NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 13 of 48)

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Today’s lot are all the evidence you need to see that the C86 movement was like punk in that it inspired another generation of musicians, many of who came to be seen as representative of the movement even though they had little to do with its origins.

Another Sunny Day didn’t release any music until April 1988.  It’s a cracking name for a band especially when it covers the fact there was just one member, a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist called Harvey Williams.

He left college to sign with a then little-known but ambitious label called Sarah Records.  His first release was a flexi single that came free with a fanzine from the record label.  In due course he would record a handful of further single and a sole compilation LP for the label all of which today, like anything that was pressed up by Sarah, command high prices on the second-hand market – especially that very rare flexi/fanzine debut that has fetched as much as £180 on Discogs in recent times.  Just as well then that said song was on CD 86:-

mp3 : Another Sunny Day – Anorak City

It’s a tremendous bit of music albeit, at a juncture of nearly 30 years, it feels atypical of its time and place.  I’ve no doubt that those who were right at the heart of C86 and all that subsequently followed regard Anorak City as one of the most important and influential bits of music ever released. But then again, these are the folk who believe, wrongly, that C86 was the birth of indie pop.

Harvey Williams would later join The Field Mice, Blueboy and Trembling Blue Stars all of which were hugely popular bands on Sarah Records. I suppose that makes him the C86 equivalent of Malcolm Ross who was a member of three bands on Postcard Records…..

Being a flexi single there is no b-side to bring you, but here’s a track that wiki describes as Smiths-esque:-

mp3 : Another Sunny Day – You Should All Be Murdered

Smiths-esque is a bit of an understatement…..and listening to what is a truly outstanding record make me wonder why Moz didn’t pick up the phone to Harvey and ask to work with him after Johnny had upped stick and left his band…..

Enjoy

 

6 thoughts on “NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 13 of 48)

  1. Well said. Hadn’t heard “Murdered” before – great tune. The Scared To Get Happy compilation yields the more gentle I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist (a title of its era). I believe Harvey Williams also worked with The Hit Parade.

  2. Thanks again JC, you’ve got me hooked listening to Another Sunny Day all afternoon now, “Murdered” is just brilliant. You may be interested in this YouTube gem I stumbled across last week, an 8 minute blend of 15 Sarah Records singles including Another Sunny Day…
    http://youtu.be/x_5gNfKpvfg .

  3. For me, Harvey Williams and Amelia Fletcher are just about the two most important characters in the story of ’80s indie pop. Their names are attached to so many great pieces of music.

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