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• Seminal Blackpool post-punk band’s entire early discography in one box set

• The Membranes came to embody a style of abrasive, off-kilter post-punk music which might best be described by the motto “Death To Trad Rock” (later the title of a book and compilation CD by head Membrane John Robb). They have influenced a vast range of bands across the world, attracting heavy fans such as Big Black (Steve Albini), Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore and Butthole Surfers. The Membranes are the first band that Steve Albini worked with outside Big Black.

• Includes their five albums recorded for various labels across the 1980s (on Criminal Damage, Creation, Constrictor, In Tape, etc.) as well as all their singles, B-sides, EPs and extra tracks.

• Boasts a mere 99 tracks, most of which appear on CD for the first time, from their contribution to the Blackpool Rox EP in 1980 right through to their final recordings for the band’s original incarnation in the early 1990s.

• 26 page booklet includes sleeve-notes written by John Robb (now an established author and journalist, behind the Louder Than War magazine), alongside a wealth of visual material.

• After an extended hiatus began in the early 90s, the band reformed in 2012 and released their first new album in 20 years, “Dark Matter/Dark Energy” on Cherry Red in 2015 (CDBRED661). This was supported by tours and festival dates including Glastonbury and Green Man.

• A brand new Membranes album is due out on Cherry Red in autumn 2017.

DISC ONE:

1. GET A HEAD

2. THE THROAT

3. ATTRACTION FOR THE EASY LIFE

4. MYTHS AND LEGENDS

5. KICK OUT

6. KAFKA’S DAD

7. SHOT BY MY OWN GUN

8. I AM FISH EYE

9. DREADFUL SOUND ENGINE

10. GREEN AND GHOSTLY LAND

11. MORE SKIN AND BONE

12. MR. CHARISMA BRAIN

13. BARBED SNAKE FISH THING

14. CHEWING THE FAT

15. TYPICAL MALE PENIS

16. FIREFACE

17. GIFT OF LIFE



DISC TWO:

1. EVERYTHING’S BRILLIANT

2. CLEANSED AGAIN

3. EVERYTHING’S BRILLIANT (VERSION)

4. NEW BLOOD FOR YOUNG SKULLS

5. KING COTTON WHIPLASH

6. BIG FUN TONIGHT

7. KENNEDY ‘63

8. POSTDETERGENT VACUUM CLEANER MAN

9. DAY MY UNIVERSE CHANGED

10. BANG!

11. SNAFFLEFLATCH

12. THE MURDER OF SISTER GEORGE

13. SPACESHIPS

14. 1986

15. THANK HEAVENS FOR THE IRON HORSE

16. SLEAZEBALL

17. PHONEY T.V. REPAIR MAN

18. THE ELVIS I KNEW WAS NO JUNKIE

19. EVERYONE’S GOING TRIPLE BAD ACID, YEAH!

20. JAW CRACKER FUZZ

21. MR. CHARISMA BRAIN (LIVE)



DISC THREE:

1. SPIKE MILLIGAN’S TAPE RECORDER (W/ PHILIP BOA’S VOODOO CLUB)

2. TIMEWARP 1991 (LONG LIVE TRAD ROCK)

3. TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO FAST TO DIE

4. GROOVY FUCKERS

5. MACHINE GUN SUK

6. DRAGONFLY

7. TIME WARP 1991 (REPRISE)

8. LOVE YOUR PUPPY

9. TATTY SEASIDE TOWN

10. VIVA! SPANISH TURNCOAT

11. BULBOUS LOVE CHILD

12. ELECTRIC STORM

13. FUCK MY OLD BOOTS (ROBO COP AND SEACOMBE)

14. JOHN ROBB’S 91st NIGHTMARE

15. LONG LIVE THE HOOLIGAN!

16. PUNK OUT BABY

17. CORN DOLLY FEAR

18. (THE WORLD ACCLAIMS…) ETERNAL PROTEIN MAN

19. BACON FACTORY

20. LET’S TAKE THE DEATH TRIP

21. CHEAP MALE AGGRESSION

22. COR BLIMEY! AIN’T ENGLAND SNIDEY



DISC FOUR:

1. MUSCLES (1987 VERSION)

2. GREAT MISTAKE (1987 VERSION)

3. ALL ROADS LEAD TO NORWAY (1987 VERSION)

4. ENTERTAINING FRIENDS (1987 VERSION)

5. VOODOO CHILE

6. HEY BRYN MAER

7. TATTY SEASIDE TOWN

8. AUTO-FLESH

9. SPACE HOPPER IGNITES

10. CARETAKER MENTALITY

11. LIFE, DEATH AND THE SCARY BITS IN BETWEEN

12. TUFF VEGGIE AGRO

13. MORE THAN A KISS, THE FREAK FLAG REMAINS HIGH

14. 24 HOUR DRINKING AT NORTHERN PRICES

15. THE VILE ANTICS OF SUPER YOB

16. A MISSIVE FROM COUCH POTATOE COMMAND

17. ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS BOOTY

18. GROWLING PEOPLE

19. ICE AGE



DISC FIVE:

1. FASHIONABLE JUNKIES

2. ALMOST CHINA

3. MUSCLES

4. ALL ROADS LEAD TO NORWAY

5. ENTERTAINING FRIENDS

6. GREAT MISTAKE

7. HIGH ST YANKS

8. FUNNY OLD WORLD

9. THE HITCH

10. MAN FROM MOSCOW

11. SPIKE MILLIGAN’S TAPE RECORDER

12. ALL SKIN AND BONE

13. SHINE ON PUMPKIN MOON

14. BIG NOSE AND THE HOWLING WIND

15. MYTHS AND LEGENDS

16. THE KITEMAN

17. ICE CREAM FOR CROW

18. ANJIE

19. BIG DECISION (SLIGHT RETURN)

20. WOUNDED BULL IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND
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