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Where's The Pleasure by Poison Girls

Poison Girls

Where's The Pleasure
Water Wing

***First released in September 1982 on their own Xntrix Records label, Where's The Pleasure was described by Johnny Waller in Sounds as "The last great punk record". The record came out of a period of change for POISON GIRLS. A new house, a new bass player, a completely new set, and, with it, a determination to challenge the expectations of their audience. What resulted is an outstanding collection of songs. VI SUBVERSA's lyrics seamlessly make the personal political, and the political relevant to everyday life. The music bristles with inventiveness. What we hear is a band at the top of their game, exploring different styles and enjoying themselves in the process. It is Poison Girls flexing their musical muscles, rediscovering their roots, and connecting with the true spirit of punk, which is of course, unbridled, messy and adventurous creativity. Where’s The Pleasure is a truly wonderful achievement by a truly unique band. Limited to 1,000 copies.

LP $15.50

10/04/2016  

WW 16 


Chappaquiddick Bridge by Poison Girls

Poison Girls

Chappaquiddick Bridge
Water Wing

***Chappaquiddick Bridge, the bands first full length LP, was originally released on Crass Records in 1980 and featured the same lineup as HEx. And like Hex, it shared the producer/engineer team of PENNY RIMBAUD and JOHN LODER. This record sees POISON GIRLS at their most experimental stage. The songs dig deeper into the connections between the personal and political. Starting with an uncredited version of ‘State Control’ (one of the bands punkiest crowd pleasers) done in an ‘unplugged’ style, and ending with the similarly stripped down ‘Tender Lover,’ this album broke all the rules of what a ’punk’ album should sound like. The songs are long. There are extended sonic workouts and codas, using synths, abused studio effects, electric violin, acoustic piano as well as ‘random’ electric guitar sounds and vocals. The mix has thundering drums up front that power the songs, and help create a barrage of rich sound. The lyrics speak of love, power, sexual politics, war and peace and most things in between. This is VI SUBVERSA at her most poetic, but with a razor sharp insight, and not holding back on using it. A truly original album. If it was removed, lost or destroyed, your original copy of Chappaquiddick Bridge came with a one-sided flexi disc containing the anthem "Statement." This 2014 reissue also includes "Statement" as a proper one-sided 7" vinyl. Sturdy tip-on gatefold cover.

LP+7" $16.35

10/28/2014  

WW 11 


***REISSUED!!! POISON GIRLS were a force of nature. Spat out of the belly of the UK punk scene, Poison Girls paired up with a band down the street called CRASS. The two bands played 100 shows together in the span of three years. They bonded on a conceptual and artistic way to approach punk. Poison Girls were fronted by VI SUBVERSA, who was a child in the East end of London during the 2nd World War, an evacuee during the Blitz, became part of the Soho anarchist scene of the ‘50s, took part in the original CND march to Aldermaston, then a counter culture drop out of the ‘60s, finally found herself in the mid ‘70s, aged 40, with two children, living in Brighton. Vi, along with RICHARD FAMOUS, LANCE D’BOYLE and BERNHARD REBOURS released Hex in 1979  on the bands own Xntrix label. It was a  12” 45rpm mini album and was released with the help of Small Wonder (Bauhaus, The Cure, Crass), a local independent record label. Hex was later reissued by Crass Records in 1981. Recorded at Southern Studios, produced by PENNY RIMBAUD, and engineered by JOHN LODER, HEX is an extraordinary punk record which featured the group's lineup that was to last for the following 2 years. Cameo appearances included Vi Subversa's offspring PETE FENDER and GEM STONE of FATAL MICROBES and EVE LIBERTINE Libertine of Crass. The album lays out the band's concerns, in Vi's searing lyrics, against a backdrop of deep, beautiful and sometimes...

12" $14.00

09/16/2014  

WW 10