That first single got pressed up and everything, then the band (presumably mr Issues, as above) stopped it.
Just as well the next one sold so well, considering.
The label boss has/had tried to sell off those 'on the quiet' to make his money back but the band, again, stopped it. Cue a lot of disgruntled mail-order customers (and cue "On Tape" by the Pooh Sticks, and now the weather)
― Mark G, Saturday, 18 February 2012 12:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
I did actually buy a copy of the "unreleased" single from Martin Whitehead but it was around 2000 or so, not in 1987.
― The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 18 February 2012 12:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, by then it was probably 'all right' to.
― Mark G, Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
I used to know Martin, He said one single didn't get sent out. And that one disgruntled punter wrote to the NME. Which published the letter, and he got labelled indie's greatest chancer. Was still aggrieved about it years later. However, he did finally make his money back (and some) when the Soup Dragons finally managed to headline the Brixton Academy. He took his remaining boxes of Sun Is in the Sky and went up and down the queue selling them as the ultimate rarity at a fiver a pop.
― Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
martin always seemed like a good dude
― the majestic ned? (electricsound), Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
... a rarity among indie 'entrepreneurs' of that era, generally the most unscrupulous arseholes on the planet
― Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
How great was the original drummer.
― MaresNest, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:53 (11 months ago) Permalink
I saw the post about BMX Bandits supposedly having a song about Sean being a diva. This is complete and utter nonsense. I can't even imagine how any of our songs could even be imagined to be about that. Sean is a dear friend. If it wasn't for Sean's initial input and support to me personally there never would have been BMX Bandits plus he co-wrote some of our early songs. More recently Sean played with us at our 25th anniversary show, he features in the BMX Bandits documentary 'Serious Drugs' and he co-wrote and produced a track on our latest album BMX Bandits in Space.
Sean is not a diva and I am very glad and feel lucky that I started my adventures in music with Sean and Norman Blake back in the 1980s.
― Duglas BMX, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:29 (3 months ago) Permalink
this is unexpected
― pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:38 (3 months ago) Permalink
hey Duglas, every time i'm passing through Milngavie i always look out for this roadsign
― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:46 (3 months ago) Permalink
― pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:47 (3 months ago) Permalink
I wanna know whats replaced the maternity hospital in Bellshill. Marcello if you're reading this, do you know?
― pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:48 (3 months ago) Permalink
The BMX Bandits song in question is Star Wars, specifically the final verse. I guess it's a mis-interpretation, so sorry for that, although I don't think I'm the only one who took it that way.
― everything, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 07:55 (3 months ago) Permalink
Certainly not if you've ever met Sean.... whoops, zingin' at ya Sean!
― Le petit chat est mort (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:45 (3 months ago) Permalink
"Calling rivals nasty names,The music biz is a dirty game,It doesn't matter what you hear,All that counts is their careers,and all the egos of pop stars,I sit and watch them all go far,We'll leave this world and run away,And play our songs in outer space....Don't make star wars etc."
― everything, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:43 (3 months ago) Permalink