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The Pastels

The Pastels are a group from Glasgow, Scotland, UK. They have been described as an 'almost pop' group. As the description implies, the group have some pop elements but miss out on others, and have never charted. Their early records (1982-85) for labels like Whaam!, Creation, Rough Trade, and Glass Records, had a raw and immediate sound, melodic and amateur, which seemed all at odds with the time. But an emerging fanzine culture identified with the group's sound and image, and slowly The Pastels started to influence a new wave of groups, which interested the NME and other UK media. By now T ...read more

The Pastels are a group from Glasgow, Scotland, UK. They have been described as an 'almost pop' group. As the description implies, the group have some pop elements but miss out on others, and have never charted. Their early records (1982-85) for labels like Whaam!, Creation, Rough Trade, and Glass Records, had a raw and immediate sound, melodic and amateur, which seemed all at odds with the time. But an emerging fanzine culture identified with the group's sound and image, and slowly The Pastels started to influence a new wave of groups, which interested the NME and other UK media. By now The Pastels were evolving and, although part of the NME's C86 compilation, in interviews they always sought to distance themselves from both twee and shambling developments. Their debut album, Up for a Bit With The Pastels (Glass, 1987) was quite strange, moving from garage pop-punk through to ballads with synth orch splashes. The follow-up, Sittin' Pretty (Chapter 22, 1989) was harder but less interesting. Reports started to appear in the UK music press that the group was splitting up.

Eventually it became clear that a new line-up was configuring around original members, Stephen McRobbie and Annabel Wright (Aggi), now joined by Katrina Mitchell. This line-up is probably the best known of The Pastels' various phases, and often featured either David Keegan (Shop Assistants) or Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub) on guitar. They signed with the emerging Domino Records and completed two albums, Mobile Safari (1995) and Illumination (1997), which showed them developing an odd, particular sound - melancholic and awkward, but warm and engaging. A remix set featured My Bloody Valentine, Jim O'Rourke and others - Illuminati (1998). Their most recent release is the soundtrack to David Mackenzie's The Last Great Wilderness (Geographic, 2003), which, made for film or not, is one of the most 'complete' Pastels albums. It features a track recorded in collaboration with Pulp's Jarvis Cocker. In 2006, The Pastels developed and completed new music for a theatre production by Glasgow based company, 12 Stars.

The Pastels now operate their own Geographic Music label through Domino, and are partners in Glasgow's Monorail Music shop. « hide

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LPs
Slow Summits
05/27/2013

3.3
5 Votes
Illumination
1997

4
4 Votes
Mobile Safari
1994

4
4 Votes
Sittin' Pretty
1989

3.7
5 Votes
Up for a Bit with The Pastels
1987

3.8
6 Votes
EPs
Thru' Your Heart
1991

Speeding Motorcycle
1991

Different Drum
1990

4.5
1 Votes
Truck Train Tractor
1986

Million Tears
1984

4
1 Votes
Something Going On
1984

4
1 Votes
I Wonder Why
1983

Songs for Children
1982

4
1 Votes
Compilations
Illuminati
1998

Truckload of Trouble
1993

5
1 Votes
Suck On
1988

5
1 Votes

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