The Sound Of Sheffield 1978-1988

This is an extensive 4CD/book set produced by Cherry Red Records, exploring the punk and post-punk sound of the ‘Steel City’. It features classics, rarities, album tracks and 12 previously unreleased gems from The Human League, Pulp, Heaven 17, Thompson Twins, B.E.F., Artery, ABC, Clock DVA, Hula, The Danse Society, In The Nursery, Treebound Story, Red Zoo and many more. The package includes a book with over 20,000 words of artists’ notes, essays and memoirs from key players in the city’s music scene.

Many of us “old timers” were involved in the planning & research and whilst not perfect (missing Cabaret Voltaire, Comsat Angels & others, who presumably declined) it’s a fair summary of what was going on.

Track Listing

DISC ONE: CD
1977-1981

1. DANCEVISION – The Human League
2. DON’T TRY TO CURE YOURSELF – They Must Be Russians
3. DREAMS TO FILL THE VACUUM – I’m So Hollow
4. MODERN MEN – The Prams
5. ALL TIME LOW – 2.3
6. METAL BOYS – Hobbies Of Today
7. TRACK NO. 5 – Mein Glas Fabrik *
8. HELP ME – Red Zoo *
9. AVOID THE SURGERY (DEMO) – I Scream Brothers
10. JUNIOR – B. Troop
11. SHE’S IN LOVE WITH MYSTERY – Thompson Twins
12. SAY AND DO – Repulsive Alien
13. TORCH – Veiled Threat
14. QUESTIONS OF GENDER – De Tian
15. UNKNOWN – Molodoy
16. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY – TV Product *
17. ELECTRIC WALTZ – Negatives
18. END OF ACT ONE – Y?
19. THE MAZE – The Toy Shop
20. A GIRLFRIEND IS… – Vena Cava
21. DROWNING – Graph
22. MEN IN THE MIRRORSHADES – Rapid Eye Movements
23. LLAMAS (LIVE AT THE WIMPY BAR) – A Major European Group
24. RAINDANCE – The Past Seven Days
25. LIVING IN CONFUSION – Pagan Bo

DISC TWO: CD
1981-1982

1. (WE DON’T NEED THIS) FASCIST GROOVE THANG (12″ MIX) – Heaven 17
2. LUCIFER’S FRIEND – Vision
3. THE CLOWN – Artery
4. TWIST – New Model Soldier
5. TRAIN – Surface Mutants
6. 4 HOURS (REMIXED SINGLE VERSION) – Clock DVA
7. A BABY CALLED BILLY – British Electronic Foundation
8. WAR GAMES – Flying Alphonso Brothers *
9. ENGLISH INDUSTRIAL ESTATE – Shy Tots
10. HEAVY MEN – Disease *
11. DEITY’S LAMENT – Stunt Kites
12. SECRET SOCIETY – Mau Maus
13. MARCELLA BALL – The Naughtiest Girl Was A Monitor
14. CORPSE CREEPER – Quite Unnerving
15. PARKING BOYS – Acrobats Of Desire
16. MAN WITH A LUMINOUS HEAD (DEMO) * – The Blimp
17. SCRAMBLE FOR STYLE – The Mirror Crack’d
18. REAL LIFE – Vital
19. PSYCHOKILLER – Heroes Of The Beach
20. ALPHABET SOUP – ABC

DISC THREE: CD
1982-1984

1. EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM – Pulp
2. INTRUDER IN THE DUST – Bass Tone Trap
3. JUST A GAME – U.V. Pøp
4. DANSE/MOVE – The Danse Society
5. ISKRA – In The Nursery
6. DYING MAN, FAITHFUL PRIEST – Dachau Choir
7. TEX MIRROR H – Out Of Reach
8. NO ONE LEAVES THE) FEVER CAR – Hula
9. QUIET TYPE – Time In Motion
10. OVER – SIIIII
11. MANNEQUIN – Ipso Facto
12. WORLDS APART – Fatales *
13. BILLINGHAM’S ISLAND (DEMO)* – Tsi Tsi
14. FISH AND BREADCAKE – Fish And Breadcake
15. LATE NIGHTS (DEMO) – Harriet *
16. OUT OF THE FLESH (MIX 1) – Chakk
17. THE DISTANCE FROM KOLN – Native Europe
18. SILICON CHIP – Defective Turtles
19. PERSUASION – Vendino Pact
20. IN MY EYES (DEMO)* – Typhoon Saturday

DISC FOUR: CD
1984-1988

1. KITCHENETTE – Peter Hope And The Jonathan S. Podmore Method
2. WINDS OF CHANGE – Scala Timpani
3. YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARD (FLEXI VERSION) – One Thousand Violins
4. CRAYOLA – A.C. Temple
5. UP THE HILL – Sedition
6. MESSAGE FROM A DEAD MAN – The Flight Commander
7. ZULU – The Anti Group
8. CHAINS – Chain
9. FIX THE KITCHEN – Dig Vis Drill
10. CHILDREN – Kilgore Trout
11. BOTTLE BREAST – Fishwives
12. TREEHOUSE – Mr Morality *
13. SKIN SCRAPED BACK – Workforce
14. LIKE A FOOL – Treebound Story
15. WONDERFUL LIFE – Nick Fish & The Seahorses
16. CROW BAR – The Box
17. COLORADO DEAD MAN – The Midnight Choir
18. THE WORLD DOESN’T TURN – The Junk
19. LAWNMOWER WOMAN (LIVE) – The Wacky Gardeners