A visit to the Melody Inn

idhasingleThere was a weird moment in 1994 when country music was suddenly the in thing with London hipsters and everyone was gushing about how they’d always loved Gram Parsons, and during those six hours, Creation Records signed up a young Swedish singer by the name of Idha Ovelius, whose husband was Andy Bell, then of Creation signings Ride (and later of Oasis). Was it basically down to nepotism? One doesn’t like to say it, but, well… yeah. Still, it resulted in a couple of pleasant if ultimately inconsequential albums (Melody Inn, 1994, and Troublemaker, 1997) and a handful of actually quite decent singles.

Here’s the debut single, complete with its three non-album B-sides. The first three songs are originals (so “She” is not a tribute to either Sacha Distel or Elvis Costello), while “Coming Down” is a cover of a song by pyschedelic rockers United States Of America. Sometime Small Face, Face and Bloke, Ian McLagan provides keyboards on the first two tracks, and of course Andy Bell plays guitar.

Link: Idha – Get Undressed (re-upped, sorry about the glitch on the earlier rip)
Link: Idha – Do Right By Me
Link: Idha – She
Link: Idha – Coming Down

Idha now works for a Stockholm architect’s practice (as a structural engineer, says Wikipedia) so thanks to her, a lot of flashy modern buildings in Southern Sweden won’t be falling down any time soon.

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6 responses

  1. Apologies for the glitch on the first track. I will attempt to re-rip it later!

    1. Done, should be working fine now.

  2. I didn’t even know there was a second album. Any chance of a rip?

    1. I do have the second album but I’m not sure it’s in a rippable state. I’ll give it a go anyway. Give me a few days…

  3. […] I posted country-folky-bluesy-acousticy-person Idha‘s debut single a few days ago, I had a request in the comments from Mark (hi!) for her 1997 second album Troublemaker. So here it […]

  4. another who completely passed me by….

    First thiry seconds of the single made me think instantly of The Rockingbirds.

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