Renees

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This UK, London-based pop group was loosely formed in 1987, in the aftermath of the break-up of the Gymslips a year earlier. Paula Richards (b. 1 August 1963, Kent, England; guitar, vocals), who had in…
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This UK, London-based pop group was loosely formed in 1987, in the aftermath of the break-up of the Gymslips a year earlier. Paula Richards (b. 1 August 1963, Kent, England; guitar, vocals), who had in the meantime been working with the ska/R&B outfits the Deltones and Potato 5, reunited with Karen Yarnell (b. 2 April 1961; drums) using various friends to perform at gigs, often alongside contemporaries Coming Up Roses. By 1989 the group had gone full-time with the recruitment of Katrina Slack (b. 14 July 1962; bass), Jacqui Callis (vocals, ex-Delta 5) and the lone male, Paul Seacroft (lead guitar, ex-Potato 5). The single ‘He Called Me A Fat Pig (And Walked Out On Me)’ suitably impressed reviewers and the group signed to the French independent label Squale, releasing their only album, Have You Got It!, in 1990. This included an impressive version of ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot’s ‘California Earthquake’ and the more English-flavoured ‘Valerie’. However, with the dissolution of the label the following year, the group broke up, tired of battling against the growing tide of insularity within the capital’s live club scene.