Wombleton Records in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. These aren't quite as impressive as the first three I wrote about early last week, but when you put them all together, I can't help but feel like it was probably my best haul since I hit the shops of Edinburgh and Glasgow in February 2012. Here's a quick summary:
One of my favorites in the collection is 'Boxed' from Hurrah! The album collects the first five singles from the first-ever band signed to Kitchenware. So, I already knew "Hip-hip" well, but I couldn't resist the 7" because of the famous question posed on the center label. "Hip-hip" was the first indie hit for the band, peaking at No. 21 in September 1983.
Hurrah! - Hip-hip
If you're a regular reader, then you know I was very late to the Wedding Present. I didn't buy my first album featuring Gedge until just a couple of years ago, but I have been making up for lost time. This time around I got the band's second single and first for Reception Records. In the past year, most of the Wedding Present's albums have been reissued. That's been great for me because all of you loyal fans have been trading in your old copies for these deluxe editions, and I have been right there to snatch up your used copies for next to nothing. So, in this case, my gaff has really paid off. Thanks! OK, back to this 7". "Once More" made it to No. 4 on the UK Independent Singles Chart in February 1986. I have listened to enough Wedding Present now to form an opinion on the entire discography, and I think 'George Best' and the songs just before and just after that brilliant album are my favorites. I like it loud and rapid fire. You can find "Once More" on the 'Tommy' compilation.
The Wedding Present - Once More
I don't place these last two singles quite as high as the others, but it was nice to see them in the stacks. If you already have the Sire-issued 'Hang-Ten!' compilation featuring those very early "Hang-Ten!," "Whole Wide World" and "Head Gone Astray" singles, then digging up the double-A "Hang-Ten!"/"Slow Things Down" single isn't going to impress you too much. Like all of those early singles, with the exception of "Whole Wide World" on the Subway Organization, this 7" is from the Raw TV label. Hey, at least it's on red vinyl. "Hang-Ten!" just missed the top spot, stalling at No. 2 on the indie chart in October 1986. The song is pretty great... before the guitars took over.
The Soup Dragons - Hang-Ten!
Of the six singles from Mighty Mighty, I would rank "Maisonette" sixth. Still, I like them all, and I was first in line when Cherry Red released the band's 2013 double-disc compilation 'Pop Can: The Definitive Collection 1986-88.' All six of Mighty Mighty's singles did well on the indie chart. The keyboard-heavy "Maisonette" was the last one, making it all the way to No. 8 in January 1988. Compilations have their place, but nothing beats a vinyl single, and I didn't have this one.
So concludes my haul from Wombleton Records. I wish I had a shop like this in my neck of the woods. Chances are it will be another year before I return.
Mighty Mighty - Maisonette
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