Texas have announced they will be releasing two digital-only EPs from their world-renowned and critically acclaimed debut album Southside. ‘Southside Demos’ and ‘Southside Covers’ will be released on September 11 through UMC/Mercury.
Originally part of an incomplete album recording, the first track to be taken from the EP is the Bernard Edwards mix of “I Don’t Want A Lover”. Following an incredible, but unfinished, album session with the Chic legend, Sharleen Spiteri said, “We’ve searched for these recordings for a long time and they were recently found in the Universal vaults in America, they have not been listened to since 1987.” She continued, “What you are listening to was one of the biggest lessons we learned on many fronts right at the beginning of our career.”
Compiled and curated by the band, ‘Southside Demos’ is a seven track digital-only EP featuring six previously unreleased demos recorded in Glasgow between February and December 1987. The EP’s previously unreleased Bernard Edwards mix of, “I Don’t Want A Lover” also features Tony Thompson of Chic on drums and was recorded at Burbank Studios in LA in summer 1987. You can check it out below.
The second of the two EPs, ‘Southside Covers’, was recorded at the band’s legendary gig at The Paradiso in Amsterdam in June 1989. The EP features previously unreleased live covers of John Lee Hooker’s, ‘Dimples’, and the Whitfield/Strong composition ,’Can’t Get Next To You’, which was covered by The Temptations and Al Green. Also included are live covers of ‘It Hurts Me Too’ by Elmore James and an epic cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Living For The City’.
Formed in 1986 by Sharleen Spiteri and her partner in crime, Johnny McElhone, Texas have made consistently great music throughout their stellar career; they’ve sold over 40 million records, had 13 top ten UK singles, 3 No.1 UK albums and 8 top ten UK albums including their latest, Jump On Board.