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Chin-Chin

Stop! Your Crying

    Chin-Chin, an all-female group consisting of Karin (guitar/ vocals), Esther (bass/vocals) and Marie-Anne (drums/ vocals) was formed in 1982 in Biel, Switzerland.

    Originally released in 1986 on 53rd & 3rd, these 3 tracks make their first appearance on 7”. Look out for their forthcoming Singles and BBC Sessions album on Sealed Records.


    The Siddeleys

    Sunshine Thuggery

      Appearing for the first time on an officially released 7” The John Parish produced Sunshine Thuggery EP (1988), caught the ear of John Peel who invited the band to record a session for his programme. Peel commented “the woman who’s in charge of the band has a terrific way with words in almost the manner of Morrissey. There are lines in here which make me laugh out loud”


      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Sunshine Thuggery
      Are You STILL Evil When You’re Sleeping?

      Side B
      Falling Off My Feet Again
      Bribes And Bruises

      Girls At Our Best

      Getting Nowhere Fast / Warm Girls

        In 1980 post punk pop indie band GIRLS AT OUR BEST came out of nowhere (Well, Leeds actually) with GETTING NOWHERE FAST and was the NME’s Single Of The Week reaching the Top 10 of the indie chart.

        The band, fronted by Judy Evans, released four further singles plus the album PLEASURE which reached the UK album charts in 1981, before splitting up two years after this debut.


        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        GETTING NOWHERE FAST

        Side B
        WARM GIRLS

        Beat Happening

        Crashing Through

          Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982 by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford. This 4 track single was originally released in 1987 on 53rd & 3rd records and appears here for the first time on 7”.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          Crashing Through

          Side B
          The This Many Boyfriends Club

          Side C
          Look Around

          Side D
          That Girl

          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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