LATEST ALBUM : DAYGLO DREAMS out now on Elefant Records
Damaged Goods single: NEW BOY IN TOWN – 7″ PICTURE DISC!
So, tell me about Helen Love…
Helen Love started life as a one off single around the Riot Grrl period in 1993, I had received a demo from Dave who was in Lovesick and it was great. Formula One Racing Girls’ came out in late 93 and it sold pretty well but no press or anything followed, we decided to do another single which was ‘Joey Ramoney’, as soon as this was released we had a call from Everett True from the Melody Maker who wanted to do an interview. Mark Radcliffe started playing them on Radio 1 and it all started looking really good for the three girls from Swansea.
Wat Tyler had wanted to do a xmas single that year so I asked Helen Love to come up with a Xmas track, Happiest time of the year arrived in the post and was duly released (just after xmas I think). By early 94 they had finished there third proper single ‘Punk Boy’. It got great reviews and led onto an ‘On’ piece in the NME. It was later covered by Ash on their Fierce Panda single. Around this time Joey Ramoney got in touch with the band saying how much he liked their stuff and inviting them to go over to the states to play at his club, very exciting times.
Their next release was a 10” mini album ‘Summer Pop, Punk Pop’ with 6 tracks on it, this went straight in at No. 4 in the indie charts. A compilation of all their early singles was released soon after caller ‘Radio Hits’.
After that we did 4 more singles over the next two years and another singles compilation called Radio Hits 2 before they jumped ship and signed a worldwide deal with Che Records.
After 5 years away Helen Love returned to DamagedGoods in late 2001 and
In 2012 we did a one-off Christmas single with them which also featured ‘Ricardo Autobahn from the Cuban Boys called ‘And The Salvation Army Band Played’
In 2013 we did another single to celebrate 25 years of Damaged Goods called ‘New Boy In Town, it’s a 7″ Picture Disc