Transvision Vamp get the special edition treatment
March 25th sees the release of Transvision Vamp’s first two highly successful album releases from the late 1980s, Pop Art and Velveteen. The albums are being released as 2-CD sets, each featuring a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities.
Signing to MCA in 1986, British rock-pop act Transvision Vamp enjoyed massive chart success in the UK and abroad before disbanding in early 1992. In late 1987 they released a cover version of the Holly and the Italians song, 'Tell That Girl To Shut Up' and a few months later their follow-up single, 'I Want Your Love', which made number 5 in the UK charts. Their debut album, Pop Art was released in October of that year, reaching the British Top 5 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 2CD re-issue.
Led by the forthright Wendy James, backed up by the songwriting of Nick Sayer and musical muscle of Dave Parsons and Tex Axile, the band provided a splendid antidote to the Stock-Aitken-Waterman dominated pop charts of the late 80s. In the brief finger of time after the breakthrough of acid house and before Madchester, the group brought some old-fashioned punk sparkle to the charts.
Velveteen was released in June 1989 and it cruised to the UK No. 1 album slot. 'Baby, I Don’t Care' was the first single with its cheeky appropriation of the Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ riff. This was followed by 'The Only One', bright, synthesizer driven pop, 'Landslide Of Love', and 'Born To Be Sold', their ultimate list song, stating how artists from Elvis to Margot Fonteyn were there to be sold. Today, with all its bonuses, session material and b-sides, it is a vibrant flashback to when Transvision Vamp were there at the cutting edge, with all the exuberance, passion, anger and naïveté that pop breakthrough acts possess.