Riffling through my 7″s #2


I don’t know about you, but i’m sick to death of celebrity culture. Sick of hearing about Jordan and Pete, Posh and Becks…I culd go on, but i can feel my blood pressure rising already…

Back in 1996, the Spice Girls came along. They were fun, if completely packaged. Then again, even the Fall employ (or employed) a stylist, and the Beatles didn’t choose to wear those Pierre Cardin suits themselves, so it was hardly new in the music business. Hell, the Spice girls even made the cover of the NME.

Not everyone was a fan. Including four girls from Reading, who obviously did have a clue about a) punk rock and b) what it means to be female. The Period Pains released one single ‘Spice Girls (Who Do you Think You Are?)’ which was played by John Peel and Steve Lamacq, reaching no.87 in the charts and no.4 in Peel’s Festive Fifty of that year. A five track EP entitled the BBC Sessions appeared in 1999, and that was yer lot. Singer Chloe Alper now plays with Pure Reason Revolution.

Period Pains -‘Spice Girls (Who do you think you are?’ mp3

Period Pains -‘Just 17.’ mp3

Period Pains -‘Heroes.’ mp3 (No, not the Bowie song)


Period Pains -‘Spice Girls (Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC Session version).’ mp3

Period Pains on Wikipedia

Five festive Fifty Favourites for a monday

A few more Peel related tracks that

Period Pains -‘Spice girls (Who Do You Think You Are?)’ mp3 (Session version -if there is a non-session version please let me know!) (1997 Festive Fifty no.4)

Sportique -‘The Kids Are Solid Gold.’ mp3 (1998 Festive FIfty no.45)

Sodastream -‘Turnstyle.’ mp3 (1998 Festive Fifty no.46)

My long battles to find these were due to the fact I didn’t know these two Mark E. Smith collaborations were in fact available on a Fall compilation.

Long Fin Killie featuring Mark E Smith – ‘The Heads Of Dead Surfers.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.10)

Dose -‘Plug Myself In.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.44)