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Manic Pop Thrill - 2023 Reissue

    Demon Records are delighted to proud to present the new half-speed master edition of Manic Pop Thrill, the 1986 debut album by That Petrol Emotion. 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. After a series of independent singles, That Petrol Emotion released their debut album Manic Pop Thrill on Demon Records in 1986.

    The album was met with rapturous acclaim from critics and topped the indie charts. Featuring the singles ‘It’s A Good Thing’ and ‘Natural Kind Of Joy’, Manic Pop Thrill showcased the band’s ability to channel their left-field influences into urgent songs packed full of relentless pop hooks and remains an essential album in their catalogue. Includes This new edition has been newly mastered by Phil Kinrade, and expertly cut using transfers of the original ½” tapes using precision half-speed mastering by Barry Grint at AIR Mastering.

    The equipment at AIR Mastering uses balanced mains power for improved performance and lower noise and the digital equipment is locked to an extremely accurate digital clock to reduce jitter. The Neumann VMS80 lathes and cutting amplifiers used have been fully renovated and modified to enable half speed mastering. This new reissue has been assembled with the assistance of the band and features new liner notes by John Harris. Pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, housed in a poly-lined inner sleeve, featuring an obi strip and a 4-page booklet insert.


    SIDE 1

    Can't Stop 
    Natural Kind Of Joy 
    It's A Good Thing 

    SIDE 2

    Mouth Crazy 
    A Million Miles Away 

    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)

      That Petrol Emotion

      Babble - Expanded Edition

        Following the split of John O'Neil band's former band the Undertones, the guitarist and principal songwriter returned to his hometown of Derry and teamed up with friend and fellow guitarist Raymond Gorman (ex- Bam Bam And The Calling) the two formed first a new songwriting project and then a new band, playing a couple of gigs with a drum machine and Gorman's then-girlfriend as a singer. Another friend, drummer Ciaran McLaughlin (formerly with The Corner Boys), but who had also played a few Undertones gigs covering for an absent Billy Doherty) was the next member to join. In autumn 1984, the nascent That Petrol Emotion relocated to London, where the existing three members were joined by John's brother and former Undertones lead guitarist Damiel O'Neil who turned down an invitation to join Dexy's Midnight Runners in order to work with TPE). Seattle- born American singer Steve Mack (at the time, on a year out from his studies and working in a pizzeria ) completed the lineup. In 2020, comedian Paul Whitehouse revealed that he had unsuccessfully auditioned for the band during this period.

        This, The band's second album and major label debut (released in 1987) broke into the UK Album Chart and won universal acclaim, being voted as one of the albums of the year by Rolling Strone Magazine critics, and receiving an A- 'grade' from Robert Christgau. In the UK, the single "Big Decision" charted at number 42. This would be the band's highest chart position for a single release.


        Spin Cycle
        For What It's Worth
        Big Decision
        Belly Bags
        In The Playpen / Inside
        Chester Burnette
        Creeping To The Cross
        Big Decision (Extended)
        Swamp (Extended)
        Creeping To The Cross (7 Inch)
        Soul Deep (B- Side)
        Dance Your Ass Off (B-Side)

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