Dipping into the C88 box to get some words on The Man From Delmonte for the posting a few days back also led to today’s offering.

Singer Jessica Griffin borrowed the name Would-Be-Goods from the title of an Edwardian novel, having been offered a contract by Cherry Red’s el label run by Mike Alway. Griffith’s received pronunciation gave the band a posh image, heightened by the choice of such song titles as ‘Cecil Beatson’s Scrapbook’ and ‘Pinstripe Rebel’. After 1987 debut, ‘Fruit Paradise’, Would-Be-Goods unveiled their debut album (and single) The Camera Loves Me, produced by 60s legend Keith West (ex-Tomorrow) and backed by The Monochrome Set. A second album, Mondo, appeared in 1993 and in 1999 ex-Talulah Gosh guitarist Peter Montchlioff joined. EPs and three albums ensued, the last being 2008’s Eventyr.

Here is that single from the debut album and it’s afore-mentioned b-side. Both are rather jolly, light, fluffy, twee and wonderful. Fans of The Monochrome Set will be charmed.

mp3 : Would-Be-Goods – The Camera Loves Me
mp3 : Would-Be-Goods – Cecil Beaton’s Scrapbook

The sleeve of this single features Jessica Griffin together with her sister Miranda who sings backing vocals on these track and other songs on the debut album.