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The Shop Assistants were an indie pop band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1984, initially as Buba & The Shop Assistants. The original line-up was Aggi on vocals, David Keegan (guitar), Sarah Kneale (bass), Laura MacPhail (drums) and Ann Donald (drums), this line-up releasing one single, the highly-collectable 'Something To Do' which was produced by Stephen Pastel who also contributed backing vocals. Aggi left to be replaced by Alex Taylor, which saw the name shortened to simply 'The Shop Assistants' and the next release was 'All Day Long' in 1985, which Morrissey described as his favourite single of that year. This was followed in early 1986 with 'Safety Net', the first release on Keegan's 53rd & 3rd Records, which topped the indie chart, and the band recorded national radio sessions for John Peel and Janice Long of BBC Radio One.Read More...
They were featured on the NME's 1986 compilation C86 with one of their slower songs, "It's Up To You". Also in that year, they signed to the Chrysalis Records off-shoot Blue Guitar for a further single, 'I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You' and their first and only LP album, The Shop Assistants. This spent one week at number 100 in the UK album charts, which gives the band the distinction of being the (joint) least successful act ever to hit the national charts. The album was re-released on CD in 2001, although it is now hard to find.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- All That Ever Mattered - 63,644 plays
- All Day Long - 41,473 plays
- Somewhere in China - 35,679 plays
- Seems to Be - 24,233 plays
- Before I Wake - 23,652 plays
- I Don't Want To Be Friends With You - 31,835 plays
- It's Up to You - 24,443 plays
- Fixed Grin - 21,503 plays
- Train From Kansas City - 21,842 plays
- Home Again - 18,179 plays