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The Nightingales

Out Of True (RSD23 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    Out Of True, the shock comeback album by the Nightingales, was originally released more than a decade after Robert Lloyd's strange major label foray. Now getting the recognition the band deserve, following the critical success of The Nightingales documentary King Rocker (Stewart Lee), this 2006 comeback record is available on vinyl for the very first time. Spread across two LPs, with over an hour of banging tunes, this is an essential piece of the bandís history and is packaged with liner notes from Robert Lloyd and a bonus download of the "What's Not To Love" EP.

    Leatherface

    Minx - 2022 Reissue

      Re-writing the rule book when it came to punk requisites, Leatherface combined passion, angst and power with undeniable songwriting and technical prowess.

      Led by wordsmith Frankie Stubbs their explosive hooks and thrashing guitars quickly became their trademark and made them one of the most exhilarating UK bands of the 90s.

      Arriving at the peak of their career, ‘Minx’ channelled Stubbs’ love for Joy Division and features their much loved fourth bassist, former Snuff band member Andy Crichton.

      A lost classic, it brought with it a more emotional direction to their sound which was released on the brink of the band’s hiatus.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1 Wallflower
      A2 Books
      A3 Fat, Earthy, Flirt
      A4 Do The Right Thing
      A5 Evil That Men Do
      A6 Heaven Sent
      Side B
      B1 Don't Work
      B2 A Sad Day Indeed
      B3 Skin Deep
      B4 Dustbin Modo
      B5 A Cartoon (With The Pain)
      B6 Pale Moonlight

      The Nightingales

      In The Good Old Country Way - 2022 Reissue

        The Nightingales' last original full-length for two decades stands as the final masterpiece postpunk album released before the C86 era. Back on vinyl for the first time in over 3 decades, the reissue is updated to include the whole of the 1985's 7" single "It's A Cracker" and "What A Carry On" 12" EP, plus a clutch of rare tracks never before released on vinyl and a bit of history from Robert Lloyd.

        Despondently anti-Thatcher and with an air of hopelessness, In The Good Old Country Way has the sense that time was allowed for experimentation and reflection during its creation. Expectations were high as The Nightingales released their sole Vindaloo album and possibly the most underrated album of the postpunk era.

        The opening number is heavy on the hoedown, not unlike records their pals The Mekons would release around the same time - a rootsy underlayment to songs of wit, energy and observation, adaptable both to lengthy groove-based observation and high-octane rants alike. Maria Smith's violin weaves in and out of songs, while the rhythm section of Pete Jenner (bass) and Ron Collins (drums) hold what might have been a disjointed mess, but it's multi-instrumentalist / arranger Pete Byrchmore who shares the spotlight with Lloyd.

        "It's A Cracker" stuns, not stylistically dissimilar to their recent records for the first ninety seconds, though featuring a bridge hinting at new developments in their sound which could be heard on the next Nightingales release, ‘What A Carry On’. A sublime record, it features the powerful title track in two version, one of the band's best songs, "Comfort And Joy", and the tenderly alienating "First My Job".

        "Lloyd's cracked it. A fucking good album." Mark E. Smith, The Fall.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 The Headache Collector
        A2 Down In The Dumps
        A3 Leave It Out
        A4 Comfort And Joy
        A5 Coincidence
        B1 I Spit In Your Gravy
        B2 Square Circle
        B3 Part Time Moral England
        B4 How To Age
        B5 No Can Do
        C1 It's A Cracker
        C2 Here We Go Now
        C3 What A Carry On
        C4 Carry On Carrying On
        C5 Comfort And Joy (ep Version)
        D1 First My Job
        D2 Let's Surf
        D3 Crafty Fag (live)
        D4 Down In The Dumps (version 2)
        D5 At The End Of The Day

        Tales Of Terror

        Tales Of Terror (RSD21 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


          1500 copies pressed on Red vinyl, A5 Flyer & DL card. "Straight out of The Dead Boys / Stooges school of intense, f**k-it-all, snarl and self-destruct. Recommended." Maximumrocknroll. Often cited as a major influence on the key bands of the grunge era (Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney etc.) Tales Of Terror's one & only LP is an overlooked classic of 80s NorCal punk rock. Available for the first time in more than 30 years, Kurt Cobain's 32nd-favourite-album-of-all-time is chaotic and charismatic in equal parts; the band's story is tinged with tragedy, but the music they played was life-affirming. Wild, heads down proto thrash metal meets punk excess; think early Guns n' Roses meets Iggy at the bar from a band whose trajectory was cut short after the death of guitarist Lyon Wong in 1986. A cobweb dispersing buried treasure that stands alongside the debut of The Damned and draws a shaky line through grunge to At The Drive In and way beyond. A super rare release, unavailable for over 30 years; remastered and ready to be cranked up to full volume. "Mid-tempo driving grunge rock that gets pretty chaotic" reported Flipside. 

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A. A1 Hound Dog A2 That Girl A3 Possession A4 Deathryder A5 Evil A6 13.
          Side B. B1 Romance B2 Over Elvis Worship B3 Tales Of Terror B4 Jim B5 Chambers Of Horror B6 Ozzy

          The Nightingales

          Pigs On Purpose

            The first vinyl pressing since 1983 on double blue vinyl with new liner notes. Ripe for rediscovery the sought-after and much acclaimed debut album from seminal Birmingham post punk revolutionaries The Nightingales. This newly expanded ‘Pigs On Purpose’ is remastered by Stuart Moxham with the addition of early demos and non-album singles from this period. The reissue coincides with new ‘King Rocker’ documentary celebrating the life of lead singer Robert Lloyd – a film by Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast Of London), comedian Stewart Lee and James Nicholls (Fire Films, Fire Records).

            An early punk classic, The Nightingales' debut was a strange transmission released as the musical landscape was changing. They were the last important band with roots in the first blossoming of punk and became a major influence upon the explosion of mid-80s indie labels and associated bands.

            “A perfect example of out-of-sync genius” AllMusic

            “Robert Lloyd's deadpan, elegantly hilarious lyrics make Sistine Chapel shapes of mundane provincial minutiae.” The Times

            “When it comes to outsider artists, Robert Lloyd is the living embodiment of the term.” Record Collector

            TRACK LISTING

            SIDE 1

            1 Blood For Dirt
            2 Start From Scratch
            3 One Mistake
            4 Well Done Underdog
            5 The Crunch
            6 The Hedonists Sigh
            7 It Lives Again

            SIDE 2

            8 Make Good
            9 Don't Blink
            10 Joking Apart
            11 Yeah, It's Okay
            12 Use Your Loaf
            13 Blisters

            SIDE 3

            14 Bristol Road Leads To Dachau (demo)
            15 Hark My Love (demo)
            16 Nowhere To Return (demo)
            17 Blisters (demo)
            18 Idiot Strength
            19 Seconds

            SIDE 4

            20 The Crunch (demo)
            21 The Hedonists Sigh (demo)
            22 Inside Out
            23 Under The Lash
            24 Paraffin Brain
            25 Elvis, The Last Ten Days

            Bonus Tracks On DL Only

            1 My Brilliant Career (live)
            2 Which Hi-Fi? (live)
            3 Paraffin Brain (live)
            4 Use Your Loaf (live)

            The Prefects

            Going Through The Motions

              ‘Going Through The Motions’ is the first full-length vinyl collection of The Prefects studio recordings.Although a few tunes don’t stray from the general sounds of their time, there’s innovation and humour here. Escort Girls may be the first recorded forerunner of American hardcore. The Bristol Road Leads To Dachau hints at Joy Division’s later The Atrocity Exhibition. Taking it a step farther than Alternative TV’s How Much Longer with its deliberate dirge, Going Through The Motions, mocks punk expectation against an almost psychedelic haze.

              Total Luck bears the early evidence of Lloyd’s lone-man confessional style, and Barbarella’s is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their most-played local venue. Versions of The Modern Lovers’ She Cracked and the Prefects’ original 625 Lines were recorded live by Virgin on the final two nights of Manchester’s Electric Circus and later issued as a compilation with tracks by The Fall, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division and others. The Prefects refused release of their material, believing their first outing should be a studio recording, not a live track or two on a compilation. During the White Riot tour, members of Subway Sect, The Slits and The Prefects joined in on a live encore loosely based on Velvet Underground’s Sister Ray. Incredibly difficult to listen to, the song was bootlegged widely before eventually appearing on The Slits’ 1980 album of early demos in a 5’20” version called “No More Rock And Roll For You”.

              Twenty years later, Vic Godard of Subway Sect edited a minute from the recording and released it on his Twenty Odd Years compilation. Two decades later, The Prefects have edited more than a minute from it and retitled it White Riot Tour. In another twenty years, it is hoped that the prolonged rite of ritual shortening of this song will leave no trace of it at all. For the record, it’s Robert Lloyd going “wooo-ooo” in the background, in what he says was an attempt to mimic the organ part from Sister Ray, which, listeners may note, is no longer being played. This is the opening salvo in the telling of Robert Lloyd’s career, which will include King Rocker: A film about Robert Lloyd & The Nightingales, by comedian and writer Stewart Lee, director Michael Cumming and Fire Films’ James Nicholls

              TRACK LISTING

              1) Going Through The Motions
              2) Escort Girls
              3) Bristol Road Leads To Dachau
              4) Faults
              5) 625 Lines (live At The Electric Circus)
              6) Barbarella's
              7) Things In General
              8) Agony Column
              9) Total Luck
              10) She Cracked (live At The Electric Circus)
              11) White Riot Tour (live) 


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