When The Rain StopsShiny Two Shiny
Shiny Two Shiny was a cult duo who emerged during the exciting live scene in Liverpool in the early 1980s, playing at venues such as Erics alongside bands who would go on to become household names. Gayna Rose Madder ("Flo") and Robin Surtees had recorded a Peel session with their previous band, "A Formal Sigh" (she was in fact the first person ever to be interviewed live on his Radio 1 show!) Their debut mini-album, "Halfway across the rainbow," recorded on a shoestring with mainly borrowed instruments, amazed everyone when named Melody Maker's "Record of the week," as well as getting a hugely favourable review in NME. The mini LP made it into the indie top ten; suddenly there was major label interest.
The duo toured Europe a few times, with a longish trip around Germany, Holland and Switzerland, and shorter ones around Northern Europe, supporting such luminaries as Patrick Fitzgerald and Durutti Column (Vini Reilly), and playing at prestigious venues in Brussels and Germany, where these tracks were recorded. They appeared on the Belgian TV music show "Graffiti" performing the 12" version of "Waiting for us" which is on the new album. (This year, "Waiting for us" made it into Record Collector's "Rare Records" listing, released August 2014). During that period, favourable reviews appeared across Europe (Germany, Italy, Denmark, France, Switzerland. Belgium).
Shiny Two Shiny (the name is derived from the Velvet Underground song, "Venus in furs"), have had a huge and lasting influence, especially considering the short time they existed. They are recognized as writing classic songs which still have major emotional impact, and dramatic musical and rhythmic invention.
Now, for the first time, a re-mastered version of all the favourites from that album, plus several previously unreleased tracks, is available from Captured Tracks. Also included is the 12" single version of their best known and loved song, "Waiting for us," which at the time received daytime airplay on BBC Radio 1 – almost unprecedented then for a relatively unknown band on a tiny independent label.