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New Licencing Deals for 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Radiation Records based in Italy have licenced four of our releases for re-release via their label in 2022 on Vinyl.>

1. The Cortinas – ‘Defiant Pose’ (Singles and Demos 1977/78)
Bristol punk quintet the Cortinas began as an R&B covers band, but soon sped up their repertoire when punk arrived, making them local pioneers. A slot supporting the Stranglers at the Roxy brought them onto Miles Copeland and Mark Perry’s Step Forward label and they later signed to CBS before imploding, guitarist Nick Sheppard then joining the Clash and drummer Daniel Swann San Francisco’s the Sneeches. This ace compilation gathers the best of their early work, including the immortal debut ‘Fascist Dictator’/‘Defiant Pose,’ as well as ‘TV Personalities,’ both in the studio and live. Another crucial piece of the Bristol puzzle!
Pre-Order link = (Released 11th February 2022)>
The Cortinas band pic

2. The Fans – ‘We Don’t Live Here Any More’ – previously licenced out to the Japanese label 1977
Enigmatic power-pop quartet the Fans formed in l978, spurred into action by the Bristol area’s vibrant new wave scene. Singer / guitarist George Smith previously fronted the Dragons (with future Tom Robinson collaborator Jo Burt) and guitarist Rob Williams was in Uncle Po (with future Dexy’s violinist Helen Bevington); they split after two singles for Fried Egg, but regrouped in 2OlO following a Japanese hit cover of their dejected You Don’t Live Here Anymore. This dynamite collection joins the Fried Egg work with rare demos and live recordings, the definitive picture of one of Avon’s most impressive new wave guitar bands.
Pre-Order link = (Released 4th February 2022)>
fans 4 (2)

3. The Numbers – ‘Alternative Suicide’ – previously a digital only release
Bristol new wave quartet the Numbers formed in 1977 with vocalist / rhythm guitarist Nick McAuley, bassist Wayne Kingston, drummer Lee Gardener and future Massive Attack guitarist Angelo Bruschini. Heavily influenced by Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, early recordings surfaced on compilations issued by the local Heartbeat label in 1979, namely the power- punk-pop ‘Alternative Suicide’ on 4 Alternatives and the funked-up ‘Cross Slide’ on Avon Calling. This excellent compilation pairs those songs with unreleased demos, giving us the complete picture of a band far ahead of their time, with Bruschini already on dazzling form.
Pre-Order link = (Released Jan 28th)>
The Numbers

If you want coloured vinyl then visit Radiation Records web site =>

The Rhythmites album ‘Integration’ will follow in the spring – release date to be set>

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