Heavenly: Classic or Dud?

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Anyway, there were posts about Helen Love and other indie bands recently. So, why not assess this lot? Sparkly peerless indie pop or garden rubbish?

james, Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

prefer talulah gosh myself >ducks to avoid rotten fruit from audience<

Alan at home, Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

If I remember correctly, most of the posts re: Helen Love were derisive and rude. Not that has anything to do with the price of HAM, but, yeah.

I have nothing but respect & love for Heavenly & various associated bands (except Sportique - NOT all that and a bag of chips, especially given the heaping heap of praise heaped upon them in various indiepop circles). With _Heavenly Vs. Satan_ finally released, the only thing I have left to wish for is more Marine Research. Damn that Junkyard Wars.

David Raposa, Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

marine research is kaput. amelia fletcher has a new band called tender trap, though she just was assigned to some important post for economists apparently so i don't know how much new music will be forthcoming. heavenly were incredible, so was talulah gosh. the original riot grrls some might say but that shouldn't detract from their greatness, smart, sassy and tuneful. shame they had to get serious in their old age but the marine research record was still plenty nice. sportique's dreadfulness can be traced to gregory webster's voice. pete heavenly played on the nice new would be goods single.

keith, Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

All I've got is a scatchy old copy of 'Heavenly Vs Satan' from yonks ago. Haven't played it in a dog's age but it's quite charming if a little too - who knew? - twee over the duration. Sugary enough to make your fillings creak. 'Cool Guitar Boy' and 'Lemonheadboy' I remember liking best.
Classic I suppose, I liked 'em. Them and Napalm Death.

DavidM, Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Much as I hate to admit it (being a Sarah Records fan) but I could never get into Heavenly much. Superb singles and b-sides, but the albums were too twee by half, even at half an hour in length. A compilation of the Sarah singles, plus the K single too, would be enough of them for me.

Rob M, Monday, 29 October 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

seven years pass...

Was listening to Decline And Fall Of Heavenly earlier and got to Googling... Dr. Fletcher shows up everywhere in economics searches and Cathy Rogers is apparently an olive farmer in Italy.

Carroll Shelby Downard (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 21 May 2009 06:01 (twelve years ago) link

decline and fall has aged pretty well imo. can't say the same for the marine research stuff

jump in the looool (electricsound), Thursday, 21 May 2009 06:07 (twelve years ago) link

Decline and Fall also has one of the best album covers of all time.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 21 May 2009 07:50 (twelve years ago) link

that olive tree thing is a bit odd but the age and former occupation are about right.

i still occasionally see repeats of Full Metal Challenge on obscure freeview channels in the early mornings, which is her and Henry Rollins, of all people, presenting a car-centric show in the vein of her earlier Scrapheap Challenge work.

koogs, Thursday, 21 May 2009 10:15 (twelve years ago) link

Saw Tender Trap a couple of times recently, they're a 5 piece now and I think much improved for it, I never got into them really but they're not bad now.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 21 May 2009 10:17 (twelve years ago) link

I saw the woman from the "adopt an olive tree" place on Market kitchen a while back, it certainly wasn't heavenly Cathy (of course there may be more than 1 of these enterprises).

problem chimp (Porkpie), Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

there is more than 1! Flickr would indicate that it is indeed her.

problem chimp (Porkpie), Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:08 (twelve years ago) link

now I feel like a creepy stalker

problem chimp (Porkpie), Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:08 (twelve years ago) link

(mimes opening hands like a book)


koogs, Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:17 (twelve years ago) link

and this pretty much clinches it (they have a blog and stuff. and tins of their 'Nudo' olive oil in selfridges). looks great.


koogs, Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:26 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

the p.u.n.k girl ep is classic classic classic

Van Horn Street, Friday, 1 May 2015 01:23 (six years ago) link

one year passes...
four years pass...

Along with Catenary Wires, Amelia's in Swansea Sound with Hue from the Pooh Sticks:

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 13 September 2021 02:48 (two months ago) link

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