As you may know, Michael couldn’t make it to England for the original launch of Popkiss at Rough Trade… but now, a year-and-a-half later, there’s finally going to be a proper launch party, this time with bands playing and – hurrah! – Michael himself in attendance. You can buy tickets and find out more details here, but the gist is:
THE BETTER-LATE-THAN-NEVER POPKISS LAUNCH PARTY (PART TWO)
Rob Sekula (14 Iced Bears) + Paul Stewart (Blueboy) + Harvey Williams
and a Q&A with Michael White, hosted by Alexis Petridis
Sunday 11th June, 2017 5:30pm
96-98 Pentonville Road
Note the early start! But that also means it should be finished by around nine-ish, if you’re worried about Sunday trains. And there’ll be copies of the book for sale, guest DJs, all that sort of thing…
The Indie Charts from Melody Maker, 9th July 1988, with four new entries for Sarahs 7, 8, 9 and 10. I’ve no idea who most of the other people are. Though The Field Mice did once play with Fields of the Nephilim in Brittany. It was a sort of Field theme night. Note also Number 14. People used to make political records in those days…
I know nothing about Mr Bojangles in Nottingham, though I’m guessing from this flyer that it was on Lower Parliament Street. As you may detect, this is actually a double-sided flyer – indiepop was nothing if not thrifty – and the other side is for a Bob gig at the Dial in Derby. I know nothing about that either, though I have been to the Dial, with The Field Mice. They made us curry. (The Dial did, not The Field Mice – that would be weird.)
An advert for a concert at the New Morning in Paris – our first Sarah Night in France. It’s actually the back page of Les Cahiers du Cinema, not because that was our target audience, but because the promoter had always wanted to take out an ad in Les Cahiers du Cinema – he wasn’t really an indie kid (though I do have a lovely memory of him playing air guitar to Caveman during The Orchids’ soundcheck). It obviously worked, as 700 people turned up (or maybe that was the pieces in Libération and Les Inrockuptibles…) to witness Chris from The Orchids surprising everyone, possibly including himself, by playing drums on Sensitive.
Click here for Bob Stanley’s review in Melody Maker.
Well, it only took them 25 years… ahem. Not sure who reads the NME in 2015, or who writes for it, or why either of them do those things, but this still made us smile. In case you’re wondering, 4AD are Number One and XL Number Three. Creation, Rough Trade and Factory are all further down. Postcard and Crass don’t feature anywhere, which seems a bit remiss; I always saw us as a cross between the two. (Obviously this is a screen grab from their website, but I assume it’s in the tree-killing version too.)
A poster to advertise the release of SARAHs 7, 8, 9 and 10 in the summer of 1988. Not quite sure what we’ve had done with this, to be honest, beyond sticking it on the wall in Revolver Records in Bristol…