Bristol Archive Records Blog

RIP Popsy Curious

November 18th, 2015

Popy Curious passed away this morning.
Popsy was the most helpful, wonderful man. He was a constant source of energy, believing that our mission to uncover lost gems and recognise the talent within the people was a beautiful thing. Popsy never talked about himself or his talent (which was huge) but always enquired about how everyone else was doing (his friends in his words). Occasionally I’d moan about the behaviour of the odd person or band – Popsy would encourage me to remain strong and rise above.
I’ll miss Popsy, Bristol will miss Popsy, His family will miss him, St.Pauls will miss him. He’ll always be there in our hearts and on our record sleeves. We’d already agreed and planned three releases with his pictures on. The Bristol Roots Explosion will be the first, released in the spring of 2016 (Popsy on his bike outside the Bamboo Club)
Popsy we salute you, I salute you. RIP my dear friend. Thanks for all your help.
Mike Darby on behalf of the Bristol Archive Team


November 18th, 2015

SWEAT – just heard a brilliant track called ‘Crufter’ another Bristol killa tune found in the vaults. Pic (c) John Nation

Record Store Day 2016

November 18th, 2015

Statement from Sugar Shack Records.
As the parent company in the group that incorporates Reggae Archive Records and Bristol Archive Records we will not be participating in Record Store Day 2016. We have made a decision that the corporate intensity demonstrated by the major labels to essentially high jack which was once a good idea, has destroyed our enthusiasm. As such we won’t expose ourselves to the risk of letting our fans down by not being able to guarantee that a record will be manufactured in time for the event. We will do our best to continue to release amazing records in 2016 (some will be scheduled very soon) but nothing will appear as part of Record Store Day 2016.
Mike Darby

Glaxo Babies – Bristol show

November 15th, 2015


Fresh 4 Party

October 30th, 2015

DJ Mike on the mic @ The Fresh 4 party. Well not really! Making the official thankyou speech actually. DJ Krust (Fresh 4) and Ray (Smith & Mighty) in the background.

FRESH 4 ‘The Lost Tapes’

October 24th, 2015

FRESH 4 LP’s can be purchased from:
Plastic Wax, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Rise Records, Clifton, Bristol
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Apache Dropout

October 19th, 2015

Bristol Archive agree a digital release for this lost album from the rather wonderful Apache Dropout – 27th November 2015 to be exactApache-Dropout-Masters

Fresh 4 – Blue Vinyl

October 14th, 2015

Here we have it – the Limited Edition (100 copies only) FRESH 4 Blue Vinyl package. Screen printed numbered sleeve, Blue Vinyl, Replica cd, Poster and Insert – exclusive to our website – visit – official release date is Oct 23rd LP and Digital download – ‘The sounds of 0272′

Glaxo Babies reform

October 12th, 2015

Un-Peeled 2015: Glaxo Babies, Sauna Youth & many more

Sunday, 25 October 2015 – 1:30pm

Un-Peeled, Preston’s tribute to the late great DJ John Peel returns in 2015 with a terrific line-up packed full of Peel session vets and great new bands.

Glaxo Babies

Un-Peeled is honoured to host the first show in over 25 years from Bristol punk and post-punk pioneers, Glaxo Babies, a much loved and re-issued group, with their work variously repackaged by labels in the UK, Japan and America in the years since they split.

Glaxobabies Baby pic

They formed in 1977, just about making it into the first wave of punk bands, but didn’t get to release their first record until Feb 1979, with bassist Dan Catisis also playing in The Pop Group. The ‘This is Your Life’ EP, which secured them the first of two Peel sessions. One track from this session, ’It’s Irrational’, was later used to open up the seminal ‘Avon Calling’ compilation album of Bristol area bands, swiftly followed by the terrific ‘Christine Keeler’ single which ensured that they would be remembered fondly by post-punk fans across the world.

Glaxobabies and Simon Edwards 2

Following the addition of sax player Tony Wrafter, the band took a left-turn “into a more experimental area, leaning towards a free-form fusion of jazz and dance rhythms”, which resulted in them recording the ‘Nine Months to the Disco’ album in one day. By the time this was released in March 1980 the band had split up. A further single and album of early demos were released on Dick O’Dell’s ‘Y’ label, (which also put out records by Pigbag, Slits and The Pop Group) and most of the band went on to found another legendary group, Maximum Joy.

The Glaxo Babies reconvened for a spell between 1985 and 1990 with original singer Rob Chapman, a period which was documented on the 2007 compilation ‘The Porlock Factor’. Both the original 1980 albums have recently been reissued by boutique US label Superior Viaduct.

The Glaxo Babies line-up for this show features original members Dan Catsis (guitar/keys), Geoff Alsopp (drums) and Tony Wrafter (sax/keys/guitar) plus Steve Street (bass) and Tony’s son, Oscar Wrafter on vocals and they will be concentrating on their late 70s material.

The Untouchables

October 5th, 2015

Great gig at The South Bank for our annual Bristol Boys Make More Noise! event
(c) Rosie Tomlinson