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The Pooh Sticks

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The Pooh Sticks were an indie pop band, from Swansea, Wales recording between 1988 and 1995. They were notable for their jangly melodiousness and lyrics gently mocking the indie scene of the time such as on “On tape”, “Indie-pop ain’t Noise Pollution” and “I Know Someone who Knows Someone who knows Alan McGee Quite Well”. The band changed direction on their 1991 U. S breakthrough The Great White Wonder, eschewing the ‘twee’ British indie pop sound for a more American-styled Power Pop sound, akin to bands like Jellyfish and Redd Kross. Subsequent albums Million Seller, considered by some Power Pop fans to be the band’s best work, and Optimistic Fool followed in this style.

The band was founded by Hue Williams (vocals) and producer/songwriter Steve Gregory, but the pair invented a fictitous line-up which included Trudi Tangerine (tambourine/piano), Paul (guitar), Stephanie Bass-Drum(drums) and Alison (bass).

Serial band-hopper Amelia Fletcher was guest vocalist on two of their albums, The Great White Wonder and Million Seller.

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