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Archive for October, 2013

Massive Attack

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Massive Attack – brilliant last line from Grant – How the fuck do you market this? Bristol Boys Make More Noise We say:

New Releases for Feb 2014

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

‘The Best of Heartbeat Records’

– Various Artists


24 Track CD & Digital Download. Released 10th February 2014


Heartbeat Records was set up in Bristol in 1978 by local folkie-type musician Simon Edwards and music store owner Tony Dodds to release the debut single by Bristol punk band Social Security. John Peel dubbed ‘I Don’t Want My Heart to Rule My Head’ “Charmingly rustic”, but then he would. With a free button badge coming with each copy, the record sold well and despite Dodds jumping ship after its release, the label was up and running.


With a few exceptions, Heartbeat largely moved away from punk into post-punk territory, serving up a dazzling array of clever, quirky bands – lots of sparse jagged guitars, busy drums and all the synths you could eat. But having said that, bands like Europeans, Apartment, The X-Certs, Glaxo Babies, The Letters, Stormtrooper, Art Objects and Affairs of the Heart, to name just several, were exploring very different styles giving the label a richly diverse roster that probably reached its peak with the release of Heartbeat’s 1979 compilation Avon Calling, described by John Peel (again) as “…really the standard by which the others must be judged in future. Because it really is superb there are 15 tracks on the LP, genuinely not a bad one amongst them, and a lot of really good stuff.”


And that went for Heartbeat as a whole, as you’ll hear on this comprehensive collection of the label’s finest tracks. The Best of Heartbeat Records is released by Bristol Archive Records on 10th February 2014 available on CD and digital download.



ARTIST: Various Artists

TITLE: The Best of Heartbeat Records

RELEASE DATE: 10th February 2014

LABEL: Bristol Archive Records


FORMAT:  CD and Digital Download


BARCODE: 5052571051221




1.        GLAXO BABIES                                WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE

2.        EUROPEANS                                    EUROPEANS

3.        THE LETTERS                                    NOBODY LOVES ME

4.        X – CERTS                                         BLUE MOVIES

5.        APARTMENT                                    THE CAR

6.        PRIVATE DICKS                               SHE SAID GO

7.        GLAXO BABIES                                CHRISTINE KEELER

8.        ART OBJECTS                                   SHOWING OFF TO IMPRESS THE GIRLS

9.        SOCIAL SECURITY                           STELLAS GOTTA FELLA

10.      ESSENTIAL BOP                               CHRONICLE

11.      APARTMENT                                    WINTER

12.      JOE PUBLIC                                      HOTEL ROOMS

13.      GLAXO BABIES                                ITS IRRATIONAL

14.      SNEAK PREVIEW                             SLUGWIERD

15.      DIRECTORS                                      WHAT YOU’VE GOT

16.      PRIVATE DICKS                               GREEN IS IN THE RED

17.      DOUBLE VISION                             MY DEAD MOTHER

18.      VICE SQUAD                                    NOTHING

19.      STINGRAYS                                       SOUND

20.      STORMTROOPER                           PRIDE BEFORE A FALL

21.      FEAR OF DARKNESS                      FEAR OF DARKNESS

22.      GLAXO BABIES                                SHAKE (THE FOUNDATIONS)


24.      ART OBJECTS                                   PAPERWEIGHT FLOOD

Duration:  78:10

Bandcamp digital download link =


‘Fishfood vs.The Birth of Sharon’

– Andy Fairley


9 Track Limited Edition Vinyl (Screen Printed Jacket), CD & Digital Download. Released 3rd February 2014


‘This album is like the missing link in Bristol’s musical history.  The good albums that is!! ‘                                                  GEOFF BARROW – PORTISHEAD


As the 1970s blurred into the 1980s, the sparks generated by the City’s punk bands with their ‘can do attitude’ to the music business ignited and Bristol’s music scene burst into life with a myriad of separate scenes springing up across the city, reggae, jazz, power pop, jazz funk and post punk. Many of the latter were part of what was called the Clifton set, named after Bristol’s most famous Georgian suburb where they mostly lived, played and held court.

Alongside the better known Clifton bands, The Pop Group, Art Objects, Glaxo Babies, The Startled Insects and Rip Rig And Panic was Fishfood and its singer Andy Fairley who aptly enough was recruited, based mainly on appearance, in a Clifton pub. Like many great talents Andy burned brightly, but only for a short time, the nine tracks included here being the sum of his output recorded between 1980 and 1983.

The three Fish Food tracks are the earliest originally released in 1981 on the innovative “Bristol Recorder 2” compilation. The rest of the tracks are previously unreleased and date from three years later with Andy’s second band The Birth of Sharon. The music itself is experimental and avant garde, a mixture of influences from reggae to Captain Beefheart, from krautrock to industrial, from punk to funk, genuinely cutting edge; experimental there were no boundaries to their creativity.

This is a project born out of love for an artist that few have heard of. The album was compiled and the sleeve notes written by Howard Purse, who was Andy’s band mate in both bands. The sleeve design is a painting from local artist Jimmy Galvin who played guitar alongside Andy and Howard in The Birth of Sharon. Andy and his music touched them and thirty years later they wanted to expose it to a wider audience. Mike Darby and Bristol Archive Records are here for exactly this sort of project, genuinely original and creative music from Bristol’s past that has fallen through the cracks, blissfully ignored by the London centric music industry in the eighties it has finally found it’s spiritual home with us.

The music touched others, especially musicians, The Pop Groups Mark Stewart calls Andy his generation’s Chatterton, another great Bristolian talent lost at an early age, whilst Geoff Barrow chose Andy’s music for Portishead to use as pre gig warm up soundtrack.  Andy’s music is still relevant today and now everyone can find out what the fuss is about and ponder over what might have been.

Andy Fairley’s “Fishfood vs. The Birth of Sharon” is released by Bristol Archive Records on 3rd February 2014 available on Limited Edition Vinyl with screen printed jacket, CD and digital download.

ARTIST: Andy Fairley

TITLE: Fishfood vs. The Birth of Sharon

RELEASE DATE: 3rd February 2014

LABEL: Bristol Archive Records


FORMAT:  Limited Edition Vinyl (Screen Printed Jacket), CD and Digital Download

CAT NO: ARC269V and ARC269CD

BARCODE: 5052571051313  /   5052571052020




Vinyl Tracklisting:

Side 1


  1. The Art of Wanking
  2. Volition
  3. Now
  4. Modern Dance Craze


Side 2


  1. Sex Is A Language
  2. Film Titles
  3. Dry Ice Hot
  4. Man Made It So
  5. Seventeen Eels


CD Tracklisting:


  1. The Art of Wanking
  2. Volition
  3. Now
  4. Modern Dance Craze
  5. Sex Is A Language
  6. Film Titles
  7. Dry Ice Hot
  8. Man Made It So
  9. Seventeen Eels


Bandcamp link =

Stamp The Wax Interview

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Check out an interview with Mike Darby, Head of Bristol Archive -