TITLE: Pubic Fruit
YEAR RELEASED: 1991
CHART ACTION: Not for the collection
SINGLES: Blindfold EP (#68 UK), Frozen EP (#34 UK), Cherry EP (#36 UK, #12 US Alternative)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You may know “Clipped” from Cherry
LINEUP: Toni Halliday, Dean Garcia, Debbie Smith, Alex Mitchell, Steve Monti
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Three 1991 EPs (thus I’m tagging it with that year) introduce a band that combines shoegaze distortion with some dance sensibilities.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While shoegaze was more of a ‘What are those wacky British bands up to with their noise and clatter?’ here in the states, it was kind of a big deal in the UK. Curve’s niche in it was combining the noise and distortion and vocal effects of bands like Ride or My Bloody Valentine, with accessible beats and dance rhythms. Toni Halliday’s vocals land on top of the cacophony and that combo makes for a great sonic mix.
It was a mix of styles that set them apart and for a while, but while some indie-minded folks jumped on the shoegaze bandwagon, it was subsumed by grunge here in the US.
These three EPs sound like Curve has their formula down out of the gate. The chart positions of the EPs in the UK are impressive and set the stage for further UK success and buzz.
The bad thing is that this is only streaming on YouTube. I didn’t realize that when I posted my review of a later Curve album, so sorry this is out of sequential order. Ah, well.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Garcia and Halliday met through Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there’s a remix added to this compilaiton
GRADE: A-: I wish it was streaming. It’s a great intro to Curve and one that you can dip your toe into shoegaze.