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In the late 1980s, my friend Rick Vorndran made me a tape of a record he bought while in England, the Shop Assistants' Will Anything Happen. The 1986 Chrysalis Records album by the relatively obscure Edinburgh, Scotland, band remains one...
The Scottish twee band the Shop Assistants are one of those bands that have been semi-lost to time, and the Internet hasn't been much help; their semi-official Web site has a Comic Sans header and links to a dead board and a (gasp!) negative NME review of their career retrospective. Perhaps that will change now that the British reissue outfit Cherry Red is putting out a new edition of Will Anything Happen , which collects the shambolic, sweet tracks that the band put out on the Chrysalis Records offshoot Blue Guitar. "I Don't Wanna Be [...]
Cherry Red - who, let's face it, would probably get National Lottery funding if they put the care they bring to looking after indie heritage into any other artform - are about to re-release The Shop Assistant's mighty Will Anything Happen ? In a mini celebration, here's the first of two posts featuring the album's highlights. I Don't Want To Be Friends With You: [Enjoy Safety Net as well]