STEF PETTICOAT of THE PETTICOATS – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with STEF PETTICOAT of
THE PETTICOATS

Stef Petticoat in action at the ICA, London 1981

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s second guest is someone who I recently discovered on the excellent Sharon Signs To Cherry Red compilation. She self recorded and released a debut 7″ which was the Record of the Week on John Peel’s show in 1980.  From Germany she fell in love with punk after forays to New York and London in 1976 and although she auditioned for German punk bands they couldn’t handle her, so she came to London and formed a band called Necessary Evil.

After various band factions, she decided to do her own thing, and became The Petticoats – I’m so pleased I found her, it’s the most excellent, still active, always punk activist Stef Petticoat!

Stef has played in countless punk bands including the aforementioned ones plus Petticoat/Crash, Amy & The Angels and 69 Lies, so I was wondering what Stef was up to at the moment, and here’s her reply:

“About myself:

Been living in Berlin for a while now. I currently sing in 2 choirs, one soul, one classical. I am taking piano lessons, see how far I’ll get with these….

I enjoy the occasional music project and hope to put out more stuff,  have just recorded a short tune for the sampler “Lavender Hex” which will hopefully come out in May.

My friend has designed the Stef Petticoat website, I have no skills for this. Unfortunately, it is currently unavailable, as the provider has changed. But it will be on again soon, I hope.”

As a quick reminder here’s my review of the “Sharon Signs To Cherry Red” comp which features The Petticoats “Normal”…

“SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED” COMPILATION – REVIEW

Enough blah by me, without further ado, it’s over to Stef with her “song for ewe” and she chooses a band with a strangely prescient name…

“Hi Nick,

this is what I have come up with:

Sitting in my room in Berlin on a cold and rainy day and listening to my old John Peel tapes, you know, the ones you play on a cassette recorder. Unfortunately, a lot of them are wobbly by now and I wonder how much longer they’ll last.
To my delight the following tune came up, I liked it 37 years ago and I still like it today:

and the Native Hipsters: There Goes Concorde Again

So glad they put it on Youtube!

Why do I like it? It’s imaginative, funny and silly, has a catching refrain and an interesting female singing voice!

It’s punk and pop and at the same time reminiscent of contemporary opera! Why has it not been a hit?

And the band name – great and so ahead of times!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cog5hwqbP-E&feature=youtu.be

(and here’s another different YouTube posting with a preview pic)

THANKS SO MUCH TO STEF! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FROM VELVET SHEEP

 keep your eyes peeled for the new Stef Petticoats site…

http://stefpetticoat.de/

Author: Nick Hutchings

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