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A Better Life - Complete Creations 1983-1991 - 6CD Clamshell Box Set

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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
6
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
27-05-2022
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Barcode:
5013929112599
Packaging:
Clamshell
Catalog Number:
CRCDBOX125
A Better Life - Complete Creations 1983-1991 - 6CD Clamshell Box Set
A Better Life - Complete Creations 1983-1991 - 6CD Clamshell Box Set

Description

  • A deluxe six-CD box, boasting the entire recorded output of Biff Bang Pow! with the bonus of everything issued by The Laughing Apple.
  • Curated with the full support of Alan McGee and other band members, the clamshell set also adds a raft of previously unissued demos and live material.
  • Plus tracks from an abandoned album, ‘Sixteen Velvet Fridays’ and a handful of previously undocumented songs.
  • And a Laughing Apple CD also adds some hitherto unheard demos by Alan with the band Newspeak (pre-Laughing Apple).
  • With sleevenotes including quotes from those involved, this is the ultimate tribute to one of the unsung talents of the C86 generation of indie bands.

Biff Bang Pow! were formed by Alan McGee around the same time he founded Creation Records in 1983. Having evolved out of post-punk band The Laughing Apple, which he’d started in 1980 with friend Andrew Innes, Biff Bang Pow! made seven albums and a handful of singles – many of which were indie hits – before they finally dissolved in 1992.

To many fans of Creation Records, Biff Bang Pow! were the label’s best-kept secret, fusing ‘60s psychedelia and power pop with beautiful, haunting melodies. Their early sound seemed to reinvent The Jam circa 1980, with a pop art approach reminiscent of the ‘60s band from whom their took their name, The Creation (who recorded the song ‘Biff Bang Pow!’).

Albums two and three, ‘The Girl Who Runs The Beat Hotel’ and ‘Oblivion’, captured Biff Bang Pow! at their peak, from the former’s tranquil, ‘60s pop tunes (often with Christine Wanless singing) to the latter’s power pop swagger. Later records adopted an increasingly acoustic bent, essentially solo outlets for McGee, after his discovery of ecstasy, when he was listening to Neil Young and Nick Drake.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. THERE MUST BE A BETTER LIFE
  3. LOST YOUR DREAMS
  4. LOVE AND HATE
  5. THE CHOCOLATE ELEPHANT MAN
  6. WATERBOMB!
  7. COLIN DOBBINS
  8. WOULDN'T YOU?
  9. A DAY OUT WITH JEREMY CHESTER
  10. FIFTY YEARS OF FUN
  11. THEN WHEN I SCREAM
  12. CHOCOLATE ELEPHANT MAN (Alternative Mix - Extra Intro)
  13. IN THE AFTERNOON (Early Version) (by Revolving Paint Dream)
  14. THEN WHEN I SCREAM (Different Longer Version) ***
  15. LOST YOUR DREAMS (Demo)
  16. I'M OKAY ME (Demo)
  17. SOMEONE STOLE MY WHEELS
  18. LOVE'S GOING OUT OF FASHION
  19. SHE NEVER UNDERSTOOD
  20. HE DON'T NEED THAT GIRL
  21. SHE SHIVERS INSIDE
  22. THE BEAT HOTEL
  23. THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
  24. IF I DIE
  25. FIVE MINUTES IN THE LIFE OF GREENWOOD GOULDING
  26. THE WHOLE WORLD IS TURNING BROUCHARD!
  27. IT MAKES YOU SCARED
  28. SUNNY DAYS
  29. HE DONT NEED THAT GIRL (Early Version) ***
  30. BACK TO THE START
  31. I NEED OPTIMISM ***
  32. SHES GONE AWAY ***
  33. INSIDE THE MUSHROOM
  34. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME (Alan Vocal)
  35. IN THE AFTERNOON
  36. THE DEATH OF ENGLAND
  37. THE BEAT HOTEL (Alan Vocal Different Mix) ***
  38. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME (Demo Christine Vocal) ***
  39. SHE WENT AWAY TO THE LOVE (Demo) ***
  40. THE BEAT HOTEL (Demo Christine Vocal) ***
  41. UNNAMED BACKWARDS INSTRUMENTAL ***
  42. IN A MOURNING TOWN
  43. THERE YOU GO AGAIN
  44. 7 SECONDS
  45. A GIRL CALLED DESTRUCTION
  46. SHE'S GOT DIAMONDS IN HER HAIR
  47. THE ONLY COLOUR IN THIS WORLD IS LOVE
  48. BABY SISTER
  49. THEN WHEN I SCREAM
  50. I SEE THE SUN
  51. I'M STILL WAITING FOR MY TIME
  52. SHE'S GOT DIAMONDS IN HER HAIR (Demo Version)
  53. SHE NEVER UNDERSTOOD (Alternate Version)
  54. FIFTY YEARS OF FUN (Almost Live Version)
  55. THE CHOCOLATE ELEPHANT MAN ***
  56. IN A MOURNING TOWN ***
  57. SHE'S GOT DIAMONDS IN HER HAIR ***
  58. 7 SECONDS ***
  59. LOVE'S GOING OUT OF FASHION ***
  60. LOVE AND HATE ***
  61. THERE MUST BE A BETTER LIFE ***
  62. FIFTY YEARS OF FUN ***
  63. A GIRL CALLED DESTRUCTION ***
  64. COLIN DOBBINS ***
  65. WATERBOMB! ***
  66. SHE NEVER UNDERSTOOD ***
  67. THE WHOLE WORLD IS TURNING BROUCHARD! ***
  68. MISS CALIFORNIA TOOTHPASTE 1972
  69. SHE HAUNTS
  70. SEARCHING FOR THE PAVEMENT
  71. SHE PAINTS
  72. CLOSE
  73. ICE CREAM MACHINE
  74. ELECTRIC SUGAR CHILD
  75. DARK IN MIND
  76. STARTRIPPER
  77. SHE WENT AWAY TO THE LOVE
  78. THE BEAT HOTEL (12 Version - Christine Vocal)
  79. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME (12 Version - Christine Vocal)
  80. SHE KILLS ME
  81. THE GIRL FROM WELL LANE
  82. BABY, YOU JUST DON'T CARE
  83. IF YOU DON'T LOVE ME NOW YOU NEVER EVER WILL
  84. SOMEONE TO SHARE MY LIFE WITH
  85. RELIGIOUS
  86. HUG ME HONEY
  87. VICTORIA APPLETREE LOVES CHRISTOPHER JONES (alias She Haunts Take 1) ***
  88. MY FIRST FRIEND
  89. MISS YOU
  90. I'M BURNED
  91. SONG FOR A NAIL
  92. SHE SAVED ME
  93. YOU JUST CAN'T BUY SATISFACTION
  94. SAD EYES IN VELVET
  95. GUILT RIDDEN
  96. LOVERS
  97. BABY YOU JUST MAKE ME STRONG
  98. SLEEP
  99. LONG LIVE NEIL YOUNG AND ALL WHO SAIL IN HIM
  100. IN BED WITH PAUL WELLER
  101. EVERYBODY WANTS TO DIVORCE HER
  102. JEAN MICHEL POW
  103. I HOPE YOU BURN ***
  104. YOU JUST CAN'T BUY SATISFACTION (Demo) ***
  105. SOMETIMES I WISH - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  106. CHIPS FOR TEA - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  107. UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  108. I'M OKAY - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  109. PARTICIPATE! - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  110. WOULDN'T YOU? - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  111. PRECIOUS FEELING - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  112. CELEBRATION - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  113. GOODBYE TO YOU - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  114. INSTINCT *** - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  115. MY JUDGEMENT DAY *** - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  116. WHERE I TAKE MY PLEASURE *** - THE LAUGHING APPLE
  117. WEEKEND WORLD *** - NEWSPEAK
  118. WOULDN'T YOU? *** - NEWSPEAK
  119. SHES BOXED IN *** - NEWSPEAK
  120. 50 YEARS OF FUN *** - ALAN MCGEE AND JOWE HEAD
  121. I STILL LOOK FOR HER (alias Then When I Scream) *** - ALAN MCGEE AND JOWE HEAD
  122. ALL I WANT *** - ALAN MCGEE AND JOWE HEAD
  123. YOU STILL LOST YOUR DREAM (alias Lost Your Dreams) *** - ALAN MCGEE AND JOWE HEAD
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