I’ve never really got into Win. The arty alternative pop quintet from Edinburgh released two albums in the latter half of the 1980s and got rather popular in Scotland off the back of “You’ve Got The Power” being used in a TV advert for McEwan’s Lager. However as I was growing up in Southern England at the time, I don’t have that association. I know them more for their second album giving its title to a blog full of pretentious guff, which is one reason I’ve become rather suspicious of Win.
Still, here’s the first, pretentiously-titled (uh-oh!) album. It includes “You’ve Got The Power” and also a version of “Super Popoid Groove”, which reached the heights of #63 in the UK Top 75 singles chart compiled by Gallup for Music Week and the BBC. (According to the recent BBC Scotland documentary series “Rip It Up”, “You’ve Got The Power” also sold well enough to enter the top 75 but was excluded due to suspicious buying patterns, i.e. all its sales were in Scotland. Which may be true. It’s a good series, by the way… it’ll probably turn up on BBC Four soon.) “Un-American Broadcasting” and “Shampoo Tears” were also singles. The B sides of “Shampoo Tears” are here.
Link: Win – Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon) (password: salad)
1. Super Popoid Groove
2. Shampoo Tears
3. Binding Love Spell
4. Un-American Broadcasting
5. Hollywood Baby Too
6. Empty Holsters
7. You’ve Got The Power
8. Charms of Powerful Trouble
9. It May Be A Beautiful Sky Tonight But It’s Only A Shelter For A World At Risk
10. Charms reprise
11. Baby Cutting
12. Shampoo Tears (remix)
13. You’ve Got The Power (remix)
It tends to take me bloomin’ ages to write these posts, and I go on so much that I’m always a bit worried about the whole “dancing about architecture” thing. So I thought I would have a go at writing a post in the time it takes to rip and upload my chosen tracks.
So, Win. The band, not the concept. Actually I probably should know more about Win, but I’m not a native Scot and so missed out on the whole thing where they almost had a hit with “You’ve Got The Power”. Still, armed with a CD compilation someone made for me a few years back, I have ripped some tracks… and just realised they don’t quite match the 12″ single I thought they did, because according to Discogs the 12″ mix didn’t actually actually appear on the 12″ single at all. Brilliant. So, instead of the actual 12″ single, what I’m posting here represents the 12″ single as it clearly ought to have been. That’s my excuse, and if you don’t like it, tough.
Oh yeah, anyway… this is one of the singles from Win’s first album Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon). According to Discogs, “Win were a Scottish band from the 1980s. Formed by Invalid Artist after the demise of Fire Engines.” Good old Invalid Artist, I really dug his solo album Entry Not Found. In any case, Win were an arty alternative pop band. I imagine some of them went to art school. What you need to know is that “Shampoo Tears” has an earworm of a riff and a lyric that I’m pretty sure isn’t meant to make any sense whatsoever. And one of the B-sides is a T.Rex cover.
Link: Win – Shampoo Tears (12″ mix which as we’ve already established isn’t actually a 12″ mix at all)
Link: Win – Shampoo Tears (dub mix, we’re on fairly safe ground with this one. Sorry about the surface noise, it’s the only rip I’ve got)
Link: Win – Empty Holsters (B-side version)
Link: Win – The Slider
I would say that went about as well as could be expected.