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The Raving Beauties

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The Raving Beauties
The Raving Beauties


By any yardstick, The Raving Beauties is one of modern pop's more far-fetched projects. A while ago, Northern Irish writer/musician and adopted Brightonian Brian Bell sat down to write a collection of short stories, having recently published Brighton set pulp fiction novel 'Die Hard Mod' (under the pen-name Charlie McQuaker). One of the new stories, The Unsung Classic, involved an ill-fated band from the early 90's whose music was heavily influenced by The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape. "I've always been fascinated with Brighton's retro 60's subculture which was probably at its peak about twenty years ago when Primal Scream set up camp here," says Brian. "You'd see gangs of dudes that looked like they'd come in a time machine from late 60's California strolling around North Laine and they'd hang out in places like the Heart & Hand pub, banging on about their heroes like Arthur Lee, Skip Spence and Gene Clark. I was taken with the idea of one of those gangs being a band called The Raving Beauties, who recorded a retro album which sunk without trace but is then rediscovered as an 'unsung classic' two decades later by a struggling journo" Upon completing the story, Brian came up with the idea of making an E.P of what the combo might sound like and releasing it as a 'benign hoax', purporting to be the unreleased recordings of a long-forgotten 60s retro band. He managed to convince acclaimed Scottish singer / songwriter Gordon Grahame (Lucky Jim / Lost Soul Band) to collaborate on the project: "Gordon is an incredibly prolific and gifted songwriter and I asked him if he had any songs up his sleeve in the Byrds / Buffalo Springfield vein that would sit well with the tunes that I already had. As it turned out, he did". The resulting recordings were met with an enthusiastic response from Brighton-based label At The Helm Records, who were so enamoured with the four songs that they promised to release an album if the duo could muster enough tunes. As the album began to take shape, it became evident that, by transcending their influences and taking on a life of their own, The Raving Beauties had outgrown their modest fictional beginnings. With the release of their eponymous album, it's clear that The Raving Beauties have emerged as purveyors of timeless, euphoric pop in their own right.


  1. Name
  2. Arrows
  3. Arrows
  4. All We've Got Is Now
  5. Some Girls
  6. I Want To Know It Now
  7. All You Ever Yearned For
  8. Oh Lover
  9. Just A Fool
  10. It Will Pass
  11. Why
  12. Where I Belong
  13. Benediction
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