So our ’90s-era Mystery Date was California-born and -based singer-guitarist Barbara Manning, who’s released records as a solo artist and a member of various bands, including SF Seals (ie, the “local baseball team” ladymisskirroyale referred to) and the World of Pooh. These songs are from a collaboration called Barbara Manning Sings With the Original Artists she did Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants (who accompanies her on the first track, “When I Dream”) and Jon Langford of The Mekons (on the second Mystery Date track, “Gold Brick”), among others. You probably know the varying sounds of The Mekons. Young Marble Giants is one of those bands that you may have heard of but never actually heard. Here’s a Young Marble Giants track that showcases Moxham’s guitar style:
The Barbara Manning music by her I am most familiar with is rooted in a much easier-to-swallow (for me and I would guess members of the Bad Attitude Club) ’60s psych sound. In fact, the first time I ever heard her it was her and SF Seals, I believe, doing a cover of The Pretty Things‘ “SF Sorrow Is Born.” Come on, Bad Attitude Club, give this more representative 1991 track a try!