amandanews - march 2001
...ooh, it's been bitter, hasn't it..? call this spring, because your beloved amanda
certainly doesn't. brr..! anyway, anyway, how are you keeping..? sorry it's been
so long since the last update, but the three main amandapeople have been engaged
full-time in the following dubious activities :
amandaperson 1 : training to become a teacher
amandaperson 2 : also training to become a teacher
amandaperson 3 : lovely new boyfriend
anyone with any lesson-plans (preferably english or drama, or general primary),
please e-mail them to your beloved amanda. pleeeeease. we're not kidding. and we're
certainly not proud. ta.
anyway, anyway, what news from amanda central..? well, see that lovely cd sleeve
up there..? at the top..? well, that's the new firestation tower compilation, that is... and it's
an absolute stonker. you can find full details here, but in a nutshell it's... it's... well, it's an
instant tweepop/c86/indiepop record collection, really. on one cd. plus trumpets.
think how nice it'd look, sitting next to your 'sarah 100' compilation and collection
of 'talulah gosh' beanie-babies. mmmmmm. lovely. top tracks are 'i only ever' by
vermont sugar house, 'it's a girl's world' by tompaulin and salteens' 'nice day'
(which seems, to my ears, to have brilliantly smutty lyrics... although
it could just be my over-active imagination... hmm..!). you'll love it, anyway.
there is, of course, a spanish amanda song on there, too, the spanish amanda west london ex-wives' club
(longest song-title on the comp..! cool..!), which is a bit of a curiosity... recorded
as the main hard-drive at the jay-jay sefton studios was quietly disintegrating... and
then painstakingly glued together again from the fragments we could salvage.
there's blood and sweat in that thar song... although thankfully,
not literally. still sounds a tad rough, mind. hey-ho. enjoy.
we've recently been foolish enough to head back to ms. sefton's palace of
unearthly delights (...and recording studio) for another session, however, laying down
eight new tracks which should surface... somewhere... at some point... in the future.
one of them's called 'golders hill park', which is just around the corner from where
we live, and is home to north london's only wallaby. if you're passing, do pop in and
say hello to him... i like to fill him in on the plot of 'neighbours'... i'm sure he
gets very lonely. hey, anyway, are you legally permitted to claim you've been 'laying
down tracks' if you're not actually keith richards..? not sure. regardless... the
new songs are mostly autumnal little electro-pop numbers, with a typically amanda-esque
dash of melancholy. just your thing. mmmm. news on actual releases and such, as and
when we have it...
...until which, m'dears, amandalove to you all...
- amanda x x x x x
amandanews - january/february 2001
amandanews - december 2000
...to tell you all that we've a bright shiny new track,
"the spanish amanda west london ex-wives' club", coming out on
a scrummy new firestation tower cd compilation album (title tbc).
other bands featured include the wonderful tompaulin, glidshees and
celeste, so it should be an utter corker. more news as and when it arrives
at amanda central (formerly known as "huw's bedroom in golders green").
oh, and if you haven't downloaded your copy of 'swingers' yet, then try
to do so in the next few weeks... we're still getting about 15 hits a week
on the download page, but the number's shrinking and we want to use the
space to whizz up a few unheard amanda mp3 rarities... and a couple of
brand, spanking new songs... mmmmm... spanking... *
take care of each other, now, d'j'hear..?
- amanda x x x
* - note : none of these songs actually include any references to spanking, okay..? **
ordering update - december 2000
'brave new girl', m'colleague uwe at fst tells me that uk amandafans can
order it from :
pennyblack records (update : back in stock..!! thanks, uwe...)
...and amandafans in the states (or, indeed, anywhere... if you don't mind
shelling out a few more pennies in postage...) can order from :
twee kitten - or -
amandanews - november 2000
...and welcome to the delightfully revamped spanish amandapage.
the big news of the moment is, of course, that our debut
album ('brave new girl') has just come out on firestation tower records.
i strongly urge you to purchase this fine recording for two absolutely sterling reasons :
a) you'll really like it (well... you will if you like stuff like the smiths,
the fieldmice and new order, anyway...) - and :
b) because it will help us to recoup the several billion quid we spent recording it.
huge thanks to uwe and the astonishingly pleasant folk at firestation
tower, and to all the people who've already written to us with their
kind words... thank you, thank you, thank you...
thanks also to everyone who wrote in asking for a copy of 'swingers' (and, again,
for all the positive feedback). it's now only available in mp3 format, so if
anyone out there still wants a copy then i'm afraid you're going to have to spend
about 5 hours on a wet sunday afternoon downloading it (from here). character-building stuff.
don't despair, however, for (despite the fact that 'swingers' cost a
few quid to produce and distribute) we're vaguely considering
the possibility of doing the same thing in about a year's time with a spanish amanda
side project, the chickpea darlings (a 4-track e.p./cdr, free to amandafans... but i can't
make any promises, yet...). watch this space.
another update soon. until which, amandalove to you all...
- amanda x x x
p.s. - mini update - 21st november - demo versions of 'fuschal' and
'working for mister banks' are out now on the 'bliss 89' compilation.
click here for contact details.