The Sisterhood – ‘Giving Ground’ UK 7” single (Merciful Release, SIS 010, 1986)

December 14th, 2020

The Sisters of Mercy, but not… ‘Giving Ground’ on 7″ single was the opening shot of action by Andrew Eldritch to lay stake on the name of The Sisterhood, to stymie the efforts by former bandmates Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams to claim it as a continuation of the Sisters’ legacy. ‘Gift’ would fire off a later full salvo. The story is not without some point of intrigue many years on, may I direct your gaze towards the Sisters of Mercy site, the SistersWiki entry on the single, entry on the Sisterhood itself, and a wide ranging discussion on the Heartland Forum.

The Sisterhood - ‘Giving Ground’ UK 7” single front cover

^ The Sisterhood – ‘Giving Ground’ UK 7” single front cover

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David Bowie – ‘It’s No Game’ (Part 1) Japanese 7″ (RCA, RPS-10, 1980)

December 8th, 2020

With a variety of ‘40th anniversary’ releases that have been released this year (some may say plague…), it’s been something of a surprise that David Bowie’s celebrated 1980 tour de force ‘Scary Monsters… and Super Creeps’ has not been amongst them. No album re-issue, no 7” picture discs for any of the singles (a series that seems to have abruptly halted) – not that there haven’t been other Bowie re-issues, mind, including those ridiculous random colour vinyl lottery releases…) – quite the opposite.

David Bowie - 'It's No Game (Part One) Japanese 7" front insert design

^ David Bowie – ‘It’s No Game’ (Part One) Japanese 7″ front insert design

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Button badge goodness: Ultravox [Part 1]

November 28th, 2020

A selection of Ultravox badges from 1981’s ‘Rage In Eden’ tour merchandise and general era. I wasn’t able to make any of the live dates at the time, the tour badges would come along later – my first one of this era was the Smash Hits giveaway one, if I recall. I had a few from 1980 though, they will be published in the next part of this ongoing series…

Ultravox 1981 Rage In Eden tour badges

^ Ultravox 1981 Rage In Eden tour badges

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Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette and CD version craziness

November 21st, 2020

A fine example of the mid-‘80s trend to load up the cassette version – and increasingly the CD too, with its rise to format dominance – of albums with extra tracks and/or extended mixes. Win’s wonderful high-tech pop debut, ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’, got the treatment good and proper.

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' cassette box front

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette box front

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Button badge goodness: Assorted record company logo pins

November 14th, 2020

For no reason other than on my travels over the years I have come across these and I do love a nice little enamel lapel pin, here are a few record company logo badges. The most unusual is probably the Genetic Records badge – Martin Rushent’s label back in the day. The Capitol and Parlophone ones came via an early Record Store Day goodie bag courtesy of London’s fine Sister Ray records on Berwick Street.

Various record company logo badges

^ Various record company logo badges

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