Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Pastels - Songs for Children. Whaam! 005. 1982.

The Pastels first single from way back in 1982 has never, to the best of my knowledge, been anthologised or reissued in any way. Which is a shame as it's the perfect blueprint for the C86 scene they were so integral to, but in many ways distanced from. After a second single on Rough Trade they released three classics on Creation (before it went shit), culminating in the still massive in this house, I'm Alright With You / Baby Honey.

This release, on the Television Personalities' Whaam! label, has a typically ramshackle (as per early Pastels) a-side and a b-side which pays beautiful tribute to record producer George 'Shadow' Morton's work with The Shangri-Las and pre-dates similar work by Belle and Sebastian ('Another Sunny Day' on The Life Pursuit being the most obvious lyrical comparison).

The Pastels - Songs for Children. Whaam! 005. 1982.

2 comments:

  1. It got re-released on 'Villa 21" records in about 1984 - which was run by David from (Buba And) the Shop assistants. the Villa 21 re-release was probably in smaller numbers than the original Whaam! release.

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  2. It was also re-released in 1991 on coloured vinyl by Overground Records in an expanded form with Something Going On and Till Morning Comes added.

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