With band members called Porkbeast
(bass), Fast Transatlantic Dick and Reverb (guitars), Vom (drums) and plain ol’
Anderson (vocals), Crazyhead were never going to be a band one could easily ignore.
Formed in Leicester in 1986, they emerged through the contrived UK Grebo scene
– a music press catch-all term for a loose collection of bands generating 60s
garage & alternative rock, electronica, hip hop and pop – of the late 80s
and early 90s.
Singed to Food Records who in-turn
operated under the umbrella of EMI, Crazyhead gained instant indie chart
success with their debut and follow-up singles, ‘What Gives You The Idea That
You’re So Amazing Baby?’ and ‘Baby Turpentine’ which reached number 2 and 4
respectively. Their debut album ‘Desert Orchid’ was so named following a
successful flutter by the band from a day at the races when the steeplechase
legend of the same name was first past the post at one of his many meetings.
Crazyhead’s outwardly lackadaisical
image belied the aptitude and vigour of the album’s song writing. Tracks such
as, ‘Time Has Taken Its Toll On You’ and ‘Rags’ (both also released as
singles), along with ‘Buy A Gun’ and ‘I Don’t Want That Kind Of Love’ display
an innate ability to instantly latch onto ones cerebral cortex and forever
remain. Their cover of Richard Berry’s, ‘Have Love Will Travel’ is arguably one
of the definitive versions of this 50s hit, a version of which can be heard in
the current LV= car insurance TV ad. campaign.
This long overdue Re-mastered
Collector’s edition of the album gathers all the single b-sides, alternative
mixes and live performances from the era onto a second disc, plus a cover of
label mates Diesel Park West’s, ‘Like Princes Do’, which appeared on the Food
Records Christmas EP in 1989.
Fully Re-mastered & Expanded
Collector’s Edition of Crazyhead’s debut album.
Includes 15 bonus tracks of single
b-sides, alternative mixes and live recordings.
16 page booklet with story of the
album sleeve-note and rare photos and images from the period.
Release Date: 24/03/2013
|DISC ONE: ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. IN THE SUN
2. JACK THE SCISSOR MAN
3. TIME HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON YOU
4. HAVE LOVE WILL TRAVEL
5. WHAT GIVES YOU THE IDEA THAT
YOU’RE SO AMAZING BABY?
6. I DON’T WANT THAT KIND OF LOVE
7. DRAGON CITY
8. BUY A GUN
10. TOWER OF FIRE
11. CARDINAL PHINK
DISC TWO: BONUS TRACKS
OUT ON A LIMB
TIME HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL IN YOU (EXTENDED MIX)
LIKE PRINCES DO (FOOD XMAS EP)
(HERE COMES) JOHNNY
BALLAD OF BABY TURPENTINE
8. RUB THE BUDDHA
9. FORTUNE TELLER
10. SCREAMING APPLE
RAGS (EXTENDED MIX)
BABY TURPENTINE (LIVE)
SNAKE EYES (LIVE)
(HERE COMES) JOHNNY (LIVE)