Helen Love

Radio Hits, Vol. 1

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Helen Love's first CD is a straightforward repackaging of all of the Welsh quartet's singles and EPs up to 1994. Bashing through 14 tracks in just under half an hour, Radio Hits sums up Helen Love's early style, a mix of unabashed Ramones worship ("Joey Ramoney" and "Greatest Fan" are just this side of stalking, and it's plainly obvious where guitarist Sheena got her name) and kicky Rezillos-style trash pop. The group's lo-fi sound and pointedly minimal chops sound more like affectations than genuine crudity, but there's so much bratty fun in songs like "Formula One Racing Girls" and "Punk Boy 1" that the posturing is mostly forgivable. The best tracks here all come from the 1994 10" EP Summer Pop/Punk Pop, with the glorious "Summer Pop Radio" among the best things the group ever did. 1997's Radio Hits Volume Two would gather the rest of Helen Love's Damaged Goods releases.

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