For Christmas I received from the family the usual token choc gestures, my favourites including an oversized bar of toblerone, a limited edition tin of ‘after eights’ containing 2Pac(s) and a small box of Maltezers - not that I’m complaining as one single sumptuous, gorgeous maltezer is better than none I’ll have you know. Now that the gym is closed due to our entry into Tier 4, weight loss will be a struggle in January at the very least.
However, all is not lost it seems, as the real Christmas cracker this year belongs to the brand new boxset release by Shakespears Sister. The contents encompass The London Record years which basically include the duo’s first 2 albums ‘Sacred Heart’ and ‘Hormonally Yours’. They incorporate both vinyl and CD formats with remixes, B sides, EP’s and video promos thrown in. Additionally (and exclusive to this boxset) is the holy grail 3rd CD, containing unreleased demos, which is NOT going to be released when the standard 2 CD sets get a release later in 2021.
Believe it when I say I have received several unsolicited requests via Facebook for MP3 copies of the third disc. The set is limited to just 1000 copies and it sold out in weeks - the demand was incredible!
There’s a plethora of extras housed inside a really beautifully curated box, with a lift off lid no less. A beautiful hardback book containing the most stunning visual images that includes a forward by Siobhan Fahey.
“Crawling from the wreckage of a long extended teenagehood, which had once been fuelled by high jinx, idealism and an obsession with the music that mattered, I found myself in my late twenties lost at sea as the world around me - the people, the places, the music - slid, (as the booze and drugs took hold) into the darker and more cynical side of hedonism.”
She writes more and her refreshing honesty really provides an insight about the Bananarama that I didn’t know about.
There are postcards, A4 prints, a 10” EP, a live DVD and yes folks, even a sow on badge!
What about the music itself? There’s a cohesion of Prince, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Smiths and The Cure. Siobhan was raised on Tamla Motown and Sly Stone so what could possibly go wrong? There’s naturally a lot of goth - but the rock and pop compliments their unique sound impeccably.
I just totally love her reinvention. To depart a successful 80’s trio to then kick start the 90’s with a fresh look, demanding to be taken seriously in a world of music that’s already brimming with legendary talent from yesteryear. The story of how Shakespears Sister came to being is remarkable and it seemed a natural progression with Siobhan’s partner Marcy Detroit. You’ll have to find more about that elsewhere!
I think this is my favourite set right now. It’s just bloody awesome and I have my family to thank for thinking of me. Well, I ordered it and they paid for it!!
I’ve no idea how long this will last but we’ve a green light from the mods to discuss anything not related to DD in my very own section!! Hahaha!!!! My ribs are hurting here. I convey my thanks to Mark for this fabulous accolade. I am indeed humbled!
I’d prefer 80’s, but anything goes!! 🤣
Very random but here’s a short film based in 1953 which features “hurt” a cover by the 2 CELLOS as well as a few other songs
Lloyd Cole was an artist that enjoyed great success in the UK in the mid eighties with his band The Commotions, with hits including Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend and the sublime Lost Weekend which was perhaps his biggest hit.
I’ve been toying with buying Collected Recordings 1983-1989 for a while and I finally succumbed. It’s a pretty comprehensive affair which takes in B Sides, Rarities, Remixes, Live tracks, Outtakes and the all important demos. A very informative booklet comes with it that explains Lloyd’s blood, sweat and a lot of tears to get this pressed onto vinyl. It’s very interesting to realise that a couple of massters (yes, I added an extra S because the stupid text bot thinks I’m being rude) were lost and then found, taking a few years for the project to come to fruition.
I’m really pleased I bought the box as I hadn’t realised it was numbered and limited to just 1000 copies. This one is #981 !
I’m really loving the black and white, bleak industrial looking English town as the backdrop to a smiling band, on their way to success and euphoria. It’s such a contrast.
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2021 13:52:17 GMT -5 by Skinburn