NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 19 of 48)

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A repeat post from exactly one year ago today:-

If you own a mint copy of today’s single, then make sure you continue to look after it lovingly. And maybe think about adding it to an insurance policy.

The first ever single release on Sarah Records was by The Sea Urchins. From wiki:-

The initial line-up of The Sea Urchins was James Roberts (vocals), Simon Woodcock (guitar), Robert Cooksey (guitar), Mark Bevin (bass), Bridget Duffy (tambourine, organ), and Patrick Roberts (drums).  Their first two releases were flexi discs given away with fanzines in 1987.  Bevin soon left, to be replaced by Darren Martin.

Their “Pristine Christine” single was the first Sarah Records release, and is highly coveted among vinyl record collectors. With the following year’s double-A-side “Solace”/”Please Rain Fall” they began to show more mod-rock influences. Both singles were successful in indie terms, but Sarah Records were unwilling to commit to an album, and Duffy and Martin left.

Woodcock took over on bass, with James Roberts adding guitar. The band released one more single for Sarah (“A Morning Oddyssey” in 1990), but disagreements about the next single saw them move on to Cheree Records, who issued “Please Don’t Cry” in 1991. The band split up in summer 1991.  Two albums were subsequently released; Sarah Records issued a compilation of the band’s material for the label, including the flexi-disc tracks, as Stardust in 1992, while Fierce Recordings issued a live album in 1994.

James Roberts, Cooksey, and Woodcock later formed the band Delta.  James Roberts, Patrick Roberts, and Robert Cooksey also formed The Low Scene.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the record is ‘highly coveted’ with the copies copy on Discogs having an asking price of over £250.  I don’t own a copy, and while it would be nice to, I’m happy enough that I have the song via one of the many CD86 style compilation CDs that have been released over the years:-

mp3 : The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine

On thing to note is just how young all the band members were at the time this single was released – all of them were with just 17 or 18 years of age.  When I look around today at similarly aged kids of a number of friends, I find it a scary thought that such fresh and innocent faces would be  capable of such works of class.

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And here’s the two completely gorgeous b-sides to said precious single:-

mp3 : Sea Urchins – Sullen Eyes
mp3 : Sea Urchins – Everglades

All in all, a fabulous three tracks with which to introduce yourselves to the world.  Deserved to be a mainstream pop success.

Enjoy

2 thoughts on “NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 19 of 48)

  1. Don’t think I’ll ever acquire a copy at that price. Likewise familiar with this from compilations. The only other one of theirs I know is 1988’s Solace, and having heard Pristine Christine’s B-sides here for the first time, I’d say all three tracks are superior to that.

  2. Oddly enough I just played their 1991 12″ single (on Cheree – so not a silly price!) Please Don’t Cry…really good with nice b-sides.

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