Saturday, March 27, 2010

Embed and breakfast man: Dubstar

I can't believe there hasn't been a Dubstar weekend already. Perhaps I've just been waiting for an excuse. And the release of I'm In Love With A German Filmstar in a couple of weeks is excuse enough, don't you think?

They started life as The Joans, a boy-boy two-then-three piece which made the big change when one member went off to build a career with British Airways. (That might have seemed a smart move at the time.) Sarah Blackwood was drafted in by Steve Hillier and Chris Wilkie to make up the numbers. A bit of name changing, a deal with Food Records, and before you knew it they were all over the radio. They were helped by disc jockeys not listening too closely to the words of their songs, and assuming Not So Manic Now was a jolly, Christmassy tune.

They did decide to try an actual happy song, managing to release it - Cathedral Park - on the Monday after a drunk guy crashed the car with Princess Diana in it.

There were three albums, and then a decade silence - until now. Sarah Blackwood has been off doing interesting things with Client (and, as a solo extension in the form of Client B), so there's been plenty of stuff to keep us going. But new Dubstar? That feels special.

Let's start with the biggest hit - Stars, which took a rerelease to get to number 15. Here, it's live at Glastonbury 1997:

Buy Dubstar
Disgraceful | Disgraceful mp3
Goodbye | Goodbye mp3
Make It Better | Make It Better mp3

Dubstar anywhere
Official site
Dubstar on Facebook
Dubstar on Last FM
Dubstar on Spotify

Dubstar across the weekend
I Will Be Your Girlfriend
No More Talk on Top Of The Pops
Not So Manic Now & Anywhere
Self Same Thing

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