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• Re-release of The Shop Assistants’ only album, accompanied by two bonus tracks; ‘Looking Back’ and the slow version of ‘All Day Long’.

• Incorporating the material they released after signing to Chrysalis’s Blue Guitar subsidiary.

Although re-issued in 2001, ‘The Shop Assistants’ AKA ‘Will Anything Happen’ has long been out of print, fetching scary prices on a well-known auction site in acknowledgement of its status as one of the indispensable articles of the C86/shambling/ independent scene.

The Shop Assistants were one of the defining bands of the ‘80s independent boom, formed in Edinburgh in 1984, originally as Buba & The Shop Assistants, they released the Peel-approved indie staple ‘Something To Do’, which featured Stephen Pastel on backing vocals.

With line-up changes and an abbreviated name, they released the ‘Shopping Parade’ EP a year later, which saw Morrissey describe ‘All Day Long’ (included on this collection) as his favourite track of the year.

The band’s David Keegan (who would subsequently join The Pastels) then formed 53rd & 3rd Records, which housed the band’s ‘Safety Net’, one of two songs, along with ‘I Don’t Want To Be Friends With You’ (again, included here) to be voted part of John Peel’s Festive 50 of 1986. They also featured on that year’s celebrated, infamous, nay, iconic C86 NME compilation.

Track Listing:

1 I DON’T WANNA BE FRIENDS WITH YOU
2 ALL DAY LONG
3 BEFORE I WAKE
4 CALEDONIAN ROAD
5 ALL THAT EVER MATTERED
6 FIXED GRIN
7 SOMEWHERE IN CHINA
8 TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY
9 HOME AGAIN
10 SEEMS TO BE
11 AFTER DARK
12 ALL OF THE TIME
13 WHAT A WAY TO DIE
14 NATURE LOVER BONUS TRACKS
15 LOOKING BACK
16 ALL DAY LONG (SLOW VERSION)

Weight 200 kg
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1 I DON'T WANNA BE FRIENDS WITH YOU
2 ALL DAY LONG
3 BEFORE I WAKE
4 CALEDONIAN ROAD
5 ALL THAT EVER MATTERED
6 FIXED GRIN
7 SOMEWHERE IN CHINA
8 TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY
9 HOME AGAIN
10 SEEMS TO BE
11 AFTER DARK
12 ALL OF THE TIME
13 WHAT A WAY TO DIE
14 NATURE LOVER BONUS TRACKS
15 LOOKING BACK
16 ALL DAY LONG (SLOW VERSION)

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