Belly’s debut album Star turns 28 years old today, meaning it’s been 28 years since I was tipped off to the record by a friend whose tastes normally ran to Faith No More than 4AD. But I thank him for the recommendation because Tanya Donelly and company have been one of my favourite bands for over a quarter-century now.
In 2016, Tanya Donelly talked to The Line Of Best Fit about leaving the Breeders to strike out on her own:
“Everything on it was intended for the next Breeders album”: Belly’s Star revisited @ The Line Of Best Fit
Here’s all the official videos from the album – note Warner Bros commissioned a different clip for “Gepetto” for North America than 4AD in the rest of the world.
While they’ve been relatively quiet since touring for Dove wrapped in 2018 (their Chicago show was bucket list for me), they released a few acoustic versions of Star songs at the end of last year on their Bandcamp.
Bees, a new compilation of Belly b-sides – all good, I should know as I was one of those guys who collected all their CD singles – will be out May 21.