And finally, we reach the point in this series where the focus is put on the band that I personally associate with C86/twee indie than any other on the planet.

Talulah Gosh were a five-piece group from Oxford consisting originally of Amelia Fletcher (vocals, guitar) Mathew Fletcher (drums), Peter Momtchiloff (lead guitar), Rob Pursey (bass) and Elizabeth Price (vocals), although Pursey would depart after just three gigs to be replaced by Chris Scott.   The legend goes that the band formed when the two girls met at club in their home town in 1985 having gotten talking to one another on the back of them each wearing a Pastels badge and that they took their name from a quote that had been given by Clare Grogan in an interview with the NME a few years earlier.

They signed to the Edinburgh-based 53rd & 3rd label but their blend of the Velvet Underground and 60s style girl pop groups divided opinion.  There were some who saw them as amateurishly pretentious while others thought this was a great leap forward for pop music with an indie bent.  Their first two singles – Steaming Train and Beatnik Boy -the band to be replaced by Eithne Farry.

The next single appeared in May 1987 and it is that piece of music which was has been included on CD 86:-

mp3 : Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh

There were two more singles before they broke up in the Spring of 1988, commemorated originally only by a compilation LP that brought all the singles together.

Amelia Fletcher would release a solo single while Peter Momtchiloff would briefly join The Razorcuts, another of the bands to emerge from he C86 movement. Come 1990 the two of them, together with Mathew Fletcher and Rob Pursey would form the nucleus of Heavenly who, for the next six or so years would release a number of singles and albums on Sarah Records in a style that was initially very akin to that of Talulah Gosh but as the years moved on transformed increasingly into a more standard indie-guitar outfit that didn’t sound too out-of-place amidst the Britpop movement.

The tragic suicide of Mathew Fletcher at the age of 25 in June 1996 brought an end to Heavenly but the other members of the band, as well as those associated with Talulah Gosh, have enjoyed remarkable success in their chosen careers and professions.

Elizabeth Price in 2012 took the £25,000 Turner Prize for a piece of video work which blended Sixties pop with footage from a 1979 Woolworths fire;  Amelia Fletcher completed a degree at Oxford University and is a senior figure in commerce;  Rob Pursey works as a producer in television; Peter Momtchiloff, is a senior commissioning editor in the world of publishing; Eithne Farry is a published author and has been a literary critic for a number of publications.

Everything the band recorded, plus demo tracks and live tracks can be found on the compilation 2 x LP Was It Just A Dream? released on Damaged Goods Records. It includes the b-sides of Talulah Gosh as well as a radio session version of the single:-

mp3 : Talulah Gosh – Don’t Go Away
mp3 : Talulah Gosh – Escalator Over The Hill
mp3 : Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh (radio session)




Three songs came up in a row on random shuffle the other week. I closed my eyes and imagined that instead of sitting on a train heading to work  I was at my favourite indie disco where 50-somethings can still go along and not be frowned upon as making fools of themselves as they try to relive their halcyon days.

A bit like the photo above.

mp3 : The Wedding Present – Brassneck
mp3 : Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh
mp3 : The Monochrome Set – Jet Set Junta

Every one a classic.



A little bit of background to today’s piece of nostalgia.

It was written in September 2007 at a time when I was around halfway through a four month work secondment to Toronto.  I had planned to keep the old blog update on a daily basis but found that having messed up copying files to a back-up drive that I had very few songs with me that I could link to.  I was only managing a post every three or four days at best but it was a great trade off for what was turning out to be the experience of a lifetime.


Although the hours are long, I’m still enjoying the work I’m doing over here in Toronto, and trying not to get depressed by thinking too much about going back to the dead-end job awaiting me in Glasgow.

I’ve also become aware that an old (but not in the age-sense) friend  is also having some work concerns of her own which I hope are resolved to her satisfaction ASAP.  In the meantime, I’ve had an idea which may solve both of our work-related dilemmas. I’ m sure she and many of you regular readers out there will want to come a join me in a new venture – one that will one day rival and indeed surpass the popularity of Hard Rock Cafe.

Ladies and Gentlemen. Homos, Hetros and Metros. Why not spend some of your cash at Tearooms Most Twee??

Forget oversize steaks, burgers and king-size french fries. Put away your desires for sundaes and free refill sodas. Come to Tearooms Most Twee for cakes, cucumber sandwiches and french fancies. Feast your eyes on trifle and pots and pots of tea of all varieties, all served on antique wooden tables covered with the finest of lace.

The walls will not be covered with garish memorabilia. Only the finest of wallpaper from the catalogues of Laura Ashley.

Your ears will not be assaulted by the shrieks and wails of long-haired men wearing ultra-tight spandex backed by ugly folk pulling faces as their fingers move up and down the fretboard of their guitars. Instead, an old fashioned Dansette record player will be used to bring you sounds such as these:-

song : Belle & Sebastian – Dog On Wheels
song : Tallulah Gosh – Beatnik Boy
song : Aberfeldy – Summer’s Gone
song : The Smittens – Doomed, Lo-Fi & In Love

At least once a week, Tearooms Most Twee will have a live acoustic performance from Duglas BMX Bandit. Occasionally, it will also have theme nights – maybe something for The Goths where the music will be different and there will a DVD of Batman Begins on show. But the Laura Ashley wallpaper and lace-covered tables will be permanent.

Care to join me?

2013 Update

The scary thing is that there’s a couple of places opened up in Glasgow this past 18 months or so whose business model isn’t all that far removed from that I suggested for Tearooms Most Twee – albeit they do also have licences to serve alcohol.  These establishments seem to be doing very well which means I really have missed a trick…

Oh and just to clear things up.  I returned to Glasgow in December 2007 and to that dreadful dead-end job.  Luckily, I was rescued by an alternative offer just a couple of months later for something much more satisfying.  I’m still there now and can see me being there for many more years to come.