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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Griff says; Do look at The Lovely Eggs

Do you remember, last year, when I seemed to get into a rich little seam of bands who were also married couples? There seemed to be so many that I considered starting up a new strand in the Streetlamp completely dedicated to them. Of course, natural laziness ensured that no such thing happened; but if it had, then today's band would have fitted the bill nicely. The Lovely Eggs are a quirky indie-pop duo from Lancaster, England who consist of married couple Holly Ross and David Blackwell (pictured).
Most of you will already be aware of them, I should have thought, through their 2009 release If You Were Fruit. That's certainly where I first came across them and was immediately intrigued by their distinctly surreal, lo-fi, pop sound. Too barbed to be called twee, and veering wildly and energetically between charming and annoying, The Lovely Eggs plough their own unique furrow. Holly's rich Lancashire accent and mad-girl lyrics make them immediately recognisable amongs other contemporary indie-pop acts and, it can't be denied, they certainly know how to come up with pop hooks that get under your skin for months.
Last month saw the release of a new single, Don't Look at Me (I Don't Like It), and this month brings a new album. Rather pleasingly, the video for the single (below) features a guest appearance from Radio 4 legend John Shuttleworth as the man with the sausage roll thumb (don't ask; this is the world of The Lovely Eggs!) .

Don't Look at Me (I Don't Like It) is taken from the new album, Cob Dominos, released 14/02/11 on Cherryade Records.

If you haven't come across The Lovely Eggs before then may I suggest a couple of more songs, in the same whimsical vein, from their debut album. Here's; Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion?

and I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too

Both of these splendidly madcap songs are available to download as MP3s 'here'. Although, as usual, we do suggest that if you really like a band then you should support them by; going to see them live, buying their new CD, painting their logo on your naked bum and abseiling off The Houses of Parliament etc etc.



  1. Do not want. The Lovely Eggs are too wilfully affected. This woman us pushing 40 and acts like an 8 year old. Name dropping Richard Brautigan or Twin Peaks isn't good art - it's just posturing.

  2. So you won't be abseiling naked off The Houses of Parliament then? ;-)
    Fair enough, they're not everyone's cup of tea. Certainly, as I suggest above, they can veer between charming and annoying but I think that they have a certain whimsical Britishness that deserves to be celebrated.
    As regards name dropping and sign-posting your influences, it's rife within pop music and always has been (the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, for instance?). I don't think The Lovely Eggs are the worst offenders.

  3. I like The Lovely Eggs, they grow on you. Caught them live in a library, very fun. I am spreading the word over on my blog, a couple of interviews with them over there if you are interested.