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Wanna Make Love – Sunshines

Removable Tattoos - Sunshines

Removable Tattoos – Sunshines

The Sunshines were Tanya Blue, Greg Luke and Russel Weston and on their album ‘Removable Tattos’ from which ‘Wanna Make Love’ comes, they added the talents of Chris Letcher and Brendan Jury and had the added boost of Lloyd Ross and Willem Moller on production duties. Despite some of the Shifty characters helping out, the song is surprisingly poppy and full of, well, Sunshine.

It is in some way reminiscent of the Katrina & The Waves hit ‘Walking On Sunshine’ with its bright, breezy and bouncy feel and Tanya’s carefree vocals, but it’s a bit like an indie version of the song as it doesn’t have the final few layers of polish that a full on pop song would have and there are Smiths-eque jangling guitars underpinning the song. There is even an oblique reference to The Smiths in the lyrics with the line ‘I wanna make love/like a hand in glove’ (for those unfamiliar with The Smiths back catalogue, they released a song called ‘Hand In Glove’) although it is difficult to say if that was deliberate or not.

Those who like their pop to be pristine and sterile, you may not take too kindly to this, feeling it a bit too ‘indie’ for you, but for those who like their pop a little rough round the edges, then this is jangly pop perfection.

Where to find it:
Removable Tattoos – The Sunshines (1995)
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