Flatmates, Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos ’85-’74

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Amateurish and amazing C86ers.

From shy and retiring to giddy and aggressive — the Flatmates were considered part of the UK C86 scene (despite not having a song on the famed NME comp of the same name), and their ragged, rowdy pop songs are powered by motoring riffs and the cruel-to-be-kind vocals of Deb Haynes. They're amateurish and amazing, all rowdy, ticklish energy and the kind of hooks that bespeak years of girl group adoration. They lasted for one perfect moment and then exploded, leaving in their wake a collection of perfect pop singles. What more can you say about a song whose chorus is "When I'm with you, I'm happy all the time"? How about this: those two minutes and twenty seconds are about as close to pop perfection as I've ever heard. Play it often, play it loud.