in the mid ‘80s, The Servants was a vehicle for songwriter David Westlake. The
band was included on the NME's C86
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.
unreleased, and unheard by anyone outside of the band, ‘Small
the Servants' lost second album – "the best album… a strange and wonderful
thing,” according to Haines in his sleeve-notes. In his book ‘Bad
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
he says are 'more mysterious, strange and beautiful, transcending their
influence and sounding like nothing else.'
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
list of 'the greatest British indie records of all time.'
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
Release Date: 22/10/2012
CD ONE: SMALL TIME
EVERYBODY HAS A DREAM
DON’T LEAVE TOWN
PEOPLE GOING PLACES
DATING THEN WAITING
BORN TO DANCE
LET’S LIVE A LITTLE
AIM IN LIFE
FEAR EATS THE SOUL
THE THRILL OF IT ALL
OUT OF YOUR LIFE
16. BORN TO DANCE (Alt
17. THE THRILL OF IT ALL
18. ALL TALK (Alt Version)
OUT OF YOUR LIFE (Alt Version)
HEY HEY WE’RE THE MANQUÉS’
THE WORD AROUND
SHE WHOM ONCE I
YOU’D DO ME
SHE GREW AND
LOOK LIKE A
HEY, MRS JOHN
MAKE A STATUE
THE POWER OF
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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
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
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A Summer Song
Chad & Jeremy were a London coffee house folk duo who stylishly rode the early-mid sixties British invasion wave that swept America in the wake of the Beatles (what the Americans liked to call ‘the Oxford sound’).
Educated at the Sorbonne and Eton respectively, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde came from an upper middle class background (Jeremy Clyde is the great-great-great-grandson of the duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo) and teenage American hearts were no match for their clean presentation, poetic good looks and beautiful manners.
Initially, the duo’s music was a nicely understated period blend ofMerseybeat, folk and jazz. the first album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ (released by ember records in Britain and by world artists in America) was given a distinctive, spacious production by John Barry and Shel Talmy and still sounds full of possibility.
Chad & Jeremy’s spirited and sensitive harmonies compare favourably with the great early work of the hollies and the zombies and are a major feature of an outstanding debut. The album included ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, the first of eleven American hit singles, and their top ten stateside smash ‘A Summer Song’.
The rise would continue through 1965 with their second LP ‘Sing For You.’ Now having decamped to Hollywood, Chad & Jeremy were frequent guests on such popular TV programmes as Hullabaloo, The Andy Williams Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Patty Duke Show and even featured (as themselves) in episodes of Batman.
Signing to Columbia the duo proceeded to cut four accomplished pop albums for their new label before taking a leap into psychedelic waters to create through 67-8 the absurdly underrated ‘Of Cabbages & Kings’ and ‘The Ark’; brilliantly realised concept albums that in many ways parallel The Monkees’ Head.
Chad & Jeremy then created a striking soundtrack for the Christopher Jones film ‘Three At The Attic’ but Columbia had lost interest and following the commercial failure of their best creative work the duo decided to call it a day.
Chad Stuart went on to work with Bruce Johnston and into musical comedies, jingles, radio, teaching and writing while Jeremy Clyde established himself as an actor both onstage (with Diana Rigg and John Paul Jones) and on British television (Bergerac, Tales Of The Unexpected, Just William and Raffles).
Chad & Jeremy reformed briefly in the mid-eighties and again in 2004 then they made available a private collection of acoustic recordings and performed shows as a prelude to their forthcoming ‘Then And Now’ album
‘A Summer Song¹ comprises selections from both of the first two albums, the significant non-album hits ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year.’ A superior rarity in ‘Your Mother’s Out Of Town’ and two rousing live cuts from a Mayfair theatre show late in 1963.
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