the long blondes / 'couples' / 7 April '08.

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produced by erol alkan.

early word: donna summer fronting ladytron.


track/s here:

pisces, Monday, 14 January 2008 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

Hah, I remember these guys.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 14 January 2008 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

Hmm. I liked that last album. Actual same band or no?

I eat cannibals, Monday, 14 January 2008 22:15 (twelve years ago) link

Same band.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 14 January 2008 22:37 (twelve years ago) link

the last album was dullsville, can't imagine this will be all that much better but i'm keeping an open mind.

electricsound, Monday, 14 January 2008 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

Wow, that's a departure. It's not fantastic, though, at least on first listen.

Simon H., Monday, 14 January 2008 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

Wait, what? Are they hiding under an assumed name or something?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 January 2008 23:50 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

*actually* amazing.

the best second album since...well gawd only knows when.

pisces, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 02:02 (eleven years ago) link

ILX poster whose missus is in the Long Blondes: your missus's band's new album is so much better than their debut it's ridiculous. Kudos.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 21:14 (eleven years ago) link

donna summer fronting ladytron.

indeed! and every bit as dull as ladytron too unfortunately...

DO really wanna hear the album though, that debut was frustratingly nearly-great.

fandango, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 22:47 (eleven years ago) link

alright Century could grow on me, but it's a bit of a vague tune for a comeback to my ears....

fandango, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

This is phenomenally great

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

terrible band :D

DG, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

Dom, you forgot following post, "jokes bruv".

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:22 (eleven years ago) link

LBs are playing at Durrr on Monday of that's anyones cup of tea.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:23 (eleven years ago) link

She's dumped you?

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:23 (eleven years ago) link

Of course not!

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 23:41 (eleven years ago) link

album of the year. hats in the air for all concerned.
NOSTALGIA is fantastic.

nice use of st etienne style spoken bits thru out. i can hear kenny everett on there, but who's that posh bloke right at the end saying 'he's very funny... i mean i've seen him BEING funny' etc?

pisces, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

liked 'giddy stratospheres' but none of their other stuff - will check this oot

blueski, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:29 (eleven years ago) link

I know Ronnie Corbett is in there somewhere.

I can't stand the vocal samples though. Esp. Wogan.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:26 (eleven years ago) link

Oh i'm loving the vocal samples!

Are they all DJing @ DURR or is it Dorian again Raw Patrick?
He played some brilliant weird stuff there in December.

pisces, Thursday, 6 March 2008 11:53 (eleven years ago) link

Nah, it's LBs playing live under an assumed name, only doing tracks from the new album. Holler if y're going coz I'll be there.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 6 March 2008 14:14 (eleven years ago) link

"Round the Hairpin" is awesome. Long Blondes do PiL!

maciej recognizing trill, Thursday, 6 March 2008 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

Hmmm, this is the first "difficult" second album in quite a while, at least in the sense that it's very different from its predecessor. Kudos to them for taking chances, at least. I'm enjoying about half of it right now, but nothing is awful. I suspect it's a grower.

Simon H., Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

Rats yeah i wish i was going. I'd love to see them live at THE END but it's such a major faff getting there on a school night. Be a busy night i'd imagine!

pisces, Thursday, 6 March 2008 16:55 (eleven years ago) link

wow I can only hear this as 'difficult', even in the '...second album' sense, if I consciously readjust my senses to what is expected of indie-pop acts these days to be thought of as adventurous i.e desperately little...

enjoying this a lot, definitely a very strong follow-up

album of the year? LOL NO. haha.

but definitely approving/enjoying, glad to have them back and loving that they're not running out of ideas yet.

still niggled by a few things here & there (say more later...) but overall great!

fandango, Thursday, 6 March 2008 19:59 (eleven years ago) link

'Century' is much better than I thought hearing it twice with a stinking head-cold off of myspace... but annoys quite a bit for not having a proper chorus... just like Robbie Williams, repeating a single word and thinking "oh yeah that'll do" feh.

fandango, Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

fucking gutted I didn't snap up my ticket for the sold-out local gig sooner :(

fandango, Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

I suspect Im (as usual) focusing on the niggles more than the really great bits so far... i'll retract the LOL NO for now. I'm not sure it's that good sure, but it is pretty sweet.

fandango, Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:56 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Yo, Raw P, mail me.

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 08:31 (eleven years ago) link

Doing now. U know what thread I look at.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 08:49 (eleven years ago) link

century is one of the most unappealingly self-conscious songs i've ever heard. the tune is ok but the track just sounds desperate.

electricsound, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 09:00 (eleven years ago) link

Dom I have mailed u juror 8.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 09:08 (eleven years ago) link

they weren't actually that good live in the end... and this album is pretty good but like the first, kinda nowhere near as great as it should/could be despite some properly ***** star songs. pff.

fandango, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 17:55 (eleven years ago) link

I would be loving this album a lot more if the new Mystery Jets weren't 100000000000000000x an interesting example of an Erol-produced indie album

having said that, yes it is pretty good. I'm especially liking the re-recording of "Guilt".

jamescobo, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Nostalgia is so awesome

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 08:28 (eleven years ago) link


pisces, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 12:04 (eleven years ago) link

Quite enjoyed this.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 19 May 2008 08:31 (eleven years ago) link

what i like most about this album is the vague similarity between closing track "i'm going to hell" and sheila e's "the belle of st. mark." which is to say, best closing track of 2008.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 19 May 2008 17:20 (eleven years ago) link

anyone going to the show in chicago tomorrow?

phil-two, Friday, 23 May 2008 13:56 (eleven years ago) link

Just got back from the show at the Troubadour. Kinda wondering how the new album would sound live and wasn't expecting Scanlon/Hanley x Velvets. Several light years ahead of what they were like last tour.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 5 June 2008 07:12 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

good news:

It all started when Reenie discovered a dusty bass guitar in an attic in 2003. At least thats what she says. Dorian would argue it started long before then, Emma might say it was significantly later. Either way, the crack of a starters pistol - they're off.

Dorian then picked one curly haired drummer to order, and the gravy on the roast was Kate - poached from the vintage clothes shop floor, a recruitment policy first employed by the Human League.

Screech had barely two drumsticks to rub together, but armed with a list of bands they chose not to emulate, they took the show to the road. And at their 3rd ever gig, something special happened. The Long Blondes found their first allies in Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation: a handshake, a drink, 7 inches.

Over the coming weeks, they spent a small fortune on cheap ebay-bought guitars, crafted early press releases which contained lies taken far too literally, and a stylophone came and went. The band took advantage of access to the office stationary cupboard to post a hastily burned CDR to bright young things Angular Records. A favourable response, a date was made, and the band found themselves taking the frighteningly young record label execs for a picnic to a Sheffield park. More allies, a second single, gig flyers copied in the staff room, they didn't have merchandise but they did have fabric paints.

Marching forward, training on the job, amps lugged on trains, the war cry: "The Long Blondes! Top of the Pops!". Another single, more applause, this is getting embarrassing...

...7 more inches, another independent label, applying eyeliner on nation express coaches, final written warnings... the Blondes finally gave in and accepted their fate - a record deal with Rough Trade. They signed on the line, downed the warm champagne from plastic cups, and headed across town for that night's gig - their first as professional musicians. It felt more or less the same as before.

And now, 2 albums and a few world tours later, we have "Singles", a compilation of the Long Blondes 4 first four 7" singles which are now long since sold out and highly collectible…


1. New Idols
2. Long Blonde

Debut "New Idols/Long Blonde" was pressed onto bubblegum pink vinyl and released by Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation.

3. Autonomy Boy
4. Giddy Stratospheres
5. Polly
6. Darts

"Giddy Stratospheres" was the first Angular release (blue vinyl) and became a bona fide dancefloor filler in indie discos nationwide.

7. Appropriation (By Any Other Name)
8. My Heart Is Out Of Bounds
9. Lust In The Movies

"Appropriation (By Any Other Name)" came next and by this time the Blondes were whipping up a media storm with their catalogue guitars and charity shop chic

10. Separated By Motorways
11. Big Infatuation

Producer Paul Epworth asked to produce the next single "Separated By Motorways" for his Good And Evil imprint, but we haven't included his version here, instead preferring the trash and thrash of the Alan Smyth produced demo.

12. Peterborough

A couple of unreleased gems can also be found on the compilation in the shape of Autonomy Boy and Peterborough. Enjoy!

From couples to singles to "Couples" and now "Singles", what do the LB's think of their journey so far? A wry eyebrow, a fond smile, a simple quote: "We've had a ball."

CharlieNo4, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:31 (eleven years ago) link

this will be considerably better than both their proper albums

electricsound, Thursday, 21 August 2008 01:22 (eleven years ago) link

nah. i'm amazed COUPLES isn't up for the mercury. amazed and apalled.

piscesx, Thursday, 21 August 2008 06:32 (eleven years ago) link

My attempts to get this compilation dedicated to me have failed :(

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:40 (eleven years ago) link

12. Peterborough

^^^this better have a chorus about Barry Fry's bag of sweets and cheesy smile.

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Thursday, 21 August 2008 10:04 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...


baaderonixx, Monday, 20 October 2008 09:19 (eleven years ago) link

Kind of sad, the guitarist had a stroke.

Neil S, Monday, 20 October 2008 09:48 (eleven years ago) link

Are they over??

baaderonixx, Monday, 20 October 2008 10:28 (eleven years ago) link


Neil S, Monday, 20 October 2008 10:55 (eleven years ago) link


baaderonixx, Monday, 20 October 2008 10:57 (eleven years ago) link

That's a really awful reason to have to split up. Get well, Dorian.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 20 October 2008 11:32 (eleven years ago) link

:( :( :(

I hope Dorian gets better and they eventually reconsider.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 20 October 2008 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

Solo career already underway...

Live from the Witch Trials (SeekAltRoute), Wednesday, 22 October 2008 22:12 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

Dorian speaks about his stroke...

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Still gutted about how this all ended. I hope they're all happy and well and suchlike. Such an under-rated band.

piscesx, Saturday, 27 November 2010 19:32 (nine years ago) link

from that interview: "my advice to people is to live a normal, boring life and you should be OK"


jumpskins, Sunday, 28 November 2010 01:01 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

Two new songs from Kate on Soundcloud:

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 14 February 2011 23:40 (nine years ago) link

ty for that link! "Guilt" popped up on my iPod the other day and I was like, "Awwww, I miss this band" :(

Homeward Bound is from about a year ago, but The Atlantic is new to me (and I like it more).

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:07 (nine years ago) link

I really like The Atlantic, nice use of that old Duran Duran synth line near the beginning.

I'm glad she's back although I was expecting she would go in a pop direction like Sophie Ellis Bextor did after leaving TheAudience.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:12 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Dorian Cox's new band Former Lover has a few new tracks up

It sounds a lot like the Blondes - especially lyrically - but with a vocalist that... well it says on the facebook Cox hired her on strength of her fringe and I can believe that. She sounds bored out of her head. I reckon "He Doesn't Have To Know About You" would sound a hell of a lot better with Kate Jackson giving it her all.

Anyway I guess the band still has time and room to develop and I'm totally delighted Cox is playing guitar again.

Leonard Pine, Friday, 18 November 2011 20:47 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

So I never really noticed/paid attention to this band at all but I only just gathered Russell Senior played with them live a few times so I figured that was a good sign. Will investigate as I do.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 April 2012 17:00 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

you know, there are times when a band that makes good indie pop are all you need in life.
and when that need arises, I would suggest that this lot are probably the best on offer.

mark e, Saturday, 8 August 2015 17:39 (four years ago) link

bloody great they were. i still have the Couples poster on my bedroom wall as we speak.

there's a sample, removed from the finished version of the album but on the initial promos, that is one man saying of another "i know he's funny i mean i've seen him BEING funny.. " and i've still no idea what it is or who's speaking. drives me mad it does.

Nostalgia is still one of the best songs ever.

piscesx, Saturday, 8 August 2015 19:08 (four years ago) link

actually, I it was your enthusiasm in this very thread that made me pick up the albums.

so, I owe you a massive thank you sir, and a pint should we ever get the chance.

mark e, Saturday, 8 August 2015 19:21 (four years ago) link

Adored Couples when it came out but never bothers checking the first LP. Shame these guys didn't last longer

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 9 August 2015 19:17 (four years ago) link

xp hey thanks. glad you like them! and yeah, if you're ever in Manchester..

piscesx, Sunday, 9 August 2015 23:05 (four years ago) link

They were terrific, good thing there are still a few b-sides left out there for me to discover

Leonard Pine, Monday, 10 August 2015 09:17 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

there's a sample, removed from the finished version of the album but on the initial promos, that is one man saying of another "i know he's funny i mean i've seen him BEING funny.. " and i've still no idea what it is or who's speaking. drives me mad it does.

This is either Peter Sellers or someone talking about Peter Sellers.

Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Monday, 6 November 2017 22:26 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

proper miss this band. dorian cox lives in manchester these days - walked past him a few weeks back in the city centre and regret not saying hi!

meaulnes, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:09 (six months ago) link

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