Thursday, February 15, 2024

VA - Another Splash of Colour, New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985 [2016] (3 x CD's)

Previously posted March 19, 2020

VA - Another Splash of Colour, New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985 [2016] (3 x CD's)

Another Splash Of Colour is the first compilation to document the Psychedelic Revival which hit the British music scene in the first half of the Eighties. This collection expands upon an original Various Artists LP, A Splash Of Colour, issued by WEA at the start of 1982 and including many of the nu psych scene's major players: Mood Six, High Tide, Miles Over Matter, The Barracudas and The Times. All the musical tracks from this landmark album now appear on CD for the very first time! Another Splash Of Colour transforms the LP into a 64-track compendium spanning the years 1980-1985, from the roots of the psychedelic revival in post-punk and the mod revival through to the much-publicized London scene based around club nights like the Groovy Cellar and onto its second revival of sorts in 1984/85 with the early releases on Creation Records and the popularity of the Alice In Wonderland club. All the key artists are included, from Nick Nicely to the Liverpool contingent (Icicle Works, Julian Cope) to The Soft Boys and solo (Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew), the Whaam! camp (TV Personalities, The Times, Direct Hits, Marble Staircase, Le Mat), early Creation Records tunes (the Revolving Paint Dream, the Jasmine Minks, Biff Bang Pow!) and the psych scene's eventual chart-toppers Doctor & The Medics (with a previously unreleased track!).

This is wonderful.... great music, perfect artwork. Taking it's start from the 1981-1982 psychedelic revival all the way to the early days of Creation; this compilation shows how much the sixties continued to influence music. The Eighties saw the start of reissues of sixties music by Bam Caruso, Edsel and others. The influence was there in the music of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen and more. There are bands who could have gone places if major label interest had been maintained. Nice to see a mention for the Soft Boys too! (Amazon)





Track lists

01    High Tide    Dancing in My Mind    4:20
02    Mood Six    Just Like a Dream    4:02
03    Miles Over Matter    Something's Happening Here    2:52
04    Robyn Hitchcock    It's a Mystic Trip    2:58
05    Barracudas    Watching the World Go By    4:34
06    Nick Nicely    49 Cigars    2:40
07    Times    I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape (Single Version)    3:08
08    Attractions    Slow Patience    2:16
09    Earwigs    Keep Your Vioce Down    3:30
10    Charlie Harper    Night of the Jackal    2:41
11    Marble Staircase    The Long Weekend    3:10
12    Blue Orchids    Work    4:02
13    Silence    Love Letters    3:43
14    Knox    Gigolo Aunt    3:13
15    Chicanes    Further Thoughts    3:43
16    Vandells    I See Everything    2:53
17    Kimberley Rew    Stomping All Over the World    2:20
18    Delmontes    Don't Cry Your Tears    3:42
19    Monochrome Set    On the Thirteenth Day    3:08
20    Future Daze    Connect    3:41
21    Soft Boys    Only the Stones Remain    2:50
22    Firmament & the Elements    The Festival of Frothy Muggament    3:24
23    Von Trap Family    No Reflexes    6:13


01    Nick Nicely    Hilly Fields (1892)    3:32
02    High Tide    Electric Blue    5:31
03    Third Eye    Pass Myself    4:13
04    Miles Over Matter    Park My Car    3:03
05    Squire    No Time Tomorrow    3:56
06    Marble Staircase    Still Dreaming    4:06
07    Barracudas    Inside Mind    3:30
08    Deep Freeze Mice    A Red Light for the Greens    4:12
09    Paul Roland    Dr Strange    2:56
10    Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix    Brothel in Rosenstrasse    3:44
11    Cleaners from Venus    Wivenhoe Bells II    4:24
12    Scarlet Party    101 Dam-Nations    3:37
13    Le Mat    Waltz of the Fool    3:34
14    Dream Factory    The Haze    2:46
15    Legendary Pink Dots    Waving at the Aeroplanes    3:09
16    Modern Art    Fiction & Literature    3:17
17    Jetset    And We Dance On    4:13
18    Heartbeats    Forever    4:36
19    Purple Hearts    Hazy Darkness    2:49
20    Pink Umbrellas    Raspberry Rainbow    3:21
21    TV Personalities    The Dream Inspires (Live)    2:57

01    Revolving Paint Dream    Flowers in the Sky    2:27
02    Naz Nomad & the Nightmares    I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)    2:49
03    Julian Cope    Sunspots    3:50
04    Jasmine Minks    Mr. Magic    2:27
05    Icicle Works    Nirvana    5:09
06    Way Out    Do I Have to Be Here?    4:41
07    Prisoners    Reaching in My Head    2:54
08    Playn Jayn    In Your Eyes (Live)    4:58
09    Primevals    Where Are You?    3:20
10    Dentists    Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (And It's Wintertime)    3:22
11    Doctor & the Medics    Barbara Can't Dance (Demo)    3:07
12    Biff Bang Pow!    A Day Out with Jeremy Chester    4:06
13    Mood Six    Plastic Flowers (Psycho Version)    4:05
14    Freight Train    Man's Laughter    3:28
15    Onlookers    You Know Everything    3:26
16    Direct Hits    Doctor Ben    2:39
17    Green Telescope    Two By Two    3:15
18    Magic Mushroom Band    Wide Eyed and Electrick    4:10
19    Brainiac Five    Endless River    6:38
20    Captain Sensible    The 4 Marys Go Go Dance All Night at the Groovy Cellar    6:26


  1. This and the post before certainly throw up some really interesting tracks/artists - thanks BB

    1. Hi Dr Robert.
      I try to make the posts interesting and eclectic.
      I hope that is a good combination.