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You Can Stop That For A Start
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2CD

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RELEASE DATE
10/23/2020

You Can Stop That For A Start is an exclusive album of previously unheard material written and recorded by BOB over a five-day period in 1992. The album is accompanied by a selection of some of the band's favorite demo recordings made between 1988 and 1994. All the recordings in the set have been newly mixed by songwriters Simon Armstrong and Richard Blackborow. BOB's initial line-up was Richard Blackborow (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Simon Armstrong (guitar, vocals). Jem Morris (bass guitar), joined the duo in 1986 and, augmented with a drum machine, they recorded the band's first release, a flexi-disc, released in 1986 on their own House Of Teeth label. The drum machine was replaced by drummer Gary Connors in 1987, and this line-up recorded 1987's "What A Performance" single and the first of three John Peel sessions. Early in 1988, Gary Connors was replaced by former Jamie Wednesday drummer Dean Leggett, and the band recorded their second single, "Kirsty", and their second John Peel session. The two singles were brought together with the earlier flexi disc as the compilation LP Swag Sack, which was their final release on the Sombrero label (1988). All later records were on their own House Of Teeth label. In 1989, the band released a single "Convenience" which was followed by a limited edition/fan club release. After their third and final John Peel session, Morris was replaced by ex-Caretaker Race bassist Stephen "Henry" Hersom, and this final line-up recorded the Stride Up EP in 1990, an LP Leave The Straight Life Behind, the single "Tired" in 1991, and one last 12", the Nothing For Something EP in 1992. BOB on the new album: "The tracks that make up You Can Stop That For A Start were recorded over a five-day period in our final years, as the hectic touring schedule that had kept us financially viable began to tail off. What funds the band could glean from occasional publishing deals were spent on studio time, with the hope of creating work that would eventually attract more substantial financial investment. As this never materialized, the songs have largely remained unheard since the early '90s."