Music Box 17/04/2021

We start today with a modern indie quartet from St. Louis Missouri, Frankie valet, and their delightfully melodic pop song Concert Pad, which I adore. From their debut album Stop Apologizing (self released 2018). Hope you fall for its charms too. Buy here.

Salford lad Graham Gouldman was a founder member of 10cc, but before them he had a solo career as a pop singer and songwriter. This is his lovely fifth single Nowhere To Go (CBS 7" 1972). Hope you like it.

Born in Cairo Egypt, Gillian Hills came to fame as a film actress in Beat Girl (1960), a French co-production. Very popular in France, she also had a successful pop career in the yé-yé scene. This is Tut Tut Tut Tut (Busy Signal), from her sixteenth and penultimate single, the four track Rien N'Est Changé E.P. (Disc'AZ 7" 1965). The promo film is clearly shot in London though, and she returned there in 1966 to appear with fellow Francophile Jane Birkin in Blow Up, giving up her pop career in the process.

Knights Bridge were a garage band from Odessa Texas who only released one single in the late 60s, and this is it, C.J. Smith (Sea Ell 7" 1967).

It's been ages since I posted some of Manchester's most morose, The Smiths. So we conclude with the official videos for their second and third singles, This Charming Man (Rough Trade 7" 1983) and What Difference Does It Make? (Rough Trade 7"/12" 1984), the latter also appeared on their debut album The Smiths (Rough Trade 1984). Get yer gladiolas out lads! Until next week ...

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