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If you have any rare Strawberry Switchblade tracks not included here, please contact us.
- BBC sessions
- Unreleased studio recordings
- Released but deleted music
- Live recordings
- Strawberry Switchblade related music
- Strawberry Switchblade videos
- Strawberry Switchblade interview
BBC John Peel Session, recorded 4 October 1982
Recorded 4 October 1982, broadcast 5 October 1982. Both the 1982 BBC sessions feature James Kirk from Orange Juice on bass and Shahid Sarwar from The Recognitions on drums. More info here
- 10 James Orr Street MP3 - 1.74 MB
- Trees And Flowers MP3 - 3.44 MB
- Secrets MP3 - 1.97 MB
- Little River MP3 - 2.22 MB
BBC David Jensen session, 7 October 1982
- Dance (early version of Since Yesterday) MP3 - 2.05 MB
- Another Day MP3 - 2.7 MB
- By The Sea MP3 - 3.63 MB
- Lynda (aka Let Her Go)MP3 - 2.09 MB
BBC Janice Long session, 11 February 1984
Recorded with the backing band used for touring and the Robin Millar sessions. Dodgy recording quality. If you have a better quality copy, please contact us.
BBC Janice Long session, 24 October 1984
Recroded 24 October 1984, broadcast 10 January 1985. Dodgy recording quality. If you have a better quality copy, please contact us.
- Jolene MP3 - 2.1 MB
The other three tracks recorded for this session (Beautiful End, Michael Who Walks By Night and Black Taxi) aren't for download as they're currently available on CD
BBC John Peel Session, 5 February 1985
Recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios 5 Feb 85, broadcast 15 April. Rose and Jill both play guitar and sing, David Balfe plays synthesisers (more info here). By this time Rose and Jill had started to write separately, and the delicacy of earlier work is being left behind, but still some tracks (like Sixty Cowboys) have the trademark beautiful harmonies. Sixty Cowboys and Cut With The Cake Knife are from considerably better quality sources than most of the MP3s previously available
- Sixty Cowboys MP3 - 3.05 MB
- Cut With The Cake Knife MP3 - 3.33 MB
- Life's Full Of Wonders MP3 - 3.08 MB
- Nothing Changes MP3 - 3.9 MB
Unreleased studio recordings
Demo by 4-piece band, mid 1982
Earliest studio recording when the band were still a 4-piece. Recorded in a studio in a squatted tenement building in Glasgow.
Robin Millar sessions, early 1984
Millar was the first choice of producer for the album. These two tracks were recorded, but although the band liked them, they changed producers and these versions remain unreleased. Recorded with Simon Booth (guitar), John Cook (bass), Roy Dodds (drums).
Alternate version, David Motion sessions, mid 1984
David Motion produced the album, but the record company felt some of his production was too spiky, so two tracks (Let Her Go and Who Knows What Love Is?) were re-recorded with Phil Thornalley producing. This is Motion's original version of Who Knows What Love Is?, more percussive than the released version, and only previously released as an instrumental snippet 'reprise' on the Strawberry Switchblade album.
- Who Knows What Love Is? MP3 - 2.99 MB
Three beautiful unreleased songs recorded at home. The first features Rose on guitar and voice, showing the song to Jill. The other two feature both of them, and have loads of the gorgeous trademark harmonies. It's not clear when these tracks were recorded; the fact of Crystal Nights being here implies it's at least late 1984, quite possibly a lot later.
- unreleased Rose song MP3 - 3.03 MB
- Sandhills MP3 - 3.11 MB
- early no lyrics version of Crystal Nights MP3 - 3.04 MB
Post-album demos, 1985
Demos from near the end of the band. Cut With The Cake Knife is a different version to the Peel session. That song was written by Rose, Dark 7 by Jill.
Released but deleted music
All the Strawberry Switchblade tracks not included on the currently available CDs
Trees And Flowers
- Trees And Flowers MP3 - 3.5 MB
Whilst the extended version with its clumsily tacked-on intro has been reissued on all three CDs, this original single version has never been reissued.
Trees And Flowers (Just Music)
- Trees And Flowers (Just Music) MP3 - 3.64 MB
Instrumental version, only available on the 12 inch of the single.
Go Away original 7 inch version MP3 - 2.59 MB
Substantially different to the later version that appeared on the album, this was recorded with just guitar, organ and voices. Released as the B-side of Trees And Flowers and never reissued.
Sunday Morning MP3 - 2.07 MB
The Velvet Underground classic, released as an extra track on the 12 inch of Since Yesterday. One of the most beautiful things ever recorded.
By The Sea
- By The Sea MP3 - 2.71 MB
B-side of Since Yesterday.
Strawberry Switchblade live recordings
Live at The Venue, Glasgow, 15 June 1982
A 'lost' song, dropped from the set even before the group had pared down to a two-piece and were yet to define their identity away from the mass of indie music. Jill says of this recording, 'It's utterly appalling! Jeez! It's so bad. It's really REALLY bad. I can't even listen to it so I don't see why anybody else should listen to it'.
- First Prize MP3 - 1.99 MB
Live in Stirling, 20 October 1983
(venue unknown, probably the University)
Like the gig at The Venue on the same tour (see below), this was at the time when they'd just signed to WEA and played and recorded with a rhythm section, lending the songs a pop-jazz air.
- Dance (early version of Since Yesterday) MP3 - 1.87 MB
Played with a stomping Northern Soul urgency that intensified with time (see the version at The Venue a month later), still quite a way off being Since Yesterday.
- 10 James Orr Street MP3 - 2.45 MB
Faster than the album version, and with a superb harmony section at the end.
- Let Her Go MP3 - 2.64 MB
There were plans to release this song as a single around this time. A session recording it with these musicians went badly however, and it was a year before anything was released, by which time Since Yesterday had been written.
- Another Day MP3 - 2.93 MB
Live at The Venue, London, 23 November 1983
From the same tour as the Stirling gig (see above)
- Dance (early version of Since Yesterday) MP3 - 1.34 MB
Only a month later than the Stirling gig, but the song is far more punchy. (It's not clear if it was played as this truncated version or if it's just that the bootlegger was slow to turn on the tape recorder and missed the first bit)
- Trees & Flowers MP3 - 3.17 MB
Faster than the recorded version, and with Jill's vocal very prominent and beautiful sweeping guitar like Roddy Frame played on the single
Live at Brockwell Park, London, 4 August 1984
Big open air GLC benefit gig, see this review for more info
- Deep Water MP3 - 3.01 MB
If you'd like a CD of these gigs in full, email us
Strawberry Switchblade related music
The Pastels - I Wonder Why
1983 debut single from this band of Strawberry Switchblade's friends, it features Rose and Jill on backing vocals.
- The Pastels - I Wonder Why MP3 - 1.99 MB
David Bedford - Rigel 9 funeral procession
In 1985 David Bedford released Rigel 9, an album setting to music an Ursula Le Guin short story about some astronauts encounters with aliens. Strawberry Switchblade did the lead voices of the alien funeral procession, backed by Barnet Schools Choir. The album doesn't have tracks as such, but there are four defined scenes.
- David Bedford - Rigel 9: Scene Three MP3 - 9.25 MB
The full scene that culminates in the funeral procession. (Choir: Barnet Schools Choir. Voice of The Orange One: Sarah Duthie)
- David Bedford - Rigel 9: the funeral procession MP3 - 3.66 MB
Just the segment that features Strawberry Switchblade (Choir: Barnet Schools Choir)
Minipops - Since Yesterday MP3 - 1.76 MB
Disturbing TV show kids squeak their way through two-thirds of the song. From the album Wanna Have Fun, 1985
Current 93 - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.71 MB
From the album Swastikas For Noddy, 1986, reissued on the album 1888, 1991
Strawberry Switchblicco - Since Yesterday MP3 - 2.57 MB
Two Japanese Strawberry Switchblade fans, Strawberry Switchblicco recorded this with Japanese lyrics and gave a tape of it to Jill. Click here to see a picture of them
Revolver - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.74 MB
Fey indie boys extra track on the CD single of Venice, 1992. Reissued on the Baby's Angry album, 1992
- Potshot - Since Yesterday MP3 - 1.63 MB
Brilliant breakneck-paced ska-punk version from the album Pots And Shots, 1997. Available on CD and LP from the superb Asian Man Records
- Scudelia Electro - Since Yesterday MP3 - 4.42 MB
Acoustic guitar and accordion carry this version, released as a hidden track at the end of the Wine Chicken & Music CD, 1998
Hinano Yoshikawa - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.66 MB
Lightweight J-pop version with Japanese lyrics from the One More Kiss CD single and I Am Pink album, 1998. If you're feeling like a karaoke champ then you can download the instrumental version too
Wussom*pow! - Since Yesterday MP3 - 2.38 MB
San Francisco indie poppers released this on the various artists sampler album Little Darla Has A Treat For You volume 11, 1999
MariMari rhythmkiller machinegun - Since Yesterday MP3 - 5.38 MB
Spacey groove version with Japanese lyrics from the CD single TTAGGG / Since Yesterday, 2000
Tompaulin - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.25 MB
Blackburn's finest indie band did this for a BBC Peel session, recorded 2 September 2001, broadcast 20 November 2001 (more info here).
Tommy February6 - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.75 MB
Singer from plasticy Japanese popsters The Brilliant Green released this on the CD single Everyday at the Bus Stop, 2001
Boyracer - Since Yesterday MP3 - 2.06 MB
Formerly Leeds, presently Arizonan dirty guitar pop merchants Boyracer did this cover of Since Yesterday on the Girlracer EP, 2003
Love Rock - Strawberry Rush MP3 - 8.8 MB
Not exactly a cover version, Strawberry Rush is a bouncy UK house track built around a sample of the intro fanfare from Since Yesterday.
lab. - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.16 MB
lab. released this cover of Since Yesterday on their album Piper, 2004
Automat - Since Yesterday MP3 - 2.35 MB
Automat did this lo-fi acoustic cover of Since Yesterday on the Just Imagine Drive album, 2004
Anne Marie Almedal - Since Yesterday MP3 - 6.16 MB
Anne Marie Almedal did this balmy etehreal cover of Since Yesterday on her album The Siren And The Sage, 2007
Attic Lights - Since Yesterday MP3 - 609 KB
Glaswegian indie groovers recorded a 40 second snippet version of Since Yesterday for a TV ad in 2009. Check out their official site and their Myspace. (More info on the ad here).
The Metric Mile - Trees And Flowers MP3 - 3.52 MB
New York duo The Metric Mile recorded this uptempo version during sessions for their How To Beat The SAT album, 2004
Craig Hood - Trees And Flowers MP3 - 3.04 MB
Craig Hood - Being Cold MP3 - 3.84 MB
Beautiful sensitive acoustic guitar led versions by Craig Hood. Listen with headphones to get the full subtleties. Also, check out this Youtube video of him playing Trees And Flowers.
Rose McDowall live versions
- Rose McDowall & Current 93 - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.13 MB
Previously unreleased version, Rose on guitar and Joolie Wood on violin, recorded live at Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal, 31 May 97
- Sorrow - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.3 MB
Live at Leipzig Haus, Leipzig, Germany, 3 June 2001
- Sorrow - Deep Water MP3 - 3.3 MB
Live at Leipzig Haus, Leipzig, Germany, 3 June 2001
- Rose McDowall - Since Yesterday MP3 - 3.23 MB
From a short solo set during Current 93's performance at St Olave's Church, London, 6 April 2002
Bob Carolgees - North London Chemical Zone Troopers
North London Chemical Zone Troopers - Bob Carolgees MP3 - 3.56 MB
The North London Chemical Zone Troopers were a bunch of surreal early 90s drug dustbins. No real connection here except that the lyrics mention Rose McDowall.
Sibelius - 5th symphony, 3rd movement
Sibelius - 5th symphony, 3rd movement MP3 - 7.85 MB
The place where David Motion nicked the fanfare riff for Since Yesterday, in context it is set against another motif that is similar to the opening 'Just close your eyes and then remember' bit. The same riff was used on 1974 single Beach Baby by First Class, and in 1988 on I Don't Believe In Miracles by Sinitta. This recording is Erik Tuxen conducting the Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1969.
These three tracks are the only things Jill has released since Strawberry Switchblade.
Lucinda Sieger - Sunset Red MP3 - 3.44 MB
Single from 1987 featuring Jill and Robin Brown on backing vocals (Brown had recorded with Jill on her solo demos after Strawberry Switchblade). This track was reissued on the album Heart In The Sky, 2001.
Julian Cope - Ain't No Gettin' Round Gettin' Round MP3 - 4.61 MB
From the superb 1993 album Autogeddon, this features Jill and Cope's wife Dorian on backing vocals. Jill's husband Frog was bass player in Cope's band at this time.
Julian Cope - Paranormal In The West Country (Avebury) MP3 - 3.51 MB
An open air re-recording of the Autogeddon track, one of four versions on the CD single. This features an assortment of Cope's friends including Jill in there somewhere.
Strawberry Switchblade videos
Note that these are massive files, they will take a while to download. It may be helpful to install a download manager for things like this. They not only speed up downloads but enable you to resume at a later date without messing up the file. The free version (trial version but it isn't restricted or advert-tastic) of getright is good.
Since Yesterday MPG - 28.01 MB
The promo video for Since Yesterday. Made around September 1984. Directed by Tim Pope.
Let Her Go MPG - 27.35 MB
The promo video for Let Her Go. Made early 1985. Directed by Tim Pope.
Who Knows What Love Is? MPG - 37.42 MB
The promo video for Who Knows What Love Is?. Shot in April/May 1985.
Jolene MPG - 35.48 MB
The promo video for Jolene. Shot in Paris, mid 1985. The last video they made.
Because of bandwidth issues we can't put up all the Strawberry Switchblade video we have for download. However, we've compiled a DVD of all the UK TV appearances - over two and a half hours, featuring interviews and several performances of each of the singles. If you'd like a copy please email us
Strawberry Switchblade interview
Interview, KROQ, Feb 1985 MP3 - 17.73 MB
Phone interview by Rodney Bingenheimer on radio station KROQ, Pasadena, February 1985.
Although Strawberry Switchblade never released anything in the USA, Bingenheimer is a lifelong musical Britophile and championed Strawberry Switchblade on his influential Rodney On The ROQ show.
The interview has an awkwardness to it, like well-meaning strangers at a wedding trying to make conversation; this may be to do with the pauses caused by pre-digital international phone lines, or it may be the weirdness of a guy in LA at 11pm talking to two women in London who've just got up at 6am.
Note this is 20 minutes long and so is a really big MP3 file.