AN OBVIOUS SONG FOR TODAY

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It’s the last day of August.  Which can only mean one thing:-

mp3: The Field Mice – September’s Not So Far Away

Released on 7″ vinyl by Sarah Records (SARAH 44) this was one of The Field Mice‘s final singles prior to them breaking up at the tail end of 1991.   It is a very fine example of indie-twee pop with all sorts of things to tick off the checklist…..jangly guitars, a fragile and uneasy sounding lead vocal delivery, an angelic sounding female backing vocal, a lyric about the end of a relationship, and a tune which invites the dance floor at the indie disco to be filled to its tiny capacity.

As I’ve said before, I was very late to The Field Mice, but then again I didn’t do well in terms of really keeping up with what was happening in indie music outside my immediate environs in the late 80s/early 90s.  It has, however, been a bit of a blast making so many discoveries in subsequent years, with my education on the band really only becoming more or less complete when I picked up in 2007, a decade after it was actually issued, the 2xCD 36-track compilation Where Did You Learn To Kiss That Way?

The b-side to the single can also be found on the compilation:-

mp3: The Field Mice – Between Hello and Goodbye

It’s indie-ballad time, led for the most part by an acoustic guitar and melodies. It’s a short tune, not much over two minutes in length, and so I’m certain must have found its way onto many a mixtape back in the day – particularly if the artefact was being curated/compiled by someone with a sensitive nature, as well as good taste.

JC

THERE’S TWEE…..AND THEN THERE’S THIS

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That above is the sleeve to the 7″ single with the catalogue number SARAH 12. It came out in December 1988 and was the debut from The Field Mice. The lead track is achingly gorgeous. There were three quality songs alongside it. If you own this single than please treasure it and look after it well. It sells for upwards of £60 on the second-hand market these days.

Of course I don’t have a copy. I missed out on a lot of music in the late 80s as my priorities were elsewhere. It took me a long long long time to discover The Field Mice and it came courtesy of a 1998 CD compilation, which even then I didn’t buy until 2007… but I really didn’t mind being so late to the party.

The four tracks on the debut single appear on that compilation:-

mp3 : The Field Mice – Emma’s House
mp3 : The Field Mice – When You Sleep
mp3 : The Field Mice – Fabulous Friend
mp3 : The Field Mice – The Last Letter

Enjoy.