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Tuesday 07 July 2020

Leaving Transvision Vamp Behind Wendy James Releases Fan Picked AA-Side Single Ahead Of Rescheduled Date @ Concorde 2 Brighton

"I've been waiting this out," says Wendy James, one-time fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp, "always optimistic that Covid-19 dissolution might take less time than forecasted... but not so!"

Wendy continues: "It is clear from talking to the many promoters around the UK who run the venues I'm booked to play that a real gig cannot safely, legally and joyfully happen before 2021." 

Wendy began writing new album Queen High Straight, after a long stretch of writing/recording/delivering/touring her previous album The Price Of The Ticket. 

Wendy says of the title track: 

"I gravitated toward some jazzy type of chords which lent a gentle lilt to the song, it sounded smooth and it reminded me of when I was a young child listening to Sergio Mendes 'Brazil '66'! 

"Some of those lovely chord progressions, some of that lovely harmonizing the singers did and of course Bacharach and David."

"Overall, my taste and style have not changed with time," says Wendy. 

  

"The music that excites me now, ultimately, is the same as when I was starting out songwriting and back through my days in Transvision Vamp. 

"I continue to marvel at Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, I continue to be blown away by The Stooges, I continue to be everlastingly enthralled by Bob Dylan, but of course, the older one gets the more one discovers and I am now informed more cohesively and fully by all the music, new and old, which settles into my consciousness.

"My track listings are never altered from the order in which I write the songs, maybe it"s because it's too tangential for me to try to shuffle songs around but really I think, in some kind of holistic way, the order in which the songs are written must surely be the very most natural order for them to be listed in. 


"Around about the track "Bliss Hotel" I hit a wall. I did not know where the inspiration was going to come from! But then somehow, miraculously, it comes again and one pushes on through, as it turned out, to some of my favourite songs on the entire album. 

"My perfect moment? 'Cancel It... I"ll See Him On Monday'; it was a 'Eureka' moment. 

"I ran out into the garden and started dancing, "I've got it! I've got it!!!""

Elsewhere on the album, Wendy embraces Motown with Here Comes The Beautiful One and Little Melvin, she returns, once again, to her favourite guitar guttural filth and sex for Perilous Beauty and an unlikely sounding love song in Chicken Street,90's pop groove in Ratfucking, melancholia in Testimonial, Django Reinhardt whimsy in I'll Be Here When The Morning Comes

On The Impression Of NormalcyWendy says: 

"Thanks to James Sclavunos, who told me to "speed the fucking song up", I have a proper speed punk song." 

Finally, Kill Some Time Blues is the ultimate 60s girl group number and has been picked by fans as a AA-sided single alongside Marlene Et Fleu

Wendy James plays Concorde 2, Brighton, on Thursday 29th April 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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