Monday, October 20

RIP- The Long Blondes

. Monday, October 20

This morning Long Blondes guitarist/ songwriter released this statement via the bands Myspace page-

We have decided to call it a day.The main reason for this is that I suffered from a stroke in June and unfortunately I do not know when / if I will be well enough to play guitar again. On behalf of the band I'd like to say a big thank you to anyone who ever came to one of our shows, bought one of our records or danced to one of our songs in a club. Thank you, if it wasn't for you the whole thing would have been pointless. Finally on a personal note, thanks for all your well wishing messages. Dorian xxx

I can't say it's suprising but it's a damn shame. Just this past week I've been listening to the new Demos and Rarities album 'Singles' and remembering what an amazing and exciting band they were three years ago. Their influences were obvious and maybe they were too kitsch for some people but just try find a better recent indie disco song than 'Once and Never Again', it can't be done.

'Once And Never Again'

They were referencing Scott Walker years before The Last Shadow Puppets and knew their way round a kitchen sink pop song like no others. The lyrics were great and the music just excellent.

I have had the pleasure of reviewing the bands debut LP (LINK) and interviewing Kate Jackson (LINK) as well as seeing the band live on a number of occasions. There are rumours of Kate going solo and whilst the demise of a band is sad the health of Dorian Cox is clearly more important. The Long Blondes might be gone but they leave a legacy of brilliant pop songs and having split before they lost it (I like that second album so shush) will no doubt be treated with the loving gaze of nostalgia for years to come.

'Giddy Stratospheres'



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