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Foxes

From the May 11th 1991 edition of Melody Maker:

Foxbase Alpha, the title of Saint Etienne's breathtakingly promising summer LP, sounds like it came to Bob during one of his more warped dream-state moments. Actually, it's an amalgam of "Moon Base Alpha" - from Space 1999 - and the word Bob and Pete ascribe to the more attractive of the male/female species.

"There are foxy boys as well as foxy girls," explains Bob, sitting up on the bed. "Foxes are beautiful people, gorgeous people. You don't have to BE beautiful, you just need to LOOK beautiful."

I ask what constitutes a foxy outfit. Bob says, "Foxy people wear the clothes they look brilliant in." And he and Pete assemble a list of de rigeur foxy fashionwear: vivid rainbow-coloured skinny-rib tops ("For girls, not boys"); turtle-neck jumpers; red socks; postmen's uniforms ("We were going to dress up as postmen for our new video, but we couldn't afford the gear"); brogues; cords; Fred Perry polo shirts; no ties ("Never" [Hmmm... check the U.S. Tiger Bay sleeve, lads]); hats; ("For girls only - white woolly ones with peaks, like Maltese fishermen wear").


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