Saturday, March 1, 2014

Uni Records: Tell That Girl To Shut Up

When MCA resurrected Uni Records for a short run of releases in 1988, the first release on the label was by Transvision Vamp. Fronted by Wendy James, Transvision Vamp was a British alternative rock band. Their first American release was a song originally recorded in 1980 by Holly and the Italians. Holly Beth Vincent penned the tune “Tell that Girl to Shut up.”

While Holly and the Italians’ original failed to chart, “Tell that Girl to Shut up” had a decent run for Transvision Vamp eight years later. While it wasn’t a colossal mainstream hit in the US, it did make it the Hot 100 at peaked at #87. It did much better on the Modern Rock chart where it landed at the #9 spot. Of the band’s nine singles, “Tell that Girl to Shut up” was Transvision Vamp’s most successful tune.

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