Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Music Box: The Bluebells

An old high school friend who I haven't seen in 20 years sent me the link to a YouTube(d) audio file of "Cath" by the Bluebells, an old fave from the Dobson High days. One listen and I felt like a 16-year-old listening to my Bluebells EP in my bedroom on West Kiva. (How I nearly wore that record out!) "I'm Falling" (brilliant!) and "Young at Heart" were great too, the latter co-written with Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama/Shakespear's Sister fame. (Oh, and I forgot, their cover of "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" is the best!) Between the Bluebells, Orange Juice, Altered Images, Aztec Camera and the Questions, there was a period in the early '80s when I thought Scotland must be the most wonderful place on earth. Thanks for the memory, Mike. I just ordered their singles collection and can't wait for it to arrive.

In the meantime, you can download the band's out-of-print, never-issued-on-CD debut full-length album, "Sisters," here. (And in case you're feeling guilty it is worth noting that there are zero Bluebells songs on iTunes, so I'm guessing TuneLovinJacket transferred this album from the original vinyl. And I have to say it it sounds pretty damn good.)

"I'm Falling" (these things just happen I guess ...)

"Cath" (woah, woah ... it takes a lot to make me laugh ...)

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