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The Monochrome Set

Volume, Contrast, Brilliance Vol.1

    Originally released in 1983 this hugely rewarding record acted as a round up of the group’s career to date and was of immeasurable value to fans. It’s aged well, too.

    Comprising of A and B sides from their Rough Trade released singles plus extracts from sessions for Radio 1, Capital Radio and EMI Records, this LP contains unique versions of such classic tracks as “The Jet Set Junta” and “He’s Frank (Slight Return)”.

    Oddities, and jocular moments run through the album, including John Peel introducing “Fat Fun” and thinking aloud that those Monochrome boys might be having a pop at him. The fact that it includes a wish list of the band’s best songs to this point in their career is another reason to recommend it.

    Previously they may have made a handful of slightly-off-target albums, but this 1983 compilation is a front-to-back joy, fast, restless and perfectly sequenced. It plays like a cohesive album.

    Includes 2 bonus tracks from the February 1979 Peel Session ‘Love Goes Down The Drain’ & ‘Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)’.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1:
    Eine Symphonie Des Grauens 
    The Jet Set Junta
    Love Zombies
    Silicon Carne
    The Ruling Class
    Viva Death Row
    The Man With The Black Moustache

    Side 2:
    He’s Frank (Slight Return)
    Fun For All Of The Family
    Lester Leaps In
    ICI Les Enfants
    Fat Run
    Alphaville
    Avanti (Ten Don’ts For Honeymooners) Love Goes Down The Drain
    Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)

    The Wild Swans

    Revolutionary Spirit

      This version is A brand new band approved stereo mix of the only single by Liverpool cult legends The Wild Swans

      Due to studio inexperience, the single originally ended up being perhaps the only 12′′ in history with the A-side recorded in mono and the B-side, God Forbid, in stereo. Despite this , The 12′′ received rave reviews, becoming single of the week in numerous music papers. John Peel played it to death and it quickly gained cult status by ending up as the last record ever released on Bill Drummond’s cult label Zoo Records (Drummond himself went on to proclaim it “the best single we put out on Zoo”).


      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT
      Side B
      GOD FORBID

      Black

      Human Features

        Colin Vearncombe may be forever associated with the worldwide hit ‘Wonderful Life’ but 6 years earlier Black released this incredible single.

        Evocative of The Smiths (although this was released years earlier) it contains all the elements of a classic indie single.


        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        Human Features
        Side B
        Electric Church

        The Wake

        On Our Honeymoon

          The Wake formed in Glasgow (Scotland) in April 1981, after singer/ guitarist Caesar teamed up with drummer Steven Allen and a bassist, Joe Donnelly. Previously Caesar had played guitar in Altered Images, writing first single Dead Pop Stars and appearing on the first two John Peel sessions, but left the group shortly before they crashed into the mainstream pop charts with Happy Birthday.

          With few opportunities to play large live shows the new group financed a single on their own Scan 45 label, coupling upbeat indiepop number On Our Honeymoon with Give Up, a darker song featuring a keyboard line picked out by band friend Robert ‘Bobby’ Gillespie.


          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          On Our Honeymoon
          Side B
          Give Up

          The Monochrome Set

          The Jet Set Junta

            The Monochrome Set were something of the unsung heroes of the post-punk world; they fitted into absolutely no category whatsoever and their puckish take on spaghetti western soundtracks meets lounge jazz via the twisted lyrical imagery of vocalist Bid was as singular as it was unique.

            Comprising a couple of ex-Ants in Andy Warren and Lester Square, with singer / guitarist Bid and drummer JD Haney, their filmic, playful material found favour with many, including John Peel although they failed to match this with commercial success.

            The Jet Set Junta was originally released on Cherry Red in 1983 with its urgent, ringing guitars surrounding Bid’s lyrics telling of dodgy arms dealings and armoured limos as Lester Square’s Ennio Morriconetwang bends and reverbs as a counterpoint.


            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            The Jet Set Junta
            Side B
            Love Goes Down The Drain, Noise (eine Kleine Symphonie)

            Article 58

            Event To Come

              Article 58, named after the Soviet classification for counter-revolutionaries, were formed in Scotland by Gerri McLaughlin (vocals), Douglas MacIntyre (guitars) and Ewan MacLennan (bass), with Stephen Lironi (drums) on these recordings. The group existed for a short period of time, burning brightly before burning out.

              A single, ‘Event To Come’, was produced by Postcard Records’ Alan Horne and Malcolm Ross and released on Josef K manager Allan Campbell’s Rational label.

              Article 58 were the opening group on many bills in Scotland, including support slots circa 1981 with A Certain Ratio, Scars, Josef K, Delmontes, Bauhaus, Restricted Code, among others.

              Josef K invited Article 58 to support them on some dates in England to promote their only album, ’The Only Fun In Town’, after which Article 58 recorded tracks for an as-yet unreleased album. One track, ‘Reflection’, did surface on a cassette/ zine product (‘Irrational’) released by Rational Records. However the teenage tension and strain of all that accompanies being in a group proved too much and Article 58 split up at the end of 1981.

              ‘Event To Come’ was to be the only single released by Article 58. The B side, ‘Icon’, is a previously unreleased recording. Both tracks are presented in a brand new sleeve designed by The Creeping Bent Organisation for release on the Optic Nerve label. 


              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              Event To Come
              Side B
              Icon

              The Suede Crocodiles

              Stop The Rain - 2022 Reissue

                Formed in post-Postcard Glasgow as Popgun, Kevin McDermott (vocals/ guitar), Davie McCormick (drums), and Ross Drummond (bass/vocals) were joined by Roddy Johnson (guitar/vocals). In 1983, they changed their name to The Suede Crocodiles and released ‘Stop the Rain’ on the NoStrings label.

                Single of the Week in both NME and Melody Maker, this jagged-edged, spiky pop-punk single caught the ear of many. The Suede Crocodiles went on to tour the UK with Nick Heyward.

                The band split before releasing their second single, ‘Paint Yourself A Rainbow’ with songwriter and lead vocalist Kevin McDermott going on to form the Kevin McDermott Orchestra and having a successful solo career.


                TRACK LISTING

                Side A
                Stop The Rain
                Side B
                Pleasant Dreamer

                Josef K

                Sorry For Laughing - 2022 Reissue

                  For two brief years at the dawn of the 1980s Josef K provided iconic Scots indie label Postcard Records with its sharpest cutting edge.

                  Although outlived - and outsold - by labelmates Orange Juice and Aztec Camera, Josef K perfected a prescient blend of skinny funk and leftfield pop, an artful combination of style and substance that continues to exert an influence out of all proportion to the brevity of their career

                  When Les Disque Du Crépuscule issued Sorry For Laughing on single in April 1981 it was widely hailed as the group’s best offering to date, and established the definitive Jokay style of looping rhythms paired with incisive, angular guitar.

                  Like Postcard itself, the best band in Edinburgh might have had the lifespan of a mayfly, yet they remain a revered icon of an indie golden age.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A
                  Sorry For Laughing
                  Side B
                  Revelation

                  The Bluebells

                  Everybody's Somebody's Fool - 2022 Reissue

                    The Bluebells have dug deep into their archive to give us the earliest recordings of these tracks, which have never been released before and are exclusive to this 7”

                    ‘Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool’ is longer and more vibrant containing an extra verse and guitar solo which are not on previous versions. This is the closest recording to the one that was originally intended to be released on Postcard in 1981. The sleeve, designed by Bobby Bluebell features 2 of the earliest photos of the band.

                    THE BLUEBELLS were formed by songwriter / guitarist Robert Hodgens aka Bobby Bluebell in 1980. When deciding to form a group to start performing his songs, Hodgens remembered two punk musicians from Bothwell (brothers Ken and David McCluskey) he had interviewed for his fanzine, 10 Commandments. David (drums/ backing vocals) and Ken (vocals / harmonica) joined Robert and The Bluebells started performing live in and around Glasgow.

                    The Bluebells were soon involved in the burgeoning scene coalescing around Postcard Records in Glasgow (Orange Juice, Josef K, Go Betweens, Aztec Camera, Jazzateers), and it wasn’t long before The Bluebells were sharing stages throughout the UK with some of the Postcard groups. A single (Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool) was scheduled for release on Postcard, however after appearing on the front page on Melody Maker and in NME / Sounds etc, major record companies started making serious offers to sign the group. The Bluebells appeared on BBC music program The Old Grey Whistle Test, the first unsigned group to do so, and it wasn’t long after this television appearance that the group signed a major record contract with London Records.

                    The Bluebells were soon in the studio working on songs for their debut album, with Elvis Costello producing. They were invited to open on UK tours for Haircut 100 and Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and started releasing singles to critical acclaim (Forevermore, Cath, Sugar Bridge). However it was their fourth single I’m Falling (co-written by Robert and Ken) that finally resulted in commercial success, chart success, and appearances on Top of the Pops.

                    The Bluebells released their debut album, Sisters, in 1984 to further commercial chart success, which was continued when their next single, Young At Heart, gave the group their second big hit single. However, when Young At Heart was reissued in 1993, it reached number 1 in the chart for a month, making The Bluebells regular fixtures on Top Of The Pops.


                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A
                    Everybody's Somebody's Fool

                    Side B
                    Some Sweet Day

                    The Nivens

                    Yesterday

                      Indie pop sensations The Nivens from Northumberland existed between 1987 to 1990. Recording for the excellent Woosh label, Their debut ‘Yesterday’ hit the indie top ten in January 1989.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      Yesterday

                      Side B
                      I Hope You’ll Always Be My Friend

                      Camper Van Beethoven

                      Take The Skinheads Bowling

                        “Take the Skinheads Bowling” The signature song of Camper Van Beethoven. Taken from their 1985 album Telephone Free Landslide Victory.

                        Their classic debut single became an indie top 10 hit and featured in John Peel's festive 50. On it’s release it picked up substantial airplay and is still played frequently on radio shows across the globe.

                        Later covered by Teenage Fanclub & Manic Street Preachers and featured in the Michael Moore film ‘Bowling For Columbine’


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        Take The Skinheads Bowling
                        Side B
                        Colonel Enrique Adolfo Bermudez

                        The Cigarettes

                        You Were So Young - White Vinyl Reissue

                          It was at the tale end of what would later be loosely termed ‘The Seventies’, in Lincoln, Merry England, that three teenagers formed, the consequencies of ther actions are captured here.

                          “You Were So Young” consists of everything that The Cigarettes ever recorded in what was their two year life span. From the very beginnings in the rehearsal room through to tracks recorded for an unreleased third single. It includes the two singles and their ip sides, some tracks that were included on a local compilation album, and their solitary John Peel session along with a handful that never found their way onto a record.

                          Their debut single ‘They’re Back Again, Here They Come’ , exchanges hands from upwards of £100 and ‘You Were So Young’ has been viewed on Youtube over 1.3m times.

                          The vinyl inner sleeves include an in depth interview with Rob and Steve, answering pretty much all there is to know about The Cigarettes

                          Over the years The Cigarettes have gained a wealth of interest, leaving many to scratch their heads and wonder how they slipped under the radar for so long. 


                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side 1
                          1. They’re Back Again, Here They Come
                          2. I’ve Forgot My Number (Now I’m Telling You My Name)
                          3. All We Want Is Your Money
                          4. Can’t Sleep At Night
                          5. It’s The Only Way To Live (Die)
                          6. Stay Inside

                          Side 2
                          7. Looking At You
                          8. Frivolous Disguises
                          9. Run
                          10. After All
                          11. Don’t
                          12. Screaming Dreaming

                          Side 3
                          13. You Were So Young
                          14. Damage Your Health
                          15. Miranda
                          16. Media Menia
                          17. Surrender
                          18. Valium World

                          Side 4
                          19. Can’t Sleep At Night (John Peel Session)
                          20. Frivolous Disguises (John Peel Session)
                          21. It’s The Only Way To Live (Die) (John Peel Session)
                          22. Valium World (John Peel Session)

                          Folk Devils

                          Forever EP

                            The 3-track “Forever” E.P. on Transluscent Red 10” Vinyl is limited to 250 copies and features two new compositions, the title track “Forever” and “My Slum Soul”, plus an incendiary new version of an old live favourite “Ink Runs Dry”. FOLK DEVILS, the London group that took their name from a well-known academic text on social scapegoating, and who blazed a trail across the UK’s independent music scene of the mid-80s with their unique brand of post-punk energy, have returned with their first new music in 35 years.

                            Recorded at London’s famous Konk Studios in North London and mixed and co- produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Rik Simpson, the re-born Folk Devils drew inspiration from the release of their 2016 career retrospective “Beautiful Monsters” and the reactions at subsequent live shows around the UK with kindred spirits Membranes, Inca Babies and The Cravats. Founder members, guitarist Kris Jozajtis and bassist Mark Whiteley, reformed the group by recruiting members of a short-lived 1987 version of Folk Devils; guitarist Nick Clift and drummer John Hamilton. Together with singer Dave Hodgson they soon discovered they had created a well-oiled twin-guitar juggernaut that brimmed with the same restless, twisted blues that characterized the first and second iterations of the band from 1983-87 when they were fronted by the highly underrated and now sadlydeparted singer/songwriter Ian Lowery.

                            Hodgson, a fellow transplant from the North-East, had known Lowery in the early 80s prior to Folk Devils, when the two were in their respective post-punk bands Ski Patrol and Parting Shots. On the re-recording of “Ink Runs Dry” Kris Jozajtis notes...”It’s a classic Folk Devils song with a brilliant lyric by Ian. So it’s an acknowledgment of the debt we owe him, a nod of respect to one of the great unsung talents of rock’n’roll. It always felt like a ‘BIG’ tune to us; Yet despite there being two pretty decent radio session versions of it available, there’s always been a sense of unfinished business because “Ink” had never received the full studio treatment the song deserved.

                            I think the new, turbo-charged twin guitar version puts that right.” ”the songs will hopefully still speak to malcontents like ourselves, who are both fascinated and appalled by what we might encapsulate as ‘the human condition’. The dark humour and mordant wit that characterized Lowery’s lyrics is still intact I think, and despite the inevitable encroachments of age we haven’t really lost the dissatisfaction and anger that we tried to articulate in words and music back in the ‘80s. So we’re likely to continue making a mighty and righteous racket, both live and on record, as long as anyone cares to listen.”

                            Bob

                            You Can Stop That For A Start

                              The album is accompanied by a selection of some of the band’s favourite demo recordings made between 1988 and 1994.

                              The long awaited and eagerly anticipated new album by BOB captures the band at their peak and includes some of their best material ever committed to vinyl and CD. A 12-track vinyl record is available in coloured and black vinyl and includes digital download of all 28 tracks contained on the double CD version. ‘You Can Stop That For A Start’ is an exclusive album of previously unheard material written and recorded by BOB over a five day period in 1992. The almost legendary archive of unreleased professional and demo recordings by BOB is a rich one, and this release showcases some of the band’s best work.

                              All the recordings in the set have been newly mixed by songwriters Simon Armstrong and Richard Blackborow, and come packaged in artwork conceived by the band and accompanied by period images and new sleeve notes. 

                              Potted BOB History:
                              BOB’s initial line-up was Richard Blackborow (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Simon Armstrong (guitar, vocals).
                              Jem Morris (bass guitar), joined the duo in 1986 and, augmented with a drum machine, they recorded the band’s first release, a flexi disc, released in 1986 on their own House Of Teeth label, and containing three short songs: “Prune (Your Tree)”, “Groove” and “Brian Wilson’s Bed”. The band gave a copy to John Peel in a fortuitous encounter in the Rough Trade record shop, and he played it many times.
                              The drum machine was replaced by drummer Gary Connors in 1987, and this line-up recorded 1987’s What a Performance single and the first of three John Peel sessions. The band were now able to take to the UK’s motorway network in their newly acquired ‘vintage’ Transit van, and begin a series of tours that eventually saw them play hundreds of gigs the length of the country and beyond.

                              Early in 1988, Gary Connors was replaced by former Jamie Wednesday drummer Dean Leggett, and the band recorded their second single, Kirsty, a session for BBC Radio One’s Simon Mayo, and their second John Peel session. Both singles received heavy play by John Peel. The two singles were brought together with the earlier flexi disc as the compilation LP Swag Sack, which was their final release on the Sombrero label. All later records were on their own House Of Teeth label.

                              In 1989, the band released a single Convenience, which charted well in the NME and Melody Maker indie charts and, more importantly, reached no.31 in John Peel’s Festive Fifty at the end of the year. This was followed by a limited edition/fan club release containing three songs: “Esmerelda Brooklyn”, “I Don’t Know” and “Sink”. After their third and final John Peel session, Morris was replaced by ex-Caretaker Race bassist Stephen ‘Henry’ Hersom, and this final line-up recorded the Stride Up EP in 1990, an LP Leave The Straight Life Behind, the single Tired in 1991, and one last 12”, the Nothing For Something EP in 1992.
                              BOB became one of the victims of the demise of Rough Trade’s distribution arm, which limited sales of the album and forced the band to tour for an extended period to recoup the album’s costs. A feeling of disillusionment with the ‘business’ side of the music caused a drop in morale, and despite having produced a large body of unreleased work, they disbanded early in 1995.

                              In February 2014, “Leave the Straight Life Behind” was re-released by British independent label 3 Loop Music as a 2CD expanded edition which included the remastered album plus a bonus CD of all the John Peel and BBC sessions, as well as extra tracks.

                              In 2015, “The Singles and EPs” was released by 3 Loop Music as a 2CD compilation of remastered tracks from Swag Sack and all vinyl Sombrero and House of Teeth releases.

                              In 2019, the band announced six final concerts in England and Germany featuring Blackborow, Armstrong, and Leggett with newly recruited old friend Arthur Tapp on bass. A limited edition 7” of Convenience with an unreleased B-side from 1992 was released on Optic Nerve. The single reached number 18 on the official UK vinyl sales chart.

                              BOB on the new album You Can Stop That For A Start:
                              “The tracks that make up You Can Stop That For A Start were recorded over a five day period in our final years, as the hectic touring schedule that had kept us financially viable began to tail off. What funds the band could glean from occasional publishing deals were spent on studio time, with the hope of creating work that would eventually attract more substantial financial investment. As this never materialised, the songs have largely remained unheard since the early nineties. 


                              TRACK LISTING

                              TRACKLIST LP
                              SIDE ONE
                              01 Telepathy
                              02 Say You’re Alone
                              03 That’s What Tomorrow Brings
                              04 Round
                              05 Now
                              06 Sundown

                              SIDE TWO
                              01 Plastic
                              02 She’s Something Like Me
                              03 Green Pepper Feast
                              04 Queen Of Sheba
                              05 Plastered In Paris
                              06 Don’t Kid

                              TRACKLIST 2CD
                              CD1
                              01 Telepathy
                              02 Say You’re Alone
                              03 That’s What Tomorrow Brings
                              04 Round
                              05 Now
                              06 Sundown
                              07 Plastic
                              08 She’s Something Like Me
                              09 Green Pepper Feast
                              10 Queen Of Sheba
                              11 Plastered In Paris
                              12 Don’t Kid
                              13 I Must Need Some Sleep

                              CD2
                              01 Long May We Increase
                              02 Too Far Down
                              03 STP
                              04 When The Saints
                              05 Helvetia
                              06 On Your Side
                              07 Buy Me A Barstool
                              08 There She Was
                              09 Shoot
                              10 207
                              11 Jehovah
                              12 Hanging On
                              13 Thunderfeet
                              14 Turn That Racket Down
                              15 Before A Fall

                              The Wee Cherubs

                              The Merry Makers

                                Before The Bachelor Pad, there was The Wee Cherubs.
                                A collection of lost recordings made in Glasgow between 1982 & 1985. Restored and remastered especially for this release.

                                Formed in 1982 by Martin Cotter, Christine Gibson and Graham Adam & part of the Glasgow indie scene of the early 80’s.

                                The Wee Cherubs only released one single. The recently reissued Dreaming, (which is included in this set) before calling it a day in 1985. Their range of influences are on show here, and although some tracks are redolent of Orange Juice and Aztec Camera there is no definitive Wee Cherubs sound, which makes this collection an exciting and rewarding discovery

                                Cotter went on to The Bachelor Pad a psyche fuelled head on collision between The Buzzcocks & Syd Barrett. 


                                TRACK LISTING

                                Side 1 
                                1. Dreaming
                                2. Pastures New
                                3. Waiting
                                4. Two Things At One Time
                                5.Flame

                                Side 2
                                6 Poor Little Lost Soul
                                7 Painless
                                8 Goodbye
                                9 Theme
                                10 Waiting For My Man 

                                The Wedding Present

                                Once More

                                  Exceptional second single from The Wedding Present that was originally released on Reception Records in 1985. Reissued here on White Vinyl.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side A
                                  Once More

                                  Side B
                                  At The Edge Of The Sea 

                                  Meat Whiplash

                                  Don't Slip Up

                                    Their one and only single was originally released in 1985 on Creation and spent 19 weeks in the independent chart. From East Kilbride in Scotland, they morphed into Motorcycle Boy.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side A
                                    Don’t Slip Up

                                    Side B
                                    Here It Comes

                                    Metro Trinity

                                    Die Young

                                      The Die Young EP was released on the group’s own Cafeteria label, released early 1987. Michael Fury was inspired by James Joyce’s short story The Dead. Only previously available on a 4 track12” .This 7” version comprises 3 of those 4 tracks. 

                                      Metro Trinity were a short lived Manchester based indie band that included Jon Male, later of Soul Family Sensation and Republica fame. Drummer Colin Rocks, bass player Tim Whiteley and Doves guitarist Jez Williams.
                                      Metro Trinity only other release came on a split with the Inspiral Carpets on Dave Haslam’s Debris fanzine. Which featured the track “Stupid Friends”.

                                      Andy Williams of Doves joined the band later on, but does not feature on this EP. The band split up shortly after. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Andy says: Stunning song writing. The b-side " Michael Fury" is unbelievable. A proper heartbreaker.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      Spend My Whole Life Loving You Just Go
                                      Side B
                                      Michael Fury 

                                      The Pooh Sticks

                                      The Pooh Sticks 7" Box Set

                                        The Pooh Sticks 7” Box Set. Five different coloured vinyl 7” singles + 24 page booklet.

                                        This release includes the original five tracks, and for the first time, five tracks on the flipsides. All of the B sides were recorded in 1988 and four of them have never been available before, the other track “Hard On Love”, was released in 1989 on a flexi-disc and has never been available in any other format.

                                        Originally released in 1988 on Fierce Recordings as a collection of five one- sided singles in a 7” cardboard box (etched on B-sides), with information insert, and hand-drawn designs on the box and labels. It now sells for £250 if you are lucky enough to find a copy. 


                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1:1-2-3 Red Light
                                        A2:Double Shot
                                        B1:Heroes And Villains
                                        B2:Life’s A Gas
                                        C1:Heartbreak
                                        C2:Sex Head
                                        D1:I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well
                                        D2:Hard On Love
                                        E1:Indiepop Ain’t Noise Pollution
                                        E2:Knock Three Times 

                                        The Wake

                                        Pale Spectre / Plastic Flowers

                                          Part of The Optic Sevens Reissue Series. 
                                          Limited to 500 copies on splatter vinyl Includes Poster & Postcard.

                                          Originally released on Factory Records in 1987 on a 4 track 12” EP entitled “Something That No One Else Could Bring” These 2 tracks make their first appearance as a 7” single. 


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side 1
                                          PALE SPECTRE

                                          Side 2
                                          PLASTIC FLOWERS

                                          “Dub Sex’s music is a stark but galvanising post-punk surge – reverberant drums and cheese-wire guitar plus a what-it-says-on-the-tin dub-edge to the bass. But it’s Hoyle’s voice that dominates the recordings – a hugely expressive thing without obvious parallel” - Roy Wilkinson, Mojo ‘Buried Treasures’ 2014. 

                                          Dub Sex release ‘Search For The Right Words’ – a complete 23 track compilation of their studio works brought together for the first time. CD digipack with 24 page booklet.

                                          Originally released on a series of EPs and mini-albums between 1987-89, most of these recordings are long-deleted and several have never previously been made available in a digital format. The package also includes unreleased John Peel session tracks and an Edward Barton cover recorded for a compilation tribute album.

                                          The band reformed in 2014 playing a handful of festival dates and low-key headline shows in Manchester and London. With core members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar), Cathy Brooks (bass) and former guitarist Chris Bridgett (guitar), Dub Sex will be playing more dates in 2019.

                                          “Dub Sex are one of the great lost Manchester bands; they made an unsettling yet hypnotic grinding music with these great loping bass lines, and were fronted by the charismatically awkward Mark Hoyle whose twitching presence, unique hollering and impassioned vocal style de ned the band” John Robb, Louder Than War 2014.

                                          “What makes you really want to take the next train to Manchester is the way (they) assimilate two music’s that always left you feeling dwarfed and abandoned; one is Joy Division’s black marble, the other white pop’s meeting with dub (PIL etc.).” Paul Oldfield, Melody Maker 1989. 

                                          “Dub Sex are a great raging awkward intensity ... (they) come from right inside the skull. Guitar and drums latch onto an idea and dive deep, ever more knotted and resonant as Hoyle howls pained words. This compilation - dark, devious and deviant - is genuinely capable of taking my breath away.” Ian Gittins, Melody Maker ‘Splintered Faith’ review 1989. 

                                          “Dub Sex, one of my very favourites” John Peel BBC Radio 1 1988.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: If you know anything about Manchester music, you already know Dub Sex, but for those of you that don't, one of John Peel's favourite bands are a shadowy, rawkous, simmering burst of chaos and fire, and thoroughly essential listening.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Then And Now
                                          2. Tripwire!
                                          3. The Underneath
                                          4. Swerve
                                          5. Push!
                                          6. Caved In
                                          7. North By North-East
                                          8. Instead Of Flowers
                                          9. Kicking The Corpse Around
                                          10. Man On The Inside
                                          11. Splintered
                                          12. I Am Not Afraid
                                          13. Green
                                          14. Time Of Life
                                          15. Kumina
                                          16. Kritallnacht
                                          17. The Big Freeze
                                          18. Play Street
                                          19. Every Secret (That I Ever Had)
                                          20. Snapper
                                          21. Voice Of Reason
                                          22. Believe
                                          23. Barber Barber

                                          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.


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          01. Hank Turns Blue
                                          02. Chewing The Flesh
                                          03. Beautiful Monster
                                          04. Art Ghetto
                                          05. Brian Jones’ Bastard Son
                                          06. Nice People
                                          07. English Disease
                                          08. Where The Buffalo Roam
                                          09. Wail
                                          10. Evil Eye
                                          11. Illiterati
                                          12. Tight Sleep
                                          13. Broken Head
                                          14. Albino
                                          15. Nicotine Tan
                                          16. It Drags On
                                          17. Belly Up
                                          18. Happy Face


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