(Fire Records, England )
Classic post-Velvet Underground-style 1986 debut from the key Scottish indie band who have both influenced and collaborated with the likes of Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub).
"The Pastels' heroic DIY debut. A forgotten classic." - Mojo
Although virtually unknown outside of indie-rock circles, the Pastels were one of the most inspirational and enduring groups of their era, spearheading a movement towards a renewed sense of wistful musical primitivism and willful naivete known variously as "shambling" and "anorak pop; " in addition, their influence helped bring international notice to a resurgent Scottish musical community, with frontman Stephen Pastel's legendary 53rd and 3rd label helping to launch the careers of bands including the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Shop Assistants, BMX Bandits, the Vaselines and the Soup Dragons. Formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982, the band initially comprised vocalist/guitarist Pastel (nee McRobbie), guitarist Brian Superstar (born Brian Taylor) and drummer Chris Gordon; they debuted that autumn on the Whaam label with the single 'Songs for Children', but Gordon soon exited, the first of many subsequent line-up shuffles.
Ambition was never the Pastels' strong suit, and luck was rarely on their side; as the group's members ‹ now including bassist Martin Hayward and drummer Bernice Simpson ‹ devoted their primary focus to their studies, new music appeared only sporadically and to little notice, on a seemingly random series of labels. After 1983's 'I Wonder Why' was released on Rough Trade, they moved to Creation, where they hit their stride with the 1984 drone-pop gems 'Something's Going On' and 'A Million Tears'. After one further single, 1985's 'I'm Alright With You', the Pastels split with Creation, moving to the tiny Glass label. In 1986, their track 'Breaking Lines' appeared on the influential C-86 collection assembled by the New Music. - AMG