release date: 25-11-2022
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Originally a Northern Irish, London based quintet with an American singer, the band got together following the demise of Top 40 hitmakers and John Peel favourites The Undertones, their name inspired by the title of a song by another Derry outfit, Bam Bam & The Calling.
Too late for Punk, too early for Grunge, That Petrol Emotion’s output merged well-written melodic tunes with political statement. Sleeve artwork became informative newsletters. Singles and albums received rapturous reviews, gigs were sold-out joyous affairs. Later recordings bought in elements of hip-hop and Celtic folk. The band were always difficult to categorise and impossible to load onto a bandwagon, although no one could accuse the band of dabbling. As this collection shows, across the course of their ten years together, the quality of their songwriting never let up.
“Their music is in a constant, latently violent, state of flux, sometimes overloaded, sometimes taut and splintered: a different kind of tension. For That Petrol Emotion, pop music is certainly not enough…They want to burn, to beat out a music that redefines itself, extends the boundaries.”
Sean O’Hagan, NME, 1986
The choice of the word ‘burn’ in Sean O’Hagan’s piece for the NME is a common theme in articles about That Petrol Emotion. Words like ‘incendiary’ and ‘subversive’ were often bandied about, although that key phrase ‘pop music’ is equally if not more important.
And it has been said you can judge a band by their choice of cover versions – within these seven discs are the band’s take on songs by Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, War, Hamilton Bohannon, Can, Neil Young, The Beatles, The Membranes, Leonard Cohen and Iggy Pop.
Perhaps the most extraordinary fact about That Petrol Emotion is no one has seen fit to compile all or some of their works – that is until now. With full co-operation from the band, this comprehensive 121 track 7 CD collection brings together all five of their studio albums plus a typically energy-packed live recording from May 1994. It celebrates a body of work that has stood the test of time and – all these years later – undoubtedly still deserves a wider audience.
121 original tracks across a 7 CD set, featuring all five studio albums and one live album Includes non-album B-sides, bonus tracks, remixes, live recordings and fan club only releases Curated by the band, who also supplied rare images and memorabilia for inclusion in the book 52-page colour book with new sleeve notes from respected author John Harris The first ever compilation celebrating ten years of this influential and creative tour-de-force- T
RACKS CD 1: 1. Fleshprint 2. Can't Stop 3. Lifeblood 4. Natural Kind of Joy 5. It's a Good Thing 6. Circusville 7. Mouth Crazy 8. Tightlipped 9. A Million Miles Away 10. Lettuce 11. Cheapskate 12. Blindspot 13. Keen 14. Zig-Zag Wanderer 15. V2 16. The Deadbeat 17. Mine 18. Jesus Says 19. Non-Alignment Pact (Live At the Electric Ballroom, May 22nd
TRACKS CD 2: 1. Swamp 2. Spin Cycle 3. For What It's Worth 4. Big Decision 5. Static 6. Split! 6. Belly Bugs 7. In the Playpen 8. Inside 9. Chester Burnette 10. Creeping To the Cross 11. Big Decision (Extended Version) 12. Soul Deep 13. Big Decision (Jet Fuel Mix) 14. Swamp (Extended Remix) 15. Creeping To the Cross (Shorter & Better) 16. Dance Your Ass Off 17. Swamp (Live, May 1987) 18. Me and Baby Brother (Live, May 1987) 19. Creeping To the Cross (Live, May 1987) 20. Genius Move 21. Party Games
TRACKS CD 3: 1. Sooner or Later 2. Every Little Bit 3. Cellophane 4. Candy Love Satellite 5. Here It is...Take It! 6. The Price of My Soul 7. Groove Check 8. The Bottom Line 9. Tension 10. Tired Shattered Man 11. Goggle Box 12. Under the Sky 13. Think of a Woman 14. Hot Head 15. Groove Check (10" Mix) 16. Chemicrazy 17. Under the Sky (Live) 18. Genius Move (Live) 19. Mother Sky (Live)
TRACKS CD 4: 1. Hey Venus 2. Blue To Black 3. Mess of Words 4. Sensitize 5. Another Day 6. Gnaw Mark 7. Scum Surfin' 8. Compulsion 9. Tingle 10. Head Staggered 11. Abandon 12. Sweet Shiver Burn 13. Jewel 14. Abandon (Boy's Own Mix) 15. Fat Mouth Creed
TRACKS CD 5: 1. Chemicrazy (Revitalized) 2. Cinnamon Girl 3. Groove Check (Check This Groove Out) 4. Hey Venus (Mad Thatcher Disease Mix) [Long Version] 5. Light & Shade 6. Tingle (Hard Boppin' Mix) 7. Hey Bulldog (Live) 8. Head Staggered (Live At the Whiskey L.A.) 9. Scum Surfin' (Live At the Whiskey L.A.) 10. Everybody's Goin' Triple Bad Acid Yeah! 11. Stories of the Street
TRACKS CD 6: 1. Detonate My Dreams 2. Catch a Fire 3. Last of the True Believers 4. Too Late Blues 5. 7th Wave 6. Infinite Thrill 7. Speed of Light 8. Shangri-La 9. Heartbeat Mosaic 10. Metal Mystery 11. Everlasting Breath (Demo) 12. Last of the True Believers (Alternative Version) 13. Detonate My Dreams (Alternative Version) 14. Blue To Black (Franz Treichler Remix) 15. Big Human Thing (Demo) 16. Fun Time 17. Little Big Man 18. Chrome
TRACKS CD 7: 1. Catch a Fire (Live, May 1994) 2. Infinite Thrill (Live, May 1994) 3. Shangri-La (Live, May 1994) 4. Genius Move (Live, May 1994) 5. It's a Good Thing (Live, May 1994) 6. Hey Venus (Live, May 1994) 7. Sensitize (Live, May 1994) 8. Tingle (Live, May 1994) 9. Head Staggered (Live, May 1994) 10. Detonate My Dreams (Live, May 1994) 11. Mouth Crazy (Live, May 1994) 12. Big Decision (Live, May 1994) 13. Sweet Shiver Burn (Live, May 1994) 14. Abandon (Live, May 1994) 15. Chemicrazy (Live, May 1994) 16. Blue To Black (Live, May 1994) 17. Scum Surfin' (Live, May 1994)