April 15, 2010
Here am I, dressed in my bravest face
I've written about Dubstar before. They were one of my favorite bands of the 1990s. Perfect British radio music, ranging from janglepop to glistening electropop to stately English balladry. Epic stuff. My favorite tracks is, without a doubt, Stars, one of the top 20 songs of the 1990's (a list I've not yet published)...
Dubstar Stars sample
Dubstar recorded a few superb albums and then, after one meh release in 2000, bailed ship. Lead singer Sarah Blackwood went on to form icy lady-electro combo Client and the guys, Chris Wilkie and Steve Hillier... who knows? In 2008, fans got all cranked up when it looked like the band would reunite and then... the whole thing suddenly imploded in a distasteful public meltdown that threatened to ruin their individual reputations.
Apparently the drama of 2008 has been unwound. [!!!] The group have reformed and plan to record a new album (United States Of Being) for... 2011? Their first official release is for buffetlibre's Amnesty campaign, a cover of I'm In Love With A German Film Star, an old Passions song most recently covered by the Pet Shop Boys with Sam Taylor Wood on vocals. You can buy it here as part of a cheap bundle. Who knows what the future brings, but Sarah's voice is yet another English gift to music.
Dubstar St. Swithin's Day 1995