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Radio Hits

Helen Love

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Helen Love's first CD is a straightforward repackaging of all of the Welsh quartet's singles and EPs up to 1994. Bashing through 14 tracks in just under half an hour, Radio Hits sums up Helen Love's early style, a mix of unabashed Ramones worship ("Joey Ramoney" and "Greatest Fan" are just this side of stalking, and it's plainly obvious where guitarist Sheena got her name) and kicky Rezillos-style trash pop. The group's lo-fi sound and pointedly minimal chops sound more like affectations than genuine crudity, but there's so much bratty fun in songs like "Formula One Racing Girls" and "Punk Boy 1" that the posturing is mostly forgivable. The best tracks here all come from the 1994 10" EP Summer Pop/Punk Pop, with the glorious "Summer Pop Radio" among the best things the group ever did. 1997's Radio Hits Volume Two would gather the rest of Helen Love's Damaged Goods releases.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably the biggest Ramones fans in Wales, if not the entire United Kingdom, Helen Love mixed da bruddahs with a little B-52's and a whole lot of Pooh Sticks-style indie irony to create a sunny and unapologetically disposable sound. Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1992, Helen Love (like Blondie, they're a group) consists of the pseudonymous Helen Love on bratty shout-along vocals, Sheena — who is, of course, a punk rocker — on buzzsaw guitars, and Roxy and Mark on dueling Casio keyboards,...
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