Bad Dream Fancy Dress

 

What a name.

Cally Davis and Catrin Rees called él Records home and its proprietor, UK indie-pop patron saint Mike Alway, their lodestar. Though they didn't make what you'd expect, exactly, if you're familiar with the él catalog, both before and after it was absorbed into the Cherry Red empire. Sure, it's jangly guitar pop with a twee twinkle and primitive production qualities, but these two women had a deranged Rezillos bite and a whimsical songwriting style that's more Todd Rundgren than Morrissey. 


The 80s work was produced by another mad hatter from the scene, the King of Luxembourg. It shows: this is campy and yet stylish, absurd and yet sophisticated, albeit in a taking-the-piss, satirical manner.
 

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