Over the course of a few weekends in the fall of 1987, Miaow, a British indie band led by singer and songwriter Cath Carroll, holed up in a Victorian building in the South London district of Elephant and Castle to record a set of 8-track demos of songs intended for its debut album on Factory Records. The working title for the album was Priceless Innuendo, a phrase drawn from the broadly slapstick Carry On movies of the 1950s and ’60s, which in turn borrowed their humor from classic English music hall comedy. Listen to When It All Comes Down, a compilation of the band’s singles and radio sessions released in 2003, and you can hear echoes of music hall acts, torch songs, film noir soundtracks, Northern soul, and punk. Cath and the band—bassist Ron Caine, drummer Chris Fenner, and keyboardist Joe Korner —handily drew from a century of English culture, incorporating long-forgotten musical elements into their own unique pop constructions.
“She’s In Our Bed,” (media available here) which Cath describes as “vaudeville-disco,” has a spoken-word rap about a ménage a trois. The Pet Shop Boys would have been proud. -Peter Terzian (liner notes excerpt)<< MORE >>