Pooh sticks

Pooh Sticks (band)

The Pooh Sticks were an indie pop band from Swansea, Wales recording between 1988 and 1995. They were notable for their jangly melodiousness and lyrics gently mocking the indie scene of the time such as on "On tape", "Indie-pop ain't Noise Pollution" and "I Know Someone who Knows Someone who knows Alan McGee Quite Well". The band changed direction on their 1991 U.S breakthrough The Great White Wonder, eschewing the 'twee' British indie pop sound for a more American-styled Power pop sound, akin to bands like Jellyfish and Redd Kross. Subsequent albums Million Seller, considered by some Power Pop fans to be the band's best work, and Optimistic Fool followed in this style.

Line up

The band was founded by Hue Williams (vocals) and producer/songwriter Steve Gregory, but the pair invented a fictitious line-up which included Trudi Tangerine (tambourine/piano), Paul (guitar), Stephanie Bass-Drum(drums) and Alison (bass).

Serial band-hopper Amelia Fletcher was guest vocalist on two of their albums, The Great White Wonder and Million Seller. Now-forgotten Geffen-signed artist Apollo Smile wrote one of the songs on Million Seller.

Discography

Singles

  • Cool In A Crisis (7" + CD5) 1995

on Seed Records contains pre-Robbie/Wallinger separated-at-birth "She's The One"

  • The Encore EP (7")

on Fierce Recordings - ANON 2 ?

  • Heartbreak (7") 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 023 and 022 (promo)

  • I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well (7") 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 024 (promo)

  • Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution (7") 1988

(the above singles were released as a boxed-set; also as promos in individual sleeves) (promo)

  • 1-2-3 Red Light (7") 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 021 (promo)

  • On Tape (7") 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 011

  • The Pooh Sticks (CD) 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 026

  • the Alan McGee box-set (some issued in 7"x7" box, with insert)
  • Hard On Love (FLX) Apr 1989

on Woosh Records - WOOSH 007

  • The Pure Styx (7") Nov 1989

on Sympathy For The Record Industry

  • Trade Mark Of Quality (LP) 1989

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 035

  • Dying For It (7") 1989

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 034 (1st issue - group sleeve; 2nd issue - "Altamont" sleeve)

  • Encores E.P. (7"Box) 1989
  • Go Go Girl / Simon E. (FLX) 1989

on Cheree Records - CHEREE F3

  • Tonight (7") 1990

on Sympathy For The Record Industry

  • Who Loves You (7"+12") Jun 1991

on Cheree Records - CHEREE 17

  • Young People (7"+12") 1991

on Cheree Records - CHEREE 23

  • Who Loves You (7") 1991

on Sympathy For The Record Industry

  • The Little White Wonder (K7) 1991

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 054 (cassette in hand-made 7" boxset)

  • Who Loves You (12") 1991

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 051 (test pressings only)

  • The World Is Turning On (7"+12"&CD) Oct 1992? (CD says '93)

on ZOO/BMG

Albums

  • The Pooh Sticks (LP) summer 1988

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 028 1st issue in black/white sleeve, 2nd press in pink/white sleeve

- How To Get To Hue Pooh-Stick
- Hereos And Villains
- Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution
- 1-2-3 Red Light
- Heart Break
- On Tape
- Please Hue, Please

  • Orgasm (LP) 19.Dec 1988

on 53rd & 3rd Records - AGAS 005

  • Formula One Generation (LP) Apr 1990

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 037 and on Sympathy for the Record Industry

  • The Great White Wonder (LP+CD) 1991

on Cheree Records - CHEREE 18 and ZOO/BMG(usa)

- Young People
- The Rhythm Of Love
- Sweet Baby James
- Pandora's Box
- Desperado
- Goodtimes
- The Wild One, Forever
- I'm In You
- When Sunny Gets Blue

  • Multiple Orgasm (LP+CD) 1991

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 047

  • Trade Mark Of Quality (LP+CD) 1991

on Fierce Recordings - Fright 048 (reissue of Fright 035, with extra tracks) on Fierce Recordings - Fright 025

  • Million Seller (CD) Mar 1993

on ZOO / BMG

- Million Seller
- Let The Good Times Roll
- The World Is Turning On
- Sugar Baby
- I Saw The Light
- Susan Sleepwalking
- When The Girl Wants To Be Free
- Baby Wanna Go Round With Me
- Sugar Mello
- Rainbow Rider (Apollo Smile cover)
- Goodbye Don't Mean I'm Gone
- Jelly On A Plate
- That Was The Greatest Song

  • Optimistic Fool (CD) 1995

on Seed Records 92513-2

- Opening Night
- Cool In A Crisis
- Starfishing
- Optimistic Fool
- Who Was It?
- Bad Morning Girl
- Miss Me
- Working On A Beautiful Thing
- Up On The Roof
- Prayer For My Demo
- All Things Must Pass
- Song Cycle
- First Of A Million Love Songs

  • On compilations:-
  • Becket House (LP) 1990

on Becket House -

- Time To Time

  • The Sound Of Leamington Spa Vol.1 (LP+CD) 23-Oct-2000

on Bilberry Records - BILB 5 and Firestation Records - FST 8 and TweeNet Communcations - TWEE 5

- Indiepop Ain't' Noise Pollution

Radio Sessions

  • John Peel Session (3-May-1988)

- On Tape
- Alan McGee
- Heartbreak
- Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution

  • John Peel Session (18-May-1989)

- Desperado
- Young People
- Hard On Love
- Dare-True-Kiss-Promise

  • Mark Goodier Session (11-Nov-1991)

- Who Loves You
- Young People
- Crazy Love
- When Sunny Gets Blue

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