Stardust (Reissue) (Vinyl LP)

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Vinyl LP

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Whether you're familiar with (and therefore an undying fan of) UK indie label Sarah Records or not, its presence in the late 80s / early 90s British music scene is undeniable and a can of worms well worth opening if you're yet to. The Sea Urchins of West Bromwich began their short and sparkling career by giving their first two singles away as flexi-discs in fanzines run by the pair that would soon form Sarah, and Stardust remains their one and only studio album. Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley once described an early single by saying, "think of some variations on the word marvelous and you’re most of the way there”... and we can only echo the sentiment. - Flying Out


Cutting their teeth as teens in a West Bromwich bedroom, The Sea Urchins were nothing like the heavy metal that seemed to fill every bar in the UK Black Country. Fringe haircuts, perfect trousers, suede jackets and infectious tambourines gave plenty of hints as to their youthful ambition, but nothing could fully prepare you for just how utterly spellbinding these songs would be. Compiling their fanzine-only flexi material with the full complement of singles for Sarah Records, Stardust runs chronologically from late 1986 to the middle of 1989, beginning with the singles split for Clare Wadd’s Kvatch and Matt Haynes’ Sha La La, before hitting the first of what would be an even hundred releases from the new label Wadd and Haynes would form - Sarah.

The song that launched a legendary label and defined a sound, a scene, a place and time; Pristine Christine still rings out as immediate and magical today as it did on first listen. What a glorious jangly rush racing around the corners of pop’s history! The band would reach such heights time and again over the course of this three year burst. The melancholy swinging folk of Everglade and it’s wonderfully yearning vocal; the organ-fueled british invasion garage rock sing-a-long of Solace; the playful psych pop of A Morning Odyssey; the acoustic sweep of Wild Grass Pictures; the perfectly named Summershine leaving you with a ramshackle smile out on the dancefloor. All of it is just so filled with delicate humanity, yet somehow absolutely perfect.

As Bob Stanley said about the shimmering ballad Please Rain Fall while bestowing it with NME Single Of The Week (an honor also bestowed upon Pristine Christine), “think of some variations on the word marvelous and you’re most of the way there.”

In their time, they might have seemed wildly out of step, but it’s not crazy to say that things could have been very different for the likes of Radiohead, The La’s, and Oasis without The Sea Urchins.


A1. Cling Film: Recorded October ’86
A2. Summershine: Recorded October ’86 
A3. You’re So Much: Recorded March ’87 
A4. Pristine Christine: Recorded September ’87
A5. Sullen Eyes: Recorded September ’87 
A6. Everglades: Recorded September ’87
B1. Solace: Recorded April ’88 
B2. Please Rain Fall: Recorded April ’88 
B3. A Morning Odyssey: Recorded July ’89 
B4. Wild Grass Pictures: Recorded July ’89 
B5. Day Into Day: Recorded July ’89

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