Sunday, June 21, 2009

Those French Girls - s/t (1982, Safari/Attic)

Time now for Wilfully Obscure's token "new romantic" entry for the year. Last April, the Canadian snyth-pop combo Tictoc was the lucky contestant, and wouldn't you know it, Those French Girls also hailed from north of the border, Stirling, Ontario from my understanding. The band's self titled album was released by way of Attic Records, the same label that meddled with a couple other bands featured on these pages, namely the Numbers and Johnny and the G-Rays, but back to the subject at hand.

TFG seemed to emanate from The Vapors/early-Ultravox wing of the new wave clique, but don't quite wield the same charisma. They don't particularly overdo anything here, nor do they dress the part judging from the cover pic, but boy, the feigned Brit accents are about as heavy-handed as they come. An even mix of keyboard and traditional instruments here, with "Corridor" being the album's most stimulating moment. TFG also appeared on a compilation tape with a couple non-LP cuts that you can check out here
01. Sorry Sorry
02. Diving Board
03. 0-0-0-0-0
04. Punching Windows
05. Close Up
06. Mosquito Bites
07. Corridor
08. Influence
09. Regular Sex
10. Rust
11. Love at First Sight 


garychching said...

Hi Spavid, thanks for the link, i didn't know they had an album so looking forward to hearing it.

The Ankle tapes not a great recording but the tracks are great.

Also apologies for not having you in my blog list, I was sure you were as I do check out your blog. Anyway I've added you now.

I've put the same comment in reply to your ankle comment.

spavid said...

Totally appreciate the add to your blogroll. There's some great stuff on Always Searching for Music.

John said...

Hi there,

just for the record, Those French Girls are from Stirling, SCOTLAND, not Stirling, Ontario.

Hope that helps.


panama said...

Further to the last comment I can confirm that the band were from Stirling. I was at High School with the lead singer, Sean. However the comment about "faux" accents still holds good. The affected London accent is not the one Sean had as a teenager! Still that was the style at the time.

There were two singles from the album both of which got some (British) national radio airplay. Close Up/Regular Sex made the lower reaches of the charts.

marsvoltage said...

I was at school in Stirling (Scotland, not Ontario) with Those French Girs' drummer, Jim Carney.
I remember before he ever had a drumkit, he used to practice with drumsticks on his budgie's cage!

Grave said...

Those French Girls were indeed from Stirling.

I seem to recall they had a few breaks not least supporting Simple Minds in 1979/1980 ish on the Reel To Reel tour.

I think they signed to Polydor. One of them worked in John menzies and latterly run the Random Rythms community studio in Stirling (originally the Causewayhead baby clinic).

Justine B said...
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Justine B said...

Yep, I've known Jim Carney almost all my life and still see him regularly...defo a Stirling SCOTLAND band :)

Suzy Andrews said...

Hi has anyone a copy of the A.N.K.L.E tape to share please, can´t find it anywhere and The Blog link to it here has ceased to have it,thankyou

Ced Cheng said...

Well, I have found the link to the 1980 cassette tape, The A.N.K.L.E. File, here you go!

Ced Cheng said...

Well, I have found a link to the 1980 Cassette Tape, A.N.K.L.E. File, here

spavid said...

Thanks for the link.

Andy's Records Aberystwyth said...

Formed from the ashes of a heavy rock band, Treatment, in Stirling, SCOTLAND around 1977-8 who were joined by Sean Kelly on vox and general surrealism. Sean later went on to record as Sean Novak and then Surfing Brides, whose album is a lost gem of British pop. think Robyn Hitchcock with a US twist.