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EDITORS’ NOTES

British punk/new-wave darlings Girls At Our Best! were not an all-female band, as many assumed, but three guys plus the exuberant Judy Evans on vocals. They released little during their years together (1979 - 1982), just a handful of singles and one album. Originally released in 1981, Pleasure contained 10 songs (tracks 7 through 16 here), and this 2009 re-release on Cherry Red adds on the real jewels of the band’s work. The first five songs are the group’s earliest singles, all of which charted on the U.K. Indie charts (the flipside to track five was “I’m Beautiful Now,” track eight). The group’s legacy is embedded in two songs in particular, the emphatic and cutting “Getting Nowhere Fast” and the sprightly “Politics!,” representing the power and range of both the band and Evans’ delightful vocals. Their cover of the traditional “This Train” was the flipside to the “Fast Boyfriends” single, and though certain Cherry Red extras — namely four BBC tracks — are not included here, the collection as presented is a timeless, essential link in the evolution of rock music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

British punk/new-wave darlings Girls At Our Best! were not an all-female band, as many assumed, but three guys plus the exuberant Judy Evans on vocals. They released little during their years together (1979 - 1982), just a handful of singles and one album. Originally released in 1981, Pleasure contained 10 songs (tracks 7 through 16 here), and this 2009 re-release on Cherry Red adds on the real jewels of the band’s work. The first five songs are the group’s earliest singles, all of which charted on the U.K. Indie charts (the flipside to track five was “I’m Beautiful Now,” track eight). The group’s legacy is embedded in two songs in particular, the emphatic and cutting “Getting Nowhere Fast” and the sprightly “Politics!,” representing the power and range of both the band and Evans’ delightful vocals. Their cover of the traditional “This Train” was the flipside to the “Fast Boyfriends” single, and though certain Cherry Red extras — namely four BBC tracks — are not included here, the collection as presented is a timeless, essential link in the evolution of rock music.

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About Girls At Our Best!

Formed in Leeds, England in 1979, the pop-punk unit Girls at Our Best! comprised vocalist Judy Evans, guitarist James Alan and bassist Gerald Swift. Originally dubbed the Butterflies, they kicked around the British punk scene, and were on the verge of disabanding when they responded to an advertisement posted by a Cambridge area recording studio offering half-off session rates. With the aid of drummer Chris Oldroyd, the group recorded two tracks, "Warm Girls" and "Getting Nowhere Fast." In the spring of 1980, the demo was released as a single on Rough Trade under the name Girls at Our Best!, an appellation taken from a lyric in "Warm Girls." With session drummer Paul Simon, the band soon re-entered the studio to cut their second single, "Politics," which like its predecessor topped the U.K. indie charts. After the permanent addition of former Expelaires drummer Carl Harper, Girls at Our Best! issued a third single, "Go for Gold," followed in 1981 by the release of their long-awaited debut LP Pleasure. Though no formal announcement of their break-up ever appeared, the record was the group's last. ~ Jason Ankeny

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