Love Hit Me!

It was the 60s British Beat Girl that changed my life forever. I had moved from New York to London with dream-pop in my eyes, but found a city under the spell of Oasis versus Blur. I was 18 years old, living on my own, and spending my evenings glued to the sleevenotes of Sequel Records’ Here Come the Girls series, which compiled 1960s British girl-pop 45s on the Pye label. I found solace in regular trips to the record shops on Hanway Street, Intoxica on Portobello, Beanos in Croydon, and weekend expeditions to big and small-town record fairs, where I picked up pink Pyes, blue & silver Deccas, black Columbias—all 60s Brit-girl 45s—my first true love. Reissue label RPM Records then launched their own tribute to the 60s British beat girl—the Dream Babes series, by which time I had pretty much dedicated every waking hour to the pursuit of these fine fine 45s. 

Both Here Come the Girls and Dream Babes packed up long ago, but Here Come the Girls founder Mick Patrick (now of Ace Records) decided it was time once again to turn the spotlight on the many fabulous offerings from the British girl singers. With the success of its French, Italian, and Japanese girls compilations, Ace Records has just launched a new British girls series. The first is Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970, compiled by Mick Patrick and designed by Niall McCormack (aren’t the covers to die for?!). I wrote the liner notes, which features snippets from my interviews with Billie Davis, Truly Smith, Georgina Oliver of the Orchids, and Dana Gillespie. It was a real treat to revisit the many order ativan online in canada records and artists that started my life-long love of 60s girl-pop so many years ago.

Love Hit Me! is out in shops now!

And here’s a clip from my favorite song on Love Hit Me! —Sandra Barry & the Boys with “Really Gonna Shake.”

Enjoy!
xo-Sheila

CD tracklist:

I’m In Love With You – Billie Davis
No! No! No! – Dana Gillespie
That’s Right Baby – Marianne Faithfull
Where The Good Times Are – Beverley
Poor Old Johnny – Twinkle
Love Hit Me – The Orchids
I Stand Accused (Of Loving You) – The Satin Bells
I Wanna Go Back There Again – Truly Smith
Something Beautiful – Adrienne Poster
I’ll Come Running Over – Lulu
Hey Boy – Barry St John
Little Boy – Goldie & The Gingerbreads
What More Do You Want – The Exceptions
So Hard To Be Good – Louise Cordet
Really Gonna Shake – Sandra Barry & The Boys
The Way You Do The Things You Do – Elkie Brooks
I Want You To Be My Baby – Billie Davis
Save The Last Dance For Me – Jean Martin
Love Is Going To Happen To Me – Beryl Marsden
Don’t Make Me Mad – The Orchids
Dat’s Love – The Vernons Girls
Don’t Make Me (Fall In Love With You) – Babbity Blue
Golden Lights – Twinkle
Hier Ou Demain – Marianne Faithfull

LP tracklist:

Side 1

I’m In Love With You – Billie Davis
No! No! No! – Dana Gillespie
That’s Right Baby – Marianne Faithfull
Where The Good Times Are – Beverley
Poor Old Johnny – Twinkle
Love Hit Me – The Orchids

Side 2
I Stand Accused (Of Loving You) – The Satin Bells
I Wanna Go Back There Again – Truly Smith
Something Beautiful – Adrienne Poster
I’ll Come Running Over – Lulu
Hey Boy – Barry St John
Little Boy – Goldie & The Gingerbreads

One Response to Love Hit Me!

  1. SC says:

    I’m a huge fan of Dana Gillespie’s 60s work. Would you consider publishing the full interview you did with her?

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