Q – I haven’t seen mention of this new vinyl version of “Rattlesnakes.” Will you sell them through your site?

I’ve got a copy and the quality is very good, but I question the wisdom of including the four bonus tracks and thus rejiggering the side-one and side-two tracks. After all these years, not having side one end with “Forest Fire” doesn’t feel right. But I’m guessing you had no say.

Thanks for all the great songs.

A – Unfortunately we (who were The Commotions) didn’t find out about this until it was already released and for sale. Otherwise it wouldn’t have happened. The running order was based on the 1985 CD of Rattlesnakes and those involved with the release were not aware that this was not actually the original album. Mistakes were made and correct protocol was not followed, but we concluded that there was nothing untoward intended. We probably could have insisted that all 1000 (or so) printed were recalled, and someone would probably have been fired. Instead we asked that no more be printed and if another edition were to be pressed, that we should be consulted. We certainly would not have approved a 14 track LP, only the original 10 would be acceptable. If bonus tracks on vinyl were necessary, we suggest a bonus EP.

Initially I was particularly worried that a vinyl LP would imply a proper remastering from the original tapes, which this was not… however those types of reissues sell for 25-30 euros, and this sells for 12. All we have asked is that if anyone wants their money back, that they should be refunded. I doubt this will happen and it will probably become one of those fabulous accidental collectors items, like the That Boy single, which was ‘never released’ and yet quite a few people have them… We have two copies, but no working turntable right now.

Here’s a link to the release.


Lindsay Scarlett

Talking of Rattlesnakes, would you sign my copy when you come to play Harpenden next week? I’m ridiculously excited; nobody famous comes to Harpenden, at least not someone as talented as you!

Amanda Brooks

Do you remember?

It was early 1990s. We were newly weds and my husband David and I went to Scotland for a romantic long weekend in Edinburgh. Now what I hadn’t realised was that The Open was on at St Andrews; my husband was a keen golfer after a well-spent youth growing up on the greens and fairways of Shaw Hill Golf Club near Preston. After a quick hot foot around a chilly Edinburgh, I found myself unexpectedly experiencing the bracing sea air of St Andrews; one in a sea of faces in the crowds enjoying the golf. As we tramped around David saw a familiar face, “Dave Brooks?”

“Adam! How are you doing?”
A bit of conversation and introductions.
“How’s Lloyd?”
“He’s in America. He’s done really well with the band and everything.”

“Oh that’s great!really good to see you! Remember me to him.”

“I will!”

As we walked away I was curious.

“Who is Lloyd?”

“Lloyd Cole. We played golf with a crowd of lads at Shaw Hill when I was a lad.”

Hmmm… Lloyd Cole in a band…

“Really..? Lloyd Cole? The Lloyd Cole?”

He had no idea what I was talking about.

I pulled out my music collection and a few images.

“Yes that’s him. Yeh, I remember he had a guitar and always liked and listened to music we didn’t know.”

So we went to see Lloyd do an acoustic set at the Comedy Store Manchester a few years later with friends who are big fans too. Lloyd asked who was in the crowd from Lancashire and a few folk from Lloyd’s college days called out.

We missed Lloyd recently at Lancaster. The same friends we went to the Comedy Store with saw him in Liverpool. Melanie cried st Forest Fire.

We’re looking out for the next nearest opportunity to see Lloyd. At the moment that’s Texas so will sit tight!

If you remember…Dave Brooks sends his regards.

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