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In the mid-80s a swathe of younger bands influenced by post-punk, moved away from that scene’s darker elements. They preferred jangling guitars and apolitical melodic power pop songs but happily stuck with the amateur aesthetics of flexis, fanzines, DIY gigs and independent releases.

Unusually, many women got involved in all aspects of the scene and the word "twee" was often applied to the bands. Key labels were: Sarah, Subway and Creation, and the most popular bands included: Jesus & Mary Chain, Soup Dragons and Shop Assistants.

There’s more than 100 items in our catalogue at the moment, including Walk Away by Surf Drums, (see above)

John Esplen, Dec. 2019

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Condition

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cond.EX/EX

A RIOT OF COLOUR: Skink

1986 GIVE 1 flexi disc

£10.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

ASPIDISTRA: Grip

1991 Fluff honey one

£3.00

formattwelve

cond.M-/VG+

BACHELOR PAD: Do It For Fun

1988 Warholasound ‎WST Four Mins

£5.00

formatseven

cond.EX/EX

BACHELOR PAD: Frying Tonight

1988 EGG 003

£3.00

formattwelve

cond.VG+/EX+

BACHELOR PAD: Meet The Lovely Jenny Brown

1991 Egg Records EGG 007

£7.50

formatLP

cond.EX+/M

BACHELOR PAD: Tales Of Hofmann

1990 Imaginary Records ‎ILLUSION 009

£10.00

formattwelve

cond.VG+/EX

BACHELOR PAD: The Albums Of Jack

1987 Warholasound WST THREE MINS

£7.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

BACHELOR PAD/HONEYBUNCH/ SMALL FACTORY: Milky Way No.1

1991 Milky Way flexi

£6.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/M

BENNY PROFANE: Devil Laughing

1987 Ediesta

£1.50

formattwelve

cond.M/M

BENNY PROFANE: Devil Laughing

1987 Ediesta 4-track

£3.00

formatLP

cond.VG+/M-

BENNY PROFANE: Dumb Luck Charm

1990 Imaginary Illusion 007

£3.00

formattwelve

cond.EX+/M-

BODINES: Therese

Creation CRE 028T

£6.50

formatseven

cond.EX/VG+

BODINES: Therese

1986 Creation Records CRE 028

£7.00

formattwelve

cond.M/M

BOUNCE THE MOUSE: Will You Ever Say?

Mousetrap Records BTM1

£9.00

formatLP

cond.EX+/EX+

BRILLIANT CORNERS: Everything I ever Wanted

1988 McQueen Records ‎MCQLP 3 with inner bag

£9.00

formatLP

cond.M/M

BRILLIANT CORNERS: Joy Ride

1989 McQueen MCQLP4.

£15.00

formatLP

cond.M

BRILLIANT CORNERS: Joy Ride

1989 McQueen Records ‎MCQLP4 test pressing

£15.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

BULLDOZER CRASH: Sarah Said

Sunday Records 002

£7.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

BULLDOZER CRASH: What Happens Now?

Sunday Records 007

£6.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

CHARLOTTES: Are You Happy Now?

1988 Molesworth Records ‎HUNTS 05

£13.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

CHESTERFIELDS: Ask Johnny Dee

1987 Subway with insert

£8.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

CHOO CHOO TRAIN / EYE PILGRIMS: Woosh No. 4 Fanzine With Flexi

Legendary fanzine and unplayed flexi

£12.00

formatseven

cond.M

CHOO TRAIN & EYE PILGRIMS: Woosh No. 4 Fanzine With Flexi

Superb A5 fanzine with flexi featuring both bands

£10.00

formatseven

cond.EX

CHRYSANTHEMUMS: Egg Plant

Stevie Moore introduces extracts from their 'Is That A Fish' LP promo flexi

£2.50

formatseven

cond.EX/M

CLOSE LOBSTERS: Loopholes

1988 Fire BLAZE 25 in gatefold PC

£5.00

formatseven

cond.VG+/VG

DAISY CHAIN CONNECTION: Bingo And Bossa Nova

1990 HE/RS 001

£75.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Burst

BLONDB1 box set. Complete with badges and poster

£5.00

formatseven

cond.VG+/VG

DARLING BUDS: Burst

1988 Spanish Epic ‎EPC 653024 7 one-sided promo

£3.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Hit The Ground

BLOND Q2 in cloth cover

£3.00

formatCDs

cond.M/EX

DARLING BUDS: Hit The Ground

1989 Epic BLOND C2

£3.50

formattwelve

cond.EX/M

DARLING BUDS: It's All Up To You

Native 12NTV33

£2.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Let's Go Round There

Limited edition 3-track in gatefold pc

£2.00

formattwelve

cond.S/S

DARLING BUDS: Let's Go Round There

Etched disc BLOND Q3, sealed!

£4.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: You've Got To Choose

1989 Epic ‎BLOND G4 box set, complete, unplayed!

£5.00

formatseven

cond.EX/EX

DELMONTES (PASTELS): Don't Cry Your Tears

Rational RATE 3

£3.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

ESMERELDA'S KITE / WILLIAMS: Roundabout / I Know I'm Nothing Special To You

1988 SUNSHINE 001 flexi

£12.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

FIZZBOMBS / JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES: Wild Rumpus

1987 Noakes shep 001 flexi

£10.00

formatseven

cond.M/M-

FLATMATES: I Could Be In Heaven

1986 Subway Organization ‎SUBWAY 6 with insert

£30.00

formattwelve

cond.M/M

FLATMATES: Shimmer

1988 Subway with limited flatsharing guide

£10.00

formatCD

cond.M/M

FOURTEEN ICED BEARS: Let The Breeze Open Your Hearts

1998 Overground Records OVER 78CD

£12.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/M

HONEST JOHNS: Grandfather Of Gold

1986 Minehead Records

£5.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

HONEST JOHNS: Grandfather Of Gold

1986 Minehead Records

£6.00

formattwelve

cond.M/M

JACK RUBIES: Lobster

1987 Idea IDEAT009

£5.00

formatPOS

cond.EX

JACK RUBIES: Lobster Poster

30 x 40cm promo poster, folded once.

£4.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/M

JASMINE MINKS: Cold Heart

1986 Creation

£4.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/EX

JUNE BRIDES: No Place Called Home

1985 In Tape ‎ITTI 024

£7.00

formatLP

cond.EX/EX

JUNE BRIDES: There Are Eight Million Stories...

1985 The Pink Label ‎PINKY 5

£7.50

formattwelve

cond.M-/EX+

JUNE BRIDES: This Town

1986 In Tape ‎ITTI 030

£6.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

JUNE BRIDES: This Town E.P.

1986 In Tape ‎IT 030

£6.00

formatLP

cond.M/EX+

KOROVA MILK BAR: Talkings Boring

1989 Subway SUBORG 13

£10.00

formatseven

cond.EX/M

LAUGH: Paul McCartney

Remorse test pressing in proof sleeve

£10.00

formatLP

cond.M-/M-

LOFT: 1982-1985 Once Round The Fair

1989 Creation Records ‎CRELP 047

£22.50

formatseven

cond.EX

LOFT: Why Does The Rain

1984 Creation Records ‎009. Comes with a PHOTOCOPY of the original cover, but only record is graded.

£7.50

formattwelve

cond.VG+/VG+

MACKENZIES: A Sensual Assault

1987 Ron Johnson Records ‎ZRON15

£5.00

formatseven

cond.M/VG

MACKENZIES: New Breed

1986 Ron Johnson Records ‎ZRON 9

£3.50

formatLP

cond.M/M

MAN FROM DELMONTE: Big Noise

Bop BIP 503V

£18.00

formatCD

cond.M/M

MIGHTY LEMON DROPS: All The Way

Overground Records - live 6/4/90 and 1986 demos

£10.00

formatseven

cond.M

MIGHTY LEMON DROPS: Fall Down

1989 official fan club single, 250 only, sent to members who renewd their subscriptions. Unplayed!

£4.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/EX

MIGHTY LEMON DROPS: Fall Down (Live EP)

LAZURX 9

£1.00

formatseven

cond.M-/EX

MIGHTY LEMON DROPS: Fall Down Like The Rain

1988 German Chrysalis ‎109 959

£2.00