Lets Hear It For The Ladies


The Raincoats

The Raincoats were founded in 1977 by Ana da Silva (vocals, guitars) and Gina Birch (vocals, bass) while they were students at the Hornsey College of Art in London, England. Often cited as an influence on the “Riot Grrrl” branch of the feminist movement the earliest incarnation of the group included Ross Crighton on guitar and Nick Turner on drums; but it wasn’t until late in 1978 when The Raincoats became an all female post-punk band with the addition of Palmolive of The Slits (drums), Vicky Aspinall (violin) and manager Shirley O’Loughlin. Rough Trade Records released their debut single “Fairytale in the Supermarket”/ “In Love”/ “Adventures Close to Home” in May 1979, after which, with the Swiss female band Kleenex, they went on their first U.K. tour.

Following the release of their seminal debut full-length, The Raincoats, Palmolive left the band and was replaced by Ingrid Weiss. 1980 saw the group begin recording their sophomore album, Odyshape, which featured guest musicans Robert Wyatt and This Heat’s Charles Hayward and Richard Dudanski. 1980 also saw them touring Europe and the US east coast.

Recorded live at the New York City art space The Kitchen The Kitchen Tapes were released in December 1982. Their fourth and last full-length, Moving, was released in 1984, after which the group members began working on solo projects.

Were it not for Kurt Cobain The Raincoats might have remained relatively unknown, but on a trip to London in 1992 he met Ana da Silva, a meeting which he was to write passionately about in the liner notes for Nirvana’s Incesticide album. With a new found interest in the group Rough Trade and DCG Records re-released The Raincoats, Odyshape and Moving in late 1993. In celebration of the albums re-releases Ana da Silva and Gina Birch were persuaded to play a show with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Anne Wood on violin. Recorded for John Peel the session was later released as Extended Play.

1996 saw the release of Looking in the Shadows but since then the group has been content with playing a limited amount of special events such as Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown (festival) in 2001; at Chicks on Speed’s “99 cents” album release in Berlin in December 2003, Ladyfest Leeds in April 2007 and the Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyon on 18th May 2007.




“Fairytale In The Supermarket” (7″) (Rough Trade UK) 1979
“Running Away / No Ones Little Girl” (7″) (Rough Trade UK) 1982
“Don’t Be Mean” (7″) (Rough Trade UK) 1995
“Don’t Be Mean” (CD, Single) (Rough Trade UK)1995


Animal Rhapsody (12″) (Rough Trade UK)
Extended Play (10″, EP, CD, Maxi) (Blast First, Smells Like Records) 1994


The Raincoats (LP) (Rough Trade UK) 1979
Odyshape (LP, Album) (Rough Trade UK, Femme Music) 1981
Moving (LP) (Rough Trade UK) 1983
The Kitchen Tapes (Cass) (ROIR) 1983
The Raincoats (CD) (Geffen Records) 1993
Moving (CD) (Rough Trade UK) 1993
Odyshape (CD) (Geffen Records) 1993
Looking In The Shadows (CD, Album) (Geffen Records, Rough Trade UK) 1996
The Kitchen Tapes (CD) (ROIR) 1998


“In Love” Wanna Buy A Bridge? (LP) (Rough Trade US) 1980
“Shouting Out Loud” Best / Rough Trade (Cass) (Rough Trade UK) 1981
“Shouting Out Loud” NME / Rough Trade C81 (Cass) (New Musical Express) 1981
“In Love” Clear Cut (LP) (Rough Trade UK) 1981
“No-One’s Little Girl” Rough Trade Deutschland Compilation (LP) (Rough Trade Germany) 1983
“No Ones Little Girl” Rough Trade Records / MNW (LP) (MNW) 1983
“Dreaming In The Past” Requiem By Rough Trade (CD, Album) (Japan Record) 1984
“No-One’s Little Girl” (Thanks To Rough Trade For) A Constant Source Of Interruption (CD) (Rough Trade UK) 1990
“In Love” Lipstick Traces (CD) (Rough Trade UK) 1993
“Off Duty Trip” Totally Wired (CD) (Razor & Tie) 1995
“I Keep Walking” The Great Summer Pop Sampler (CD, Smplr, Promo) (Pop Culture Press) 1996
“In Love” Preference – Selected Songs 1987-1991 (CD, Album) (Harriet Records) 1997
“No One’s Little Girl” Postpunk Chronicles: Left Of The Dial (CD) (Rhino) 1999
“Fairytale In The Supermarket” Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years (4xCD) (Mute Records Ltd.) 2001
“Animal Rhapsody (Dennis Bovell Mix)” DJ-Kicks (2xLP) (Studio !K7) 2003
“Animal Rhapsody” DJ-Kicks (CD) (Studio !K7) 2003
“Lola” Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk 01 (2xCD) (Mute Records Ltd.) 2003
“Fairytale In The Supermarket” Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground (4xCD, RM + Box) (Rhino) 2004
“Only Loved At Night” Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 (CD) (V2 Records, Inc.) 2006
“Shouting Out Loud” Girlmonster (3xCD) (Chicks On Speed Records) 2006
“Monk Chant” Silver Monk Time: A Tribute To The Monks (2xCD) (Play Loud! Productions) 2006


“The Void” Hole Lotta Love (CD, Com) (Chrome Hearts) 1995

The Raincoats – Odyshape (1993)

Playing Time: 35 minutes 22 seconds



The Raincoats - Odyshape



1. Shouting Out Loud (4:58)
2. Family Treet (4:14)
3. Only Loved at Night (3:34)
4. Dancing in My Head (5:28)
5. Odyshape (3:41)
6. And Then It’s OK. (3:10)
7. Baby Song (4:57)
8. Red Shoes (2:56)
9. Go Away (2:24)



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Look Blue Go Purple

LBGP began in 1983 “in a Dunedin practice room under a motorcycle shop, using borrowed instruments they didn’t really know how to play.” Part of the second wave of Dunedin, New Zealand bands they were contemporaries to bands like the Double Happys, Verlaines and Sneaky Feelings. The band consisted of bassist Kathy Bull, guitarists Denise Roughan and Kath Webster, Norma O’Malley on keyboards and flute and drummer Lesley Paris.

“With guitars, voices and flute, LBGP produced multi-layered music that was big and warm but never overbearing.”

The band was also conscious of their position in the male dominated world of rock,

Lesley Paris pointed out in a Listener interview, “lots of people, especially women, say it’s really encouraging and almost inspirational to see us play”.

Only together for four years the group released three eps on New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records, all of which are collected on 1991’s Compilation.

Their debut EP, Bewitched, released in 1985 was met with widespread acclaim, but their sophomore release 1986’s LBDPEP2 made it’s way to New Zealand’s Top 20, partly on the strength of the ever popular “Cactus Cat.”




Bewitched (Flying Nun Records) 1985
LBDPEP2 (12″) (Flying Nun Records) 1986
This Is This (12″) (Flying Nun Records) 1988


LBGPEPs (Flying Nun Records) 1986
Compilation (Flying Nun Records) 1991


“Circumspect Penelope” Tuatara – A Flying Nun Compilation (Flying Nun Europe) 1986
“Cactus Cat” In Love With These Times (CD, LP) (Flying Nun Europe) 1989
“I Don’t Want You Anyway” Getting Older 1981-1991 (Cass, CD) (Flying Nun Records, Festival Records) 1991
“Ralta” But I Can Write Songs Okay (3xCD) (Yellow Eye Music) 1996
“Cactus Cat” Scarfies OST (Flying Nun Records) 1999
“Cactus Cat” In Love With These Times / Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (2xCD) (Flying Nun Records) 2004
“I Don’t Want You Anyway” 25 Years (4xCD, Ltd, RM, Box) (Flying Nun Records) 2006


“Cactus Cat” Very Short Films (DVD) (Flying Nun Records) 2004
“Circumspect Penelope” Second Season – Flying Nun DVD II (Flying Nun Records) 2004







Look Blue Go Purple – Compilation (1991)

Playing Time: 44 minutes 15 seconds



Look Blue Go Purple - compilation



1. Safety In Crosswords (3:17)
2. As Does The Sun (3:15)
3.100 Times (2:38)
4. Winged Rumour (4:12)
5. Grace (2:02)
6. Circumspect Penelope (2:58)
7. Hiawatha (3:29)
8. Cactus Cat (3:27)
9. Vain Hopes (4:40)
10. I Don’t Want You Anyway (2:57)
11. In Your Favour (2:41)
12. Year Of The Tiger (2:34)
13. Conscious Unconscious (3:29)
14. Days Of Old (2:36)



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