Various Artists – Caught Beneath The Landslide Volume 3

After completing a second volume of the compilation ‘Caught Beneath The Landslide’, I found that I have music left over to make a third volume. 

So here we have another four disc set of tracks from Britpop big hitters, second division acts and a section of songs from bands who were part of the scene but their records weren’t successful at the time, or any time for that matter. 

Disc 1

  1. The Living Dead (Piano Version) – Suede
  2. Information Man – The Farm
  3. Her Jazz – Huge Bear
  4. Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
  5. Punk Boy – Ash
  6. Wembley – The Candyskins
  7. French Disko – Stereolab
  8. Cat’s Chorus – Lush
  9. Planet In The Ocean – Salad
  10. Modern History (Acoustic) – The Auterus
  11. Blue (US Mix) – The Verve
  12. Lewis (Mistreated) – Radiohead
  13. Time Baby III – Medicine
  14. Teenage Emergency – Flamingoes
  15. Happy Day – Blink
  16. You’re Always Right – These Animal Men
  17. Zoo’d Out – Strangelove
  18. Snakedriver – The Jesus & Mary Chain
  19. It’s A Fire – Portishead
  20. Big Nurse – Sleeper
  21. Take Me Away – Oasis
  22. Sunshine Smile – Adorable
  23. Even When Your Eyes Are Open – Leviathon

Disc 2

  1. Addicted To A.T.V. – The High Fidelity
  2. Shut Up – The Sweeney
  3. The Joy Of Living – Blueboy
  4. Mr. Appointment – Shack
  5. Under Canvas Wraps – The Delgados
  6. Checking In, Checking Out – The High Llamas
  7. Whirlpool (1995 Version) – BMX Bandits
  8. Hypersonic – Fluffy
  9. Cleopatra – Elastica
  10. Brains – Nut
  11. Sleep – Marion
  12. Steve Austin – Sexlovebusterbaby
  13. Delicious – Shampoo
  14. Firebox – Lick
  15. The Young Own The Town – Soda
  16. I Suppose – Puresence
  17. Look At You Now – Elcka
  18. Don’t Say You’re Sorry – Blameless
  19. Being Brave – Menswear
  20. 6am Jullander Shere – Cornershop
  21. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Transporter – Mansun

Disc 3

  1. Egotripper – The Kind
  2. Wake Up America – Poppyheads
  3. Mum’s Gone To Iceland – Bennett
  4. No Bell At Bognor – Twister
  5. Mermaid – Posh
  6. Ginger – David Devant & His Spirit Wife
  7. We Love You – Subcircus
  8. Get Out Of Cities – Blur
  9. I Can’t Make it – Dodgy
  10. Vote You – The Boo Radleys
  11. Summer Smash – Denim
  12. Chill Out – Pa Skinny
  13. One In A Million – Sussed
  14. Polly’s Domain – Coast 
  15. Ever – Descent
  16. 1962 – Grass Show
  17. Punka – Kenickie
  18. Dance Of The Bad Angel (Archive Mix) – Booth & The Bad Angel
  19. Keep The Light On – Geneva
  20. Since – Mercedes
  21. Huckleberry Grove – Ocean Colour Scene
  22. Adrenalina – Octopus
  23. 24 – The Hybrids

Disc 4

  1. Theme From Dweeb – Dweeb
  2. First Foot – Po!
  3. Somebody’s Follow Me – Speedomatic
  4. Four Skinny Indie Kids – Half Man Half Biscuit
  5. (Never Be A) Milksop – Ricky Spontane
  6. Fat Neck – Black Grape
  7. Torra Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir – Super Furry Animals
  8. That’s Why We Lose Control – The Young Offenders
  9. Lava – Silver Sun
  10. Long Live The UK Music Scene – Helen Love
  11. Drive In – Catch
  12. Govinda, Hari & St. George – Kula Shaker
  13. Something To Tell Her – Topper
  14. Ciao – Lodger
  15. Fantastic Legs – The Yummy Fur
  16. Tiny Meat (Original Version) – Ruby
  17. Beatnik Girl – Snug
  18. Grease – 18 Wheeler
  19. You Make Me Want To Scream – The Dandy
  20. Liar – Pullover
  21. Come & Go – Astral
  22. Bad Old Man – Babybird
  23. Rolled On Southern Blues – Mainstream
  24. Hanging Around – Me Me Me

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

Top row (l to r) – Ocean Colour Scene, Dodgy, Stereolab

Middle row (l to r) – Kula Shaker, Silver Sun, Booth & the Bad Angel

Bottom row (l to r) – BMX Bandits, Mansun, Radiohead

Volume 2 can be found at this link. – https://www.thesquirepresents.co.uk/various-artists-caught-beneath-the-landslide-volume-2/

Various Artists – Early Alternatives

Now this was a compilation I really enjoyed putting together. All bands/artists start somewhere before making it, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the earliest releases by a number of the more well known bands that have graced some of the compilations I have posted this month. What was most interesting for me was how long some of the bands were plying their trade before finding success. Pulp being the most extreme by taken the best part of a decade. 

Side 1

  1. It’s Not True – The Wonder Stuff
  2. Who Wants to Know – The Charlatans
  3. I Know (Single Version) – Blur
  4. You Can – Catatonia
  5. Sway (12” Mix) – Ocean Colour Scene
  6. The Last Days Of Winter – The Levellers

Disc 2

  1. It Happens – Primal Scream
  2. What’s The World – James
  3. Oasis – Happy Mondays
  4. Art – Suede
  5. Strange Ones (Backbeat Version) – Supergrass
  6. Same Old Story – The Farm
  7. Here It Comes – The Stone Roses

Side 3

  1. Give Me Less Time – Inspired Carpets
  2. Everybody’s Problem – Blur
  3. Heaven Can Wait – Salad
  4. Quite Content – The Soup Dragons
  5. Seance Sight – Lush
  6. Seems Like A Bad Day – Dodgy
  7. Endless – The La’s

Side 4

  1. Walking 5th Carnival – The Boo Radleys
  2. Columbia (White Label Demo) – Oasis
  3. One Way To Go – The Verve
  4. The Waning Moon – The Mock Turtles

It’s Not True – The Wonder Stuff – First song on their first EP (called ‘A Wonderful Day’), from 1986. 

Who Wants to Know – The Charlatans – Second of the two B-Sides issued with their debut single from 1990. The A-Side was called ‘Indian Rope’. 

I Know (Single Version) – Blur – B-Side of their debut single from 1990. This is the shorter version of the song which was initially only available on the 7’ single. The A-Side was ‘She’s So High’. 

You Can – Catatonia – B-Side of the their debut single from 1994. The A-Side was called ‘Whale’.

Sway (12” Mix) – Ocean Colour Scene – ‘Sway’ was the A-Side of the bands debut single. This was the longer version that was released on the 12” version of that single. Released in 1990. 

The Last Days Of Winter – The Levellers – The opening song on the bands debut release, a cassette EP called ‘All The Free Commons of England’ from 1988. 

It Happens – Primal Scream – The B-Side of their debuts single from 1985. The A-Side was called ‘All Fall Down’. 

What’s The World – James – The B-Side of the bands debut EP called ‘Jimone’ from 1983. This was the first of two B-Sides included on that release. 

Oasis – Happy Mondays – The second of two B-Sides from the bands first EP from 1985. The EP was called ‘Forty-Five EP’. This song was not the inspiration for the band of the same name. 

Art – Suede – The only song on this compilation to not be officially released, now or then. It got as far as a white label stage in 1989 but was rejected by the band as they were dissatisfied with it. The line up was included both Justine Freshman and Justin Welch who would later form the band Elastica. ‘Art’ was the B-Side of this release with ‘Be My God’ on the other. If this fantasy compilation release were to ever happen, to have a genuine rarity like this included would be a necessity. 

Strange Ones (Backbeat Version) – Supergrass – The B-Side of their debut single from 1994. Re-rerecorded once the band had signed for Parlophone. The A-Side was ‘Caught By The Fizz’. I could have included a song by The Jennifers, as two members of Supergrass were in that band. However, I did not as I covered them for my fantasy Record Store Release back in April https://www.thesquirepresents.co.uk/rsd-special-the-jennifers-the-complete-recordings/.

Same Old Story – The Farm – The fourth song on their debut EP, called ‘Hearts & Minds’  from 1989

Here It Comes – The Stone Roses – This was the B-Side of the ‘Sally Cinnamon’ single, released in 1987.

Give Me Less Time – Inspiral Carpets – Inspiral carpets released two albums worth of songs on a couple of cassettes in 1987. Some of the songs were re-recorded for later records but this song was not (as far as I can tell), even though it did appear on a couple of cassette collections of demos in the same year.  

Everybody’s Problem – Pulp – This was the bands second single, but unlike the first, this was a non album release. This was the A-Side and was released in 1983. 

Heaven Can Wait – Salad – The third song on their debut EP called ‘Kent’ from 1993. 

Quite Content – The Soup Dragons – The first song on their debut EP, ‘The Sun Is In The Sky’ from 1986.

Second Sight – Lush – Taken from their Mini LP, ‘Scar’, released in 1989. What was surprising is that the mini album came out before their released any singles. 

Seems Like A Bad Day – Dodgy – The B-Side to the second single, released in 1991. The A-Side was called ‘Easy Way’.

Endless – The La’s – The B-Side to the debut single, released in 1987. The A-Side was called ‘Way Out’. 

Walking 5th Carnival – The Boo Radleys – This was the sixth song on their debut LP, released in 1990. Like Lush, they released an album before they had released a single. 

Columbia (White Label Demo) – Oasis – Released in 1993 as a single-sided white label as a way of introducing the band to the world. 

One Way To Go – The Verve – The B-Side of their debut single from 1992. The A-Side was ‘All In The Mind’. 

The Waning Moon – The Mock Turtles – The fourth song on their debut EP. Called ‘Pomona’ and it was released in 1987. 

The cover is from the Twitter (or X, or whatever Elon Musk wants to call it this week) account of Images That Could Be Album Covers (@imagesalbum)

Oasis – Heroes

Oasis, like Suede, were well known for the quality of their early B-Sides. Therefore, it would have been a no briner to complete one, but someone got there first. Namely, the band themselves when they put out ‘The Masterplan’ in 1998

Unlike Suede, a key member did not leave early on to act as a convenient cut off point for a new collection so I couldn’t replicate the method I used to compile the ‘Sci-Fi Lullabies’ idea from back in February. I therefore took a slightly different angle for this entry as Oasis did sneak a few cover versions on to their B- Sides So here they are compiled, with one live track from the ‘Familiar To Millions’ LP. 

Side A

  1. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones) – All Around The World (1998)
  2. Within You, Without You (The Beatles) – BBC Sgt Pepper 40th Anniversary Tribute (2007)
  3. Hey Hey, My My Into The Black (Neil Young) – Familiar To Millions (2000)
  4. My Generation (The Who) – Little By Little (2002)
  5. Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade) – Don;t Look Back In Anger (1996)

Side B

  1. Helter Skelter (The Beatles) – Who Feels Love? (2000)
  2. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles) – Some Might Say Japanese CD (1995)
  3. Heroes (David Bowie) – D’You Know What I Mean? (1997)
  4. I Am The Walrus (The Beatles) – Cigarettes & Alcohol (1994)

Bonus 12”

This includes their cover of the classic Slade Christmas song. The second side is a BBC interview with Noel Gallagher talking about the recording process for Within’ You, Without You. 

A. Merry Christmas Everyone

B. Within You, Without You (Recording Process) 

‘Heroes’ is not only one of the covers on here, it serves as a pretty apt title because these songs come from artists that inspired Noel Gallagher. The cover comes from imgur user LisaBerglund. 

Ash – B-Sides & Covers

Ash were official formed in 1992 but two of the members had been playing in an Iron Maiden covers band for the precious three years. After recording some demos and releasing these on cassettes (remember them folks), one of these, ‘Garage Girl’, caught the attention of Stephen Taverner. Taverner put up the money press up 1000 7” records of ‘Jack Names The Planet’s on his own LaLaLand records label whilst becoming the bands manager. What needs to be remembered here is that the members of Ash were so young during these early years that they were still in school. 

The band gained some momentum and airplay when in 1994, they released the mini album ‘Trailer’. Steve Lamacq played some of these songs on his BBC Radio 1 show. American audiences become aware of the band after their song ‘Kung Fu’ was used in the closing credits of the Jackie Chan film, ‘Rumble In The Bronx’. After touring the USA in support of Weezer, the band felt that they needed another guitar player to help flesh out the sound whilst they played live. Charlotte Hatherley (previously of Nightnurse) joined and her first recorded contribution to the band was on their single from the film ‘A Life Less Ordinary’. 

The early singles and album of the band were more upbeat than what came on their second LP and subsequent singles which had a good deal more garage rock influences. The ‘Numbskull’ single included a number of cover versions of grunge acts as well, no doubt showing the influences of the band but it could be argued that these were needed because main songwriter Tim Wheeler was suffering from writers block. The second album gained mix reviews from critics and Wheeler went into an 18 month depression which he eventually come out form after moving back to his parent house in Northern Ireland to focus on writing. 

The band continue to record and play live to this day, even though Charlotte Hatherley left in 2006. This continuation of my series of B-Sides compilations comes in two parts. I liked the covers the band did because instead of doing straight covers, they tried to do something a little different, especially on ‘Give Me Some Truth’. Both of these compilations cover the classic Britpop period of 1994-8 with a couple of songs that were released in 1999 for good measure. 

Side A

  1. What Deaner Was Talking About (A Life Less Ordinary – 1997)
  2. Sneaker (Goldfinger – 1996)
  3. Halloween (A Life Less Ordinary – 1997)
  4. Don’t Know (Jack Names The Planets – 1994)
  5. Story Weather (Wild Surf – 1998)
  6. Dancing On The Moon (Jesus Says – 1998)

Side B

  1. I Need Somebody (Goldfinger – 1996)
  2. When I’m Tired (Wild Surf – 1998)
  3. Gonna Do It Soon(Wild Surf – 1998)
  4. Take Out (Jesus Says – 1998)
  5. Radiation (Jesus Says – 1998)
  6. Everywhere Is All Around (Oh Yeah – 1995)
  7. Heroin, Vodka, White Noise (Jesus Says – 1998)

Side A

  1. Blew – Nirvana (Numbskull – 1999)
  2. Does Your Mother Know – ABBA (Oh Yeah – 1995)
  3. Who You Drivin’ Now? (Numbskull – 1999)
  4. Cantina Band – John Williams (Girl From Mars – 1995)

Side B

  1. Get Ready – The Miracles (Goldfinger – 1996)
  2. Give Me Some Truth – John Lennon (Angel Interceptor – 1995)
  3. I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield (Single A-Side – 1997) 

The covers I have used for these compilations show the band in similar poses but separated by a few years. The image used for B-Sides was used for the compilation ‘Teenage Wildlife – 25 Years of Ash’. 

(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. 

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

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.

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.