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The MARGARETS
Julie Mason, 1985Formed: Aberystwyth, Wales, 1976, as RIPPED STREAKERS, by old school-friends MASON, GOWER and FISHER. Became gender-bending THE MARGARETS a year later and released a barrage of records before falling out of favour with the rise of HELENA'S BOX. Went on to work with CATHY CARROW. Style: Tongue in cheek post-glam outfit who preceeded the New-Romantic era and were very quick runners. Musically and aesthetically they have been compared to THE CURE and THE SMITHS. Songwriters: group penned with one or two violent reworkings of older tracks. Trivia: Their 1980 album NOTHING TO DO WITH HER, was a reference to Margaret Thatcher and the fact that they weren't named after her.

Recommended:  Nothing to do with Her (*4), Wedding Album (*4), Mutton Dressed as Lamb (*3)

RIPPED STREAKERS
JULIAN(/JULIE/JEWELS) MASON (b.1954)- vocals, bass / TIM GOWER - drums / NICKI FISHER - organ, guitar, vocals
Jan '77 (7" - 7RS1) MARSHMALLOW WOMAN / GRIPPED BY BEEF
added KELLY KENT - guitar, vocals, to become:
THE MARGARETS
Jul '77 (7" - 7M1) OUTSIDER / CAN-CAN-A-GO-GO
A Thoroughly Awful Christmas Nov '77 (7" - 7M2) A THOROUGHLY AWFUL CHRISTMAS / I HATE HIM
May '78 (7" - 7M3) NOTHING TO SAY / THE DAY WE WENT TO BANGOR
Apr '79 (7" - 7M4) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MAKE-UP / WHY DON'T WE JUST?
Jan '80 (lp - AM1) NOTHING TO DO WITH HER
- Nothing to Say / Why Don't We Just? / The Day We Went to Bangor / Outsider / Paris by Night / Gripped by Beef / I Love You For Your Make-Up / May as Well / Thrill / I Hate Him / Can-Can-A-Go-Go. (cd-iss. Nov'95 - AM1CD) (cd+=) Marshmallow Woman / A Thoroughly Awful Christmas
Sep '80 (7" - 7M5) GOODBYE SAM, HELLO SAMANTHA / VELVETEEN DREAM
Feb '81 (7" - 7M6) RIPPED OFF / RAISIN DETRA
Nov '81 (lp - AM2) WEDDING ALBUM
- Ripped Off / Flatmates / Automatic Lover / Cardigan Bay / Potty About My Despot / Lipgloss and Candyfloss / White Wedding / Money Makes My Head Turn Round / Velveteeen Dream / The Good Ship Lollipop. (cd-iss. Nov'95 - AM2CD) (cd+=) Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha / Raisin Detra
Jun '82 (7" - 7M7) JULIE / FLATMATES
Feb '83 (7" - 7M8) LIPGLOSS AND CANDYFLOSS / EXPERIMENTAL ALEX
Jun '85 (7" - 7M9) TOKYO LOVE NEST / WE WANNA BE IN HELENA'S BOX
This was followed by a one-off collaboration with HELENA'S BOX:
Reduced to This Mar '86 (7" - 7HB5) REDUCED TO THIS / (GOING ON A) SHOPPING SPREE
May '86 (lp - AM3) MUTTON DRESSED AS LAMB
- Uncle Harry's Farm / Tokyo Love Nest / Purple Sheets / Can't We Share? / Julie / Experimental Alex / Former Life / It's Hard on the Road / Champagne Shoes / Augmentation / Ladyshave. (cd-iss. Nov'95 - AM3CD) (cd+=) We Wanna Be In Helena's Box / Reduced to This / (Going on a) Shopping Spree / Backstage with the Bangles
Sep '86 (7" - 7M10) UNCLE HARRY'S FARM / BACKSTAGE WITH THE BANGLES
Became CATHY CARROW's backing band in 1987. See under CATHY CARROW for collaborations.

FISHER and KENT leave to form ROTTEN FRUIT in 1990.

JULIE MASON
playing keyboards too, and with GOWER still on drums:
Shop Lifting Aug '96 (7" - 7JM1) SHOP LIFTING / GIRL TALK
Dec '96 (cd - AJM1CD) INSIGNIFICANT
- Chocolate / Shoes / Janie's First Break / Orange / Shop Lifting / Greer / His Latest Offering / Bubbles / Inside / Gower's Drum Moment / Sex / Take Down / Insignificant
Insignificant single May '97 (7" - 7JM2) INSIGNIFICANT / CHOCOLATE
MASON moves to San Francisco and marries GOWER. The two continue to perform.



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