In April 1983 they expanded to a four piece with the addition of keyboardist Kathy Barnes and released 'Rocking With The Renees'. This fine platter had them transcending their influences (Ramones, X-Ray Spex, glam rock and 60's pop) and producing great music. The addition of Barnes fleshed out their songs and made them poppier. Girls can do it pretty good, they sang, and this funny, catchy and highly confident record was the proof, with utterly unpretentious songs about plastic surgery, alcohol, pie and mash, and boys.
Another indie hit, this was released in the US as 'Drink Problem'. Two further John Peel sessions followed, but after that things went very quiet indeed. Karen Yarnell left to join Serious Drinking, and Paul was forced to recruit an entirely new line up. When a new single, "Evil Eye", crept out in 1985, it wasn't a good finale. The band sounded too serious by half. LINEUP (1981-1983) Vocals, guitar: Paula Richards (pre-The Deltones / Potato 5 / The Renees) Bass, vocals: Suzanne Scott Drums, vocals: Karen Yarnell (pre-Serious Drinking / The Blubbery Hellbellies / The Renees) There was also a fourth member right at the start, but no one in the band can remembers her name! The song "Miss Nunsweeta" was about her, though.
This is the 'classic' lineup which recorded everything up to and including the debut LP. LINEUP (1983-1984) Vocals, guitar: Paula Richards Bass, vocals: Suzanne Scott Drums, vocals: Karen Yarnell Keyboards: Kathy Barnes LINEUP (1984-1985) Vocals, guitar: Paula Richards Bass, vocals: Karen Kay Keyboards: Sue Vickers Drums, vocals: Michelle Chowrimootoo Drums: Jan Frazer This lineup recorded the Evil Eye 12". Yarnell later rejoined singer Paula Richards in The Renees, releasing an album in 1990. Kay later joined Daughters of Gaia and Webcore, but is now editor-in-chief of FAE Magazine (Faeries and Enchantment), and also (and I quote) "founder of the 3 Wishes Faery Fest, the UK’s first faerie festival with overnight camping and live music stages and entertainment, a magical wonderland of enchantment! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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