Growing Up Absurd / WhatÆs In A Word - Brilliant Corners

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.
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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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Leaves That Fall In Spring…
One of the quintessential 'Rough Trade' bands of the 80s and beyond, The Band Of Holy Joy are a truly unique proposition. Combining the dark but unapologetically humane poetry of singer Johny Brown with the instrument action of Chris Brierley (violin) and Alfie Thomas (accordion, keyboards), as well as many other more occasional contributors, BOHJ built a loyal international fan-base for their by turns romantic and bleakly humorous songbook. Critically adored, the band featured on the covers of several music papers and magazines in their heyday, journalists citing them as 'pop deviants inside the urban wasteland', or 'outsider art you can dance to'. With the vast majority of their records out of print, this 'Best Of' has been specifically selected by the band, drawing on a catalogue of some eight albums and a similar number of singles. Includes a brand new, never before released recording of 'Real Beauty Passed Through'. Extensive sleeve notes written in co-operation with the band, including fan testimonials, as well as lyrics, unpublished photographs and a complete discography, complete the whole package. The Band Of Holy Joy are current active on the live circuit again, making this the perfect time to re-discover the magic. Our Price: £9.95

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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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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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Pop Can! The Definitive Collection 1986 to 1988. 2CD
Mighty Mighty were a popular Indie guitar pop combo hailing from Birmingham, who made their name as part of the so-called C86 scene championed by the NME on their famous cassette.
Between 1986 and 1988, the band issued six singles/EP’s and an album, all of which made the Indie Chart courtesy of their evocative mix of naggingly hummable tunes, poignant lyrics and a musical style which suggested a love of both The Smiths and Postcard-era Orange Juice.
After rave reviews for their first two singles, Everybody Knows The Monkey and Is There Anyone Out There?, Mighty Mighty signed to local label Chapter 22 (then home to Pop Will Eat Itself, etc.), eventually issuing their sole LP Sharks in 1988.
Pop Can! (the title doesn’t appear on the sleeve, a nod to Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground!) is the first comprehensive compilation of Mighty Mighty’s recordings. Previous CDs are now impossible to find!
Those singles in full:
Everybody Knows The Monkey (1986, Girlie) Indie No.34
Is There Anyone Out There? (1986, Girlie) Indie No.14
Throwaway (1986, Chapter 22) Indie No.7
Built Like A Car (1987, Chapter 22) Indie No.6
One Way (1987, Chapter 22) Indie No.10
Maisonette (1988, Chapter 22) No.8
The compilation boasts remastered music as well as a beautifully annotated 16-page booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from each band member.

Release Date: 18/02/2013

Track Listing
DISC ONE
1. EVERYBODY KNOWS THE MONKEY
2. THROWAWAY
3. BUILT LIKE A CAR
4. SETTLE DOWN
5. ONE WAY
6. FREEDOM OF THE CITY
7. LAW
8. MAN OR BOY
9. LIONHEART
10. LOOSE END
11. PRECIOUS MOMENTS
12. WHEN YOU TRUSTED ME
13. LITTLE WONDER
14. THE BEST PART
15. POSITIVELY SESAME STREET
16. LOVE SO STRONG
17. I DON'T NEED YOU ANYMORE
18. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT
DISC TWO
1. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?
2. MAISONETTE
3. BIDDY BAXTER
4. GEMINI SMILES
5. TWILIGHT
6. BLUE AND GREEN
7. KISS FOR THE CROWD
8. LET'S CALL IT LOVE
9. YOU'RE ON MY MIND
10. SULK
11. HOLLOW RING
12. CEILING TO THE FLOOR
13. I’LL GET YOU BACK
14. TOUCH OF THE SUN
15. I NEVER IMAGINED
16. EMILE
17. UNSTEADY
18. YOURS TRULY


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