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That Petrol Emotion

Every Beginning Has A Future: An Anthology 1984-1994

    Originally a Northern Irish, London based quintet with an American singer, the band got together following the demise of Top 40 hitmakers and John Peel favourites The Undertones, their name inspired by the title of a song by another Derry outfit, Bam Bam & The Calling. Too late for Punk, too early for Grunge, That Petrol Emotion's output merged well-written melodic tunes with political statement. Sleeve artwork became informative newsletters. Singles and albums received rapturous reviews, gigs were sold-out joyous affairs. Later recordings bought in elements of hip-hop and Celtic folk. The band were always difficult to categorise and impossible to load onto a bandwagon, although no one could accuse the band of dabbling. As this collection shows, across the course of their ten years together, the quality of their songwriting never let up.

    “Their music is in a constant, latently violent, state of flux, sometimes overloaded, sometimes taut and splintered: a different kind of tension. For That Petrol Emotion, pop music is certainly not enough...They want to burn, to beat out a music that redefines itself, extends the boundaries.” Sean O’Hagan, NME, 1986 The choice of the word 'burn' in Sean O'Hagan's piece for the NME is a common theme in articles about That Petrol Emotion. Words like 'incendiary' and 'subversive' were often bandied about, although that key phrase 'pop music' is equally if not more important.

    And it has been said you can judge a band by their choice of cover versions - within these seven discs are the band's take on songs by Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, War, Hamilton Bohannon, Can, Neil Young, The Beatles, The Membranes, Leonard Cohen and Iggy Pop. Perhaps the most extraordinary fact about That Petrol Emotion is no one has seen fit to compile all or some of their works - that is until now. With full co-operation from the band, this comprehensive 121 track 7 CD collection brings together all five of their studio albums plus a typically energy-packed live recording from May 1994. It celebrates a body of work that has stood the test of time and - all these years later - undoubtedly still deserves a wider audience.


    Disc One: Manic Pop Thrill (1985 - 86)
    1. Fleshprint
    2. Can't Stop
    3. Lifeblood
    4. Natural Kind Of Joy
    5. It's A Good Thing
    6. Circusville
    7. Mouth Crazy
    8. Tightlipped
    9. A Million Miles Away
    10. Lettuce
    11. Cheapskate
    12. Blindspot
    13. Keen
    14. Zig-Zag Wanderer
    15. V2
    16. The Deadbeat
    17. Mine
    18. Jesus Says
    19. Non-Alignment Pact (Live At The Electric Ballroom, May 22nd 1986)

    Disc Two: Babble (1987)
    1. Swamp
    2. Spin Cycle
    3. For What It's Worth
    4. Big Decision
    5. Static 6. Split!
    7. Belly Bugs
    8. In The Playpen
    9. Inside
    10. Chester Burnette
    11. Creeping To The Cross
    12. Big Decision (Extended Version)
    13. Soul Deep
    14. Big Decision (Jet Fuel Mix)
    15. Swamp (Extended Remix)
    16. Creeping To The Cross (Shorter & Better)
    17. Dance Your Ass Off
    18. Swamp (Live, May 1987)
    19. Me And Baby Brother (Live, May 1987)
    20. Creeping To The Cross (Live, May 1987)
    21. Genius Move
    22. Party Games

    Disc Three: End Of The Millennium Psychosis Blues (1988-89)
    1. Sooner Or Later
    2. Every Little Bit
    3. Cellophane
    4. Candy Love Satellite
    5. Here It Is...Take It!
    6. The Price Of My Soul
    7. Groove Check
    8. The Bottom Line
    9. Tension
    10. Tired Shattered Man
    11. Goggle Box
    12. Under The Sky
    13. Think Of A Woman
    14. Hot Head
    15. Groove Check (10" Mix)
    16. Chemicrazy
    17. Under The Sky (Live)
    18. Genius Move (Live)
    19. Mother Sky (Live)

    Disc Four: Chemicrazy (Part 1 - 1990)
    1. Hey Venus
    2. Blue To Black
    3. Mess Of Words
    4. Sensitize
    5. Another Day
    6. Gnaw Mark
    7. Scum Surfin'
    8. Compulsion
    9. Tingle
    10. Head Staggered
    11. Abandon
    12. Sweet Shiver Burn
    13. Jewel
    14. Abandon (Boy's Own Mix)
    15. Fat Mouth Creed

    Disc Five: Chemicrazy (Part 2 1990 - 91)
    1. Chemicrazy (Revitalized)
    2. Cinnamon Girl
    3. Groove Check (Check This Groove Out)
    4. Hey Venus (Mad Thatcher Disease Mix) [Long Version]
    5. Light & Shade
    6. Tingle (Hard Boppin' Mix)
    7. Hey Bulldog (Live)
    8. Head Staggered (Live At The Whiskey L.A.)
    9. Scum Surfin' (Live At The Whiskey L.A.)
    10. Everybody's Goin' Triple Bad Acid Yeah!
    11. Stories Of The Street

    Disc Six: Fireproof (1993)
    1. Detonate My Dreams
    2. Catch A Fire
    3. Last Of The True Believers
    4. Too Late Blues
    5. 7th Wave
    6. Infinite Thrill
    7. Speed Of Light
    8. Shangri-La
    9. Heartbeat Mosaic
    10. Metal Mystery
    11. Everlasting Breath (Demo)
    12. Last Of The True Believers (Alternative Version)
    13. Detonate My Dreams (Alternative Version)
    14. Blue To Black (Franz Treichler Remix)
    15. Big Human Thing (Demo)
    16. Fun Time
    17. Little Big Man
    18. Chrome

    Disc Seven: Final Flame (Fire, Detonation & Sublime Chaos) (1994).
    1. Catch A Fire (Live, May 1994)
    2. Infinite Thrill (Live, May 1994)
    3. Shangri-La (Live, May 1994)
    4. Genius Move (Live, May 1994)
    5. It's A Good Thing (Live, May 1994)
    6. Hey Venus (Live, May 1994)
    7. Sensitize (Live, May 1994)
    8. Tingle (Live, May 1994)
    9. Head Staggered (Live, May 1994)
    10. Detonate My Dreams (Live, May 1994)
    11. Mouth Crazy (Live, May 1994)
    12. Big Decision (Live, May 1994)
    13. Sweet Shiver Burn (Live, May 1994)
    14. Abandon (Live, May 1994)
    15. Chemicrazy (Live, May 1994)
    16. Blue To Black (Live, May 1994)
    17. Scum Surfin' (Live, May 1994)

    Bernard Butler

    People Move On - Deluxe 4CD Media Book Edition

      In 1994 Bernard Butler left Suede at the end of the lengthy recording sessions for the band’s second album, the acknowledged classic that is “Dog Man Star”, which he cowrote. His first project was to join forces with singer David McAlmont record the album “The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler”, which was released in November 1995. It featured the Top 10 single “Yes” and the follow-up “You Do”.

      In 1997, Alan McGee signed Bernard up to Creation Records, and he set about recording his first solo album, playing all the instruments himself, except for the drums and strings. Released in April 1998, the album was a critical and commercial success, reaching # 11 in the UK album charts and features the hit singles “Stay”, “Not Alone” and “Change Of Heart”.

      When approached about contributing to this reissue in 2021, Bernard decided that he wanted to re-record all the vocals, for both the album and the B-sides. He has also added the occasional guitar overdub. The new vocals can be found on CD2 and 3. CD4 features some gems from Bernard’s own archives: demos, a rehearsal, solo live tracks, and a selection of fascinating outtakes from the string sessions.

      The 28 page book is extensively annotated by Bernard himself, and also contains all the lyrics plus photos from Bernard’s own collection plus unpublished recording session photos from photographer Jill Furmanovsky.


      Disc 1:
      People Move On
      1. Woman I Know
      2. You Just Know
      3. People Move On
      4. A Change Of Heart
      5. Autograph
      6. You Light The Fire
      7. Not Alone
      8. When You Grow
      9. You've Got What It Takes
      10. Stay
      11. In Vain
      12. I'm Tired
      Disc 2:
      People Move On [2021 Vocals]
      1. Woman I Know
      2. You Just Know
      3. People Move On
      4. A Change Of Heart
      5. Autograph
      6. You Light The Fire
      7. Not Alone
      8. When You Grow
      9. You've Got What It Takes
      10. Stay
      11. In Vain
      12. I'm Tired
      Disc 3:
      1. Hotel Splendide
      2. The Sea
      3. Bye Bye
      4. It's Alright
      5. My Domain
      6. More Than I Thought
      B-Sides [2021 Vocals]
      7. Hotel Splendide
      8. The Sea
      9. Bye Bye
      10. Bye Bye (Marrakesh)
      11. It's Alright
      12. My Domain
      13. More Than I Thought
      Disc 4:
      Domfront Demos
      1. Woman I Know
      2. In Vain
      3. You've Got What It Takes
      4. Bye Bye
      5. Friends & Lovers
      Benwell Road Rehearsal
      6. People Move On
      7. You Just Know
      8. Autograph
      Upstairs At The Garage
      9. People Move On
      10. Stay
      11. I’m Tired
      String Sessions
      12. Woman I Know
      13. When You Grow
      14. A Change Of Heart
      15. A Change Of Heart (Bollywood)
      16. Not Alone
      17. Not Alone (Psycho)
      18. The Sea 

      The Creation

      Creation Theory

        Alan McGee was such a big fan of The Creation that he named his record label after the band, and named his own band after one of their songs – Biff Bang Pow. The Creation was formed in 1966 from beat combo The Mark Four, and was quickly signed to a production deal with Shel Talmy, The Who’s producer.

        The first release was the urgent “Making Time”, which featured guitarist Eddie Phillips playing his guitar with a violin bow, two years before Jimmy Page started doing so. Whilst very popular in Germany, UK success largely eluded the band, and after a number of non-charting singles and line-up changes (including Ron Wood), the band broke up in 1968 without ever having released an album.

        Phillips and lead vocalist Kenny Pickett recorded an album in 1987 that remained unreleased until 2004, and in 1995, following reunion concerts at Harlesden’s Mean Fiddler, Alan McGee and Joe Foster managed to persuade the original line-up to record a new album, for release on Creation Records.

        Compiled with the assistance of Eddie Phillips himself, this limited edition deluxe media book presents a chronological history of the band. The four CDs include all eight single sides by The Mark Four (and three live reunion recordings from 1985), all of The Creation’s legendary recordings for Shel Talmy, in both mono and brand new stereo mixes, the 1987 album and the Creation Records album, and some solo recordings by Eddie from 1990 and 2011.

        The DVD features a lengthy new interview with Eddie, filmed in October 2016, five songs from The Creation’s two live appearances on the legendary German 60s TV show “Beat Beat Beat” (from the original tapes, three songs appear on DVD for the first time), and 21 songs from the band’s two reunion concerts at the Mean Fiddler in the 90s.


        CD 1:
        Rock Around The Clock
        Slow Down
        Try It Baby
        Crazy Country Hop
        Hurt Me If You Will
        I'm Leaving
        Work All Day (Sleep All Night)
        Going Down Fast
        Making Time
        Try And Stop Me
        Painter Man
        Biff Bang Pow
        If I Stay Too Long
        Cool Jerk
        Like A Rolling Stone
        Can I Join Your Band
        Hey Joe
        Life Is Just Beginning
        Through My Eyes
        How Does It Feel To Feel [UK Version]
        Tom Tom
        How Does It Feel To Feel [US Version]
        I Am The Walker / Ostrich Man / Sweet Helen

        CD 2:
        Midway Down
        The Girls Are Naked
        Bony Moronie
        Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
        For All That I Am
        Uncle Bert
        Making Time [instrumental]
        Painter Man
        Biff Bang Pow
        Sylvette [full length]
        If I Stay Too Long
        Cool Jerk
        Like A Rolling Stone
        Can I Join Your Band 
        Hey Joe
        Life Is Just Beginning
        Through My Eyes
        How Does It Feel To Feel [UK Version]
        How Does It Feel To Feel [US Version]
        Midway Down / For All That I Am
        Instrumental # 1
        How Does It Feel To Feel [instrumental]
        CD 3:
        Hurt Me If You Will
        Got My Mojo Workin'
        That's How Strong My Love Is
        Lay The Ghost 
        Psychedelic Rose
        Radio Beautiful
        Doing It My Way
        Making Time [new Version]
        Far From Paradise
        White Knight
        Spirit Called Love
        The Jimi Hendrix Trilogy

        CD 4:
        Power Surge
        Someone's Gonna Bleed 
        Shock Horror
        That's How I Found Love
        Killing Song
        Nobody Wants To Know
        City Life
        English Language
        Free Men Live Forever
        Ghost Division
        Woodstock Daze
        Good Times

        Eddie Phillips Interview
        Making Time
        I'm A Man
        That's How Strong My Love Is
        Try And Stop Me
        Painter Man
        Try And Stop Me
        Life Is Just Beginning
        I'm A Man
        If I Stay Too Long
        Biff Bang Pow
        Try And Stop Me
        Life Is Just Beginning
        I'm A Man 
        If I Stay Too Long
        Hey Joe
        Making Time
        Power Surge
        Tom Tom 
        That's How Strong My Love Is
        How Does It Feel To Feel
        Painter Man
        Biff Bang Pow

        Martin Carthy With Dave Swarbrick


          Two giants of the English folk scene with a canny selection of tracks from their early years together. Carthy has never been better than on "Lucy Wan", "Davy Lowston" and the equally haunting "Long Lankin" all songs dripping in blood and death. The understanding between the two players is there for all to see and the intervening years has simply enhanced these tracks.

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