Leicester Square: The Best Of.... - Yeah Yeah Noh

Leicester Square: The Best Of....
This CD collection features the highly original and uniquely English, Yeah Yeah Noh, a gem from the 1980’s alternative pop scene. Fusing brilliantly barbed ideas with cosmic beat tunes, the band were undeniably ‘ahead of their time’.

This collection features the very best of Yeah Yeah Noh’s singles, EP’s, LP’s and Peel Sessions with the added attraction of previously unreleased ‘post split’ tracks. The highlights include the band’s first single "Cottage Industry", Peel Session contributions of "Beware The Weakling Lines", "The Superimposed Man" and "Crimplene Seed Lifestyle" and previously unreleased titles "Hands Up For Happiness", "Pink Green" and "Chocolate River".

The CD booklet includes the band’s original single sleeves, posters, press reviews and even some of their royalty statements. A complete discography rounds of a fantastic package that gives a comprehensive view of the band’s history.  

STOP PRESS: Yeah Yeah Noh are back together and are playing live as of summer 2012, on the lookout for "interesting gigs in fields; gardens with expansive lawns considered." 

"They are a likeable bunch, with none of the pretentions of your average would-be rock stars. They have brought out a comic, called the Bumper Book of Yeah Yeah Noh, with gossip and other things about them, described as "hours of amusement for all the family." The lads and one lass appreciate their support from Leicester, and also from the droll Scouse DJ who has taken them on board. Prick Up Your Ears is the title of one of their singles which appears on the latest disc. Why not?" - Leicester Mercury, 1984  

"Derek grinds his scrawny hips to YYN's ramshackle swing, combining prole art threat with a spikey-psych, peculiarly English pessimism. Rowdy ostrich guitar keeps their anti-miserabilist suss coming at you from a uniquely human angle, and all in all five seconds of YYN's crabbed, spunky humour compensates for an eternity of Howard Jones. If this is war on pop, Yeah Yeah Noh are trainee Vietcong." - Mat Snow, NME 

"Overall, in tandem with musically dissimilar but contemporaneous US outfits like the Meat Puppets and Husker Du, Yeah Yeah Noh showed that the real future of psychedelia lay in filtering it through the disciplined lens of punk's Year Zero austerity, rather than merely trying to recreate the 60s without any attempt to validate their sound a for a more cynical era (see The Paisley Underground). They also had both punk spikiness and melodic cuteness in spades and yet were so seperate from the UK indie scene's predominantly London/Glasgow-based mainstream that no one thought to include them on the "C86" compilation. Shame they didn't stay together as long as The Fall... " - Popel Vooje, www.headheritage.co.uk  

"A tidal wave of adulation surges through the crowd to its very furthest reaches, such is the mood as Yeah Yeah Noh stumble toward their final London appearance, a mere 13 nights from their last anywhere. It's a tragedy: the band are now at an all-time creative peak, fusing brilliantly barbed ideas with with cosmic beat tunes, getting a freaky light show together and putting out 'Cutting The Heavenly Lawn of Greatness', which ranks among the best LPs of the last five years. The wonderful Yeah Yeah Noh perform a happy, tearful and sizzling set. It ends; the truth sinks home. Grown men cry. It's been a lot of fun." -  Mr. Spencer, Sounds  

"All clumsy indie bands realise that the past is there to be plundered. Giants in their field, Yeah Yeah Noh plundered, perfected and performed.  Being the perfect pop group, their demise was inevitable." - Neil Taylor, NME 

"The Peel sessions are a classic memory torn between dubbed out reggae and silly noises from Europe. Now that's the way life should be." - Dave Henderson, Sounds, 1986.
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The Superimposed Man/ Prick Up Your Ears/ Another Side To Mrs Quill/ Beware The Weakling Lines/ Zoological Gardens/ Temple Of Convenience/ Cottage Industry/ Bias Binding/ Hands Up For Happiness/ Penetration/ Pink Green/ Starling Pillowcase And Why/ See Through Nature/ The Short Cut Way To Saturday/ Stealing In The Name Of The Lord/ Married Miss New Jersey/ Jigsaw/ Mr Hammond Is Out To Lunch/ Chocolate River/ Crimplene Seed Lifestyle/ Blood Soup
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The first reissue of this much sought after seminal album by leading 80's indie band, The Bodines.

This 17 track CD, features the 10 tracks of the original 1987 album plus 7 bonus tracks. This CD is the most definitive album available of the band's material. This collection features versions of 5 of their singles including "Therese" (album and extended version), "Heard It All" (single version), Skankin Queens (album version), Slip Slide (album version) and God Bless (live version).

 

The 7 bonus tracks are on CD for the first time. The bonus tracks are Therese, Heard It All, b/side My Remarkable Mind, and four live tracks taken from the 7" official live bootleg free with the 12" of Therese, Clear, God Bless, William Shatner and I Feel. The CD booklet will include comprehensive sleeve notes and a full UK discography featuring many of her original single sleeves.

 

Managed by the infamous manager Nathan McGough, The Bodines hailed from Glossop near Manchester. The band signed to Creation Records and released 3 singles God Bless, the follow up Therese that also featured on the NME C86 cassette and Heard It All. The band then signed to unfashionable Magnet Records and proceeded to release 3 singles and the "Played" album, produced by Ian Broudie originally a member of influential acts Big In Japan and Original Mirrors, and latterly The Lightning Seeds.
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Growing Up Absurd / WhatÆs In A Word
Released on 16/10/09. The Brilliant Corners were… well… brilliant; they hovered on the edge of a breakthrough for much of the late 80's and early 90's and still remain very well respected. Growing Up Absurd was released as a mini album in 1985, followed by What's In A Word in 1986 and presented here with the Fruitmachine EP. Our Price: £9.95

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Same As It Never Was
Blood And Roses were the group most closely identified with the 'positive punk' movement of the early 80s, although they were also variously described as anarcho punk, hippy punk, even acid punk. Of course, the 'positive punk' scene, of which Blood And Roses, alongside UK Decay, Brigandage et al, ranked as leaders, is now identified as a vital precursor to what would become Goth. For a period in the early 80s Blood And Roses were championed by the media, which came as a shock to guitarist Bob Short when he saw the official at the desk of his local DHSS look up from his copy of the NME and recognise him from the cover. Born out of the Waterloo squat punk scene, the band went on to score indie chart success with the singles 'Some Like It Hot' and 'Love Under Will', also releasing an acclaimed debut album "Enough Is Enough" (which is present here in full). Our Price: £9.95

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Back In Denim
Denim was the brainchild of Lawrence who had spent the previous decade as the singer, songwriter and mastermind behind that ultimate independent rock band, Felt. Having achieved his goal of releasing 10 albums and 10 singles in 10 years during the course of the 80s, Lawrence disbanded Felt and relocated to New York. It was there that Lawrence translated his homesick thoughts from abroad into the series of songs that made up 'Back In Denim'. Over in New York he wrote as he reminisced about his West Midlands childhood, flares, chopper bikes, tower blocks, stringy beards, hippies, skinheads and the IRA's pub bombings in Birmingham. He set this to a musical backdrop of Mickey Most and Mike Leander productions, Lee Perry and the Glitter Band. Back In Denim was recorded and mixed across a two year period on Lawrence's return to London.

It was finally completed in July 1992 and, for the first time in his career, Lawrence found himself signed to a major label via Boys Own, a dance label operating through London Records. The album was produced by John Leckie although completed by Lawrence with Brian O'Shaughnessy Leckie having allegedly been driven to complete distraction by Lawrence who he described as madder and more impossible than anyone he'd worked with including Spector, Lennon and Syd Barrett! Back In Denim kick starts with the pounding Glitter beat of ‘Back In Denim'. The Glitter Band's drummer Pete Phipps is featured on the record. The album maintains a powerful mix of Glam and pop hooks and references throughout with one foot in the 70s past and the other very firmly in the technology of the 90s. As such,

‘Back In Denim' was an undoubted pre-cursor to Britpop, Blur and Pulp, in particular. As ever, throughout his career Lawrence was ahead but out of step with popular taste. 'Back In Denim' was no mere exercise in nostalgia or Glam ‘n' Glitter revival and, as Lawrence firmly attests today, it is a protest album though not without a real sense of biting humour coming through tracks such as ‘The Osmonds' and ‘I'm Against the eighties'.

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Small Time / Hey Hey We’re The Manqués 2CD

Formed in the mid ‘80s, The Servants was a vehicle for songwriter David Westlake. The band was included on the NME's C86 compilation, and by 1987 future Auteur Luke Haines had joined on guitar. Their debut album, "Disinterest”, was released in 1989, and they began to work on a follow-up, "Small Time”, before disbanding in the early 1990s.
Previously unreleased, and unheard by anyone outside of the band, ‘Small Time’ is the Servants' lost second album – "the best album… a strange and wonderful thing,” according to Haines in his sleeve-notes. In his book ‘Bad Vibes’, Haines describes the band’s first album, "Disinterest”, as 'existential art rock , ten years too late and fifteen years too early’. The songs on ‘Small Time’, he says are 'more mysterious, strange and beautiful, transcending their influence and sounding like nothing else.'
CD TWO of this set – "Hey Hey We’re The Manqués” – includes rehearsal versions of songs from "Disinterest”, taped before the album was recorded. "Disinterest” was recently included in MOJO magazine's list of 'the greatest British indie records of all time.'
Compiled and mastered by David Westlake, with sleeve-notes by Luke Haines, this set has been produced with the full involvement and approval of the artists and is a must-hear for anybody with an interest in adventurous, ethereal alternative pop.

Release Date: 22/10/2012

CD ONE: SMALL TIME
1. EVERYBODY HAS A DREAM
2. DON’T LEAVE TOWN
3. PEOPLE GOING PLACES
4. COMPLETE WORKS
5. DATING THEN WAITING
6. BORN TO DANCE
7. MOTIVATION
8. LET’S LIVE A LITTLE
9. AIM IN LIFE
10. REJECTION
11. FEAR EATS THE SOUL
12. THE THRILL OF IT ALL
13. ALL TALK
14. OUT OF YOUR LIFE
15. SLOW DANCING
16. BORN TO DANCE (Alt Version)
17. THE THRILL OF IT ALL (Alt Version)
18. ALL TALK (Alt Version)
19. OUT OF YOUR LIFE (Alt Version)
CD TWO:
HEY HEY WE’RE THE MANQUÉS’
(THE ‘DISINTEREST’ DEMOS)
1. THE WORD AROUND TOWN
2. SHE WHOM ONCE I DREAMT OF
3. YOU’D DO ME GOOD
4. SHE GREW AND SHE GREW
5. SHE’S ALWAYS HIDING
6. LOOK LIKE A GIRL
7. THIRD WHEEL
8. THIN-SKINNED
9. HEY, MRS JOHN
10. THEY SHOULD MAKE A STATUE
11. MOVE OUT
12. BIG FUTURE
13. RESTLESS
14. THE POWER OF WOMAN
15. HUSH NOW
16. AFTERGLOW
17. SELF-DESTRUCTIO


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