Colourful Synth Pop legends Transvision Vamp getting their first two albums, Pop Art and Velveteen, re-released and each of them gets a second disc with a collection of Demos and B-Sides. We put on our legs warmers and had a listen.
Released in 1988, Pop Art was a huge success in the UK and produced the singles Revolution Baby, Tell That Girl To Shut Up and the fantastic I Want Your Love. Velveteen came in 1989 and gave us the bands most successful single in the form of Baby I Don’t Care and followed it’s predecessor by being huge in Australia.
Both albums are a gentle mix of 80’s ostentatious glam pop and 70’s defiant punk flavoured with synth sounds and beats. As fresh today as they were in the late 80’s every song is an angst driven statement hammered home by Wendy James’ beautiful vocals. We all know the albums are both great, but what about the extra stuff I hear you cry?
Pop Art gets some catchy B-Sides, including Honey Honey, God Save The Royalties and Vid Kid Vamp, all of which are just awesome additions to an already great album. Tell That Girl To Shut Up and I Want Your Love get the remix treatment but not with much of a difference in the overall feel of the tracks. Stand out has to be a really nice Acoustic Cover of Evolution Evie, which showcases the raw talent of James’ vocals.
Velveteen is so heavy in brilliant B-Sides it could almost be mistaken for a whole new album of original material, no massive stand out, but a great continuation of the album itself. Baby I Don’t care and Landslide of Love get remixes and we’re treated to two nice Live tracks right at the end, Down on You and Last Time.
To Sum Up
Both re-releases have been well put together with some nice extra tracks to bring in the old school fans, with each of the B-Sides happily continuing in vein of their respective albums. There’s no real stand out tracks on either of the second CD’s but they serve to keep the party alive just that little bit longer and are a suitable homage to a great band. Fans of old school 80’s pop will love these, as will younger fans who enjoy all kinds of bubblegum pop and chirpy female led music.
Both albums are available 25th March 2013