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The Belle Stars were an all-female British pop group of the early ’80s that split off from the Bodysnatchers. The lineup was Sarah-Jane Owen (lead guitar), Stella Barker (acoustic guitar), Miranda Joyce (saxophone), Clare Hirst (saxaphone and keyboards), Judy Parsons (drums), Lesley Shone (bass), and Jennie Matthias (lead singer). They scored four U.K. Top 40 hits between 1982 and 1983, “Iko Iko,” “The Clapping Song,” “Sign of the Times,” and “Sweet Memory,” before splitting up in 1984. Miranda, Sarah-Jane and Lesley continued as The Belle Stars as a 3 piece band and had a US dancefloor hit with World Domination in 1986. Their song Check In, Check Out features on the soundtrack to the Whoopi Goldberg film, The Burglar. “Iko Iko” was used in the hit film Rain Man, turning it into a surprise Top 40 U.S. hit in 1989. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide


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  • TiffaniTiger

    Their other band is "The Bodysnatchers", which is the only all-female ska band that I know of, and this is old-school ska. These girls were under-appreciated in their time, and thanks to a growing interest in all-female bands, it's time for people to listen to these talented girls. I recommend the song "This is the sign of the times". Excellent song!

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TiffaniTiger

    Hey ladies! When are you going to do a reunion tour? New Wave and ska perhaps? Get some other girls motivated to form their all-female ska bands? Come on! Tour with The Deltones and any other mostly-female or all-female ska bands that you know of.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
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  • AmirCyber

    it's winning , who's talking about gambling ? :D

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • city_man

    крутые бабы

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • atomal

    my favourite song "World Domination 7 UK". Only it exists on vinyl on CD was not written. I have digitated record The Belle Stars - World Domination 7inch and The Belle Stars - World Domination extended 12 UK.

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SERENITY2167

    A Typo Should Be "Sign Of The Times", Good tune.

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • roxy641

    Sing of The Times? What is that about?

    5 May 2007 Reply

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