Strawberry Switchblade

This week Jill Bryson from Strawberry Switchblade celebrates her birthday.

She was one half of the Glaswegian duo and had achieved a BA honours degree in mixed media as The Glasgow School of Art. They first came to prominence when they recorded a session for John Peel in 1982 and then were supported by David ‘Kid’ Jensen.

Their debut hit, Since Yesterday, came in November 1985 with the memorable fanfare intro which was ‘borrowed’ from the third movement of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. They followed it up with Let Her Go and a cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene which stalled at number 53.

They split at the end of 1985 and Jill retired from the music scene, but the other member, Rose McDowall, continued and still performs with bands in her native Glasgow. But in 2013 Jill returned to the scene and formed a new band called the Shapists which includes her daughter Jessie Frost.

Let’s enjoy their debut hit single.

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