Today we're taking a slight detour from the producers/5 songs memes I've been developing on the blog. Instead, per request, let's explore one of the lesser-known acts that came about during the "Madchester" era of Manchester music 1988-1992, New Fast Automatic Daffodils.
While not a Madchester act per se, the New FADs benefitted exposure-wise from coming out of Manchester during this hotbed of musical activity. Bereft of baggy, yet funky and scratchy, the New FADs took The Fall, Wire, dub and indie and created their own unique thing, topped off with stream-of-consciousness "vocals" from actor Andy Spearpoint.
It's funny... Most bands it's fairly easy to describe their sound, but with the New FADs, I'm skint. So you'll just have to hear for yourself below.
The internets are fairly bereft of New FADs discussion, but here is an (inactive) fansite that has a bit more info on the band.
I saw the New FADs in 1991 in Chicago at the Metro, opening for Neds Atomic Dustbin and Urge Overkill (yes, an oddball pairing, we left after the New FADs played...), as well as at an instore performance at Chicago's Reckless Records the same afternoon. Great, great live band, very tight, and I had a chance to chat with them all at the instore - as you'd imagine, they're "nice people to do business with" and were very cool indeed.
Today's selection, split into two RAR files (www.rarsoft.com), features their collected works from 1989 thru 1991. They went on to record two more LPs after this era, but IMHO this is their best.
(you'll have to download both files to extract, it's one archive split into two files)
What's missing? The Peel Sessions EP, which I'm saving for a future entry.
(edit: Future entry posted.)
(Debut single, 1989 Playtime Records AMUSE 04T)
01 Lions (extra track on Music Is Shit 3" CD)
02 Fate Don't Fail Me Now
03 Your Dreams My Nightmares
(tracks 2 and 3 are the b-sides taken from vinyl)
(Compilation CD, 1989 Sheer Joy SHEER CD001)
MUSIC IS SHIT EP
(1989 Playtime Records AMUSE 06CD)
05 Beam Me Up
06 A Man Without Qualities
07 Music Is Shit
(1990 Playtime Records AMUSE 07CD)
08 Big (original single version)
09 Big (edit)
10 Big (baka)
FISHES EYES (single)
(1990 Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 162CD)
11 Fishes Eyes (original single recording, different from the album version)
12 Fishes Eyes (underwater) (mixed by Slow Bongo Floyd)
PIGEONHOLE (debut LP)
(1990 Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 185CD)
14 Get Better
15 Fishes Eyes
17 Working For Him
18 Part 4
20 You Were Lying When You Said You Loved Me
25 (untitled outtro)
GET BETTER (single)
(1991 Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 193CD)
26 Get Better (single version)
28 I Found Myself In Another Room
29 Get Better (Version 1)
ALL OVER MY FACE (single)
(1991 Play It Again Sam Records BIAS 199CD)
30 All Over My Face
31 All Over My Face (Split Decision mix)
32 All Over My Face (Off The Road)
33 Why The Hard Man Fail
Hope you enjoy it all!