Close Lobsters – Firestation Towers: 1986 – 1989 – Triple LP
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Fire Records are proud to release this comprehensive collection of one of the label’s flagship bands from the early years. Taking its name; ‘Firestation Towers’, from an early track that gained them world-wide recognition when the song featured on NME’s influential C-86 compilation; the set brings together their LPs ‘Foxheads Stalk This Land’, ‘Headache Rhetoric’, and for the first time on vinyl ‘Forever, Until Victory! The Singles Collection’.
As one of Fire’s earliest signings, Close Lobsters stormed up the indie charts with their unique melodic jangle pop and skewed world-view. Their debut “Going To Heaven To See If It Rains” announced the band with a top ten bang, and they never looked back. By the release of their first full length “Foxheads Stalk This Land”, produced by John Rivers (Love and Rockets, Felt), they were finding early backing from all of the music papers, as well as Rolling Stone and American college radio. Global touring and a more aggressive stance, lyrically and musically, would make the Phil Vinall (Radiohead, Elastica) produced follow up “Headache Rhetoric” a bigger success and signalled an interesting direction for the future. However, soon after the band would cease recording.
Burning briefly, but oh so brightly, the band would continue to be sighted as an influence for decades to come. The Wedding Present would soon show their appreciation by covering ‘Let’s Make Some Plans’ as the b-side to their UK Top 20 hit “California”. Bands on both sides of the Atlantic tried to master that patented sound, hoping for just a little of the magic that made Close Lobsters so amazing.
The set includes both studio albums, as well as “Forever, Until Victory! The Singles Collection” (titled after the final sign-off in a letter from ‘Che’ Guevara to Fidel Castro ‘Hasta la victoria siempre!’). “Forever” gathers all of the band’s singles, as well as their b-sides and bonus tracks. The singles collection was re-engineered by Andrew Burnett and Graeme Wilmington from the band in Glasgow and in their hometown, Paisley.