Recorded over a two year span, B/T's slim body of work nevertheless proved to be influential. Setting up shop in the metro D.C. environs circa 1989, it was clear from the start that Pam Berry and Co, were indie Anglophiles to the hilt, who surely got a lot of mileage out of their 4AD Records imports. Dangling from a Mary Chain of feedback and wielding a bevy of C-86 and Brit-psyche influences, Black Tambourine were a few minutes ahead of the shoegazer express that was on the verge of enrapturing both sides of the pond. I'll go out on a limb and suggest that the band Lush usurped a thing or two from Tambourine (though it must have been fairly simultaneous). The quartet's robust sonic backdrop was tempered by Berry's slight, dare I say mildly disconnected vocal aplomb, which largely blended in as an instrument unto itself. Meager as their ten-song discography was (drawn from only two singles and a handful of compilations) B/T possessed some indelibly genius moments like "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge," which would became their de facto signature song. "Black Car" was nearly as affecting and sublime. The original Black Tambourine collection, Complete Recordings, came out in 1999 and was designed to be the final word on the band, but for better or worse, it wasn't. Fast forward another ten years to find a "trans-Atlantic" Tambourine reunion for the purpose of recording four songs (two originals/two covers) to include as bonus material for 2010s definitive release, Black Tambourine, which also tacks on early demos of "Throw Aggi..." and "For Ex-Lovers Only." An extra six tracks in all alongside the original ten. As I've already emphasized, B/T's recorded legacy may have been as minimal as it gets, but in post-mortem, thoroughly crucial.
HEAVENS TO BETSY Direction 7 inch 1994 - *by request* *Discogs* Tracklist A1 Direction A2 Get Out Of My Head B1 The Ones B2 Driving Song
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