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Listen22. Turning You Blue (Campfire Mix)14:11Album Only

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The Flatmates released five singles between 1986 and 1988. Their singles all reached the upper regions of the UK Indie Chart, culminating with a number one placing for "Shimmer". Formed in Bristol in summer 1985, by Martin Whitehead, proprietor at the time of a weekly indie venue called The Mission Club, and "Rocker", the city's most notorious music fan. Lacking inspiration for an esoteric name, they adopted the tag stuck on them by their friends - "The Flatmates". As part of the first wave of the mid-eighties resurgence of guitar-pop, they ran (and gigged) with the C86 crowd, but spurned the coy affectations of "cutism". Taking a cue from the Modern Lovers their first demos featured covers of Velvet Underground and Stooges songs. Echoes of the Shangri Las and Ronettes run through their tunes - part of a musical heritage that treads the line where classic, concise, tuneful pop meets the attitude and anarchy of rock'n'roll. If the Flatmates bore the influence of any one band though, it was their spiritual godfathers, The Ramones, to whom they paid tribute in the form of "I Don't Care". The Flatmates arrived at a time when pop was shiny and nice girls didn't play in rock bands. They never made it to the pop charts, but shortly after their demise, the likes of The Primitives, The Sundays, The Darling Buds, Lush and Elastica did.

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Sounds fresh after twenty-four years 17 Aug. 2012
By The Coach - Published on Amazon.com
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Have you ever heard a song from the 80's on your radio or in a store and think to yourself, "Yep, that's the 80's" and then think, "Don't know what all the fuss was about"? A lot of 80's music, especially from the later half of that decade, has not traveled well.

The Flatmates, who never released an album during their short career in the 1980's Indie Pop scene in Britain, sound fresh today. Jangling guitars, rambunctious drumbeats and the modern classic voice of lead singer Deb Haynes keep it that way. The group has described its sound as "Ronnie Spector fronting a house band featuring members of the Ramones, Buzzcocks and Orange Juice."

Whatever the genesis of their sound, it worked. The Flatmates scored several hits in the top ten of the British Indie Singles chart, with the anthemic "Shimmer" going all the way to number one.

Maybe it's because we didn't hear them in their own place and time that their sound is still relevant today. Or it could be their lack of cheesy 80's effervescence. But it could be they were just that good.
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