Spearmint   : The Flaming Lips

Spearmint : The Flaming Lips

Giving indie a bad name since 1998, this awful group's latest single borrows its verse and chorus directly from Pulp's 'Common People' and is about falling out with your girlfriend at a Flaming Lips gig. The singer's a drip and the guitars sound...

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London W1 Wag Club

London W1 Wag Club

So, this is what music was like in the 20th century. One! Motown drums. Two! Ibizan hums. Three! Sixties strums. Four! Smiths-style lyrical glums. Alright, let's go! In many ways, Spearmint offer a guided sonic tour of some of the most...

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A Week Away

A Week Away

The story goes something like this. A bandhelmed by a man named Shirley form in 1995 - Britpop's fleeting prime. They start their own record labelon which they release a flurry of euphoric northern soul-inflected singles and sweep the nation's...

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Spearmint  : Sweeping the nation

Spearmint : Sweeping the nation

It starts like this: "This song is dedicated to some of the best bands in the country. Some of the bands we never got to hear. Bands who never got any records out, bands who never got played on the radio, never got written about in the press..."...

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Spearmint  : It won't be long now

Spearmint : It won't be long now

Ooh, there's some clever stuff going on here in the guitar-dropout department. This is whiny indie bollocks but it's top drawer, gold-plated, massively endowed whiny indie bollocks. Do we sniff real talent, here? Yes, if Spearmint tried to be...

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London King's Cross Water Rats

London King's Cross Water Rats

It's one of the great mysteries of pop why people with the best record collections often make the worst music. Dreaming of Scritti Politti and Pulp, Spearmint singer Shirley Lee must have spent hours, sorry years, planning his own glorious pop...

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Songs For The Colour Yellow

Songs For The Colour Yellow

OF SUCH STUFF ARE CULT legends made. He's nearly 40, his name is Shirley, he's been writing cracking pop records for ages and his band have only played outside London once. While Shirley Lee and Spearmint have been slurping from the...

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