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Boomkat Product Review:
Glasgow's Night School do us all a favour, pressing Rose McDowell's post Strawberry Switchblade demos on vinyl for the first time, remastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) with bonus addition of 'Crystal Days' and 'Don't Fear The Reaper' (1988) from her solitary solo 12".
'Cut With The Cake Knife' a.k.a. 'The Sunflower Demos' was penned shortly after Rose and her bandmate Jill Bryson found worldwide pop acclaim between 1983-1985 as one of thee most exceptional and enduring New Wave duos, responsible for the legendary and eponymous 'Strawberry Switchblade' LP and a distinctive look/sound somewhere between The Cure and Minnie Mouse.
Going solo, Rose worked with a notable and even notorious bunch of Industrial and New Wave survivors such as Coil, Genesis P-Orridge and The Sugarcubes to pursue a unique line between bubblegum-pop and wry, adult songwriting, documented here in all its glory.
From dedications to fallen friends ('Tibet') thru a paean to Genesis P-Orridge ('On The Sun'), thru love songs recorded in Iceland ('Crystal Nights') to her sought-after single 1988 single ('Don't Fear The Reaper'), this collection documents a unique Glaswegian mindset in bloom; at once perky, provocative and properly pop. It's heavily required listening for '80s fans.