I was going to start with a post about World Of Twist, but I’m afraid that will have to wait a bit because it suddenly dawned on me that I was launching this blog on the very day that Amelia Fletcher turns 50 and it would be terribly remiss of me not to mark that occasion. She’s been a part of my musical life for a long time, and at one point I thought it would be a good wheeze to nominate her for an honour. Imagine the godmother of twee pop getting a proper gong! I didn’t need to, though, because two years ago she got the OBE anyway, albeit for her decade-plus service at the now-defunct Office of Fair Trading, rather than her music. Obviously they’re saving that for the damehood.
I did see Heavenly once, at one of their last gigs. I remember it being very hot and Cathy Rogers making some reference to the danger of hyperthermia, and Amelia thinking she meant hypothermia and… quite honestly, this anecdote isn’t as interesting as I’d hoped it would be. But rest assured it was a great gig.
Unfortunately, most of my Ameliana is on vinyl and I haven’t quite got the wherewithal to rip that yet. (Hopefully soon!). But here’s her one solo single, recorded just after Talulah Gosh split up in 1988 but not released until 1991, around the same time as Heavenly’s first album “Heavenly Vs Satan”. It’s in a synthpop style that was already long out of fashion by the time it was recorded (less Erasure, more Jona Lewie) but the B-side was redone with jingly jangly guitars by Heavenly as the B-side for their second single “Our Love Is Heavenly” (which had already been released by the time this version saw the light of day) and I’ve thrown that version in as a bonus.
- Can You Keep A Secret?
- Wrap My Arms Around Him
- Can You Keep A Secret? (12″ remix)
- Can You Keep A Secret? (Karaoke mix)
- BONUS TRACK!! Wrap My Arms Around Him (Heavenly version)
I was going to use Box.com and put up individual links, but they never sent me the confirmation email, so for now you’ll have to get the whole lot from Mediafire.
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