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September 20 Will Be a Manic Monday: 2 Bangles Titles Reissued and Expanded in the UK

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Emerging in the early 1980s with a sound equal parts garage rock, power pop and 1960s folk rock a la the Byrds, the Bangles quickly took their place as one of the most successful girl groups of all time. The band consisting of Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Michael Steele made their major-label debut on the Columbia label with 1984’s All Over the Place.  While not a major success, the album made enough of a splash to attract some big fans, namely 1980s icons Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis and Prince. The Bangles were invited to open on a major tour for Huey Lewis and the News, then for Lauper; shortly thereafter, Prince offered them his song “Manic Monday” and the rest is eighties pop history. On September 20, Cherry Red’s Cherry Pop division will reissue the first two Bangles LPs in expanded editions, with All Over the Place‘s 1986 follow-up, Different Light, getting the full 2-CD treatment. Hit the jump for full details! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 24, 2010 at 18:00

Reissue Theory: “Katrina and The Waves”

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Joe’s Reissue Theory post on Brian Wilson’s Imagination sparked some thought on the much-welcomed beginning of summer, and other catalogue titles that commemorate the season. This in turn provoked a recollection of the ongoing mania over some Katrina and The Waves remasters awhile back.

Earlier this year, KaTW member/principal songwriter Kimberley Rew took to an indie label to reissue The Waves’ first four original LPs, complete with bonus cuts. The Bible of Bop (a 1981 compilation featuring The Waves as well as Rew’s other bands, The Soft Boys and The dB’s), Shock Horror! (1982), Walking on Sunshine (1983) and Katrina and The Waves 2 (1984) were all reissued in March and April to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Top 10 placement of “Walking on Sunshine.”

But here’s the confusing thing: none of those reissues featured the version that made the song a hit. See, after those four aforementioned records, the band was signed to Capitol Records. They ended up releasing Katrina and The Waves in 1985, which featured mostly remixed and overdubbed versions of tunes from that first batch of indie albums. (“Walking on Sunshine” was entirely re-recorded, adding that infectious horn hook, as well as another Rew composition, “Going Down to Liverpool,” which would soon become a hit for The Bangles.)

Surprisingly, given the reissue fever from EMI over the past few months, the label hasn’t sought to expand that best-known of KaTW LPs. But if they did, here’s how it might look, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

June 22, 2010 at 13:37

And Don’t It Feel Good (To Have an Update)

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Way back in the early days of The Second Disc, we reported on a set of remasters from Katrina and The Waves due for an April release. Only somewhat recently did we realize the release date had passed – but unlike most reissues that get announced and forgotten about, these actually came out.

Well, sort of, anyway. As of this writing, all four reissued LPs (Kimberley Rew’s The Bible of Bop, featuring tracks from The Waves, The Soft Boys and The dB’s; The Waves’ debut EP, Shock Horror! and both Katrina and The Waves and Katrina and The Waves II, which predated the band’s remixed and re-recorded 1985 LP (also called Katrina and The Waves) for Capitol, which spun off the hit version of “Walking on Sunshine”) are available on CD in the U.S. on Kyboside Records.

So far, only The Bible of Bop and Katrina and The Waves are available digitally, with the remaining two slated for digital release over the next two weeks. That same day of Shock Horror‘s digital release in the U.K. (May 23), the four will be available for physical purchase in the U.K. And if you decide to purchase them all digitally directly through the band’s Web site (where all this info is coming from), you’ll get a free copy of a new anthology disc they’re planning.

To top it all off, I’m getting conflicted reports that these sets might be limited, so act fast if you want them. Hit the jump to check the specs! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

May 10, 2010 at 11:18

And Don’t It Feel Good

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Some news is coming through the pipeline that a good chunk of the Katrina and The Waves discography is being reissued in honor of the 25th anniversary of “Walking on Sunshine,” their biggest U.S. hit and one of those inescapable summer anthems. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding these reissues (more on that in a minute), but these look pretty interesting, especially because of the material that’s being released themselves.

You see, before the smash success of Katrina and the Waves, the band’s 1985 LP for Capitol, many of their best known songs – “Walking on Sunshine,” “Do You Want Crying” and “Going Down to Liverpool” (later covered by The Bangles) – were already recorded on their indie albums. They lack the spit and polish that made the Capitol versions such big sellers, but that’s what makes them interesting. These original versions are raw and poppy, which will make them a fine addition to anyone’s collection.

Now here’s where things get interesting. I’ve seen release dates (per MusicTAP) for three titles: Shock Horror, The Waves’ 1983 debut (of which almost no info can be easily found on the Internet) will hit stores on March 29, Katrina and The Waves (1983) will come out on April 12 and Katrina and The Waves II (1984) will come out April 29.

There are two issues with that info. One, I’m not sure any of those release dates are right. March 29 and April 12 may be – they’re both Mondays and could be referring to U.K. release dates, so one could assume March 30 and April 13 releases here. But April 29 is a Thursday this year. I somehow doubt a reissue is coming out on such a day of the week. And furthermore, most Waves discographies list their 1983 LP as Walking on Sunshine, not Katrina and The Waves (that would be the name of their first LP for Capitol, whom I’m now pretty sure has nothing to do with these reissues).

Finally, in researching these titles, I happened upon this article, which indicates that Kimberley Rew (co-founder of the band and primary songwriter for the group) is masterminding these reissues, which will also include The Bible of Bop, Rew’s 1982 solo album featuring the first recordings of The Waves.

Until this mess is sorted out, I can at least give you the track lists for the three Waves LPs that are to be reissued. View them after the jump and keep your eyes peeled because there’s got to be more to this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 19, 2010 at 10:41