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Spies

The Battle Of Bosworth Terrace

Siltbreeze
LP $16.00

04/01/2014 655030116414 

SB 164 


FLAC $11.99

04/01/2014 655030116414 

 


MP3 $9.90

04/01/2014 655030116414 

 


The Spies bear the unique distinction of one of New Zealand’s true missing pieces in the Underground puzzle. With no audio documentation ever seeing the light of day in their time (1978-79, Wellington), the band really did exist in a you-had-to-be-there bubble. Historically (as in, now) known as hatching both George Henderson (later of The Puddle) and Christopher Plummer (who also thumped heads in Shoes This High), The Spies possessed a lithe but keen awareness of both the Canterbury and DIY movements that were taking place back in Old Blighty. 

The Battle of Bosworth Terrance imagines a bridge connecting Kevin Ayers and The Desperate Bicycles—a much-needed safe passage over a mysterious chasm you never knew was there. The fact that these recordings exist at all is nothing short of miraculous serendipity; the story is beautifully retold by Mr. Henderson in the liner notes. If you’re thinking forgery, theft, drugs and distinctive footwear (Alpaca boots perhaps?), congrats, the sniffer is working just fine. Besides the heretofore unknown music, also included are photographs, lyrics and text. It’s only taken 30+ years, but the larcenous abandon that was The Spies is finally willing and able to be heard, read about and seen for the first time. 

Pressed in a one-time edition of 500 copies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace includes a digital download card.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Egyptian Bird Song

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  2. #2 Collided and Collected

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  3. #3 Wait Don't Wait

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  4. #4 Teenage Lightning

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  5. #5 Lose Dat Beat

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  6. #6 Star

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  7. #7 No Mercy For A Cop

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  8. #8 Nausea

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  9. #9 Lonely Lost Island

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  10. #10 All Full Of Crap

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  11. #11 The King Of China's Daughter

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  12. #12 Vintage Moth

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  13. #13 Keeper of the Flame

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  14. #14 Skating

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  15. #15 A Half is Twice as Strong

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  16. #16 Father Of Thousands

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  17. #17 Electro!

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  18. #18 Surfin!

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  19. #19 Laughing

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  20. #20 Keeper of the Flame (electric)

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  21. #21 The Star and Us

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Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

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