VARIOUS ARTISTS Velvet Tinmine – 20 Junk Shop Glam Ravers (2003)

Velvet Tinmine (2003)
Well-Titled Gathering Of Great Not-So-Greats

Relics from the Glam era. Don’t go looking for your favorites, though, as this is the stuff that fell between the cracks during those scant few years (between the UK’s pop and punk revivals) when Bowie, T. Rex and Sweet were ruling the ears of directionless Brits looking for something new. Velvet Tinmine is a gathering of those forgotten singles that lingered in record stores while the famous taste makers were shaping the latest wave. You’ll soon hear why. But, for fans of the genre, this collection still has all the pert guyliner riffs and pasty-faced hooks you’ve come to love and expect… just without the test of time. Being a Yank, none of these bands are familiar to me, and I suspect they may not even be familiar to many Brits, either. About all I knew was The Tartan Horde, an early Nick Lowe tongue-in-tribute to The Bay City Rollers (the single that would pave the way for his future with Stiff Records). That can’t be THE Damned, right? While most of this collection lacks the brilliance of the classic singles that shaped the (don’t blink) era, it’s important to note that – like its loose American equivalent, bubblegum/power pop – bottom-of-the-barrel glam doesn’t have to be good to be great. This is the original 2003 CD release. The 2009 reissue features four different (not additional) tunes; “Down At The Club” (Chaos), “Clap Your Hands And Stomp Your Feet” (Wild Angels), “Fraulein Love” (Space Waltz) & “Eight Days A Week” (Sparkle) replacing The Damned, Crunch, Shakane and Bearded Lady. If you’ve got those 4 tracks, let us know. Amazon

IRON VIRGIN Rebels Rule (3:14)
HELLO Another School Day (2:54)
WARWICK Let’s Get The Party Going (3:28)
THE DAMNED Morning Bird (2:31)
SISTERS Kick Your Boots Off (2:41)
FLAME Big Wheel Turning (3:41)
THE ARROWS Toughen Up (2:55)
CRUNCH Let’s Do It Again (2:53)
BEARDED LADY Rock Star (3:07)
SIMON TURNER (Baby) I Gotta Go (3:14)
BRETT SMILEY Va Va Va Voom (3:12)
SHAKANE Love Machine (2:51)
WASHINGTON FLYERS The Comets Are Coming (2:28)
STAVELY MAKEPEACE Slippery Rock 70s (2:51)
PLOD Neo City (3:26)
RICKY WILDE I Wanna Go To A Disco (3:06)
THE TARTAN HORDE (NICK LOWE) Bay City Rollers We Love You (3:38)
BIG WHEEL Shake A Tail, Pt. 1 (3:28)
FANCY Wild Thing (2:58)
TUBHUMPER Kick Out The Jams (2:30)


  • Willard
    August 30, 2011 - 10:27 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • pete
    August 30, 2011 - 13:13 | Permalink

    Good grief. I was there then (mostly) and have repressed every one of these except the Tartan Horde and a vague memory of the name Stavely Makepeace, which has a certain charm. The AllMusic rave is great: I look forward (I think) to, um, hearing them again. In the background. Of the next room.

    • Willard
      August 30, 2011 - 14:29 | Permalink

      That review is what sold me on listening in the first place. There’s always something to be said for mindless pop.

  • August 30, 2011 - 16:50 | Permalink

    None of these bands come to mind at all, except for Hello. I don’t anything by them, but I know I heard of the band. Of course, Nick Lowe is familiar, but not in this configuration.

  • bill
    August 30, 2011 - 18:10 | Permalink

    im pretty sure there is or was a youtube of andrew oldham and his ‘next big thing’brett smiley being interviewed on the russell harty show including a performance and the guy is one great pouting peach-in fact i think i have it downloaded-saddo that i am !

    • Willard
      August 30, 2011 - 18:11 | Permalink

      Nothing like a guilty pleasure. Thanks for the tip.

  • 3410
    August 30, 2011 - 18:21 | Permalink

    “Is that THE Damned?”

    Sadly, no.

    [Fave track: THE PLOD (Just “Plod”, I think) – Neo City (3:26)]

    • Willard
      August 30, 2011 - 19:09 | Permalink


    • livinginstereo
      March 9, 2013 - 01:54 | Permalink

      it is. it appears on the ep “New Rose” which is a track that also appears on the album damned damned damned

  • DrNo
    August 31, 2011 - 06:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting.

    At least two of these acts, Simon Turner & Ricky (brother of Kim) Wilde, came out of Jonathan King’s stable of one/no hit wonders. This year King has recycled “Baby I Gotta Go” with Johnny Bambino:

    • Willard
      August 31, 2011 - 07:55 | Permalink

      Interesting, thanks.

  • zigzagwanderer
    August 31, 2011 - 20:02 | Permalink

    Down at the Club , Fraulein Love & Eight Days A Week (Kristine Sparkle)
    are all on youtube . I’ve downloaded them & added to my copy of
    Velvet Tinmine .
    Some other compilations in a similar vein that are worth hearing :-
    Boobs – The Junkshop Glam Discotheque .
    Glitter From The Litter Bin .
    Glitterbest .

  • August 31, 2011 - 23:15 | Permalink

    What Fun!!!!!

  • Polk Salad Tranny
    September 1, 2011 - 03:28 | Permalink

    Benny Hill birds with Woolworth rhinestone diamond earrings…Leather Tuscadero, Eggs and Sausage and a side of toast

  • Matthew Best
    September 1, 2011 - 06:19 | Permalink

    That’s definitely not the Damned we all know (and love?). Their first single came out in 1976, whereas “Morning Bird” was released on Young Blood Records in 1974 (written by T. E. Fiserman, J. R. Davies, M. Nyere – none of whose names are familiar to me).

  • Anonymous
    September 1, 2011 - 06:48 | Permalink

    Nick Lowe on “Bay City Rollers We Love You”:

    • Willard
      September 1, 2011 - 09:30 | Permalink

      Great clip, thanks. Hearing Nick revisit the tune on acoustic guitar was a treat.

      Thanks for the info, Matt.

  • September 1, 2011 - 21:40 | Permalink

    This is great fun. Johnny Bambino blew my mind as the Jonathan King Pete Doherty.

  • DrPhil
    September 3, 2011 - 02:12 | Permalink

    Hey, zigzagwanderer: Check out some of the compilations on the UK label “Psychic Circle”,too.

  • April 12, 2012 - 14:52 | Permalink

    I realize this thread is pretty old, but if you’re interested, in addition to his unsuccessful career as a singer, Brett Smiley was a sometimes actor who played the title role in “Oliver!” on Broadway several years before he bared all as the Prince in Michael Pataki’s late ’70s x-rated take on “Cinderella” opposite Rainbeaux Smith and the great Sy Richardson (“Repo Man”/”Pushing Daisies”).

  • Willard
    April 12, 2012 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Sounds like there’s a Brett Smiley fan in the house. Thanks for the info.

  • Sniffity
    September 28, 2012 - 01:44 | Permalink

    Ricky Wilde was son of Marty and brother of Kim.

  • Anonymous
    November 28, 2014 - 03:33 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard!

    Some perfectly enjoyable tracks here. I reject the idea that these are guilty pleasures. A solid bubblegum song or glam song can stand on its own with any other rock music.

  • Mick Hall
    December 23, 2014 - 22:00 | Permalink

    Hi im the bass player who is on the video crunch lets do it again 1974 brought back still giging alas crunch is no more

    thanks Mick

    • Willard
      December 24, 2014 - 05:01 | Permalink

      Cool, thanks for the comment.

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2015 - 04:13 | Permalink

    This stuff is great. I don’t consider rockin’ glam/bubblegum as guilty pleasures at all. Just good tunes.

    Thanks Willard!

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