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If looks could kill...

Transvision Vamp is an English group formed in 1986 by Nick Christian Sayer and Wendy James, who will be quickly joined by Dave Parsons (ex The Partisans), Tex Axile (ex The Moors Murderers and ex X-Ray Spex) and Pol Burton.

The group signed to MCA at the end of 1986 and released their first single "Revolution baby" the following year in 1987, a highly regarded single.

They will have to wait yet another year and the year 1988 to finally see their efforts rewarded with the title "Tell that girl to shut up", a single which will be a significant success on both sides of the Atlantic. But also, and above all, with the enormous single "I want your love", a single that will make a real worldwide hit and literally explode their international notoriety.

The same year released their first album "Pop art", album which will confirm their meteoric rise to the heights.

The album "Velveteen" which came out a year later in 1989 was going to do even stronger than its predecessor (except in the United States where it was not even ranked, which was surprising to say the least). 4 top hits will be extracted, namely "The only one", "Landslide of love", "Born to be sold" and "Baby I don’t care", a title which remains to this day their best ranking as a single in England.

On the strength of these multiple successes, they will attempt the transition to the next decade, but it will prove to be much more complicated to manage than expected. Indeed, the album "Little magnets versus the bubble of Babble" which was released in 1991 under the ARIA label (MCA having refused to produce it) was not really going to achieve the same level of success as its predecessors. He will still manage to produce the flagship single "(I just wanna) B with U", single which will unfortunately be the last notorious success of the group.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Revolution baby 1987

  • Tell that girl to shup up 1988

  • I want your love 1988

  • Sister moon 1988

  • Baby I don’t care 1989

  • The only one 1989

  • Lanslide of love 1989

  • Born to be sold 1989

  • (I just wanna) B with U 1991

  • If looks could kill 1991


Clips :

1987 ... a first title which immediately sets the trend : with them, it will pulse, that's clear. After that remains to be seen how far...?

1988 ... a sequel synonymous with a luxury cover with this revisited version of the title of Holly And The Italians dating from 1979. A version for the less successful since it offers the group its first global success !

1988 ... from the 3rd title, it's the jackpot ! On a totally supercharged title, the group won the biggest success of all its discography and enters One Shot into the musical legend of the 80s. All good as they say !

1988 ... the group also knows how to do with relative softness and relative finesse. The proof with this title which works my faith very well !

1989 ... we suspected that the group would quickly regain its fundamentals. And even if they will never find the level of success reached on 'I want your love', that does not prevent them from continuing to unroll quietly ...

1989 ... a 'boost' mode that will forever remain their Factory brand. Too bad they did not use other paths and especially other tempos ....

1989 ... it was enough to say it to see them dare something else. Another facet of their talent which feels good and which shows above all that when they want, they can change the register !

1989 ... a great year 1989 with a plethora of titles and quality on every level. Not sure that it will last like that for a long time but what is taken is no longer to be taken ...

1991 ... the transition to the 90s is not really going to succeed for them unfortunately. They will try it but the result will not really be what they expected ...

1991 ... the last title, and yes, already. The adventure only lasted four short years, but whatever the case, the adventure was beautiful and allowed them to exist at the highest level. What more !


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