Secret - Classix Nouveaux

Classix Nouveaux was one of the first new romantic acts in England. Cherry Red Records revisit their third and final studio album here with the release of 1983's Secret. Although Classix Nouveaux's more guitar-heavy sound separated them from the mostly synthetic rhythms of Japan and Ultravox, the group's appetite for stylish fashion and danceable keyboards had them quickly associated with the new romantic movement. Formed in 1979 with Sal Solo (vocals), Mik Sweeney (bass), BP Hurding (drums), and Jak Airport (guitar), Classix Nouveaux originated in the punk underground, namely from the ashes of the controversial X-Ray Spex. After banshee wailer Poly Styrene departed from X-Ray Spex, the remaining members held auditions for a replacement singer. The charismatic Solo won the approval of Styrene's former bandmates and they went on to record the album NIGHT PEOPLE (1981), followed by LA VERITE (1982). SECRET (1983) turned out to be a very appropriate title for most of the world, as this final album was Classix Nouveaux's best kept secret. With top American producer, Alex Sadkin, at the helm Classix veered between the artistic experimental of Peter Gabriel and the synthy pop of the Thompson Twins. However if you are Polish, then this is THE Classix Nouveaux album as far as you are concerned, since it yielded massive hits with NEVER NEVER COMES and HEART FROM THE START. The release coincided with Classix's first tour of Communist Poland. Few Western bands had been there, but the band arrived at Warsaw airport to hordes of screaming fans. Something akin to Beatlemania followed them there over the next three years. SECRET did not produce major hits, but probably does represent the best studio artistry ever achieved by Classix Nouveaux.
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The Liberty Singles Collection
Released on 18/01/10. Classix Nouveaux formed from the ashes of X Ray Spex when the band auditioned for a new front person in the Melody Maker after the sudden departure of their wild wailer Poly Styrene. The enigmatic Sal Solo was chosen by guitarist Jak Airport and drummer BP Hurding and with the addition of bassist Mik Sweeney from Sal's previous band the News, a soon to be cult band was born.

The band's heavily made up, theatrical image led them to be quickly associated with the New Romantic movement as they filled the alternative dance floor with their synth-driven beats, though their sound was more guitar driven than that of their peers Japan, and Ultravox.

After three successful previous Classix Nouveaux's releases along with one Sal Solo album Cherry Red is thrilled to announce the Liberty Singles Collection. Featuring A and B sides some of which have never been on CD before, this is a must have for any fan of Classix Nouveaux, and a perfect starting point for anyone who has missed this criminally ignored band. With sleeve-notes by front man Sal Solo.
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La Verite
Classix Nouveaux were one of the leading lights of the New Romantic scene from the early 1980's. Formed from the ashes of the punk band X-Ray Spex, the band were fronted by the bald headed Sal Solo and they went on to enjoy success with 8 charting singles. Their most successful single was "Is It A Dream", it reached number 11 in 1982 and is featured on this their second album. This is the first time that "La Verite" has been released on CD. The CD features the 11 original tracks from the "La Verite" album including the 3 chart singles "Is It A Dream", "Never Again" and "Because You're Young". The CD booklet includes all the original artwork and a complete discography of the band featuring the sleeves of all their releases. Our Price: £9.95

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Night People
Classix Nouveaux were one of the leading lights of the new romantic scene from the early 1980's. Formed from the ashes of the punk band X-Ray Spex, the band were fronted by the bald headed Sal Solo and they went on to enjoy success with 8 chart singles. This album reached the top 50 on release in 1982 and has never been on CD before plus includes rare bonus tracks! This album has been in great demand from fans of the bands, both new and old, and we have great delight in re-issuing it on CD for the first time! Classix Nouveaux's contemporaries include Visage and Ultravox though the band's own musical identity was built on harder guitar driven material rather than the synth based sound that was so common at the time. Our Price: £9.95

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Dream Come True
The first reissue of A Flock Of Seagulls' fourth studio album Dream Come True dating from 1986. This 14 track CD, features the nine original tracks of the album plus five essential bonus tracks. This is our fourth reissue featuring the original studio albums of A Flock Of Seagulls. All the albums have sold well to the sizeable following the band still enjoys.It was originally released in 1986 and whilst not being their most commercially achieving album it has gained a well earned reputation amongst the fans for being a creative success. This reissue includes 5 bonus tracks including the 7" & 12" single versions of Who's That Girl (She's Got It) and Heartbeat Like A Drum.

The other bonus track on the CD is the 13 minute masterpiece (Cosmos) Effect Of The Sun, on CD for the first time. A comprehensive booklet featuring sleeve notes and a full UK discography featuring many of their sleeves.

Originally hailing from Liverpool, the band took their name from a line in the song 'Toiler On The Sea' by The Stranglers. The band signed to Jive Records and released 5 studio albums spanning 1982 to 1995. The band enjoyed success around the World but America was a particularly fruitful continent for them.

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