Thrum – Here I Am (1994)
The second she let rip on Belle & Sebastian’s Lazy Line Painter Jane, Glasgow vocalist Monica Queen – alias ‘Tammy Wynette with Bollocks’ – swaggered into pop mythology. She went on to sing with everyone from Shane MacGowan to Snow Patrol, but long before all that there was Thrum: Queen’s joyous nineties alt-rock band in tow with axe-man Johnny Smillie. Their distorted guitars, sunny chord structures and uplifting country-grunge aligned them with Bandwagonesque-era Teenage Fanclub and found them fans in REM and Grant Lee Buffalo (if my memory serves). But despite some pop-cult TV coverage back in the day – on The Chart Show, The Word and the like – they made little commercial impact. Here I Am was one of the biggest indie-hits from their debut (and only) album, ‘Rifferama’ (Fire Records).
Lots more from the mighty Thrum here.