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In The Good Old Country Way - 2022 Reissue

    The Nightingales' last original full-length for two decades stands as the final masterpiece postpunk album released before the C86 era. Back on vinyl for the first time in over 3 decades, the reissue is updated to include the whole of the 1985's 7" single "It's A Cracker" and "What A Carry On" 12" EP, plus a clutch of rare tracks never before released on vinyl and a bit of history from Robert Lloyd.

    Despondently anti-Thatcher and with an air of hopelessness, In The Good Old Country Way has the sense that time was allowed for experimentation and reflection during its creation. Expectations were high as The Nightingales released their sole Vindaloo album and possibly the most underrated album of the postpunk era.

    The opening number is heavy on the hoedown, not unlike records their pals The Mekons would release around the same time - a rootsy underlayment to songs of wit, energy and observation, adaptable both to lengthy groove-based observation and high-octane rants alike. Maria Smith's violin weaves in and out of songs, while the rhythm section of Pete Jenner (bass) and Ron Collins (drums) hold what might have been a disjointed mess, but it's multi-instrumentalist / arranger Pete Byrchmore who shares the spotlight with Lloyd.

    "It's A Cracker" stuns, not stylistically dissimilar to their recent records for the first ninety seconds, though featuring a bridge hinting at new developments in their sound which could be heard on the next Nightingales release, ‘What A Carry On’. A sublime record, it features the powerful title track in two version, one of the band's best songs, "Comfort And Joy", and the tenderly alienating "First My Job".

    "Lloyd's cracked it. A fucking good album." Mark E. Smith, The Fall.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 The Headache Collector
    A2 Down In The Dumps
    A3 Leave It Out
    A4 Comfort And Joy
    A5 Coincidence
    B1 I Spit In Your Gravy
    B2 Square Circle
    B3 Part Time Moral England
    B4 How To Age
    B5 No Can Do
    C1 It's A Cracker
    C2 Here We Go Now
    C3 What A Carry On
    C4 Carry On Carrying On
    C5 Comfort And Joy (ep Version)
    D1 First My Job
    D2 Let's Surf
    D3 Crafty Fag (live)
    D4 Down In The Dumps (version 2)
    D5 At The End Of The Day

    The Nightingales

    The New Nonsense

      Robert Lloyd is unique in 'punk' as someone who began his career at the start of the era, never fell prey to cliché or temptations of mass stardom, actually still works and now, in 2022, stands at his artistic and commercial peak . . . not that Robert's saying any of that, but does it matter? His status is due to a number of factors: a gambler's luck, backing by the finest version of Nightingales yet assembled, his faultless wry humour and wit, a difficult but unimpeachably excellent body of work, and the fortuitous timing of 2021's Robert Lloyd documentary, King Rocker. The release of film seems cunningly planned, with its roll-out brilliantly plotted, although it was actually the Covid epidemic which caused the cancellation of this film's scheduled theatrical screenings.

      Rather than postpone, Fire Films' James Nicholls made the unusual choice of making a deal to release the film through Sky TV, where it was an immediate success and has been shown many times since. The audience, captive at home by way of the epidemic, was far larger than hoped, and as a result, The Nightingales have emerged as one of this era's most brilliant, unorthodox and genuine bands of the post-punk. Three planned tours for the band's last album, were Covid-cancelled before a fourth attempt succeeded. With bassist Andi Schmid stuck in Germany and unable to record, the band asked three of their fans to remix tracks from Four Against Fate.

      The titles - let alone the radically alterations hereon - give no clue to which tracks were remixed. Contributing their massive talents are DJ Surgeon, whose stint as an opener for Lady Gaga push the band ever closer to the charts (err, not likely, but the tune is brilliant!), The Go! Team's Ian Parton, who'd posted of his affection for the band and remains a figure of fascination, being a good dollop more talented than other young upstarts, and Randy Kuntz, whose devilish musical skills have added serious sizzle to the last few Nightingales records. As Nightingales toil on new projects, initial plans for The New Nonsense could not be realised. Worldwide vinyl pressing delays made delivery before last year's tour impossible. The project seemed destined for collector status from the start - we pressed too few copies, Robert though it would be 'novel' to set the back sleeve ninety degrees off from the front sleeve, Four Against Fate is now nearly two years old, and the creative efforts of the band did not slow during lockdown

      The Nightingales

      Hysterics (RSD22 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        1000 pressed. Back on vinyl for the first time in 3 decades, Hysterics is pressed on double silver vinyl LP. As essential vinyl reissue from the recently revived King Rocker stars. Following the release of the critically acclaimed King Rocker documentary (staring Stewart Lee), Robert Lloyd's cult post-punk are selling out tours and receiving the long-overdue recognition they deserve. Long out of print, rarity-packed deluxe edition of their second album is a worthy follow-up to that of their debut and a harbinger of great things to come. 

        TRACK LISTING

        1 Big Print
        2 This
        3 The Happy Medium
        4 Nothing But Trouble
        5 The Bending End
        6 Lower Than Ever
        7 Insurance
        8 Whys Of Acknowledgement
        9 Bachelor Land
        10 Crafty Fag
        11 Ponces All
        12 How To Age
        13 Urban Ospreys
        14 Cakehole
        15 The Crunch (12" Version)
        16 All Talk
        17 Look Satisfied
        18 Not Man Enough
        19 Bachelor Land (by Toxic Shock)

        The Nightingales

        King Rocker (Soundtrack)

          Comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast Of London) investigate a missing piece of punk history. Robert Lloyd, best known for fronting cult Birmingham bands The Prefects and The Nightingales, has survived under the radar for over four decades. But how, if at all, does Robert want to be remembered? The anti-rockumentary ‘King Rocker’ weaves the story of Birmingham’s undervalued underdog autodidact into that of the city’s forgotten public sculpture of King Kong, eschewing the celebrity interview and archive-raid approach for a free-associating bricolage of Indian food, bewildered chefs, vegetable gardening, prescription medicines, pop stardom and pop art. All of the highlights from the film are here, along with rarities which won’t appear on any of the deluxe reissues of the Nightingales’ catalogue, among them 7″ versions of “Use Your Loaf”, the Bob Luman hit “Let’s Think About Living” and “Black Country”, a glam remix of crowd favourite “Thick And Thin” and a version of Christy & Emily’s “Ghost” which rivals the Nightingales’ take on TLC’s “Unpretty” for sheer beauty. The only act with roots in the punk era that have gone on to make records more captivating, cutting and entertaining today than at any point in their past; 2022 will be a busy year for the Nightingales, with months of live dates planned, a limited edition remix 12″, deluxe reissues of both ‘Hysterics’ and ‘In The Good Old Country Way’, and a hardcover book collecting Robert’s lyrics.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: A selection of brilliant Nightingales rarities and pieces from the film of the same name, written about Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales and The Prefects. A wonderful audio document in it's own right, and a perfect companion to a very funny film.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Use Your Loaf (7” Version)
          A2 Surplus And Scarcity (Live)
          A3 What A Carry On
          A4 Let's Think About Living (7” Version)
          A5 Black Country (7” Version)
          A6 Ghost
          B1 Born Again In Birmingham
          B2 Overreactor
          B3 Thick And Thin (Glam Version)
          B4 Chaff
          B5 The Desperate Quartet
          B6 Gales Doc

          The Nightingales

          Pigs On Purpose

            The first vinyl pressing since 1983 on double blue vinyl with new liner notes. Ripe for rediscovery the sought-after and much acclaimed debut album from seminal Birmingham post punk revolutionaries The Nightingales. This newly expanded ‘Pigs On Purpose’ is remastered by Stuart Moxham with the addition of early demos and non-album singles from this period. The reissue coincides with new ‘King Rocker’ documentary celebrating the life of lead singer Robert Lloyd – a film by Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast Of London), comedian Stewart Lee and James Nicholls (Fire Films, Fire Records).

            An early punk classic, The Nightingales' debut was a strange transmission released as the musical landscape was changing. They were the last important band with roots in the first blossoming of punk and became a major influence upon the explosion of mid-80s indie labels and associated bands.

            “A perfect example of out-of-sync genius” AllMusic

            “Robert Lloyd's deadpan, elegantly hilarious lyrics make Sistine Chapel shapes of mundane provincial minutiae.” The Times

            “When it comes to outsider artists, Robert Lloyd is the living embodiment of the term.” Record Collector

            TRACK LISTING

            SIDE 1

            1 Blood For Dirt
            2 Start From Scratch
            3 One Mistake
            4 Well Done Underdog
            5 The Crunch
            6 The Hedonists Sigh
            7 It Lives Again

            SIDE 2

            8 Make Good
            9 Don't Blink
            10 Joking Apart
            11 Yeah, It's Okay
            12 Use Your Loaf
            13 Blisters

            SIDE 3

            14 Bristol Road Leads To Dachau (demo)
            15 Hark My Love (demo)
            16 Nowhere To Return (demo)
            17 Blisters (demo)
            18 Idiot Strength
            19 Seconds

            SIDE 4

            20 The Crunch (demo)
            21 The Hedonists Sigh (demo)
            22 Inside Out
            23 Under The Lash
            24 Paraffin Brain
            25 Elvis, The Last Ten Days

            Bonus Tracks On DL Only

            1 My Brilliant Career (live)
            2 Which Hi-Fi? (live)
            3 Paraffin Brain (live)
            4 Use Your Loaf (live)


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