Dead Or Alive - Let Them Drag My Soul Away: Singles, Demos And Live Recordings 1979-1982 - (3CD Album) - pre-order [2023-07-21]



Dead Or Alive - Let Them Drag My Soul Away: Singles, Demos And Live Recordings 1979-1982 - (3CD Album)

Having been ‘discovered’ working in Liverpool’s Probe Records during the punk rock explosion, Pete Burns found himself fronting his own band, Nightmares In Wax who mutated into the more familiar Dead Or Alive, eventually bringing Pete into the UK pop mainstream, and a star was born.

Bringing together early singles by both Nightmares In Wax and Dead Or Alive, Peel sessions and previously unheard demos and live recordings, ‘Let Them Drag My Soul Away’ shines a light on the pre-fame Burns and a revolving cast of bandmates and collaborators, many of whom were mainstays of both the Liverpool and broader British post-punk scene.

From the disco punk funk of ‘Black Leather’ through proto-Gothic singles ‘It’s Been Hours Now’ and ‘The Stranger’, and into early versions of hi-NRG tracks which would eventually find their way onto the band’s debut album, this is both an invigorating exploration of an emerging talent and a valuable time capsule of an important figure in both the 80s pop and gay club scenes. While so many pop stars hid their homosexuality for the sake of record sales and middle America, Burns stuck up two fingers and sang loudly about both his own inner world and his desire for large, leather clad boys!

Featuring sleevenotes by Electronic Sound magazine’s Mat Smith (with new interview contributions from Wayne Hussey, Joe Musker and Francesco Mellina), and a plethora of previously unheard recordings, this is a must for fans of Pete Burns, post-punk and pop enthusiasts and those with an interest in British pop culture in the aftermath of punk’s liberation.

"Dead Or Alive - Let Them Drag My Soul Away: Singles, Demos And Live Recordings 1979-1982" is out Friday, 21st July 2023 on Cherry Red Records and available for pre-order now.

NB: All products ordered with a pre-order will be dispatched together close to the latest pre-order release date. If you want earlier dispatched for another product then please place separate order(s).


Disc One

The Singles: Nightmares In Wax
  1. Black Leather
  2. Girl Song
  3. Shangri-La
  4. Girl Song (1985 Mix)
  5. Shangri-La (1985 Mix)
Dead Or Alive
  1. I’m Falling
  2. Flowers
  3. Number Eleven
  4. Namegame (Live version)
  5. It's Been Hours Now
  6. Whirlpool
  7. Nowhere To Nowhere
  8. It's Been Hours Now 2
  9. The Stranger
  10. Some Of That

Disc Two

The Demos: Nightmares In Wax
  1. Black Leather (4-Track Demo)*
  2. Girl Song (4-Track Demo)*
  3. I’ll Turn Away (4-Track Demo)*
  4. Shangri-La (4-Track Demo)*
Dead Or Alive
  1. Selfish Side (Demo)*
  2. Far Too Hard (Demo 2nd Mix)*
  3. Misty Circles (Demo)*
  4. What I Want (Demo)*
  5. Give It To Me (Demo)*
  6. Selfish Side (Alternate Early Mix) *
  7. Untitled Instrumental #1*
  8. Untitled Instrumental #2*
  9. Untitled Instrumental #3*

Disc Three

The Peel Sessions and Live Recordings
  1. Nowhere To Nowhere (Peel Session)
  2. Running Wild (Peel Session)
  3. Number Eleven (Peel Session)
  4. Flowers (Peel Session)
  5. Number Twelve (Peel Session)
  6. The Stranger (Peel Session)
  7. Misty Circles (Peel Session)
  8. Misty Circles Pt 2 (Peel Session)
  9. Gilded Splinters (Live In Manchester)*
  10. Don't Tell Me (Live In Manchester)*
  11. Flowers (TV Version)*

Format: 3CD Album
Barcode: 5013929187931
Catalogue Number: CDTRED879
Label: Cherry Red Records
Release Date: Friday, 21st July 2023

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