rules are there are no rules...
THE best way
of looking at it is this: a new star appeared in the sky. It grew
bigger and sharper and brighter, as we knew it must.
of looking at it is this: WENDY JAMES, having left school with a
safety-pin through her nose and fireworks in her eyes, is singing
Patti Smith songs over a backing tape in a Brighton basement club.
Itīs 1984. In the audience is one NICK CHRISTIAN SAYER, guitarist
and songwriter, bearing under his arm the first Suicide L.P. Soon
the two are working around Nickīs portastudio.They spent the best
part of two years writing songs and a screenplay for a movie, 'Saturn
5', "about a future youth rebellion". The movie hasnīt materialized
yet - but then hell, neither has The Second Coming...
They hit London.
Smart from the start, they hire a lawyer, then launch the demo tapes.
They meet a nice man who signed The Sex Pistols to EMI and go with
him to MCA. Itīs Christmas 1986. Wendy, clamouring for glamour,
tells everyone in every nightclub on every night that sheīs the
singer in the most exciting new band in the world. Some are sold
already. They believe. Others scoff. Wendy and Nick meet two young
art terrorists under a flyover in West London. DAVE PARSON can play
base, TEX AXILE drums and keyboards. Transvision Vamp is, as the
saying goes, a group.
Baby' is the first of their "hot grooves for cool dudes". Itīs summer
1987. It boasts the first record sleeve Jamie Reid has designed
since his Situationist work with The Pistols. "We wanted him for
the high irritation level of his art", says Wendy. Many are irritated
by the single. Many are high.
should tell anyone else what to do," says Wendy, "at least of all
Baby' is about individual change, not armed conflict; about the
need for people to look inside themselves and see where theyīre
going. Soapbox rock bands only delude themselves and everybody else.
Itīs down to individuals. Itīs pure common sense."
a roaring rendition of the Holly And The Italians anthem 'Tell That
Girl To Shut Up', before The Vamps at last match promises with deeds,
scotching the cynics with the surging rise to no. 4 in the U.K.
charts of 'I Want Your Love'. "I donīt want your money honey, I
want your love," growled Wendy, and a nationīs heart was bombarded
with arrows. Transvision Vamp were now seen to be both radical and
romantic, subversive without subduing the more worthwhile sentiments,
sexy with savvy. Science fiction with physical friction.
Baby' resurfaced to storm the Bastille of the charts. 'Sister Moon'
charmed while accompanying a strongly Green video wherein we saw
"serious footage of whales being slaughtered and forests burnt down
and monkeys tortured - it was banned from television screens. They
were censoring reality! Theyīll show fictionalized murders and rapes,
but itīs supposedly too offensive to show the reality of animals
being purposefully abused."
By now the debut
album, 'Pop Art', had leapt into the top five. Its blend of fun,
fury and flirtation, included such unforgettable throwaway epics
as 'Andy Warholīs Dead' and 'Hanging Out With Halo Jones':
now, Iīm a girl of the times, a child of design... Romance, romance
is cool, but Iīve got things to do."
From the staccatto
melodrama of the opening 'Trash City', 'Pop Art' couldnīt put a
good foot wrong... "From Easy Rider to Star Wars, from Che Guevara
to Laurie Anderson, from light shows to videos, from LSD to MTV,
from Brat Pack to Pac Man, from The Now Generation to Hi-Tech, from
2001 to Weīre Number One....success is credibility, credibility