(RSD Special) The Jennifers – The Complete Recordings

Its April so that means that it is Record Store Day once again. Therefore, it is time for me to pul together a release I would like to see put out today but most probably never will. It is at this point that I should point out that there should always be a little caveat when stating that these are the complete recordings, as there is no doubt something else that a band/artist has recorded that they don’t want to release or that it is multiple takes of the same song which might be interesting in an historical sense, but will not justify multiple plays. 

Who were The Jennifers? For anyway who is a fan of Supergrass, you may well of heard of this group. This four piece were made up of Nic Goffey (Guitar), Andy Davies (Bass), Danny Goffey (Drums) and Gareth Coombes (vocals and guitar). There is a reference to a fifth member called Dan Fox but I have not been able to find out what his contribution was.

Formed in 1990, the band played their first gig at the Jericho Tavern. This legendary Oxford gig venue would play host to numerous bands who went on and made it (as it were). These include Ride, Pulp, Bombay Bicycle Club and Radiohead, even though the latter was when they were called On A Friday. The pub is still there but it does not seem to be the home of new bands. I am happy to be corrected on this last point. 

The band built up a reputation in their local music scene and produced two demo tapes of three songs each. These were sold at gigs and this in turn would lead to them securing a deal with Nude Records. Their first, and what would turn out to be their only release was a four track E.P. called ‘Just Got Back Today’. The E.P. reached number 18 in Melody Maker’s Indie Chart and number 23 in the N.M.E.. David Simpson, writing in the Melody Maker in 1992 said that “The Jennifers are a good pop group who could easily become a great one…and at this stage in their career they’re already better than David Jones/Bowie, Kraftwerk etc. were at this point in theirs”. High praise indeed. 

The band would play some dates in Belgium and the Netherlands as well as headlining at the Powerhaus venue in Islington. The Song ‘Just Back Back Today’ was included on the compilation ‘Independent 20 Volume 16’ along with such names as Suede, Belly and The Smashing Pumpkins. The band were said to be demoing new material but their relationship with Nude Records soured due to a difference in ideas and attitude. 

‘Tightrope’, a new song was demoed and was included on the compilation ‘Days Spent Dreaming’, which was produced to highlight bands from Oxford. The song was said to be the one they hoped would be their next single but no new record deal was forthcoming, so the band split up. Andy Davies went off to University and Nic Goffey became a film maker, directing a number of music videos along with his partner Dom Hawley. These included a number by Supergrass, which was the next band formed by Danny Goffey and Gareth Coombes, even though by  that stage he was calling himself Gaz. 

So what do we have on this release? We have all four songs from the ‘Just Got Back Today’ E.P. along with six tracks from the cassettes the band would sell at gigs. The seventh song is ‘Tightrope’ from the aforementioned ‘Days Spent Dreaming’ compilation. Is there anything else in the archive? Well, this is a complete record of what the band put out in the public domain. If there is anything else, the group members have not deemed us worthy of hearing them. 

Side A

  1. Just Got Back Today
  2. Rocks & Boulders
  3. Danny’s Song
  4. Tomorrow’s Rain
  5. Nobody’s Fool (Demo)
  6. (Slow Song) (Demo)

Side B

  1. Flying (Demo)
  2. Inside Of Me (Demo)
  3. Cosmic Trees (Demo)
  4. Tomorrow’s Rain (Demo)
  5. Tightrope (Demo)

The cover is based on the minimalist design of The Jennifers original release. Instead of someone licking an iced lolly, there is a picture of the band. 

Various Artists – Unbelievable Too

Following on from last months ‘Unbelievable’ compilation, here we go with another set of songs from just before the Britpop era. The majority of the songs comes from 1992-1993 with the odd song from before this and just after, but these seemed to fit better on this compilation that the main Britpop Years ones. The only anomalies to all these are ‘The Shoe Of The Moon’ by The Waterboys and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ by Morrissey. The Waterboys songs originally came out in 1985, but I only became aware of it from the 1991 re-release so it fits in here better (for me anyway) than an 80s compilation. 

Disc 1

  1. Connected – Stereo MC’s
  2. Hit – The Sugarcubes
  3. Ebeneezer Goode – The Shaman
  4. Jump Around – House Of Pain
  5. Ain’t No Love (Radio Edit) – Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams
  6. Regret – New Order
  7. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  8. For Love – Lush
  9. Sex Type Thing – Stone Temple Pilots
  10. Far Gone & Out – The Jesus & Mary Chain
  11. Rocks – Primal Scream
  12. Spin The Bottle – Juliana Hatfield 3
  13. No Rain  – Blind Melon
  14. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  15. Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
  16. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
  17. Is It Like Today – World Party
  18. So Glad (Single Version) – Thrum
  19. Creation – Stereo MC’s
  20. Haze On The Hills/The Majestic Song – The Tea Party

We were unable to recreate this playlist on Spotify due to one or more songs not being available on that platform.

Disc 2

  1. Born Of Frustration – James
  2. Good Morning Britain – Aztec Camera
  3. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
  4. Movie’ On Up – Primal Scream
  5. Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys
  6. Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers
  7. Alice, What’s The Matter – Terrorvision
  8. Shadow Of The Season – Strangelove
  9. Lucky You – The Lightning Seeds
  10. Welcome To The Cheap Seats – The Wonder Stuff
  11. Step It Up – Stereo MC’s
  12. Creep – Radiohead
  13. Babies – Pulp
  14. Put The Message In The Box – World Party
  15. Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey
  16. Wild Wood – Paul Weller
  17. One – U2
  18. Me In Honey – R.E.M. 

The artwork is adapted from the compilation of the same name that came out in 2002.

Blur – B-Sides

Blur were formed in 1988 when school friends, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon were joined by Alex Hames and Dave Rowntree. Initially called Seymour, Albarn, James and Coxon were all studying at Goldsmith’s College and Rowntree had played in previous bands with Coxon. By 1989, they played their first gig and after recording some demos, attracted the interest of Food Records. Duly signed, their second single, ‘There’s No Other Way’ broke the top ten in the UK. The singles either side of this did not chart as highly. ‘Leisure’ the parent album also broke the Top Ten but it did garner mix reviews. 

A tour of the USA in 1992, ostensibly to pay off their debts lead to fighting between members. Homesick and close to being drooped by their label, the band returned with the ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ LP. The album and all of the singles that were taken from it all charted and the band were able to keep their record deal. Considering what was to come next, it does show that sometimes you really need to let an artist grow. Success does not always come straighter away. 

In 1994, the band released the single ‘Girls & Boys’. This and parent album ‘Parklife’ came out at exactly the right time for the band to ride on the wave of the new Britpop scene. The ‘Parklife’ single, featuring actor Phil Daniels, seemed to be everywhere in the late summer of 1994, but I was surprised to find that this was not as big a hit as ‘Girls and Boys’. It was around this time that the feud with Oasis, that other behemoth of Britpop started. This would culminate with the infamous Battle of Britpop when the bands released their latest singles on the same day. Blur with ‘Country House’ and Oasis with ‘Roll With It’. For such a monumental time (as this race to see who would make it to number 1 made the national news), both songs were not very good. 

Blur ultimately won that battle but their next album, ‘The Great Escape’ was eclipsed in sales by Oasis and their ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? album. Feeling that the writing observational pop songs had run its course, the band released ‘Blur’ which showed Coxon’s interest in American noise alternative rock. However, this collection does not go this far into the story, nor does it include anything of the B-Sides released before ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’. As this is a year of celebrating all things Britpop, this just focuses on that era of the band’s releases. 

Blur released eleven singles in the UK so there was a lot of material to choose from, but unlike Suede or Oasis, their hit rate for top notch B-Sides was not as great. However what does become clear, especially when listening to the singles for ‘The Great Escape’ was how they were already to experiment with the sound that would come to dominate their 1997 self titled album. 

Side A

  1. Ultranol (The Univsesal – 1995)
  2. Threedneedle Street (To The End – 1994)
  3. Bone Bag (For Tomorrow – 1993)
  4. My Ark (Chemical World – 1993)
  5. St Louis (Chemical World – 1993)
  6. Beechcoma (For Tomorrow – 1993)
  7. Anniversary Waltz (Girls & Boys – 1994)

Side B

  1. A Song (Stereotypes – 1996)
  2. No Monsters In Me (The Univsesal – 1995)
  3. Into Another (For Tomorrow – 1993)
  4. The Man Who Left Himself (The Story Of The Charmless Man – 1996)
  5. Theme from An Imaginary Film (Parklife – 1994)
  6. Tame (Stereotypes – 1996)
  7. Supa Shoppa (Parklife – 1994)

I adapted the cover from an image I found the blog http://blur-expresso.blogspot.com/2009/10/blur-b-sides-rarities

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.4

For the next set in The Britpop Years collection, there are less of the big hitters and more of the groups that would not be considered Britpop, especially those acts that were not from UK.

Disc 1

  1. Stuck On Amber (Original Mix) – The Boo Radley
  2. I Believe (Edit) – Booth & The Bad Angel
  3. Trash – Suede
  4. Slight Return – The Bluetones
  5. Sick & Tired – The Cardigans
  6. Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  7. In The Name Of The Father – Black Grape
  8. A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
  9. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  10. Caught By The Fuzz – Supergrass
  11. All Gone Away – Joyrider
  12. Better Day – Ocean Colour Scene
  13. This Is Hardcore – Pulp
  14. Your Star Will Shine – The Stone Roses
  15. Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt – Terrovision
  16. Karma Police – Radiohead
  17. Waiting For The Sun – Thrum
  18. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
  19. Stay Together (Full Length Version) – Suede

I cannot reproduce this play list here as one or more of these songs are not available on Spotify

Disc 2

  1. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  2. Sale Of The Century – Sleeper
  3. What’s In The Box (See Whatcha Got) – The Boo Radleys
  4. King Of New York – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  5. Stutter – Elastica
  6. Queer – Garbage
  7. Govinda – Kula Shaker
  8. Marblehead Johnson – The Bluetones
  9. Summertime – The Sundays
  10. Sleep Well Tonight – Gene
  11. Pink Glove – Pulp
  12. Monday Morning 5:19 – Rialto
  13. Everyday Should Be A Holiday – The Dandy Warhols
  14. She’s A Star – James
  15. The Circle – Ocean Colour Scene
  16. Not So Manic Now – Dubstar
  17. Linger (Live) – Cranberries
  18. Champagnes Supernova – Oasis
  19. Time To Go – Supergrass

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (Alternative Version)

Following on from my alternative version of the Smashing Pumpkin’s ‘Gish’ album, I now take a look at its follow up, ‘Siamese Dream’. Recording once more with producer Butch Vig helping out behind the desk, Billy Corgan was not exactly in the right frame of mind for recording a record. He was suffering from writers block and would later admit that he was planning for his own suicide. His band mates might not have helped matters either. James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky had ended their romantic relationship. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain had become addicted to heroin and even though the sessions were moved to a studio in Georgia, away from the bands Chicago base in attempted to get him from his suppliers failed. Chamberlain disappear fro days on end feeding his drug habit. The drummer would eventually enter rehab. 

Corgan would continue with the working practise of playing practically every instrument on the record, apart from the drums, himself. He and Vig would be in the studio for days on end, perfecting the sounds and crafting the songs before Corgan was happy with the finished product. He had set himself the task of producing an album that would set the world on fire and he did just that, even though the record went over budget by $250,000. 

I tried to find a version of every song on an official release, and got close with only ‘Sweet Sweet’ needing to come from a Bootleg. I have followed the running order of the vinyl LP, as that was the format I bought this on back in 1993 when it originally came out in the UK. The cover is the original cover but in negative. 

Side A

  1. Cherub Rock – Acoustic Live On MTV Europe 1993 (Earphoria)
  2. Quiet – BBC Session 1993 (Siamese Dream Deluxe)
  3. Today – Broadway Rehearsal Demo (Siamese Dream Deluxe)
  4. Hummer – Lost Tapes 94 (Viewphoria)

Side B

  1. Rocket – Rehearsal Demo (Siamese Dream Deluxe)
  2. Disarm – Live On The Word, UK 1993 (Earphoria)
  3. Soma – Live At Astoria 1994 (Earphoria)

Side C

  1. Geek U.S.A. – Live At Alabamahalle 1993 (Earphoria)
  2. Mayonaise – Acoustic Alternative Version (Rarities & B-Sides)
  3. Spaceboy – Acoustic Mix (Siamese Dream Deluxe)

Side D

  1. Ache – Sliverfuck Rehearsal Demo (Siamese Dream Deluxe)
  2. Sweet Sweet – Demo (Quiet & Other Songs Bootleg)
  3. Luna  – Apartment Demo (Siamese Dream Deluxe)

Various Artists – Unbelievable Vol.1

As I have mentioned on previous posts, Britpop was the first era when I buying a good deal of the music that was being released. Remember folks, this was a time when if you wanted the music, you need to have it on some sort of physical media, even if that included copying the music onto a cassette. I am old enough the remember the ‘Home Taping is Killing Music’ campaign 

However, there was a period before this that went by many names. These included Baggy, Madchester and Indie, but there were others as well. I might not have been buying due to a lack of funds (I was at school at the time) but I was listening, soaking it all up. However, by the turn of the century, the first retrospective compilations of that time started to see the light of day. One of my favourites, and the inspiration for this compilation was released in 2001. ‘Unbelievable’, named after the song by EMF, covered all the big hitters from that era including a few who would continue into the Britpop era. 

Not only did I take songs from the ‘Unbelievable’ compilation, I have also included songs from around the same time that were on ‘The Best Album In The World Compilations’ that I was buying throughout the Britpop years and tunes that I heard from people I was at University..   

Disc 1

  1. Surfin’ USM – Cater The Unstoppable Sex Machine
  2. This Is Your Life – Banderas
  3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Saint Etienne
  4. Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2
  5. There’s No Other Way – Blur
  6. One Way – The Levellers
  7. The Size Of A Cow – The Wonder Stuff
  8. Kinky Afro – Happy Mondays
  9. Loaded – Primal Scream
  10. Unfinished Sympathy (Nellee Hoper 7” Mix) – Massive Attack
  11. Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode
  12. Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  13. Shine On – The House Of Love
  14. There She Goes – The La’s
  15. Can You Dig It? – The Mock Turtles
  16. Move Any Mountain – The Shaman
  17. Hippy Chick – Soho
  18. The Only One I Know – The Charlatans
  19. This Is How It Feels – Insipral Carpets
  20. Groove Is In The Heart – Dee-Lite

Disc 2

  1. On 33 – Stereo MC’s
  2. Feeling’ – The La’s
  3. Where’s Me Jumper? – Sultans Of Ping F.C.
  4. The Fly – U2
  5. Unbelievable – EMF
  6. Sit Down – James
  7. Saturn 5 – Inspiral Carpets
  8. Step On – Happy Mondays
  9. Orange Crush – R.E.M. 
  10. Monkeys Gone To Heaven – The Pixies
  11. After All – Frank & Walters
  12. Shall We Take A Trip – Northside
  13. Then – The Charlatans
  14. The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
  15. Ten Years Asleep – Kingmaker
  16. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
  17. Sing – Blur
  18. All Together Now – The Farm

The artwork is adapted from the compilation of the same name that came out in 2001.

Kula Shaker – Gokula (The B-Sides Collection)

Where many Britpop bands focused on the works of Lennon & McCartney, The Who, The Kinks or XTC, Kula Shaker were one of the few, if the only band from the era who seemed to have listened to the work of George Harrison, including those songs that were influenced by his journeys into Indian music. The name of the band was even inspired by Kulasekhara who was one of the twelve Vaishnavite avatars. I would recommend you look it up if you don’t know what that is. Lead by singer and guitar player, Crispian Mills, his songs were also inspired by Indian culture and Hinduism which he had encountered whilst he was on a backpacking trip around India in the early 1990s. Having played in a couple of bands, Mills would recruit college friend Alonza Bevan on bass, Paul Winterhart on drums and Jay Darlington on keyboards. 

The band were signed to Columbia Records and released their first single, ‘Tattva’. The chorus of the song is a slice of Hindu philosophy sung in Sanskrit which reached the lower reaches of the Top 100. Not bad for a debut single that was limited to 1000 copies. The band continued by releasing some more conventional sounding rock songs in the shape of ‘Grateful When You’re Dead’ and ‘Hey Dude’, as well as a rerecording of ‘Tattva’ and ‘Govinda’. Govinda has the distinction of being the only top ten hit UK single to be sung entirely in Sanskrit. The meaning of the chorus translates as ‘Krishna, Glory, Glory’. The band seemed to go from strength to strength with the release of their debut album, ‘K’, which would eventually reach double platinum status in the UK.1996 had been a good year for the band and 1997 seemed to be going in the same direction when their cover of Joe South’s ‘Hush’ made number two in the UK singles chart, but some ill advised remarks by Mills regarding the swastika lead to a backlash in the UK press. 

This and the delay in releasing the second album lost the band the momentum they had built up. Only ‘Sound of Drums’, the first single from the ‘Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts’ LP breached the top ten. The parent album did make the Top Ten in the UK album chart but sold nowhere near as many copies as the previous album. By the end of 1999, the band split up even though they did get back together in 2007 and are still going today, even though it has taken until recently for th original four members to come back together. 

This is another in my series of B-Side albums from the era’s big hitters and there was enough material to put out an album that would stand up (in my opinion) to the main albums. Well, in some respects it does, even thought I did include what would have been an unreleased song if this album had come out in reality. That additional song is ‘Strangefolk’ which was included on the ‘Kollected’ album. ‘Strangefolk’ was the original title of the second album, but this was edited and the full length song would see the light of day on the 10th Anniversary reissue of ‘Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts’.  

Side A

  1. Avalonia (Mystical Machine Gun – 1998)
  2. Guitar Man (Mystical Machine Gun – 1998)
  3. Moonshine (Tattva – 1996)
  4. Holy River (Mystical Machine Gun – 1998)
  5. Dance In Your Shadow (Tattva – 1996)
  6. Goodbye Tin Terriers (Shower Your Love – 1999)
  7. Troubled Mind (Hey Dude – 1996)

Side B

  1. Prancing Bride (Mystical Machine Gun – 1998)
  2. Raggy One (Waiting For Tomorrow) (Hush – 1997)
  3. Gokula (Govinda – 1996)
  4. Under The Hammer (Grateful When You’re Dead/Jerry Was Here – 1996)
  5. Drop In The Sea (Hey Dude – 1996)
  6. Another Life (Grateful When You’re Dead/Jerry Was Here – 1996)
  7. Light Of The Day (Shower Your Love – 1999)
  8. Strangefolk (Kollected – The Best Of Kula Shaker – 2002)

The cover is adapted from the bands 2007 release of the B-Sides from their ‘Strangefolk’ album.

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.3

The first of another month has come around and that means it must be time for another compilation of quality Britpop era tunes. I normally pick songs between the years 1994 and 1997, which is when I was at University and Britpop rules the waves. With this volume however, it seems that a stray tracks or two has snuck in from other years. ‘Low’ by Cracker was released in 1993 and Let’s Get Together by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynchi was released in 1998. There also are a few more artists from outside of the British Isles on this one as well as a few song songs taken from the rather wonderful H.E.L.P. compilation. This was a project where several artists went into recording studios on the same day with the idea of producing enough material for an album which would raise money for children living in war torn Yugoslavia. In my opinion, this was one of the greatest charity albums of all time.

Disc 1

  1. Tattva – Kula Shaker
  2. On The Rose – Tiger
  3. Need You Around – Smoking Popes
  4. Disco 2000 – Pulp
  5. Alright – Cast
  6. Girls & Boys – Blur
  7. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Neneh Cherry & Trout
  8. Randrops Keep Falling On My Head – Manic Street Preachers
  9. Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub
  10. Getting Better – Shed Seven
  11. Where I Find My Heaven – Gigolo Aunts
  12. Let’s Get Together – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynchi
  13. Roads – Portishead
  14. Fighting Fit – Gene
  15. Inbetweener – Sleeper
  16. Australia – Manic Street Preachers
  17. She Said – Longpigs
  18. Step Into My World – Hurricane #1
  19. If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You – Super Furry Animals
  20. The Masterplan – Oasis

Disc 2

  1. It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork
  2. Whole Lotta Love – Goldbug
  3. Setting Sun – The Chemical Brothers
  4. Sonnet – The Verve
  5. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get – Morrissey
  6. Connection – Elastica
  7. In A Room – Dodgy
  8. Shipbuilding – Suede
  9. Dream A Little Dream – Terry Hall & Salad
  10. Angel Interceptor – Ash
  11. Jealousy – Octopus
  12. Low – Cracker
  13. Help The Aged – Pulp
  14. Ride The Tiger – The Boo Radleys
  15. Country House – Blur
  16. For The Dead – Gene
  17. Something 4 The Weekend – Super Furry Animals
  18. Songs Of Love – The Divine Comedy
  19. Nothing Lasts Forever – Echo & The Bunnymen
  20. Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead
  21. Judas Mon Coeur (French Version) – Belly

One or more of the songs on this collection were not available on Spotify. 

Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (Alternative Version)

Something a little different to finish off the month with, especially as they are not Britpop in anyway shape or form. I have written in length about the Smashing Pumpkins and how I came to find out about them in previous posts, but just to recap. I have been a fan of the original incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins since I bought their first album ‘Gish’ in 1993. I mentioned the circumstances I became aware of the band back in my October 2020 post about the first album that never was. 

‘Gish’ was released in 1991 but I did not get myself a copy until two years later. It is a bit of a difficult album to categorise as Corgan seems to be trying to harness the power of classic rock bands such as Black Sabbath with aspects of sound utilised by bands such as The Cure. The band were given a rather generous budget of $20,000 to record which afforded Corgan and producer Butch Vig the time to get the sounds right but relations within the group were harmed by the production methods. That was due to Corgan rerecording the bass and guitar parts from Darcy Wretzky and James Iha respectively. To add insult to injury, Corgan used their instruments as well. The press for the album were generally favourable and it would eventually sell over 1 million copies in the US alone.

I liked what I heard with ‘Gish’ and bought ‘Siamese Dream’ soon afterwards. I continued buying all of the material that they had released/recorded between the late 80s up until 2001. This continued with the Deluxe Editions of all of those albums, which have been a treasure trove of previously unreleased material, alternative takes and live material. This was one of the best reissue programmes I have seen, especially as main songwriter Billy Corgan had a hand in putting it all together. I have found that for the majority of the time, the last people you want being in charge of a reissue programme are the artists themselves. Anyway, I digress. 

As so much material has been released, I wondered if it would be possible to compile a completely alternative version of the studio albums they made before they broke up in 2000, just using the material from the Deluxe Editions. Well, I wasn’t able to do this so I had to have a look into the murky world of the bootleg, including ones that Corgan put on line in the early days of the internet. This also included the short lived Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (which offered up tracks to download from the internet that were not included on any of the Deluxe Edition reissues). What this means is that ‘Pieces Iscariot’ and ‘The Aeroplane Flies High’ will not be included here (look at my entry from October 2022 to see my alternative version of ‘The Aeroplane Flies High). 

Side A

  1. I Am One – Limited Potential Version (Single A-Side)
  2. Siva (Peel Radio Session EP)
  3. Rhinoceros (Version Two) – Reel Time Sessions (Smashing Pumpkins Record Club)
  4. Bury Me – Reel Time Demos (Gish Deluxe)
  5. Hippy Trippy – Crush Demo (Gish Deluxe)

SIde B

  1. Seam – Suffer Department Demo (Gish Deluxe)
  2. Snail – Radio Session (Mashed Potatoes Bootleg) 
  3. Tristessa – Sub Pop Version (Single A-Side)
  4. Window Paine – Live (Mashed Potatoes Bootleg)
  5. Daydream – Old House Demo (Gish Deluxe)

What was surpassing was how close I could achieve this aim. Seeing as I bought these records on vinyl, I have followed the order on that release.

Various Artists – Caught Beneath The Landslide Volume 2

Back in 2021, Edsel Records released the compilation ‘Caught Beneath The Landslide’. It was a companion piece to photographers Kevin Cummins book, ‘While We Were Getting High: Britpop & The 90s’. Cummings was the chief photographer at the NME, which at the time of Britpop was a best selling music weekly newspaper. He then compiled a four disc compilation which included some of the biggest names from the period along with some of the also rans. The recordings were not the obvious hits either, but alternative versions, single edits and B-Sides. 

Well, in this year of Britpop themed releases on this site, I have looked to do something similar with a second volume of the ‘Caught Beneath The Landslide’ compilation. What is different about this one is that it is not based around the Cummins book and does not include as many of the Britpop big hitters as the first volume. What we have though is another four disc set encompassing the years 1993-1998 which I hope will be a worthy follow up to the original. 

Disc 1

  1. So Sad About Us – Jubilee
  2. Come Back Tomorrow – Salad
  3. Saturday Night – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  4. Christopher – Kinky Machine
  5. Natural One – The Folk Implosion
  6. Born Disco, Died Heavy Metal – Cornershop
  7. This Is The Sound Of Youth – These Animal Men
  8. Town Clowns – Blameless
  9. Walter’s Song – Shack
  10. Now That You Know Me – Coast
  11. Cracked – Nylon Bombers
  12. Mall Monarchy – Compulsion
  13. Ha Ha You’re Dead – Sleeper
  14. Bring You Down – The Real People
  15. Daydream – Back To The Planet
  16. Scenester – Flamingoes
  17. Girl A, Girl B, Boy C – My Life Story
  18. Sometimes Always – The Jesus & Mary Chain
  19. Love Songs On The Radio – Mojave 3
  20. Sure As Fate – Passion Fruit & Holy Bread
  21. Out Of This World (Original Mix) – Republica

Disc 2

  1. Step Out – Oasis
  2. I Don’t Know – Ruth
  3. Shirtlifter – Lick
  4. Cookie – David Devant & His Spirit Wife
  5. Mrs Hoover – The Candyskins
  6. Child’s Body – Gene
  7. Box Star A.M. – Embassy
  8. Looey Vs. Christ – Baba Booey
  9. Smiler (Single Version) – Heavy Stereo
  10. Love 45 – Orange Deluxe
  11. Queenie – Pimlico
  12. Bellyache – Echobelly
  13. Good Intentions – Livingstone
  14. Mark – Shed Seven
  15. Don’t Know – Ash
  16. London Breeds – 60ft Dolls
  17. Merched Yn Need Gwallt Eu Gilled – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynchi
  18. Hello Victim – Baby Chaos
  19. Man Of Leisure – The Weekenders
  20. Today & Tonight – Marion
  21. Alison – Slowdrive
  22. Odd (Peel Session) – Supergrass
  23. Bandstarter – Brainpool

Disc 3

  1. Privilege – Mainstream
  2. U16 Girls – Travis
  3. Three Beasts – Moms
  4. Hype – Headswim
  5. Straighten Out – Brassy
  6. Where Have You Been Tonight? – Shed Seven
  7. Death Of A Party (7” Mix) – Blur
  8. English Tea – Thurman
  9. We Are The Supercool – Space Monkeys
  10. Blinded By The Sun (Edit) – The Seahorses
  11. All Pop No Star – Slingbacks
  12. All I Want – Poppyheads
  13. Know Where To Find You – Mantaray 
  14. The Kazoo Song – The Sweeney
  15. Crush – Goya Dress
  16. It Fell Of The Back Of A Lorry – Denim
  17. Holiday – Pullover
  18. Supersexy Revolutionary – Disco Pistol
  19. Primary Alternative (Peel Session) – The Delgados
  20. The Mill Hill Self Hate Club – Edward Ball
  21. Another Night In – Strangelove
  22. Can’t Be Sure – The Sundays

Disc 4

  1. To Earth With Love – Gay Dad
  2. A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed – theaudience
  3. Soloman Bites The Worm – The Bluetones
  4. I Like Rock – Bennet
  5. Roll With It – Mogul
  6. Rent (Live) – Suede & Neil Tennant
  7. Tuesday Afternoon – Ex Boyfriends
  8. Drag Queen – The Dandys
  9. Candlelight – Six By Seven
  10. Break – The Gyres
  11. Julia – Silver Sun
  12. Nothing To Lose – Elcka
  13. Hurricane – Warm Jets
  14. Now I’ve Seen Through You – Hillman Minx
  15. Best Friend – Ether
  16. Move Over – Mover
  17. Maniac – Cinerama
  18. How Free – Don
  19. Will You Still Care – The Crocketts
  20. Vinegar Vera – Rialto
  21. Dry The Rain – The Beta Band

The front cover is similar to Volume 1 with different bands added. The cover stars are as follows. 

Top row (l to r) – theadiance, Travis, The Sundays

Middle row (l to r) – Blur, The Delgados, Cornershop

Bottom row (l to r) – Ash, The Weekenders, Seahorses