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Comment: Rare 1981 UK Original With The Limited Edition "Pleasure Bag" (Sticker, Punch Out Stencil, Word Puzzle Inside A Nifty Designed Paper Bag) And Custom Insert. Some Ink Stains On Front Cover. Vinyl Appears Unplayed. “Featuring, Oddly Enough, A Pre-Fame Thomas Dolby Here And There On Keyboards, Girls At Our Best's Sole Album, Pleasure, Is An Underrated Delight, Tempering The Sometimes Harsh Edge Of The Earliest Singles To An Equally Passionate And Entertaining Approach Not Afraid To Be Calm Here And There. With Harper Now Firmly Settled Into The Drum Seat, The Quartet Touched On Everything From Siouxsie And The Banshees' Arty Edge To Gang Of Four Aggro-Funk And Full-On Power Pop Catchiness, And Did So Brilliantly. Evans' Voice Was At Its Considerable Best At Many Points, Sometimes So Light That It Was Hard To Catch What Was Being Sung, But Often Able To Deliver Her Sometimes Wry, Sometimes Sunny, But Always Smart Sentiments Just Right. The Hilarious Rip On Capitalist Dreams "Waterbed Babies" And The Sly "China Blue" Are Two Particular Winners. The Sprightly, Full-Bodied Music Didn't Lack For Excitement Either, And Unlike The Rote Exercise That Much Of Indie Rock Later Became, There's Still An Exploratory, Honest Freshness About The Ar
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Rare 1981 UK Original With The Limited Edition "Pleasure Bag" (Sticker, Punch Out Stencil, Word Puzzle Inside A Nifty Designed Paper Bag) And Custom Insert. Some Ink Stains On Front Cover. Vinyl Appears Unplayed. “Featuring, Oddly Enough, A Pre-Fame Thomas Dolby Here And There On Keyboards, Girls At Our Best's Sole Album, Pleasure, Is An Underrated Delight, Tempering The Sometimes Harsh Edge Of The Earliest Singles To An Equally Passionate And Entertaining Approach Not Afraid To Be Calm Here And There. With Harper Now Firmly Settled Into The Drum Seat, The Quartet Touched On Everything From Siouxsie And The Banshees' Arty Edge To Gang Of Four Aggro-Funk And Full-On Power Pop Catchiness, And Did So Brilliantly. Evans' Voice Was At Its Considerable Best At Many Points, Sometimes So Light That It Was Hard To Catch What Was Being Sung, But Often Able To Deliver Her Sometimes Wry, Sometimes Sunny, But Always Smart Sentiments Just Right. The Hilarious Rip On Capitalist Dreams "Waterbed Babies" And The Sly "China Blue" Are Two Particular Winners. The Sprightly, Full-Bodied Music Didn't Lack For Excitement Either, And Unlike The Rote Exercise That Much Of Indie Rock Later Became, There's Still An Exploratory, Honest Freshness About The Ar

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Happy Birthday
  • ASIN: B000057XI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By amysamm on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A gem that is finally back in print, Girls At Our Best's Pleasure, originally released in 1981, IS a true pleasure! The vocals are the sweetest, high-pitched pop (which cannot be compared to any other band in existence), while the music is post-punk at it's best - choppy guitar and heavy bass hooks (think Gang of Four without the politics or Delta 5 with a more pop than punk edge). Hopefully the CD includes all their non-LP singles, which are also notable. After 1981, Girls At Our Best! disappeared only to be found in the used bins. Hopefully this reissue will keep them in existence doing what they do best for much, much longer!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil C. Nicholson on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an interesting item I was just recently turned on to recently (by amysamm, see her list, she rocks). Interesting because just when I thought I knew everything about punk and new wave girl bands, here comes another. Interesting because their approach is so different. Their first single (the first two tracks on this cd) is a brilliant slice of post-punk that reminds me of the best work of the Slits, Kleenex/Liliput, Delta 5, Raincoats, Au Pairs, etc. Their sound changed dramatically over the course of one track however, into a super fluffy bubblegum punk-pop that at times recalls the Vaselines and their vocalist Frances McKee. The formula is less successful than the Vaselines but still remains entertaining. Aside from their first single, I wouldn't nessecarily claim this group to be essential, but for people like myself with a genuine interest in women in rock in the late70's/early 80's this is a document of work that will find a happy home within your collection.
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By Graham New on December 24, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fantastic original music.Trying assign a genre label on GAOB is kind of a silly thing to attempt. They were around when post punk/art punk and all that was going on but they pretty much bucked trends and did their own thing and just made some brilliant songs. They were a big influence on some great bands like the Wedding Present, Tallulah Gosh, etc.
Make sure to give the whole album a listen and not just the first handful of better known tracks.
A must have.
Buy it now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AlleyCat Advocat on November 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have this on vinyl, and it still remains one of my desert island faves after 25 years. Just lovely, and "too big fo ryour boots" is an anthem for the wayward new wavers of 2 decades ago.
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