Crystal Tips And Mighty Mice - Photos

Crystal Tips And Mighty Mice
Released 21/07/08. Following the widely welcomed re - release of the Photos self - titled Top 5 debut album last year, Cherry Red are delighted to have secured the rights to the band'sfollow - up LP, produced by the legendary Tony Visconti, which was shelved before release by CBS in the early 80s. Formed in Evesham from the ashes of cult punk act Satan’s Rats, the Photos were often touted as the UK’s answer to Blondie. But there was much more to the Photos than that, with fiery, Buzzcocks - like guitars coiling round Wendy Wu’s distinctive vocals. The bonus tracks serve as a compliment to our earlier reissue of The Photos by completing the band’s entire discography, including a clutch of single tracks that have never before appeared on CD, as well as two unheard cuts. The artwork has been expanded to include new liner notes written in collaboration with guitarist Steve Eagles, featuring accompanying interviews with other members of the band as well as photos and memorabilia. The CD has been re - mastered from the original master tapes, and will be warmly welcomed as one of the great lost albums of the early 80s finally sees the light of day. Mojo Magazine awarded a very respectable 3 stars to this CD.
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Code: CDMRED366
Weight: 200
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The Photos
An expanded re-release of this much-loved Top Five UK chart album first released in June 1980. Often touted as 'the UK's answer to Blondie', there was much more to the Photos than that, with fiery, Buzzcocks-like guitars coiling round Wendy Wu's vocals. Formed in Evesham from the ashes of cult punk act Satan's Rats, the Photos also released a clutch of great 'garage-girl' singles, including 'Irene', 'Friends' and 'Now You Tell Me That We're Through', all included here. As a bonus, both sides of the band's debut single, 'I'm So Attractive' c/w 'Guitar Hero', and later bside 'Je T'Aime', which have never before released on CD, are included! The album also includes the entire "Blackmail Tapes" album of demos and out-takes. The artwork has been expanded to include new liner notes written in collaboration with guitarist Steve Eagles, with accompanying interviews with others around the band. The band were originally due to sign with Cherry Red, before accepting an offer from CBS. Nearly three decades later, Cherry Red is delighted at last to be able to offer a home to one of the great pop albums of the early 80s. Our Price: £9.95

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Happy Families Too
Release date – 7th April 2014


"Withering, witty and clever” The Guardian
"Fresh and arresting” Mojo

RE-IMAGINED AND RE-RECORDED DELUXE EDITION FEATURING REMIXES FROM VINCE CLARKE, KOMPUTER, GREG WILSON & DEREK KAYE, ALONG WITH EXTRA TRACK ‘RUNNING THIN’


Eccentric musical pioneers, Blancmange melded a unique sound, bringing together electronic and eastern influences with a distinct dance floor sensibility. The resulting album, ‘Happy Families’, with its mixture of theatricality and sincerity won them a legion of fans.

From their origins making experimental synth wave, to the chart-topping yet cool and credible hits, Blancmange were at the very heart of 1980s club culture, from support slots with Grace Jones, to killer 12” remixes by the likes of John Luongo. Their tracks were on regular rotation in sweaty nightclubs from New York, to Berlin to London, forming part of sets reflecting the open minded "as long as it moves the floor” policy of the time, that would see their records blended seamlessly with disco, post punk, EBM, new beat and early house. Their music also sat with equal comfort alongside both the synth pop of piers OMD or Human League and leftfield cult figures like Cabaret Voltaire or XTC and was undoubtedly popular with many of the leading electronic music pioneers worldwide. Predating the acid house explosion and the many subsequent sub genres, Blancmange’s music is a key cornerstone in the musical landscape that shaped both the original electronic music boom and its huge lasting legacy.


‘Happy Families Too’ features the exclusive ‘Running Thin,’ with several brand new remixes by Vince Clarke, Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye and London based electronic band Komputer. These five special tracks emphasis Arthur’s desire to continually move Blancmange’s music forward in new and interesting directions.


Their influence on the past few years’ slew of electro revivalists like La Roux, Hot Chip and Metronomy has been well documented, but of equal note is the likelihood that anyone partying from Dalston, Peckham, Brixton and beyond in recent times is likely to have heard Blancmange tracks fitting perfectly into sets by hip party selectors proffering cold wave, Balearic, electronic oddities, cosmic disco, house and even techno.


For the first time ever, the November 2013 tour saw Blancmange take the album to the stage in its entirety. And, never one to stand still, Neil Arthur has given the songs that won such popular acclaim three decades ago a thoroughly 21st century spin, with a fresh look at an album that influenced so many.


Neil refers to the new versions, which include fan favourites ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘Waves’ ‘Feel Me’ and the Top 10 hit ‘Living On The Ceiling’ – as an "interpretation”. "I just wanted to approach the songs using today’s technology,” he says. "Every time we perform it’s a different interpretation. So rather than just dust off the old songs, I wanted to bring something fresh to the project and make it a contemporary reworking rather than an exact imitation.”


Due to continuing health issues, Stephen Luscombe was unable to join Neil on the tour. However, Neil was joined for the entire list of dates by guitarist David Rhodes, who performed on the original album, and sound engineer Adam Fuest, a long-time collaborator who will be manipulating the live sound and visuals.

"The intention is to do something a bit like Roxy Music did with Brian Eno processing sounds live during a performance,” says Neil. "It might be less predictable, it might even be a bit chaotic! But I like the excitement of that, the chance element – the feeling I’m moving forward creatively.”

With a brand new album slated for released later in 2014 the time is ripe for yet more Blancmange action.

• This CD is released 7th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1. I CAN'T EXPLAIN.
2. FEEL ME.
3. I'VE SEEN THE WORD.
4. WASTED.
5. LIVING ON THE CEILING.
6. WAVES.
7. KIND
8. SAD DAY
9. CRUEL.
10. GOD'S KITCHEN.
11. RUNNING THIN.
12. FEEL ME (GREG WILSON & DEREK KAYE MIX)
13. LIVING ON THE CEILING (VINCE CLARKE MIX)
14. CRUEL (KOMPUTER MIX)
15. GOD'S KITCHEN (KOMPUTER MIX)
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