The March Violets

Play Loud Play Purple: The Complete Singles 1982-1985 & More

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The Complete Singles 1982 – 85 & More.

Includes indie chart-toppers Snake Dance, Deep and Walk into the Sun 7” versions (the first time the Deep and Walk into the Sun 7” are available since the 80’s).

22 tracks – all their ‘80’s repertoire, plus 3 highlights from this century.
From Leeds, label-mates of Sisters of Mercy, they issued six singles & a compilation.

The March Violets came out of Leeds in the early 80’s, label-mates of Sisters of Mercy. Releasing six singles, they were a constant presence in the UK indie charts, hitting the top two with Snake Dance and Deep and no. 1 with Walk into The Sun. They never got around to recording an album – their only '80's long-players, Natural History in the UK and Electric Shades in the USA, were compilations. Eventually they signed to a major label and were groomed for a USA breakthrough, performing in the 1987 Some Kind of Wonderful movie. However they were asked to make too many compromises and split up.

Here is their entire 1980’s independent catalogue compiled in the original versions, together with three tracks from this century. It chronicles their development with lead singers Simon Denbigh, Rosie Garland and Cleo Murray, backed by bassist Lawrence Elliot and guitarist Tom Ashton.


Side A
1. Radiant Boys
2. Religious As Hell
3. Fodder
4. Children On Stun
5. Bon Bon Babies
6. Grooving In Green
Side B
1. Steam
2. Crow Baby
3. 1 2 I Love You
4. Long Pig
5. Snake Dance
6. It’s Hot
Side C
1. Slow Drip Lizard
2. Walk Into The Sun
3. Lights Go Out
4. Essence
5. Deep
Side D
1. Eldorado
2. Electric Shades
3. Cut Down Pretty
4. Road Of Bones
5. Mortality

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