Deluxe editions of Tiger Bay and Finisterre announced, plus new Twitter
presence, a fun remix, and a rarities auction to benefit Haiti.
By Fred Mills
And the Saint Etienne
world takeover via achival releases continues apace. A year or so ago the band
started issuing remastered/expanded 2CD deluxe editions of titles from its back
catalog, a project that extended throughout 2009. There was the Foxbase Beta album, comprising a
complete remix/overhaul of their classic debut album from the early ‘90s Foxbase Alpha; deluxe editions of both Alpha and 1997’s Continental; even a fanclub-only freebie of vintage live material, the
Trumpton Comes Alive EP.
Now comes word they’re
putting the finishes on deluxe editions for 1994’s Tiger Bay and 2002’s Finisterre, and plans at
the moment are to release them at the end of March. According to the band, “We’ve spent most of January digging through
tape boxes and orange crates from the Tiger Bay and Finisterre eras which will be coming out soon. It’s
unbelievable how much we started and discarded.
“[There is] a
‘sequel’ of sorts to ‘Mario’s
Café’ called ‘Drinking At The Black Horse.’ It switches the locale and the time of
day, and features some ‘tight axework’ from Mr Ian Catt. It was (half) recorded
before we decided on the direction for Tiger Bay.
Some of the most intreeging outtakes yet. Plus the usual glut of b-sides, and –
for digital completists – the first CD appearance for ‘Highgate Road Incident,’ ‘You Know I’ll Miss You When You’re Gone,’ ‘Sushi Rider’ and ‘Gimp
Crisis.’ My favourite
demo so far is ‘The
Wedding Of Stacy Dorning,’
a tribute to the legendary Black Beauty actress. What were we thinking?”
The band also remixed
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart not long ago and the track can be heard at their MySpace page.
Lastly, they want
folks to know the following:
“We’re helping raise some cash for Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal by
auctioning off a selection of rarities and memorabilia – click this link to see what’s on offer and get bidding, all in a very
Here’s some of the swag you can get (current bid, with 3 so far and 5 days left, is £421.00):
Sarah Cracknell’s Feather Boa
1 x signed copy of the the bands legendary ‘I Love To Paint” fanclub CD from 1994 – long deleted and highly sort after
1 x rare limited edition Saint Etienne 6″ Subbeteo player and Foxbase Alpha deluxe set – rare and deleted
1 x copy of Boxette – fanclub only 4 disc set – rare and deleted
1 x copy of Foxbase Beta numbered double disc CD – rare and deleted
2 x fanclub EP’s – rare and deleted
1 x signed triple disc Best of CD and DVD.
Plus assorted badges, posters and signed pictures.
Indeed, get clicking,
and get bidding, fans.