Monday, June 25, 2007

Transvision Vamp

Baby I Don’t Care

Transvision Vamp was a popular UK alternative rock group. Formed in 1986 by Nick Christian Sayer and Wendy James, the band enjoyed a brief period of success in the late 1980s, fusing elements of punk, art rock and the "big band" sound of Phil Spector. James, the lead singer and focal-point of the group, attracted media attention with her sexually-charged and rebellious image.

The band comprised four permanent members. Additional members Pol Burton, James Piper and Martin Hallett were musicians engaged to play during live concerts: Burton and Piper on drums, Hallett on guitar.

The band was signed by MCA and released a cover single of the Holly and the Italians song "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" in April 1988 . A month later the follow-up single "I Want Your Love", with its pop/punk crossover appeal, entered the Top 10 in the United Kingdom. The band went on to release the hit album Pop Art in October.

1989 was the band's most successful year, with the number 3 hit single and above video "Baby I Don't Care" and hit album Velveteen.

In 1990 MCA refused to release Transvision Vamp's third album Little Magnets Versus The Bubble Of Babble in the UK, reportedly disliking the mellower direction of the music. Wendy James has stated " came out in America and did better than the other two albums in America. But then we decided to split up, during which time the English record label had said they weren't convinced about this record, we're going to hold off on it and see how well it does in other countries first. By the time they were ready to release it, we'd already decided to split up, and so it never came out."

James went on to a solo career and in 2004 formed the band Racine.

Band members
Wendy James – vocals
Nick Christian Sayer – guitar
Dave Parsons – bass (would later join Bush)
Anthony (Tex Axile) Doughty – keyboards and drums
Pol Burton – drums (only on Pop Art album)

1987Revolution Baby [UK #77]
1988Tell That Girl To Shut Up [UK #45, US #87, AUS #44]
1988I Want Your Love [UK #5, AUS #8]
1988Revolution Baby (re-issue) [UK #30, AUS #27]
1988Sister Moon [UK #41]
1989Baby I Don't Care [UK #3, AUS #3]
1989The Only One [UK #15, AUS #30]
1989Landslide Of Love [UK #14]
1989Born To Be Sold [UK #22]
1991(I Just Wanna) B With You [UK #30, AUS #16]
1991If Looks Could Kill [UK #41, AUS #56]

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