The debut single from July 1988 was followed with the debut album the following month.
Va Va Voom contained 11 songs and sixteen different musicians made some sort of contribution on others. It was a courageous move with cellos, violins, flutes, oboes and trumpets alongside the standard guitar/bass/drums and keys. Emma Pollock was on board again, this time as a co-vocalist to the track Ears which many thought would make a great single.
Instead it was the most radio-friendly number that was selected for release in October 1998:-
mp3 : Cinerama – Dance Girl Dance
This time, it came out as a CD single with two additional and otherwise unavailable b-sides:-
mp3 : Cinerama – Crusoe
mp3 : Cinerama – Model Spy
The first of these is truly extraordinary and one of the strangest things that David Gedge ever recorded. The tune was written by the English composer Robert Mellin as the theme to the TV series Robinson Crusoe which first aired in the UK in the mid 60s but was repeated constantly during school holidays for about a decade. Our songwriting hero took the tune and added lyrics to produce one of his great numbers about being on the wrong side of infidelity.
The second is an instrumental…..and is a tribute, to my ears, to the theme tunes of so many of the classic 60s and 70s cop/spy/mystery shows.
So by the end of the year, Cinerama had announced themselves with 17 distinctive songs quite unlike anything that had come via The Wedding Present. But just as they got ready to build on that success, there were problems with the record label and there wouldn’t be any more music officially released in the UK till early 2000….