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The kids are solid gold


No-one has a more impressive indie pop CV than the former chief economist and senior director of mergers for the Office of Fair Trading, Amelia Fletcher.

The current professor of competition policy at the University of East Anglia has fronted Heavenly, Talulah Gosh, Marine Research and Tender Trap, sung backing vocals for the Wedding Present and Hefner and been guest vocalist for several other bands. She’s also played keyboards for Sportique.

Tender Trap have released four LPs over the past decade, the last of which came out last year and comprises—is indeed called—Ten Songs about Girls. This is one of them.

Tender Trap :: Memorabilia

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Cocteau Twins’ third LP, Treasure, is widely considered to be their best work, the apotheosis of a sound that remains utterly unique; the band, on the other hand, dismissed it as “arty-farty”. There’s no pleasing some people. The record’s 10 tracks each took a person’s first name, though, track one aside, the origins are unknown. Track one’s title, Ivo, was the band’s record label’s boss’s name; track six was called Amelia. Any resemblance may be coincidental.

Cocteau Twins :: Amelia

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Treasure is one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, a list that includes six Rolling Stones LPs, five from the Byrds and four by Steely Dan. Really—and I apologise for the cliche—but life is too short. Here’s a real treasure from a record that almost certainly isn’t in that list.

Langhorne Slim :: Diamonds and Gold

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And, talking of gold, here are the aforementioned Sportique, with a single that reached the heady heights of number 46 in John Peel’s Festive Fifty for 1998.

Sportique :: The Kids are Solid Gold

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