· The Higsons were founded in 1980
at the University of East Anglia by Charlie ‘Switch’ Higson, Terry Edwards,
Simon Charterton, Colin Williams, Dave Cummings and Stuart McGeachin. Over a
string of Indie singles and an album, they married disjointed punk/funk rhythms
and warbling vocals in a style which betrayed their love of Talking Heads.
· After singles on local Norwich-based labels like Romans In
Britain and Waap and two releases for 2Tone, the band signed to Upright for
long-overdue album The Curse Of The
Higsons in 1984. Charlie later excelled as a comedian and writer (not least
in The Fast Show) while Terry has
seemingly played every instrument with myriad different bands.
· Long out-of-print, The
Curse Of The Higsons is now treated to a deluxe 3-CD set, compiled,
mastered and approved by Terry Edwards and the rest of the band.
· This expanded version adds all the versions/tracks which graced
their two collectable singles for 2Tone (‘Tear The Whole Thing Down’ and ‘Run
Me Down’), plus other singles ‘Push Out The Boat’, their charming cover of Andy
Williams’ ‘Music To Watch Girls By’ and a demo of their swansong, ‘Take It’,
· As a bonus third disc, the hitherto cassette-only album Live At
The Jacquard Club, Norwich makes its digital debut. Issued on Chaos Tapes, it
is now swelled by five tracks from a Lyceum show in 1984, three of which are
Members of The Higsons, including
Charlie, will be speaking about the band’s history as part of celebrations for
UEA's 50th anniversary over the last weekend of September.
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