Sportique - Love & Remains 7"
matinée 007 / July 1999
- Love & Remains
Superb fourth single from the popular English trio including former members of legendary UK pop groups Razorcuts, Heavenly, the Carousel, Television Personalities, Talulah Gosh, the Forever People, and the McTells. This swift follow-up to the debut album Black Is A Very Popular Colour (matlp001) features two non-album tracks that prove the boys can still jangle with the best of them, with swelling guitars and shimmering '60's organ. Captures the spirit of '86 in two guaranteed POP! hits for the summer of '99.
This is the crashpop supergroup comprised of Rob Pursey (Heavenly, Marine Research), Gregory Webster (Razorcuts, the Carousel) and Mark Flunder (McTells, Cee Bee Beaumont, Gilroy), sometimes joined by Amelia Fletcher (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research). With Gregory Webster at the helm, Sportique delivers big pop in small doses. Confective colliding perfection. Brace for more. --K Records
A collection of great musicians mainly comprise of Gregory Webster (Razorcuts, The Carousel), Rob Pursey of Heavenly and Marine Research with Mark Flunder of the McTells delivers pure loud upbeat songs. Still their songs are very much into the C86-ish type of jangly popsters. --Indiefference
The Carousel/Talulah Gosh connection continues with Sportique, but personnel-wise rather than sound-wise. Sportique are probably the band on Matinée that people in this country are likely to be most familiar with, but for those who don't already know about them, they are Gregory Webster (Razorcuts, Carousel, Saturn V, Forever People), Rob Pursey (Heavenly, Talulah Gosh, Marine Research) and Mark Flunder (Television Personalities, McTells). Their Love & Remains 7" is like a cross between all Gregory Webster's bands except for The Carousel, and the best bits of the McTells and TVPs. They also have the same kind of 60s organ sound that Mighty Mighty, and the (early) Sea Urchins had (this is the only similarity Sportique have with thse two bands though). --Aquamarine
A great single by Gregory Webster's (Razorcuts) new band! Two upbeat songs with loud, clean guitars, organ/keyboards in the background, and male vocals with a great accent! --Tone Vendor