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Party Day on You Tube
Party Day have quite a few of their songs up on YouTube, if not almost everything! (2015 online list) This is due to many diehard fans who refuse to let the band lie down in obscurity. It says a lot that despite neither achieving the major success nor recognition, there are fans out there that loved the band. So Party Day tip-toed around the edges; John Peel loved the singles, but they never got a session, when some lessor bands did. Being favoured and overlooked in equal measures by Peel (and Walters) brings it’s own problems . . .
On You Tube, quite a few of them are using my Party Day photos (which is fine by me) as little footage of note seems to have survived. Anyway, I’ve been inspired
To have a go and rather than use photos (my own at that!), I’ve created four unique videos for Party Day songs during 2015:
‘Party Day’ (1982) - the song that inspired the name, or was it the other way around?
‘Opium Gathering’ (1982) - a different kind of song, and a different kind of pace.
‘Flies’ (Hover mix) (1984) - this is a different mix to the one which released as a b-side to ‘The Spider’.
‘Peel and Party Day’ - Has the man himself introducing the band as he plays their record.
The above films have been created using ‘public domain - license free’ imagery.
‘Carousel’ (1984) - A real gem. Thanks to the genius of Dean, who’d had a gig video’d in late 1984, when the band were in transition. From the ‘single camera’ viewpoint, I’ve re-edited this track.
‘My Heroine’ (1985) - A majestic song from the Glasshouse EP.
It’s been all fun and hard work and if the response is favourable I might do a few more.
So here you are . . . Click on the Playlist icon: for the PD selection.
In 1987, Party Day worked on their proposed (and abandoned) third album. Two tracks eventually found their way onto You Tube; the first being ‘Aching’, with its own video, the second track was ‘I Held her Hand’, from former band member Paul Nash (now Danse Society). The songs hinted at a major change in musical direction (note: this version of the band had only one original member). Both Mick and Dean confirmed later that by using the PD name, it was hoped it would lead to fresh interest and a release. Since Dean’s death, Paul has put all the tracks online as a tribute to his dear friend.
Giraffe in Flames: As of 2016, this compilation LP has surfaced in its entirety on You Tube. Obviously features ‘Rabbit Pie’, which was one of the stand out tracks.
Page added Apr 2015
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