The Pooh Sticks were an indie pop band from Swansea, Wales recording between 1988 and 1995. They were notable for their jangly melodiousness and lyrics gently mocking the indie scene of the time such as on "On Tape", "Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution" and "I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well". The band changed direction on their 1991 U.S breakthrough The Great White Wonder, eschewing the 'twee' British indie pop sound for a more American-styled power pop sound, akin to bands like Jellyfish and Redd Kross. Subsequent albums Million Seller, released on 11 January 1993, considered by some power pop fans to be the band's best work, and Optimistic Fool, released on 24 April 1995, followed in this style.

Links to Peel

Peel seemed to have discovered the band in early 1988 and would often play their tracks on his shows, including two sessions which they performed for his programmes. By the time, the group released their Optimistic Fool album in 1995, Peel had lost interest in the band, with the advent of Britpop dominating the indie scene.

Festive Fifty Entries


The Pooh Sticks - Peel Session 1988

The Pooh Sticks - Peel Session 1988

1. Recorded: 1988-04-19. Broadcast: 03 May 1988. Repeated: 24 May 1988, 06 July 1988

  • On Tape / Alan McGee / Heartbreak / Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution

2. Recorded: 1989-04-09. Broadcast: 18 May 1989

  • Desperado / Young People / Hard On Love / Dare-True-Kiss-Promise

Other Shows Played

  • 06 January 1990 (BFBS): 'Teenage High (7"-The Pure Styx)' (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
  • 01 May 1990: Radio Ready (album - Formula One Generation) Fierce Recordings
  • 05 May 1990 (BFBS): 'Radio Ready (white label LP-Formula One Generation)' (Fierce Recordings)
  • 12 May 1990 (BFBS): 'Soft Beds, Hard Battles (LP-Formula One Generation)' (Fierce Recordings)
  • 14 May 1990: Soft Beds, Hard Battles (album - Formula One Generation) Fierce Recordings
  • 23 May 1990: Radio Ready (LP - Formula One Generation) Fierce
  • 26 May 1990 (BFBS): 'Time To Time (LP-Formula One Generation)' (Fierce Recordings)

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