Here There or Anywhere - 23 Mod Pop Classics 1982-1986 - The Direct Hits

Here There or Anywhere - 23 Mod Pop Classics 1982-1986
•    THE DIRECT HITS were active on the 60s and Mod Revival circuit for the first half of the 1980s, issuing a string of now highly collectable records.

•    Having evolved out of new wave band The Exits, THE DIRECT HITS formed around 1981 and signed to Whaam! Records, the label run by TV Personalities frontman Dan Treacy.

•    First single ‘Modesty Blaise’ was a perfect blend of power pop, Mod rock and 60s stylings. Today, it sounds like Britpop over a decade too early!

•    Compiled and designed by DIRECT HITS’ frontman Colin Swan, Here, There Or Anywhere is a comprehensive collection of the band’s output – and their first CD reissue for many years.

•    Alongside ‘Modesty Blaise’ are tracks from their cult debut album Blow Up, issued on Whaam! in 1984, 1985 single ‘She Really Didn’t Care’, rare live tracks and a few selections from their second album House Of Secrets.

TRACK LIST

1.    MODESTY BLAISE
2.    ENGLISH GIRLS
3.    GIRL IN A PICTURE
4.    THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP
(with Dan Treacy)
5.    MY BACK PAGES
6.    WHAT KILLED ALEISTER CROWLEY
7.    MIRANDA BERKLEY
8.    THIS WAS MARC DEANS
9.    CAPTIVATING EYES
10.    HENRY THE UNHAPPY INVENTOR
11.    THEME FROM THE MUNSTERS (Live)
12.    MY CAR                                
13.    I START COUNTING
14.    SO SAD I DON’T FEEL TOO BAD (Live)
15.    I'VE GOT EYES
16.    SHE'S NOT HERSELF TODAY                  
17.    MILES AWAY                          
18.    (JUST LIKE AN) ABACUS
19.    SHE'S NOT HERE, THERE OR ANYWHERE
20.    LAST NIGHT I SAW THE SUNRISE
21.    HEAT AND SUN
22.    CHRISTINA
23.    SHE REALLY DIDN’T CARE

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THIS ITEM IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON 12" VINYL


TRACK LIST...

1. Alan Vega Says

2. Drone City

3. NY In The '70s

4. Jim Carroll

5. Tricks N Kicks N Drugs

6. Bills Bunker

7. Doll's Forever

8. New York City Breakdown

9. Lou Reed Lou Reed

10. UK PUNK

11. Cerne Abbas Man

12. My Stars

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TRACK LIST

DISC ONE:
CHICKEN RHYTHMS


1.    TAKE 5
2.    WEIGHT OF AIR
3.    FUNKY MUNKY
4.    A CHANGE IS ON ITS WAY
5.    YEAH MAN
6.    TOUR DE WORLD  
7.    WISHFUL THINKING  
8.    SHALL WE TAKE A TRIP?  
9.    WHO'S TO BLAME  
10.    PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT  
11.    MY RISING STAR

DISC TWO:
THE SINGLES


1.    SHALL WE TAKE A TRIP? (12”)
2.    MOODY PLACES (12")  
3.    MY RISING STAR (12")
4.    TAKE 5 (7”)
5.    TOUR DE WORLD (Edit)
6.    MOODY PLACES (7")
7.    MY RISING STAR *
8.    WEIGHT OF AIR *
9.    MOODY PLACES *
10.    A CHANGE IS ON ITS WAY *
11.    MY RISING STAR (7” Instrumental)
12.    WHO'S TO BLAME (Instrumental)  
13.    MOODY PLACES (Instrumental)
14.    MY RISING STAR (12” Instrumental)

* Radio 5 Mark Radcliffe Session

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