In 1984, before Eddy Piller started Acid Jazz Records, he release a number of 'mod revival' bands on an independent record label especially created for the purpose, that upstart label was the now infamous, Well Suspect Records ...... and Well Suspect Records is being re-launched in 2016 with Richard Searle (Corduroy) behind the wheel and he has apparently, lots of good things planned.
Soon to come is a limited edition Record Store Day seven inch featuring a previously un-released Corduroy track; more on that nearer the time.
First up, by way of re-establishing the labels historic catalogue, is The Beat Generation And The Angry Young Men Deluxe Edition. Back in 84', this was the first retrospective to acknowledge the impact of the Mod Revival and its knock-on effect in collecting circles; many of the featured tracks were already demanding high pocket money prices (Directions, Small Hours, Long Tall Shorty) and these days far more. This reissued digital deluxe edition revisits and freshens the original; losing two tunes but gaining five extra tasty maximum R&B numbers (from the Italian group, The Mads) recorded between 1979 and 82. Best played loud, this compilation has influenced much of the indi-rock and brit-pop elite of the current generation of 'angry young men'....and women.
1. The Mads - The Mods Are Back in Town
2. Directions - It May Be Too Late
3. Long Tall Shorty - That's What I Want
4. Small Hours - Underground
5. Les Eslite- Career Girl
6. The Mads - Psycho R'n'r Art
7. Purple Hearts - I'll Make You Mine
8. Long Tall Shorty -I Do
9. Directions - Weekend Dancers
10. The Mads -This Is What I Get
11. Les Eslite - Frustration
12. Small Hours – The Kids
13. Purple Hearts - Hazy Darkness
14. The Mads - Mrs Kate
15. Long Tall Shorty -All by Myself
16. Les Eslite - Get a Job
17. Purple Hearts - Concrete Mixer
18. The Mads - Velvet Gloss
Release date 18th March. Get it here. CD 13th.