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Leave the Straight Life Behind: Expanded Edition - Bob

Leave the Straight Life Behind: Expanded Edition
Legend has it that a chance meeting with John Peel in the Rough Trade record shop set Bob on the road to becoming a true indie favourite in the late 80s and early 90s, with Peel championing the band throughout their career. 

Starting life in 1986, the band released a series of acclaimed singles, and with each single release, they toured and promised an album.  Eventually they got enough money together to release Leave The Straight Life Behind on their own House Of Teeth label in 1991. 

The album met with rave reviews but due to the collapse of Rough Trade Distribution it was frustratingly difficult to find.  Now available again for the first time in many years, the album has been expanded to 2CDs, with a second disc including all four of their Radio 1 sessions, 3 for John Peel and 1 for Simon Mayo. 

·       Unavailable for many years
·       Second disc includes all their BBC sessions, including 3 Peel Sessions
·       16 previously unreleased tracks
·       Extensive packaging includes sleevenotes by the band, rare photos and memorabilia from the band’s archive

Bob was formed in 1986 by Richard Blackborow (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Simon Armstrong (guitar, vocals), Jem Morris and a drum machine.  Gary Connors replaced the drum machine only to be replaced himself in 1988 by Dean Leggett, who had drummed for Jamie Wednesday, the outfit that spawned Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.  Morris was replaced by Stephen Hersom prior to Leave The Straight Life Behind.  Following the various pieces of bad luck that befell the band, they became disillusioned with the industry and finally split in 1995, leaving a legacy of eight singles, one compilation of early singles, the album and a legion of happy fans who had been lucky enough to see them live.  The single ‘Convenience’ graced the John Peel Festive Fifty in 1989.   
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ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. DYNAMITE
2. SKYLARK III
3. NOTHING FOR SOMETHING
4. WHO YOU ARE
5. OLD JEAN BLUES
6. TAKE TAKE TAKE
7. SKYLARK II
8. TROUSERCIDE
9. SAYING GOODBYE
10. 95 TEARS
11. THE BELLY
12. LEAVE THE STRAIGHT LIFE BEHIND
13. MANY STRINGS
14. COME WINTER
15. BLOODLINE
16. TALES OF THE EXPECTED 
JOHN PEEL SESSION, RADIO 1 - 18/01/88   
1.    TROUSERCIDE
2.    KIRSTY
3.    ESMERELDA BROOKLYN
4.    BRIAN WILSON’S BED 
SIMON MAYO SESSION, RADIO 1 - 29/03/88
5.    TIMES LIKE THESE 
6.    JUST LIKE YOU 
7.    SMELLY SUMMER 
8.    IT WAS KEVIN 
JOHN PEEL SESSION, RADIO 1 - 15/02/89
9.    WHO YOU ARE 
10.  SCARECROW 
11.  SO FAR, SO GOOD 
12.  IT WAS KEVIN
JOHN PEEL SESSION, RADIO 1 - 25/09/89
13.  EXTENSION. BOB, PLEASE 
14.  THROW AWAY THE KEY 
15.  BLOODLINE 
16.  WILD WEST NINE 
17.  CONVENIENCE 
18.  DEMONS
19.  UPHILL DOWN
20.  SCARECROW
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Rollercoaster - The Best Of The Mighty Lemon Drops 1986 - 1989
The Mighty Lemon Drops were one of the leading lights of the Independent Pop scene in the UK in the mid 80's. This 19 track 'Best Of' collection is the ultimate collection of the band that hail from Wolverhampton. The band enjoyed critical and media success and are still favourites on the US college scene where the band achieved genuine sales success. They were featured on the now legendary NME sponsored compilation "C-86". The CD features all the bands best known tracks from their first single "Like An Angel" and subsequent 7" classics "Into The Heart Of Love", "Other Side Of You", "My Biggest Thrill", "Beautiful Shame", "Out Of Hand", "Inside Out" and "Fall Down". Other band favourites on the CD include "Happy Head", 13th Floor Elevators' classic "Splash #1" and the title track "Rollercoaster". This is the best collection available of the band! The CD booklet features a complete discography incorporating all the original front cover sleeves and a written introduction by the band of each of the songs on the album and from where the tracks were sourced.

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"This 19 track compilation brings together some of their finest moments, including debut single ‘Like An Angel’ and blissed out, melody soaked tunes such as ‘Into The Heart of Love’, ‘Rollercoaster’, ‘My Biggest Thrill’, ‘Inside Out’ and the 13th Floor Elevators classic ‘Splash #1’. Songs from their first four albums, as well as EP tracks, singles and b-sides, this was the sound of the Mighty Lemon Drops at their peak.


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Blind EXPANDED EDITION
As early as the Icicle Works' second album, it became obvious that singer/songwriter Ian McNabb had little interest in further pursuing his career as a new wave tunesmith in the manner of his only U.K. hit, Love Is a Wonderful Colour.

Still, stylistic nods to Neil Young, Van Morrison, and Motown on post-1984 recordings could have hardly prepared the casual Icicle Works fan for the all-over-the-map musical journey that represented the original line up's fourth and final album, Blind. There's not even a hint of new wave on this record; beginning with a full-on Led Zeppelin-style rave up ( Shit Creek ), Blind then proceeds to careen wildly through several anthemic folk-rockers ( Here Comes Trouble, Starry Blue Eyed Wonder ), a Caribbean-style pop tune ( What Do You Want Me to Do ), a Prince-meets-INXS lite-funk workout ( The KissOff ), a raunchy blues-metal parody that even Zodiac Mindwarp might have found too over the top ( Two Two Three ).

Blind contains some of the Icicle Works' best individual tracks, including the singles High Time and Little Girl Lost. This 3-CD reissue-set contains 2 discs of rare and unreleased material in addition to the original album and also features updated booklets and notes by Classic Rock’s Jerry Ewing.
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Bostin Steve Austin 2CD
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At long last, the debut long-player from the mighty We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It!! makes its Compact Disc debut in "Splendiferous" form on Cherry Red Records. Hailing from Birmingham, England, the punk-pop, all-female quartet, also known simply as Fuzzbox first made their mark on the nation when their debut single ‘XX Sex/Rules and Regulations’ stormed the UK indie charts reaching the coveted Indie #1 spot in 1986 for a staggering 9 week stint.

Cited as a "Loud, gaudy and mildly controversial both visually and aurally, with a willful raw amateurishness to theirplaying..." the band soon earned the respect of influential publications such as the NME, Melody Maker as well as recognition from DJ's Janice Long and the late, great John Peel.This 2CD/AA Sided "Splendiferous Edition" of the bands seminal classic "Bostin' Steve Austin" marks the album’s first CD release, some 27 years after its premiere on Vindaloo/WEA Records."Side A" features the original 12 track studio album, digitally remastered from its original analogue master tapes, whilst"Side AA" offers a comprehensive insight into the formative Fuzzbox years compiling 22 of the bands most rare and sought after recordings.Bonus materials include the bands debut EP "XX Sex/Rules and Regulations" [UK #41], collaboration single with Vindaloolabel mates, The Nightingales and Ted Chippington,‘Rockin' With Rita (Head To Toe)’[UK #56], B-sides from their UK Top 40 breakthrough single ‘Love Is The Slug’ [UK #31] and 7' follow-up ‘What's The Point’ [UK #51], their fuzz-tastic rendition of Queen's timeless classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the fan club rarity ‘Radio Fuzzbox’, together with single exclusiveB-sides, 12-inch versions andthe previously unreleased ‘XX Sex (Gully Mix)’ and ‘Light Of The Silvery Moon’.Having taken the indie world by storm Fuzzbox went on to release their second album "Big Bang!" [UK #5] in the summer of 1989, boasting the hit singles ‘International Rescue’ [UK #11], ‘Pink Sunshine’ [UK #14] and ‘Self!’ [UK #24], before disbanding in 1990.

The deluxe CD booklet features sleeve notes from the bands drummer Tina, complete with original and expanded artwork, featuring: single sleeve art, lyrics and rare promotional materials.

Release Date: 28/1/2013

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Everything’s Shining Bright, the Lazy Recordings 1985-87 2CD
*** WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE, PLEASE ORDER NOW TO GET YOUR COPY!! ***

(PLEASE NOTE ALL SIGNED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!)

Back in the mid-80s, The Primitives combined the fuzz guitars of The Jesus & Mary Chain with the pop sensibilities of Blondie and a nod to cult heroes The Velvet Underground. They swiftly rose from being a popular Indie guitar outfit to charting worldwide with "Crash”, kickstarting a craze in bands fronted by blonde female singers (Transvision Vamp, The Darling Buds et al).
Between 1985 and 1987, the band issued five singles/EP’s on independent label Lazy Records (also home to My Bloody Valentine and later Birdland) before signing with RCA.
Everything’s Shining Bright is named after their planned Lazy Records album, which was abandoned when the band left the label – indeed, seven of the ten previously unissued tracks here stem from those scotched LP sessions. Also unearthed is the band’s very first demo from 1985, consisting of three tracks including a dry-run through their eventual hit "Crash”.
This 2-CD set also boasts their promo-only live album at the ICA; as such, it offers their entire Lazy output from that period.
Those Lazy singles in full:
Thru The Flowers (May 1986) Indie No.20
Really Stupid (October 1986) Indie No.3
Stop Killing Me (February 1987) Indie No.2
Thru The Flowers (New Version - August 1987) Indie No.3
Ocean Blue (gig freebie 7”)
Compiled with guitarist PJ Court, this 2-CD compilation boasts re-mastered music as well as a beautifully annotated booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from the band.

Release Date: 25/03/2013

Track Listing

DISC ONE: THE LAZY SINGLES

1. THRU THE FLOWERS
2. ACROSS MY SHOULDER
3. SHE DON'T NEED YOU
4. LAZY
5. REALLY STUPID
6. WE FOUND A WAY TO THE SUN
7. WHERE THE WIND BLOWS
8. STOP KILLING ME
9. BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ
10. LAUGHING UP MY SLEEVE
11. OCEAN BLUE
12. SHADOW (Guitar Version)
13. THRU THE FLOWERS (New Version)
14. EVERYTHING SHINING BRIGHT
15. NOTHING LEFT
16. REALLY STUPID

LIVE 1985 DEMOS
17. ACROSS MY SHOULDER
18. CRASH
19. SPACEHEAD

BONUS TRACK
20. NOTHING LEFT (Sounds version)


DISC TWO: 1987 ALBUM SESSIONS

1. I'll Stick With You
2. Dreamwalk Baby
3. Buzz Buzz Buzz
4. Nothing Left
5. Out Of Reach
6. Carry Me Home
7. Don't Want Anything To Change

Live At The ICA 15/8/87:
8. I'll Stick With You
9. Really Stupid
10. Dreamwalk Baby
11. Run Baby Run
12. Thru The Flowers
13. Nothing Left
14. Where The Wind Blows
15. Out Of Reach
16. We Found A Way To The Sun
17. Don't Want Anything To Change
18. Across My Shoulder
19. Everything's Shining Bright
20. Buzz Buzz Buzz
21. Stop Killing Me
22. I Wanna Be Your Dog

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