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Anyone got the album yet? Any thoughts?
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From:vampfanman
Date:October 25th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Indeed - got it 3 weeks ago today. Here is what I wrote then:

The first impression I get is that this is written by a Wendy James who is very comfortable with who she is and where she is. I know that may sound like a strange thing to say but you really get the impression that you are listening to the real Wendy.

The sound is very sexy, but in a far more mature way than the rocky era of Transvision Vamp, which was awesome but different.

The full version of Grease Monkey is an absolutely fantastic song. Superb choice for the debut single from the album.

I'll post more thoughts tomorrow when I have had a chance to listen to it some more but first impression is that this album lives up to and in my case, exceeds expectations - fantastic work Wendy, congratulations.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 10th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)

Racine- New Album

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New Wendy James album as Racine released on 7th March. Available 2 weeks before hand on onelittleshop.com
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From:enchochada
Date:January 10th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)

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Which album is this? the one I got in November? Or another one?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)

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Exactly the same one.It is being re-released because it flopped so badly late last year.If you bought it for £15 on an expensive website then wendy will send you a "sucker" sticker for the front.Just send her some money.Check out the racine site for some of the best bullshitting p.r. you will read in 2005 so far.Lots of promises and bad,plainly made up, excuses for delays and no show gigs. now a deliberately vague promise of "something" live er.. possibly.In reality there are only 57 people registered at the website since september 2004 and that is no where near enough "customers" .Expect yet another image change and the 2004 supporters like yourself to be thrown out with the bathwater as wendy chases other peoples money in 2005.
soon wendy miming her heart out in front of jaded session musicians only there for the money.
Funny wasn't this supposed to be different this time.No fake promises of live shows,dodgy re-releases and fans kept deliberately in the dark?
Ask a few uncomfortable questions over at the Racine message board and see how quickly your words are deleted if you are not being "positive" or blindly unquestioning.Wendy only likes obvious praise and the occassional reference to what a clever,attractive,creative genius she is.Although admittedly so few people write there now,having been turned off by the atmosphere and distinct feeling of being conned, it is basically the same 3 people over and over.So debate has definately dried up.Not that Dame Wendy really gives a shit.She is hoping to attract a more upmarket clientel soon rather than people left over from her Vamp days.They served their purpose years ago and are so 89 as far as she is concerned.
When the peasents revolt that bit too much she deigns to answer the blander questions (why are you so fantastic Wendy?)with equally bland non commital female empowerment twitterings (a dream is freedom) and obviously ignores real questions.The news page is laughable for it's carefully filtered PR tone in which nothing is really explained like no show gigs,the disappearing interviews and the 6 month delay in the single.The photos are now almost 8 months old! Obviously Wendy could not get to a camera since late august 2004!
Interviews have been removed as they were not ass kissing enough and contained unacceptable truths like missed release dates and wendy protesting she WOULD be touring in october 2004.Honest!
So obviously the peasents only hear about Racine getting a good review in the Sunday Telegraph.So some 65 year old Tories like the album!
Even her damn PR site page(www.quitegreat.co.uk) has not been updated since last september and still claims the single is coming out on september 20 2004! In fact it is actually being released 7 months after that!
Months can go by without anyone being told anything.That is the way to build up those loyal fans.Give them nothing.Tell them nothing.Keep them waiting.Luckily there is a page of the worse kind of tacky over priced tacky merchandise which no one would be seen dead actually wearing in the street in 2005!
It is like a flash back to a backstage stall at a boy band concert in 1987! Naff hats and overpriced t shirts!

Probably not what you want to hear.Ironically it is people like you who she should be keeping sweet but in fact she does not give a damn about.Still well worth the 10 year wait huh?
So stick with her if you like but it will all end in tears but I think you know that,don't you?
Over the next few months expect to be flooded with behind the scenes "staff" from Racine pushing the re-released album under the guise of a message to this site.Basically spam.Nothing from Wendy herself you understand.She wouldn't deign to lower herself to chat to you but who knows she might shift a few units here.It's all money after all.
You have been warned.

Daniel.

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From:vampfanman
Date:January 30th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)

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Nice diatribe - the album is still very good though ;)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 12th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)

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That must be the reason why there seems to be no tour and the frigging website is deserted.Like the Marie Celeste over there.
james must be busy trying to think of excuses and lies to airbrush out the fact that this album has already been released on 4th october 2004 itself a delayed release date.
Reason?To co-incide with a tour if you check back the official news archives of her site.weak excuse nobody fell for.
Want to bet the last few months of 2004 will be airbrushed out of promotional words for the re-release?
so will any mention of her promise to tour.
Still some people still defend Hitler so it does not surprise me to see the huge number of 2 people coming to her defense.2 in nearly a month? 2?
not quite the 100's who used to back in the early 1990s is it?

You are going to look pretty foolish when she runs away again and hides.

Daniel.


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From:vampfanman
Date:February 14th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)

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Why would I look foolish for liking her album? What she does or doesn't do next won't affect my opinion - neither will you. If this is the last we ever hear of Wendy again in the limelight then so be it - I'm not going to reject my love of her previous work or her work with Racine.
From:joeyfur
Date:February 14th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)

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jeez, i don't know what daniel is on about- racine has only being going for half a year and he is so desperate to see it go down.
wendy has only just begun to show us what she can do, and there is no use harping on about the old transvision days- she isn't. she isn't trading on her past in any way... she's putting something fresh out there, and as far as i can see, she's done it by herself, which is a good thing. maybe her intention is to stay purposefully out of the hands of major labels and give herself the choices that you don't get when you're owned by a contract. maybe, just maybe she really is doing something for the good, not just like all the other stars of the past, re-hashing their old tunes for a bit more time on the merry go round.
so suck it up daniel. you are wrong.
joey
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Date:February 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)

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That is why she has remixed it in december 2004 is it? Maybe it was so good she decided to remix it to make it even better or maybe just maybe it is as a response to it being described as 3rd rate BritPop sounds about 7 years after Echobelly and Sleeper were happening and hot? Wadda think?
Maybe it was remixed because someone said it would not sell in 2005 if it sounded like it was recorded in the late 1990s?
Maybe it is not a sign of obvious desperation after all?
For all her bullshit about making her own sound and not being influenced by anyones opinion she still wants a nice juicy hit in the pop charts and be a potential money earner for any future owner/pimp like she was for MCA records until they chucked her out on her arse after she stopped earning.Transparent to the last.
She cannot get anyone to give her money if she is not a good investment and currently she is worthless.Ask anyone.
How long do you think it will be before the word VAMP turns up in a future press pack in a desperate and cynical attempt to link it to her one and only successful period,even though this album has NOTHING to do with her old band members and is supposed to be her standing on her own two feet?
I can see it now.Lets start Vamping it up with Wendy as that 80s vamp launches her new album RacineVamp in spring 2005.Not the one which was already released oh no but a new vamp.Vamping into shops with vamping remixes in a vamping plastic box.Vamp on down to your record shop and buy it.It is a kind of kitch POP ART which you will want to bring home and wrap in VELVETEEN.Yes baby you will care for this Vamp as she vamps to Racine!
Remember everybody you would be topless without the new album from a vamp her publicity people say everyone finds attractive! Shame she is such a dog though.Buy it now and help to pay her vamping rent! Free Vamp sticker on initial copies to cover up the word Racine and hopefully con you into thinking it is not a solo album but a new band one!Once again it not the same one which came out on Oct 4th 2004.Also this is her 3rd vamping attempt at a comeback.
Costello did her no favours even after all her arse licking about him in 1993 only left her with a flop and a brown tongue.
Nice expensive Bailey snaps too which now line the bottom of many a shit filled budgie cage and dustbin.
That is the vamping truth.
Wendy will be vamping on a world tour any decade now.Conditions apply.
No refunds!
It got vamping good reviews in those pathetic made up reviews on her site too.Much better than real ones.

Vamptastic!

Daniel



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From:enchochada
Date:February 13th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)

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Daniel, why do you keep coming HERE (of all places) to vent your spleen? As you've said yourself, it's small and ill-populated little livejournal community with only a few members. virtually NO-ONE is getting to read all your opinions, which I assume you value and take incrdibly seriously, seeing as you've spent so much time posting them here, even though you don't appear to even be an LJ member. Do you not think that maybe you're coming over as a bit of fanatic here?

Who are you, Daniel? Why does all the kerfuffle around Wendy's album mean so damn much to you? I mean, to me, Wendy's a pop star from- is it what? 15? nearly 20? years ago, who for her fifteen minutes of fame as quite beautiful and iconic. I don't know if you ever saw her on Star Test, but that half hour of cheap TV was quite wonderful.

Now? I'm not so sure. I have no idea if Wendy's still beautiful, because in every recent picture she's hiding behind her shades, or her hair or barrow-load of slap. The album's crap. I think we all knew it would be. Without a strong song-writing team and havy duty production, Wendy is flimsy. Shit, the woman even had Elvis Soddin' Costello write her an album, and that was pretty dreadful, too. I only started this little community in a fit of nostalgia, and most of the time I forget it's here.

You, on the other hand, are much more fascinating. You obviously have a lot to say. It's a shame you don't have your own LJ so you could share more with us...
From:joeyfur
Date:February 14th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)

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nut
From:dudleyscouse
Date:April 17th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)

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Maybe Daniel had an unfulfilled crush on our lass? I dunno, but some of us actually choose to listen to music and make up our own minds, regardless of 'reviews'. Daniel, thats not a review its a rant, a waste of time and space, and totally uncalled for. I'd rather Wendy tried the comeback trail this way than thru some half-baked telly show like Shakin Stevens and Tiffany!! At least if theres wasted money its her own, and mine when I chose to buy the album. Take a good look at why you hate her so much, put the dummy back in the pram, and grow up boy - you may still have a life to live. And by the way, I don't feel I wasted my money on the album, but thats my opinion.
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Date:February 13th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)

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you bitch. if you hate wendy so much, WHY ARE YOU SPENDING SO MUCH TIME ON HER? if you really think she is that unworthy of good will WHY ARE YOU SPENDING SO MUCH TIME ON HER? because YOU ARE OBSESSED. YOU ARE A CRAZED, OBSESSED FANATICAL FREAK THAT DESPERATELY WANTS HER ATTENTION.
make your mind up, hate her and forget about it or COME CLEAN! YOU LOVE HER,YOU WANT HER, YOU SPEND EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT OBSESSED WITH HER. you are a BITCHY LITTLE MAN. YOU LOVE WENDY JAMES. YOU FREAK. YOU FAN. YOU AREHOLE.
get a FUCKING LIFE
LOSER
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