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Pop Will Eat Itself

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    In 1986, Pop Will Eat Itself burst onto the UK and European independent scene with a fl urry of energetic, punk infused singles, including their self pressed and distributed debut, Poppies Say GRRrrr! and others released by Chapter 22. During that year they became mainstays of the UK music press and blazed a trail towards the hip-hop tinged direction they would take with their debut album, Box Frenzy . Repackaged in an orange and black sleeve this 23 track version replicates the tracklisting of the 2003 Castle CD release and contains 6 top ten indie singles including Def Con One, Beaver Patrol and There Is No Love Between Us Anymore.

    NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION OF 500 COLOURED VINYL COPIES (ORANGE) GATEFOLD SLEEVE. PRESENTED IN CLEAR PVC OUTER SLEEVE WITH INSERT.

    Medium Medium

    The Glitterhouse

      Medium Medium’s debut album, The Glitterhouse, was originally released on Cherry Red in October 1981. This reissue also features the “Hungry, So Angry,” single version which was produced by Adrian Sherwood at Berry Street Studio in London.

      In Sound International magazine Dave Henderson wrote prophetically, “It could be one of the most important records of the type to emerge this year and will doubtlessly be revered as a classic after the group have long since departed.”

      Also included is a selection of tracks from Cherry Red’s 2001 Hungry, So Angry retrospective compilation album, the B-side of the band’s debut single on Apt and a previously unreleased demo version of a song from the 1982 Sound-Products EP. It includes a bonus EP featuring previously unreleased tracks from the 2008 Village recording session. All of the various lineups of Medium Medium are represented.

      Formed at the end of 1978 Medium Medium’s self-described “extreme dance music” had reviewers scrambling to draw comparisons with the band’s contemporaries and find a label for its post punk sound.

      Medium Medium’s solid dance rhythms and chaotic, chiming guitar were superficially reminiscent of the Gang of Four and Talking Heads, but Rees’s tangential sax playing and Graham’s tape and keyboard interjections from the front-of-house mixing desk took Medium Medium in another direction.

      ”They weren’t as hip as The Au Pairs, The Higsons or the Factory-sponsored A Certain Ratio, but Nottingham quintet Medium Medium were still among the best of the myriad bands blending austere post-punk with funk during the early 80s.

      This lavishly-packaged triple LP reprises the cream of their catalogue, with both sides of the band’s hard-to-source 1979 debut Them Or Me/Freeze showcased alongside the Adrian Sherwood-produced 7” version of their signature song Hungry, So Angry plus all three tracks from the mainstream-inclined 1982 EP Splendid Isolation.

      The main attraction, though, is surely the band’s lone LP, The Glitterhouse. Originally issued by Cherry Red in 1981, it encompasses everything from the tense, dub-filigreed Serbian Village to the sweaty, club-friendly Mice Or Monsters and the jagged, James Chance-esque Further Than Funkdream and it remains a stark and highly compelling listen.

      Medium Medium attracted an enviable ream of positive press, but they struggled commercially and by 1983 they were history. However, they’ve regrouped sporadically since they were cited as an influence by early 00s punk-funk practitioners including The Rapture and Radio 4 and this set’s inclusion of three edgy, previously unreleased tracks from a 2008 studio session shows that they’ve retained a contemporary relevance.” : 4/5 REVIEW IN RECORD COLLECTOR.

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      3xLtd LP Info: Deluxe triple vinyl gatefold edition pressed on colour vinyl with printed inners.

      Folk Devils

      Beautiful Monsters (Singles And Demo Recordings 1984-1986)

      First time ever on CD. Digitally restored audio. The complete Folk Devils singles collection plus bonus unreleased demo recordings. Limited edition 180 gram double vinyl. 

      Initially managed by Ray Gange, star of The Clash's film Rude Boy, the Folk Devils first single "Hank Turns Blue" recorded for £180 (allegedly the bands combined dole money) and released on the label Ganges Records and distributed through Rough Trade resided at number three in the indie charts for six weeks being kept off the top spot only by New Order and Depeche Mode.

      Luminaries such as Jason Pierce of Spiritualized still regard the Folk Devils as a highly influential musical force.

      Named after Stanley Cohen’s book on youth subcultures “Folk Devils and Moral Panics”, this highly underrated British band was as far as one could get from ‘folk music’ at the time. They were formed by Co. Durham native Ian Lowery (formerly of The Wall and Ski Patrol) in late 1983 with a line up that consisted of Whiteley (Bass), Kris Jozajtis (Guitar) and Alan Cole (Drums). Throughout their short lifespan, the band released several acclaimed independent singles including “Hank Turns Blue”, “Beautiful Monster”, 1985’s intense “Fire And Chrome” EP, and recorded three sessions for BBC Radio’s John Peel Show.

      By early 1984, their heady brew of swampy rock on a bed of bastardized blues had created a vehicle for Lowery’s increasingly misanthropic worldview. A well-honed gutter poet since the early days of punk, Ian developed an idiosyncratic style, fusing a natural gift for sly wordplay and a well-turned snarky phrase with his often vitriolic and poignant lyrics channeled through an explosive onstage persona.

      By 1985, their sound was becoming sharp, ominous, brooding and urgent, and had taken shape with the help of producer Richard Mazda, with whom they collaborated several times. The band moved label and management duties to Nick Jones’ KARBON operation, gigging constantly, most memorably opening for the likes of The Fall, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Gun Club and Spacemen 3. They also toured extensively throughout Europe and were featured prominently in the UK music press. Sadly, by early 1986 frustration within their ranks had created a point of no return, and the band imploded.

      These newly digitally re-mastered recordings have been painstakingly restored from the original master tapes, which had spent 30 years languishing in Nick Jones’ archives Never before released on CD, the re-mastered sound captures the ragged fury and adrenalized energy that uniquely characterized the Folk Devils oeuvre. Also included here are eight demo recordings that feature some of their best unreleased material, both musically and lyrically.

      Listening again to the ferocious sonic snarl of Whiteley’s Rickenbacker, Kris Joz’s rhythmic wall of sound and sparse, blues-inflected guitar figures, Al’s crisp, metronomic drumming, and Ian’s artful, grimy tales of love, loss, loathing and libation, one can’t help but think it was becoming a sound unto itself, an insatiable and yes, beautiful, monster. We hope you enjoy these resurrected gems, and in doing so, join us in honouring the band’s legacy and paying tribute to the twisted genius of Ian Lowery, who died in 2001, age 45.



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