Wednesday, March 3, 2010

reasons to love nyc popfest: amelia fletcher

Reason #9 why the NYC Popfest is going to be awesmoe this year is simple. Amelia Fletcher is going to be there with the Tender Trap. For longer than many of us would care to think about, Amelia has been the voice of indie pop. Whether as part of Talulah Gosh, singing backups for the Wedding Present, the Pooh Sticks and Hefner, or leading her own bands Marine Research, the Tender Trap and Heavenly, the band who (along with the Orchids) soundtracked many of my happiest moments in the early 90s, her voice, her image, her toughness and her unerring ability to craft great pop songs has been nothing short of inspirational. I saw her about six zillion years ago with the Pooh Sticks, singing backup, throwing candy to the crowd, and writing on Hue's chest with lipstick but this is the first time I'll be able to see her singing her own songs. I'll be the guy down front in the striped shirt and the moony expression....oh wait, that's surely no help at all! We'll all be down there dressed to cuddle, right guys? To celebrate Amelia's awesmoeness, I put together a little mix of a bunch of her finest moments. Stick around for the last track to experience Amelia's alternate universe attempt to become Kylie. Call me nuts but it may be the best thing she's ever done.

Heavenly - "Starshy" 
Talulah Gosh - "I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Thank God)"
Marine Research - "Parallel Horizontal"
Tender Trap - "Oh Katrina"
Heavenly - "Modestic"
Hefner - "Good Fruit"   
The Pooh Sticks - "Sweet Baby James"
Heavenly - "C Is The Heavenly Option"  
Heavenly - "Over And Over"  
The 6ths - "Looking for Love (in the Hall of Mirrors)"
The Tender Trap - "Talking Backwards"
Heavenly - "Nous Ne Sommes Pas Des Anges"  
Amelia Fletcher - "Wrap My Arms Around Him"

As a bonus here's the 12" mix of  "Can You Keep A Secret?", the other song from Amelia's spectacularly short career as a disco dolly.

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