Released today in 1987: Revolution Baby

MCA TVV1

MCA TVV1

In The Smash Hits Yearbook 1990 (published in October 1989), Wendy James was featured in a feature entitled ‘The Nosey Parker Interview’. Asked “Who are you then?”, she responded “What? Do you want me to say ‘Wendy James’?” and when advised that the point was she should say something about who she was, she said “I’m a 23-year old stable, intelligent, sussed young lady.” In December 1986, she was a 20-year old opinionated, feisty, ambitious young lady who had just signed a record deal with MCA. She was born ten years or so too late as she would have been perfect to front a band at the height of punk, but her group, Transvision Vamp, were the late 80s equivalent: an “alternative rock” act, albeit it one signed to a major label, and two of the band’s original line-up had previously been members of bona fide punk bands. Despite a comprehensive promotional campaign for this, their debut single, they failed to score a hit initially. It wasn’t until it was re-issued a year later that it made the Top 40.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Aug. 24
1984
AZTEC CAMERA (Roddy Frame) All I Need Is Everything (WEA AC1)
The SMITHS William, It Was Really Nothing (Rough Trade RT166)
1987
ABC The Night You Murdered Love (Neutron NT112)
Derek B Get Down (Music Of Life 7NOTE007)
The CULT (Ian Astbury) Wild Flower (Beggars Banquet BEG195)
DEPECHE MODE Never Let Me Down Again (Mute BONG14)
The HOUSEMARTINS Me And The Farmer (Go! Discs GOD19)
TRANSVISION VAMP (Wendy James) Revolution Baby (MCA TVV1)
U2 Where The Streets Have No Name (Island IS340)

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