This is flexi pop


Again from Lemon Meringue Pantry, a page which as it emerges blinking into the bright light of the digital age should now become a primary source for all historians of the flexi disc.

See also ‘Disposable pop: a history of the flexi disc’.

You’ll have to excuse the embarrassing assertion about the Pastels.  The affair didn’t last long, but I confess I did play the ‘Million tears’ 12 inch half a million times.

Shame the Shamen didn’t make the flexi chart that featured on the following page.  Their Wayward Wednesday in May affair dates from well before they encountered ‘Ebeneezer Goode’; both ‘Four letter girl’ and ‘Stay in Bed’ are classic examples of moody eighties psychedelia which at the time made them seem like the negative to the positive of the Jasmine Minks.  Acid or mushrooms rather than ecstasy, I guess.

Let’s give you that all-important flexi top ten:

  1. The Oinklettes – The Oink song (Marc Riley in disguise and as part of a team launching a new comic called Oink!)
  2. The Chesterfields – Nose out of joint
  3. The Jam – Boy about town
  4. The Pastels – I wonder why
  5. The Soup Dragons – If you were the only girl in the world…
  6. The Laughing Apple – Wouldn’t you
  7. A Riot Of Colour – Skink (‘While you were out, I changed my address…’)
  8. The Shop Assistants – Home again
  9. Laugh – Take your time yeah!
  10. XTC – Looking for footprints

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