‘Don’t you realise she’s trapped you there?
She’s got you and trapped you in her lair
Can’t restrain but all there is to know
Is what is she doing and where is she to go?’
The mid-eighties were a weird time in the world of British pop music. Many old school New Wavers packing up their things and calling it a day, while the new school of Britpop were still warming up their instruments for their day in the sun. The remnants of the New Wave style still clung on with weird baroque hybrids like Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Strawberry Switchblade, and the all-girl group We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It.
We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It- shortened here to ‘Fuzzbox’ for brevity’s sake- are one of those bands that you either love… or love to hate. Take a listen to their cover of Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit in the Sky’:
Are they a brilliant post-New Wave experimental group, or just a bunch of jailbait brats goofing around? The correct answer is: all of the above. The band were young, brash, and just naive enough to pull off this masterstroke of rough jumbled pop gold; if they were even slightly self-aware the whole delicate web of green hair and butchered violins would have come crashing to the ground. And it nearly did once the Fuzzies went ‘legit.’ But that’s another story for another day…
‘Love is the Slug’ EP shows the girls at their best, a buzzing canopy of screeching warbling energy. The sleeve art does a fair job of capturing their sound in visual form- a jumbled riot of acidic green, yellows, and pinks encase a posse of cheeky young things that wouldn’t know how to be serious if their lives depended on it… or certainly not admit it if they did.
I believe this EP predates their debut LP ‘Bostin’ Steve Austin’ (released in December of ’86) by several months. The single ‘Love is the Slug’ reached #31 on the UK charts and stands as the highest charting single of the ‘classic’ Fuzzbox era.