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New Music – Lulu & The Lampshades

First thing this is NOT the Marie Lawrie Lulu as in “and The Luvvers”

However stay with me if you were worried that there hadn’t been a quirky folk-pop group for ages, one where they sing songs about Cherry Coke and pedal bikes and play them on a variety of make-shift instruments, then fear not: this Lulu and her Lampshades are here to save the day.

Their music is so cheery they could use it to advertise fun. They perform alongside dancing lampshades, hence their name. And their new single, Feet to the Sky, recalls the theme to 60s kids TV puppet show Camberwick Green, so if you’re not in the mood for jolly and jaunty, you should probably alight here.

But it would appear to be to a lot of people’s taste, although that could be down to simple masochism: the YouTube video for their song You’re Gonna Miss Me, now known as “Cups” (see below) eaturing two members in a kitchen, wearing pyjamas and singing the song while beating out its rhythm on empty plastic cartons, has gone mega.

Now some of you will have remembered this video from a previous post, now the rest of the world is catching up!!

They started life when they formed a pretend group comprising Luisa on GarageBand and Heloise on “air-glockenspiel”. Eventually they drafted in Jemma, the one who has been compared with Patti Smith and knows about chords and notes and stuff, and Dan, who makes strange facial expressions as he bashes things, not always drums.

Now they’re laying waste to venues the length and breadth of, well, Camden, mainly, stomping their feet and clapping their hands and generally smiling and being, ugh, IN A GOOD MOOD as they tout their winsome wares.

Sometimes their music is jazzy and swingy with shades of the Puppini Sisters. Other times it isn’t. Often it reminds us that there is nothing remotely new under the sun: about 25 years ago, there was a micro-movement in London of young acts who would incorporate elements of folk, skiffle and bluegrass, groups with names like the Shillelagh Sisters, the Boothill Foot Tappers and one called Pogue Mahone, who later shortened it to the Pogues. The latter were fronted by a gentleman by the name of Shane MacGowan. He didn’t smile much or clap his hands, although he would regularly smash household objects over people’s heads. Still does, apparently.

The buzz: “This is a work of genius, joyous and brilliantly recorded. Lulu and the Lampshades are probably the best pop-folk act out there.”

The truth: Genius is probably stretching it. And joyous? Well, that’s a matter of perspective. But they’re certainly a pop-folk act.

Most likely to: Carry on performing even during a power cut.

Least likely to: Bite the ear off an audience member.

What to buy: Feet to the Sky is released by Voga Parochia on 26 October.

File next to: Boothill Foot Tappers, Kate Nash, Peggy Sue, Melody Melodica & Me.

Source in part from

They have a new four track EP out titled “Cold Water” which features a new recorded version of the now famous “Cups” song.

“Cups” – Lulu & The Lampshades

To buy the music of Lulu & The Lampshades click HERE

May 4, 2011 Posted by | Folk, New Music, Video | | 2 Comments


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