of 30-40 minutes wandering round looking for a pub called the White Door..
After a while we saw a group of kids queing up to get into, unsurpisingly, an unassuming white door next to the hairdressers.

It was one of the most lo-fi gigs i've ever been to, my ex wrote a review for her fanzine, i'll dig it out over the weekend and have a read.

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Post by RITH » Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:13

The first thing I heard was last year's 'Junk Shop Discotheque'. It's one of those things that don't register immedeately, because, you know, it's different from what you usually focus on. Not in an indie-snob way but in a lazy this-is-what-I-usually-like way. But then you hear it again, and again, and…

I can only wish for an Amsterdam show sometime soon.

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Post by helen » Fri Oct 12, 2007 16:02

davo wrote:
helen wrote:i dont remember much at all about that night,apart from we had played in Oxford(the point?)the night before,and stayed in Brighton,then drove thru the horror of central London,parked the car for like 40quid,mooched in to find some Kenickies shouting and screaming,and from there it all got a bit too much,was there a guy called Hi Fi organising it?,i'm pretty sure he put together The Rest Is History cd,which is pretty cool.
Well the 2 gigs were essentially the Rest is history 'festival' i think. The ticket just said something like 'The White Door, Tottenham Court Road' so we spent the best part of 30-40 minutes wandering round looking for a pub called the White Door..
After a while we saw a group of kids queing up to get into, unsurpisingly, an unassuming white door next to the hairdressers.

It was one of the most lo-fi gigs i've ever been to, my ex wrote a review for her fanzine, i'll dig it out over the weekend and have a read.
Davo,it's all coming back to me now,wandering around London with our guitars looking for a white door,Sheena moaning because we almost bought her a Prince pink heart electric guitar in Denmark Street,oh how miserable,it must have been raining too,i'm so pleased we dont play live .

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Post by darvé » Sat Oct 13, 2007 01:48

helen wrote: Davo,it's all coming back to me now,wandering around London with our guitars looking for a white door,Sheena moaning because we almost bought her a Prince pink heart electric guitar in Denmark Street,oh how miserable,it must have been raining too,i'm so pleased we dont play live .
Helen, you seem to have accidentally written that you don't play live up there, i'm sure it was just an error and you're sitting at home planning some dates right now.

See, London and Amsterdam, thats almost a tour

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Post by helen » Sat Oct 13, 2007 08:22

davo wrote:
helen wrote: Davo,it's all coming back to me now,wandering around London with our guitars looking for a white door,Sheena moaning because we almost bought her a Prince pink heart electric guitar in Denmark Street,oh how miserable,it must have been raining too,i'm so pleased we dont play live .
Helen, you seem to have accidentally written that you don't play live up there, i'm sure it was just an error and you're sitting at home planning some dates right now.

See, London and Amsterdam, thats almost a tour
Well it's not playing live,but we DO have a new single out.It got its first play on BBC6 Music yesterday and you can listen to a bit of it at our helenlove.com website thing.Unfortunately,no Tragically there is no vinyl for the first time ever,it's a long and boring story,but rest assured this kind of thing will NOT happen again.

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