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Strawberry Switchblade

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK (1981 – 1985)

Strawberry Switchblade was a duo from Glasgow, Scotland, UK, formed in 1981 by Rose McDowall (who would later become associated with the industrial scene and contribute to projects such as Current 93, Death in June, Nature and Organisation, Nurse With Wound, Psychic TV, Boyd Rice) and Jill Bryson who is currently in The Shapists with her daughter Jessie Frost and Craig Hood.

Bonded during the Glasgow punk scene of the late 1970s, first as friends, then as bandmates. With their distinctive style (garish colours, polka-dots and a slight geisha influence) already intact they formed Strawberry Switchblade (named after a never-released Orange Juice song and quickly aborted fanzine) in the early 80s. After signing to Warners they moved to London, and released the single Trees And Flowers in June 1983. Deceptively pretty, while actually written about Jill’s agoraphobia, it topped the indie charts and generated some hype.

They then hit the big time with the infectious hit “Since Yesterday” which reached #5 in the UK in November 1984, featuring Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera on guitar, Mark Bedford of Madness on bass and Boris Williams, later of The Cure on drums. Following this, their self-titled album was released in mid 1985, though by then the pop world had moved on and the later singles Let Her Go and Who Knows What Love Is failed to make much headway. Plans for a second album were aborted as Jill decided to end the band and returned to Glasgow and painting.

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  • ijilk1

    Highly underrated and unique.

    25 Jul 1:50pm Reply
  • letsbolt

    listen. every. day.

    5 Jun 7:48pm Reply
  • waigy

    Jill Bryson is currently in a new band called The Shapists. Recent tracks include new versions of songs that Jill wrote just after leaving Strawberry switchblade and a 2014 version of Trees and flowers. www.theshapists.com www.facebook.com/theshapists

    29 May 10:43pm Reply
  • Steam-Reigns

    Strawberry Switchblade & The Vaselines = SCOTTISH ELITE

    28 Mar 8:37pm Reply
  • Akatian

    Another daaayyy, another daaaaAAAAAaaayyyy

    12 Mar 1:14am Reply
  • letsbolt

    so, so good. <3

    5 Feb 11:07pm Reply
  • crushthyflowers

    This is actually good pop music.

    15 Jan 7:55pm Reply
  • giobot26

    m_m

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Olleroo

    quite nice to listen. "Go Away" is my fav

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    Their cover of "Jolene" was my introduction to SS and it's still my fave.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • StereoGirl95

    Omg, they're amazing. Especially the song 'Trees and Flowers' :O

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bReNdA528

    The best band EVER.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Deep Water is cool

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    So Strawberry Switchblade started off as a parody that quickly got a record deal with Warner Bros? Some parody!! Some of the finest new wave 80's romantic dreampop! Rose McDowall & Jill Bryson have such gorgeous voices!

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • owlies

    STOP IT GLASGOW JUST STOP

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • fujipet

    Just re-discovered them. Great music.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    @ IAmDillin : Also, a lot of the songs that are considered "poppy" were remade to sound that way during the producing process. A good majority of the songs were done on guitar but later converted to synth as sort of a pop boost. You can check out a few originals from the site.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • zastranienie

    <3

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • XsokratesX

    Also, Stawberry Switchblade can be pretty dark sometimes.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Blockades

    Not bizarre at all if you do the slightest of research.

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
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