Label: Radar Records (ADA 21)
Paid: $3.86 (incl. shipping)
Purchased at: eBay
This is the captain of your ship, your heart speaking
We’ve run into a little storm, the boat’s leaking
And if you haven’t guessed, this is an S.O.S.
If you still love me answer yes
Post Deaf School but pre-‘Rhythm Breaks the Ice‘ Bette released a pair of singles with an interim band consisting of Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistol), Henry Priestman (formerly of The Yachts), and Rusty Egan (of Visage.)
Both were covers of 60’s girl group songs. The first was ‘My Boyfriend’s Back.’ This was the second, a cover of a 1968 Reparata and the Delrons tune.
The sleeve art is wonderfully corny. The pink and lime green color palette would become somewhat of a New Wave stereotype in later years, but here it seems fresh and new as the genre wrestled free from its grim and rather drab punk roots. Bette’s weird garb looks very similar to the low-cut dress she modeled on the previous year’s Deaf School album ‘English Boys/Working Girls‘… only worn backwards with the family-friendly addition of a matching bikini top.
Malcolm Garrett, the sleeve’s designer, worked on many covers for artists of the time including Buzzcocks (including the sublime ‘Orgasm Addict’), Richard Hell, and Duran Duran (including the ‘Rio’ LP.)