Girls at Our Best! were an English post-punk band, founded in Leeds, England in 1979 under the name The Butterflies. They had several UK Independent Singles Chart hits during their three-year existence.
The group initially consisted of vocalist Judy “Jo” Evans, guitarist James “Jez” Alan, bassist Gerard “Terry” Swift and drummer Chris Oldroyd.
They took their new name from a line in their track “Warm Girls”, released as the B-side to their self-financed 1980 debut single “Getting Nowhere Fast”. The single, released in April 1980 on their own Record Records, reached No. 9 on the UK Indie Chart.
Yeah Yeah Noh are an “unpop” group formed in Leicester, England in 1983. Originally a product of the DIY post-punk era, their sound was labelled ‘Calor-gas psychedelia’ by Mojo magazine in 2012. They released two albums and five singles while still together in the 1980s, and have had two compilation albums issued since they initially split up in 1986.
The Birthday Party (originally known as The Boys Next Door) were an Australian post-punk band, active from 1978 to 1983. Despite limited commercial success, The Birthday Party’s influence has been far-reaching, and they have been called “one of the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early ’80s.” The group’s “bleak and noisy soundscapes,” which drew irreverently on blues, free jazz, and rockabilly, provided the setting for vocalist Nick Cave’s disturbing tales of violence and perversion. Their music has been described by critic Simon Reynolds as gothic, and their single “Release the Bats” was particularly influential on the emerging gothic scene.