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'Miss Black America’ by MBA, #11 in the 2002 Festive Fifty.

Miss Black America (MBA) were a punk-influenced rock band based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The original line-up consisted of Seymour Glass (voice/guitar), Mike Smith (bass) and Neil Baldwin (drums). MBA's self-financed début single, the Adrenaline Junkie Class-A Mentalist EP, sold out within weeks of release when John Peel pushed the band on BBC Radio One. Second single Don't Speak My Mind (taken from the 2000 demo "EP") was also championed by Peel and attracted the attention of Bedford-based Integrity Records, who signed the band to a one-album deal. Key to the band's increased popularity during this time, in addition to national airplay, was support from many UK music fanzines and music websites … (read more at Wikipedia)

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Peel was a keen early supporter of Miss Black America, a local Bury St Edmunds band, and his playing of their initial releases helped win them widespread attention. On 29 May 2001 he mentioned that he would have gone to see them in the town the previous evening, but didn't go because he didn't know where the venue was. He did manage to see the band play in Bury St Edmunds on 1 July 2001:

"They were good, but it was one of those situations where most of the people in the audience knew them, and they knew most of the people in the audience, so there was a lot of kind of in-jokey stuff going on, which was just fine but you felt that they'd probably work better in a place where they didn't know everybody and everybody didn't know them and they'd have to be more kind of slightly elusive, cos they need to be I think really." (04 July 2001)

Although ‘Talk Hard’ reached #3 in the 2002 Festive Fifty, there were personnel changes by the time the band played at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen in early 2003 at the invitation of Peel and they subsequently struggled to regain momentum.

Festive Fifty Entries


Two sessions. Released on Smile, You’re On Fire: BBC Sessions 2001​-​2002 (2020, streaming and download only,

1.Recorded: 2001-06-27. First broadcast 18 July 2001.

  • Miss Black America / Personal Politics / Roadkill / Talk Hard

2. Recorded: 2002-05-29. First broadcast 03 July 2002.

  • Liquid Silk / Smile You're On Fire / Car Crash For A Soul / The White Noise Inc


  1. Infinite Chinese Box
  2. Miss Black America
  3. Car Crash For A Soul
  4. Talk Hard
  5. Human Punk
  6. Strobe
  7. Personal Politics
  8. The White Noise Inc
  1. Strobe
  2. Beautiful Velocity
  3. Talk Hard
  4. Reborn
  5. Miss Black America
  6. Dot Dot Dot

Other Shows Played

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add further details if known.)


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