Its about eighteen years since this album first appeared on vinyl, and now Haysi Fantayzee fans (and yes - there are many!) are thrilled to see its release on CD at long last.
The album contains the songs which made Haysi Fantayzee such a media and pop phenomenon here in the UK - the style of Kate and Jeremiah visually was always a clue to the music, but the content of that music escaped many. "Sabres Of Paradise" focussed on suicide, while "John Wayne Is Big Leggy" concerned itself with a stab in the eye of racism and the myth of white supremacy. And the ubiquitous "Shiny Shiny" was more than just a modern nursery rhyme - the song took a quirky look at an impending apocalypse.
This album is a treat not only on its own merits, but also because of the inclusion of the 12" versions of many of the singles - the 'Groovy Long Version' of "John Wayne" is more fun than a bouncy castle in summertime, and the remix of "Sister Friction" is nothing short of thrilling. The only thing that would have improved the track listing would have been the inclusion of Kate's solo single, "Love Me Like A Rocket" - the remix of that was astonishing, with the vocals of a angel and the look of a devil!
Take a walk back to 1983 and hear a timeless album that will have you humming away merrily all summer long. Dip beneath the Dickensian stove-pipes and dreadlocks and listen to the heart of the music. Re-live the good times ... You won't regret it..