Linda Reid, better known by her stage name Sister Vanilla, is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She is the younger sister of The Jesus and Mary Chain core members, Jim and William Reid.
Linda was born in 1971 in East Kilbride, Scotland. Despite being only a schoolgirl during the early breakthrough of her brothers’ band The Jesus and Mary Chain in mid-1980s, she eventually became a vocalist, contributing to the track “Mo Tucker” on the band’s album Munki in 1998. She also accompanied the band while touring for the record. Following the band’s demise less than a year later, Jim and William proposed recording an album with her. The sessions took place over the next several years, with the album being partly home recorded at Linda’s flat and partly recorded at Reid brothers’ studio, The Drugstore. The Reid siblings were joined by Stephen Pastel of the Pastels and former The Jesus and Mary Chain guitarist Ben Lurie.
Linda debuted her album, Little Pop Rock in 2005 through Japanese P-Vine record label. It was released under the alias “Sister Vanilla”, which was a nickname given to her by her brothers during their childhood. Embraced by critics and fans as “a pop-wise, slightly sunnier variation on the band’s signature sound”, the record was reissued by Scottish label Chemikal Underground in 2007.
And here’s what Chem have to say about things:-
A long time in the making, Little Pop Rock pre-dated the Mary Chain reunion shows and was essentially recorded in stages at a time when Jim and William were not on speaking terms.
Nevertheless, the finished album is a triumph – recalling the earlier days of the seminal band and highlighting their uncanny knack of marrying timeless pop with effortless cool. It’s far too easy and wholly inappropriate to undersell Linda’s contribution to this album though: it’s her breezy vocals that lend a lightness and a charming ‘girl/boy pop’ angle to the whole affair, not to mention her lyrics which easily sit alongside the offerings from her venerated siblings.
Judge for yourself:-
mp3: Sister Vanilla – Can’t Stop The Rock