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Below are some quotes from reviews of My Legendary Girlfriend's records and gigs. The list is incomplete - if you have anything not included below, please let us know.

Creosound EP

"My Legendary Girlfriend have got something of a multiple personality thing going on here. In fact, there's so much crammed in that My Legendary Harem might be closer to the mark. Lead, and justifiably so, track, "A Kidnapper's Lament," starts off with a fragment of Orbital's "The Box" with squealing wheels then fast-cuts between sci-fi theremin, speed ska and the crashing chords of some big rock music sung like pasty indie boys. It dubs out in a shimmering Ozric haze for a swift half in lieu of a middle-8 followed by chorus x2 and end. It's a Frankenstein's monster and by all rights should sound abysmal but the jolt of electricity needed to get the thing off the slab gets it up and shaking like a good 'un."
Robots & Electronic Brains

"My Legendary Girlfriend cunningly adopt the tactic of stealth-ska, where what appears to be a normal indie-op tune suddenly bursts into a full-blooded moonstomp. 'A Kidnapper's Lament' and 'Staying In' are the top tunes on this top value four tracker."
Jockrock

"What are they then? Electronic sadcore? Does this term already exist, cos if not, I'm going to introduce it now! They're a bit like 80s skaheroes The Beat (does anyone remember?) having a cup of tea with Gary Numan. Strange but true, weird but great..."
The Original Sin fanzine

Unfashionably Hi-fi EP

"My Legendary Girlfriend...seem to be able to do more or less whatever else they turn their hand to. The pick of these pick'n'mix (pop, reggae and did someone say XTC?) tunes is Hey Adric! where the title's Fall leanings are belied by the music's outer space funk."
Robots & Electronic Brains

Family Four Tunes EP

"Solid, experimental and funny."
Stolenwine fanzine

You Can't Hear Me Anyway CD

"MLG have, in the style of Pulp's previous compilation 'Countdown', gone for a reverse chronological ordering. Perhaps an odd choice for a band who have changed, and to most ears improved, musically with time. The most noticeable point is that lyrically they're sharper now - the album is straight in there with 'Shang-a-laing' - "my mum on a Tennent's can" followed by the tale of cross-dressing brickies in 'Second Site'. Conversely, the music now is perhaps more straightforward - as we progress back in time through this CD the simple but swaying pop choruses are replaced with complex excursions in break beats, ska-punk and triphop, while the lyrics get more obtuse and less fun - 'Kidnapper's Lament' a case in point. But as a handy collection of the 2 great EPs - 'Family 4 Tunes' and 'Unfashionably Hi-Fi', with some hit or miss bonuses thrown in at the end, you can't go far wrong."
Is This Music?

Gross Domestic Product CD

"...full of clever wit, charmingly idiosyncratic tunes and a worldview redolent of indulgent cynicism."
The Daily Record

"Like the Austin Maxi to which MLG compare themselves, Gross Domestic Product may well come and go, unmourned and unnoticed. Which would be a shame as Scotland's finest purveyors of wry schtick, the fashionably incorrect MLG, deliver their traditional smart lyrics with some musical gems. 'Theme from Press Hat & Cigar' is a great way to start and finish the album, being a spooky detective theme which leads into 'Herd Mentality', which has a sci-fi pop intro, a verse set to a C86 jangle and a cracking chorus. That kind of sets the pattern for the album - there are occasional ventures into Fall territory as on 'Light Ent Reliance' but they're fortunately more versatile on the whole. 'Victorian Walking Song' has choppy guitar and very 70s keyboard driving a paean to the great outdoors while '3 Men in a Shed' mourns the death of industrial innovation. 'The Impresario' seems like it'll be an ill-advised Fall copy but has a great swooning chorus to save it. Such adventurism should be saved for the nation - the campaign to nationalise MLG starts here."
Is This Music?

"Lead singer Paul McGazz has a thick Scottish brogue that's oddly alluring. He comes across as a strange Scottish hybrid of Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker, and as a result, no matter what he says, it sounds cool."
Splendid e-zine

GDP:RMX CD

"In these remixes of tracks from the Gross Domestic Product album, in yer face vocals are replaced by clever reworks as MLG mainman Paul McGazz ropes in friends and calls in a few favours. So, Edinburgh's Slowloris turn 'A Good Walk Ruined' into a metronomic march, Ives do some quite freakish electro, Thee Moths with some backwards phrasing bury 'Double Drop' in a sea of psychedelia, while The Electroluvs sinister synthpop transforms MLG into early Human League only with better haircuts. McGazz even gets in on the act bringing 'Warhammer' into the 1980s, an end product which sounds like Mark E Smith 'deconstructing' Howard Jones with a blunt instrument. The chances of a remixes album being worth the bother are usually pretty slim but on this occasion the sum is at least as great as the parts."
Is This Music?

The Wrong End Of A Telescope CD

"Never clichéd, always finding something vital in a world that affects to be so jaded. The Wrong End of a Telescope is great achievement."
The Mind's Construction

"In the past MLG have made albums people will either love or hate - there's enough here to suggest there'll be some very confused dissenters, and some very pleased long-time fans."
Is This Music?

Live reviews

"...a pretty entertaining set. They set their stall out in the old cobbled market of quirky pop/rock, with the added talky style thrown in for good measure. A substantial crowd came in out of the cold to hear the Girlfriend's longing to have a cadillac, and to head out west, which is admirable. The handful of tracks on offer were vibrant enough to keep ya going."
Gig at the 13th Note on 8 Feb 2001, reviewed in Best For Music magazine

"Pop music done with style is rare these days, but My Legendary Girlfriend have plenty - impeccably dressed, their live show is classy, even boasting a music quiz interlude. Content is important too and they have loads - boy-girl vocals, swaggering chorus-heavy tunes and lyrics ranging from the wry Metal Kidz to the cutting politic of No 'Us' in US. When it comes to a question of pop, MLG have all the answers."
Gig at the 13th Note on 17 Oct 2001, reviewed in The Sunday Mail

"Choruses so catchy that they are still lodged in my brain like a parasitic earwig."
T-Break gig at King Tut's 12 May 2003, reviewed on the Red T website

"Musically, they seem to walk a strange but blatant line between The Fall and Pulp. Blatant in so far as it makes perfect sense despite sounding like crap 'on paper' (so to speak). There's a certain elan (seriously the only word that covers it) to their performance this evening. The worst thing being that they actually sound like a band with the potential to make a mark. This is not the sound of on old band bowing out (well, it is, but you know what I mean). Oh, well, blaze of glory, leave 'em wanting more, etc etc..."
The final gig on 15 Oct 2005, reviewed by Tony Kiernan

"Last night ended an era for a few of my friends and the Glasgow music scene in general as it was the last ever gig for Paisley born band My Legendary Girlfriend."
The final gig reviewed by Guy Incognito

Other

"...confusingly as witty yet nothing like Pulp..."
The Guardian

"My Legendary Girlfriend are a band deserving of far more success than they have. If they were from London frontman Paul McGazz would have been on the cover of the NME and on the panel of Never Mind The Buzzcocks several times by now..."
Thee Mouth fanzine

"MLG are like Arab Strap with loads of electronic gear and more energy. Catch them regularly around Glasgow if you can. Teaching them indie kids how to dance."
A very early demo reviewed by Stolenwine fanzine

Scan of a local newspaper article from March 1998

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