||[Aug. 24th, 2005|01:51 pm]
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was going through my Unlabelled Tape Pile, and aside from finding one i made and never sent sinistergiraffe - oops, it'll be in the post friday unless you've moved address recently - i found an almost complete collection of loretta stars recordings which i'd compiled from various sources a while back.
loretta stars were my first proper band, in that we recorded songs, played live and had all our demos returned by uninterested record companies. listening to the songs we recorded, very basically - we stuck a microphone in the room and hoped for the best - they are actually pretty good. i should cringe with embarrasment, as it's ten years ago and long in the past but there was a lot of investment in that band and we wrote good songs.
phil smith and ste tottingham had formed a band and then i joined and 'inspired' them to change tack. i did this several ways - one, the name changed from 'zoophycos' (don't ask) to loretta stars, a mishearing of the pavement song. then after introducing them to scotts 1-4 and saint etienne, we moved from having epics like 'smorgasbord of life' to shorter poppier songs. i wrote most of the lyrics, motivated by an unrequited love that ended badly (she left the country) and going out in carlisle from pretty much the only time.
ste and phil wrote the music, i scribbled words about how rubbish life was and what films i'd seen, we got in dave gardner on the bass, and for about six months we were cooking. we supported a band of an ex-member of all about eve at the richmond and nick banks out of pulp was in the crowd. we were scott walker fronting new order. sort of.
i think we were about 8 years too early for the 80s revival.