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MP6: Pale Saints

Pale Saints - In Ribbons

Pale Saints - In Ribbons

As I may have mentioned way back when, the plan with this MP3 malarkey was to utilise the turntable and to rip some tracks that I don’t otherwise have on CD, working on the assumption that maybe they’re not that widely available. As you may imagine, that’s a bit tricky. It appears that everything is available on CD, and if it isn’t, well it’s available in digital format somewhere. Which is a convoluted way of saying that it took me some time to come up with this week’s track.

The Pale Saints were one of me early 4AD obsessions, and I saw them in 1990 at the Norwich Arts Centre on a double bill with Lush (Rad may know, but I think the Norwich Arts Centre used to be a church?) They were great live, didn’t talk to the audience at all, didn’t allow any gaps between songs, just the kind of pretentious twaddle that would mark them out to pretentious moi way back when.

At the start of the 90s, bands would often package the vinyl versions of their albums with something extra, in a futile attempt to prop up the format. And this extra was often a 7″ single with extra tracks. So, it came to pass that the extra with the second Pale Saints album, In Ribbons (from 1992) was one of these 7″ singles, but instead of having two extra tracks by the band, it had two cover versions of Pale Saints songs, recorded by the Tintwistle Brass Band.

Having just googled them, I can see that they played on “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats And Dogs”

If you wanted an introduction to the Pale Saints, their first album “The Comforts of Madness” is far stronger. However, the vinyl version of that release included some free postcards, and I can’t rip those to MP3.

So, for your listening pleasure, to compare and contrast, I present two versions of “A Thousand Stars Burst Open”, one by the Pale Saints, and one by the Tintwistle Brass Band. They both start off pretty quiet but be patient, they get there in the end.

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