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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Debut EP that never was

More snippets from the archives which turned up following deep research by the team at Hidden Masters.  Last month we revealed the debut album-that-never-was, and now here are details of a "Triple A" on Campion Records / Eurobeat, that never got round to being released.

The EP would have comprised:
  • 1. Pillow Fight (eventually B-side to Time Goes By So Slow on Factory Records)
  • 2. Sick and Tired (this is a drastically different version to that which eventually appeared the debut album on Island Records, 'Nobody's Perfect')
  • 3. Valerie 

This typed sheet from 1978 includes thanks to some familiar names - Mike Hannett (brother of the legendary Martin, and who did Distractions fliers), Tony Trappe (the original Distractions drummer), Jon the Postman, and all at the Peveril (of the Peak, the famous and distinctive Manchester pub).

The sleeve had even been designed by Nigel Ganley, and the recording manager was Alan Wilson, who we thank for the permission to scan this item and many, many others.  More to come...


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