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Independence Days - The Story of UK Independent Record Labels - Alex Ogg

Independence Days - The Story of UK Independent Record Labels
Even by the standards of Alex Ogg’s previous work (The Hip Hop Years, No More Heroes etc), Independence Days is an exhaustive undertaking. Collating more than 150 interviews, it traces the story of the UK independent record label boom from the late 70s to the mid-80s, a period which saw a new generation of independent spirits take up the baton and revolutionise the course of popular music. Independence Days cover the era’s most celebrated labels including Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet/4AD, Factory, Cherry Red and Mute, and covers releases by notable acts such as The Smiths, Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Gary Numan, Teardrop Explodes, Nick Cave, KLF etc. There is also extensive coverage of a myriad of less familiar labels and their unique stories, revealing a fabulous, almost Shakespearean cast of characters along the way, simultaneously profiling their achievements and contributions. From the budget, DIY ethic beloved of many labels and their audiences to the grandiose packaging of Factory and 4AD and eventual chart dominance of Depeche Mode and New Order, all the key moments are documented through painstaking research, analysis and eyewitness accounts. Scheming, rivalries and fiscal brinkmanship contrast with the optimism and opportunism - and incredible diversity of music - of a decade when anything seemed possible. Interviewees include: Geoff Travis, Daniel Miller, Ivo Watts-Russell, Dave Robinson, Ted Carroll, Bill Drummond, Roger Armstrong, Penny Rimbaud, Richard Boon, Martin Mills, Richard Scott, Iain McNay, Mike Stone, Mike Alway, Bob Last, Terri Hooley, Bill Gilliam, Charlie Gillett, Miles Copeland, Seymour Stein and Geoff Davies among others.
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Stephen Duffy s Platinum selling debut album from 1985, featuring the International hit singles Kiss Me and Icing On The Cake This long overdue expanded edition features newly created artwork, a brand new introduction by Stephen, a vintage interview from 1985, plus 9 additional tracks, consisting of rare b-sides and 4 previously unreleased tracks and alternative mixes including the much sought after original version of Kiss Me .

Stephen was a founder member and lead singer of Duran Duran along with Nick Rhodes and John Taylor. He left before Simon Le Bon joined and the ensuing international superstardom of the Duranies. Stephen went on to form the band Tin Tin with Mulligan and Dik Davies of Fashion, Andy "Stoker" Growcott of Dexys Midnight Runners and producer Bob Lamb. They released the first version of Kiss Me through Sire Records, topping the U.S. club charts in 1982 with the band headlining gigs in New York with support from fellow label artist Madonna. Stephen went solo in 1983, releasing this, his debut album in 1985 which was the first of a string of successful solo albums using his trademark smooth vocals and catchy melodies. Stephen later shunned the world of pop to form the critically acclaimed folk group The Lilac Time and the Brit-Pop friendly Duffy.

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Exile On Twee Street
•    Back in the early 1980s, THE BLUEBELLS were part of a vanguard of Scottish pop which also included Orange Juice, Altered Images and Lloyd Cole & The Commotions.

•    Before signing to London Records and scoring hits such as ‘Young At Heart’ and ‘I’m Falling’, the band recorded an album’s worth of independent recordings and demos, most of which remained unreleased.

•    Compiled by Robert Hodgens (Bobby Bluebell) with the involvement of the rest of the band, EXILE ON TWEE STREET finally reveals the band’s roots in the indie scene of early 80s Glasgow.

•    The Bluebells actually demo’d songs for Alan Horne’s Postcard label, recently the subject of a critically acclaimed book by Simon Goddard entitled Simply Thrilled.

•    Only the track ‘Happy Birthday’ has been issued before – on a rare flexidisc!

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL
2.    SOME SWEET DAY
3.    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
4.    NO ONE EVERY WAVES GOODBYE
5.    ONE LAST LOVE SONG
6.    WISHFUL THINKING
7.    OH DEAR
8.    YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME
9.    EAST GREEN
10.    RED GUITARS
11.    SUGAR BRIDGE
12.    FOREVERMORE
13.    HOLLAND
14.    HONEST JOHN
15.    STAND UP COWBOY
16.    SMALL TOWN MARTYR
17.    LEARN TO LOVE
18.    ALL THE KINGS HORSES
19.    TENDER MERCY
20.    I’M SET FREE

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