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Colouful girls produce cheer up music!!,
This review is from: Fuzzbox - Look At The Hits On That! (Audio CD)
Despite a wildly inappropriate cover that would be more suited to an r n' b compilation, this is a well put together little package by one of the UK's most misunderstood and "guaranteed-to-put-a-smile-on-yer-face" bands. Fuzzbox (or We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It to give them their original name) were four girls from Birmingham with rudimentary musical skills, hair like an explosion in a felt pen factory and the great sense that they were blagging it, which makes their eventual major label and "Top Of The Pops" fame all the more heart-warming.
Although they only produced two albums and a handful of singles their progress is comparable to other bands over a decade, with the early punky squawk of "Rules & Regulations" and "Love Is The Slug" contrasted with the slick pop-rock of dayglo chart hits like "International Rescue" and "Pink Sunshine" like a more ramshackle UK version of The Bangles. All the singles are accounted for and Disc 1 is padded out with some 21st Century remixes, as well as cuts from the aborted album they were working on at the time of their split, which show an injection of their earlier guitar sound into the pop choruses and leaves a sad taste at a career seemingly unfulfilled.
It is the DVD that proves the real essential part of the package though, with all their promos providing an opportunity to see how their visual side changed along with the music. Early clips are cheap with the girls resembling Bananarama before Stock, Aitken and Waterman got the stylists in. Later numbers though - while still being an explosion of colour and energy - are sleeker, more polished and really play up the sexiness, especially lead singer Vix who emerges from the shock of hair and charity shop clobber into a real minx guaranteed to keep the Dads glued during their Thursday night telly appearances.
Fuzzbox then: strange group, mostly forgotten but at the same time much missed. And you can bet your life that members of Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland and L7 must have been aware of them, and if only for that reason, we should all be very grateful.