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The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse


"Let's hear it now for good old '89.... Following a year of devastating trauma where the Pink Dots went from being a six-piece band to just two stalwart survivors of myself and Phil (The Silverman), and our Amsterdam home was emptied so it could be transformed into a wine bar for Yuppies, the last 12 months of the decade were laced with the optimism of a new beginning. For a start, ace saxophone master Niels Van Hoorn stepped in, playing his first show perhaps three days after his first rehearsal. We'd been living in a caravan in the grounds of Niels' converted farmhouse, but were offered a flat in the 'worst part' of Nijmegen (which actually meant there were fewer buses on Sundays). Then, Niels' old friend and 'Golden Age' guest guitarist Bob Pistoor turned the Dots into a foursome and injected an intense passion into band. A good year. Lady Fate didn't seem quite so angry anymore, and a couple of cassettes bearing sketches for songs were fleshed out into the evergreen landmark that became The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse. Has it really been 30 whole years? The only sad footnote was that Bob joined the band a month too late to qualify for that elusive American work permit and The Pink Dots' first tour of the continent was as a three piece. His greatest ambition was to play in the USA, but the tiny mind of pointless bureaucracy can't cope outside the box. Tragically, Bob prematurely passed away in 1992, having never toured America. This 30th Anniversary edition of The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse is dedicated to Bob with undying love. --Edward Ka-spel, August 2019.

This 30th anniversary edition of The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse includes the complete album as well as the tracks from Princess Coldheart EP and two extended session recordings on a bonus LP. It is presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket, with a lyric insert and a color postcard with a download code. Edition of 250."