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» Toyah: The Blue Meaning Deluxe Reissues (Limited Edition Coloured LP & 2CD/1DVD Edition)

Cherry Red Records is delighted to announce the newly remastered and expanded release of Toyah’s 1980 album “The Blue Meaning”, the second in a reissue programme of Toyah’s entire Safari Records catalogue, due for release May 28th 2021.

Produced by Steve James with arrangements by Steve James and ‘Toyah’ the band (Joel Bogen, Pete Bush, Toyah Willcox, Steve Bray and Charlie Francis), the album reached number 1 on the UK Independent Album Chart and charted in the main UK Top 40 album chart in June 1980.

Includes the early original version of ‘It’s A Mystery’ by Blood Donor feat Toyah Willcox that a ‘new’ line-up of Toyah ‘the band’ went on to record and enjoy their first hit single with in 1981.

The album features the ultimate fan favourite ‘Ieya’ considered a signature song by the band, which was also released as a single.

This album also includes ‘Blue Meanings’, ‘Mummies’ and the psychedelic ‘Spaced Walking’ for which Toyah’s vocals were recorded after inhaling helium.

THIS PUNK/NEW WAVE CLASSIC ALBUM IS BEING RE-ISSUED IN TWO FORMATS AND THIS EXPANDED DELUXE SET FEATURES:

2CD+1DVD digipak with a fully illustrated 24-page booklet containing a brand new introductory note from Toyah, plus rare and unseen imagery including album cover outtakes taken at Wykehurst Place, a gothic revival mansion in Bolney, Sussex.

This expanded edition features 27 remastered bonus tracks including single mixes, live tracks, rarities and unheard demos. Amongst the 20 previously unreleased tracks are the final recordings made by this band line-up including ‘Silence Won’t Do’ and ‘Jack & Jill’, as seen being recorded on the 1980 ITV documentary “Toyah” and have been long awaited by fans for forty years. The very first demo of ‘Angels & Demons’ recorded at Eel Pie Studios, an Alternate Vocal take of ‘Blue Meanings’ with the previously unheard original longer song outro and three tracks recorded live at the ICA London all make their release debuts.

A sleevenote by Toyah’s archivist Craig Astley with input from Toyah Willcox and Joel Bogen which for the first time chronicles the creation of the album and reveals the recording origins of the bonus material.

Includes a DVD (NTSC/Region Free) containing three brand new features with Toyah Willcox; an interview about the album/period, a track-by-track album commentary plus an exclusive acoustic three-song session of songs from the era – all filmed October 2020.

The DVD also includes rare archive BBC TV performances of ‘Mummies’ and ‘Danced’ from Friday Night, Saturday Morning (November 1980) available on DVD for the first time ever.

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» Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: The Safari Years, 4CD

This 57 track 4 CD capacity wallet set covers just about everything released by seminal American Punk icon Wayne County and his Electric Chairs between 1977-79.

The self-titled debut LP is Disc One and contains the single ‘Eddie & Sheena’. Now comes with ten bonus tracks including the Punk anthem ‘Fuck Off’ as well as three rare monitor mixes from the original album sessions.

Disc Two features the “Storm The Gates Of Heaven” album which contains the ‘Trying To Get On The Radio’ single and now comes with two non LP bonus tracks.

The third disc is 1979’s “Things Your Mother Never Told You” album which contains the ‘Berlin’ single. Three non-LP tracks plus a previously unissued four track John Peel session have been added as bonus tracks.

The final disc is a rare “In Concert” album, recorded on New Year’s Eve 1979, which reached No.18 in the Independent Chart when originally released by Safari Records in early 1980, by which time Wayne had become Jayne County.

The booklet contains in-depth liner notes by Record Collector’s Freek Kinkelaar and features pictures of all relevant record sleeves and lots of clippings from the era.

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» Toyah: Sheep Farming In Barnet, Limited Edition Vinyl LP & 2CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition

Cherry Red Records is delighted announce the long-awaited newly remastered and expanded deluxe release of Toyah’s debut album “Sheep Farming In Barnet” which kickstarts a reissue programme of Toyah’s entire Safari Records catalogue.

Produced by Steve James and Keith Hale (Blood Donor), the album reached number 1 on the UK Independent Albums in February 1980 and celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2020.

The 7” single ‘Victims Of The Riddle’ (1979) was Toyah’s very first release and is included here. This was followed up by 6-track mini-album “Sheep Farming In Barnet” that contained three tracks per-side on a 33 1/3 playing 7” vinyl. This mini-album was then expanded to a full length 11-track album (originally for the German market) in early 1980 by adding the ‘Victims’ 7” A-Side/B-Sides and some further tracks also recorded at Chappell Studios, London.

This album contains the fan favourites ‘Race Through Space’, ‘Neon Womb’ and ‘Danced’, all of which went on to become signature songs for the band. Non-album Double A-Side single ‘Bird In Flight’/’Tribal Look’ produced by The Boys’ lead singer Matt Dangerfield is also included.

This punk/new wave classic album is being reissued in two formats & this expanded deluxe set features: 2CD+DVD digipak with a fully illustrated 24-page booklet containing a brand new introductory note from Toyah plus rare and unseen imagery including album cover shots taken at RAF Fylingdales Early Warning site, Yorkshire.

This expanded edition features 30 bonus tracks made up of non-album singles, rarities and demos. Amongst the 20 previously unreleased tracks are versions originally recorded for Shoestring, the original improvisation vocal that became Victims of The Riddle and the band’s first ever pre-signing 1978 demos.

A sleevenote by Toyah’s archivist Craig Astley, researched with input from co-writer/guitarist Joel Bogen, chronicles the creation of the album, musician line-ups and reveals the recording origins of the album and bonus material for the first time.

Includes a DVD (NTSC/Region Free) containing two brand new features with Toyah Willcox; an interview about the album/period, a track-by-track album interview and an exclusive acoustic three-song session of songs from the era – all filmed August 2020.

The DVD also includes rare archive TV footage available on DVD for the first time ever including a 1979 interview/performance clips of Race Through Space filmed at Toyah’s Battersea warehouse ‘Mayhem’ for broadcast on What’s On (ITV Midlands-only region) and two songs filmed in February 1980 for BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test.

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» The Boys: The Boys… On Safari, 5CD Boxset

71 track 5 CD clamshell box set covering legendary Punk band The Boys’ period with Safari Records between 1979-81.

Disc 1 is the band’s third studio album “To Hell With The Boys” which reached No.4 in the Independent Chart in early 1980 and features the Indie Chart hit singles ‘Kamikaze’ (No.9) and ‘Terminal Love’ (No.32).

The second disc is 1981’s “Boys Only” album which features the singles ‘You’d Better Move On’ and ‘Weekend’.

Disc 3 is a 22 track “Rarities” round-up containing eight previously unreleased studio demos alongside non LP B-sides and rare mixes.

The fourth disc is the X rated “Christmas Album” issued under the name The Yobs, which now has three added bonus tracks. Long out of print on vinyl or CD and currently an expensive collector’s item.

The final disc is an “In Concert” recording for the BBC in 1980.

The 28 page booklet contains detailed track notes by original vocalist Matt Dangerfield and lots of clippings, memorabilia and pictures of all the relevant record sleeves.

Matt has also supervised the mastering of all the tracks.

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» Jools Holland Presented With The 20th Music Industry Trusts Award

Jools Holland, piano player, big band leader, TV presenter, former punk pop-star, deputy Lieutenant of Kent, OBE and undoubted national treasure, was honoured this evening with the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award sponsored by PPL, Ingenious and Spotify. The Award, presented to Jools Holland by close friend Jennifer Saunders, was made in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and music broadcasting over three decades.


Jools Holland:
“30 years of television, 25 of big band and probably 40 years since first playing the pubs...that’s why I’m delighted to receive this, with all of those in mind. But I think this Award also helps to celebrate and draw people’s attention to Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT School, so it’s more about them than it is about me.”

Jools’ memories of his first-ever recording session demand to be documented here, even if you are reading this pre-watershed.

“It was at Marquee Studios, when the punk thing was happening, so it was quite exciting. Wayne County, who after the sex change became Jayne, said ‘Can you play some burlesque piano?’ so I did, and it sounded alright.

“I said “I’ve never been on a record before, could you make sure you send it to me?’ That meant more to me than the £19.50 session fee, plus bus fare home.

“Anyway, they were good to their word and sent me a record, I was really pleased. I saw I had a credit on the back, great! I remember my mother and my aunts being there, I put it on, it starts off with a piano introduction and everyone’s beaming and going ‘Well done.’

“Then the opening line is ‘If you don’t want to fuck me baby, fuck off’ and then at the end, there's a little false stop and then a good punk tradition, ‘1-2-3-4’ and it doubles the tempo, and he screams ‘fuckofffuckofffuckoff!’

“That finished, then you can hear the guitar being smashed up, the record comes off and my aunts and my mother all looked at one another and said ‘Absolutely brilliant, isn’t he clever?’ and went back to their knitting.”

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