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With breaking news that Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Collected Recordings 1983-1989 is about to appear it’s high time we ventured towards discovery of this fine band and the man whose name is synonymous with classy and classic British pop song writing, singing and performance. The career spanning back to the vaults 5 CDs and 1 DVD is available via the Universal Music Catalogue: It features the band’s three studio albums, Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces and Mainstream, as well as B-sides, rarities and outtakes and the band’s television appearances and promotional videos. Disc 5 will be of particular interest to Lloyd lovers since it contains many never before heard cuts like “Poons”, “Old Hats”, “You Win” and “Another Dry Day” (there are more), some rare Paris sessions produced by Chris Thomas, plus plenty of choice demos like “Eat My Words, “Jennifer She Said” and “Hey Rusty.”

A budget item devised in tandem with Lloyd is also out. This is Don’t Look Back: An Introduction to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, a 20-track single disc that offers most of the hits and retails at under a fiver! Fantastic value and a logical point of entry for newcomers or a chance to update for committed Commotions cats.

Obviously with Lloyd and company back in the news we’d like to return to the originals, where they came in. It doesn’t seem feasible that this adventure took off over thirty years ago with a flurry of top ten, Gold certified UK albums for the band and four solo albums on Polydor. Not forgetting Lloyd’s 2000 release either, The Negatives, recorded in New York with musicians including Jill Sobule (check out her Brad Jones produced work for some astounding power pop) and Dave Derby (ex-Dambusters). More recently Lloyd has been creating electronic sounds with Hans-Joachim Roedilius.

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Rattlesnakes
Lloyd Cole - Rattlesnakes
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Love Story
Lloyd Cole - Love Story
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Don't Get Weird On Me Babe
Lloyd Cole - Don't Get Weird On Me Babe
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Mainstream
Lloyd Cole - Mainstream
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Live At The BBC
Lloyd Cole - Live At The BBC
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Bad Vibes
Lloyd Cole - Bad Vibes
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Broken Record
Lloyd Cole - Broken Record
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