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The House Of Love
Shine On

She-She-She-Shine On. Shine on was the debut single from London band The House Of Love. This version was originally released in 1987 as a four track 12” EP. The song was re-recorded and released again in 1990 when it became pretty popular. This is the first time the original four track EP has appeared in the 7” format. 
  • Vinyl 7" (ON202)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

BOB
Convenience

First released in 1989 and placing highly in John Peel’s Festive Fifty was indie classic ‘Convenience’ by BOB. It now gets a 30th anniversary re-issue on coloured 7” vinyl (the customer will get a randomly chosen red, amber or green disc) with a postcard, sticker and poster via the Optic Sevens re-issue series, backed with previously unreleased track 'Coquette'.
  • Vinyl 7" (ON201)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Artist(s):
  • Bob
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

The Cigarettes
You Were So Young

The complete recorded output of the short-lived and scandalously under-appreciated Lincoln punk band The Cigarettes. You Were So Young captures 22 tracks laid down between 1978 and 1981, including their singles and B-sides, a John Peel session and a handful that were never formally released. The 2xLP version also includes 20-page booklet, poster, sticker and badge. 
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  • Optic Nerve

Tess Parks
Blood Hot

Tess Parks has recently been working closely with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre (see this year’s I Declare Nothing), but this release brings us back to her strong and smoky solo debut. Blood Hot was released in 2013, and now makes a welcome return on wax.
  • Vinyl LP (OPT4-018)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

The Pooh Sticks
The Pooh Sticks 7” Box Set

This is an expanded edition of a now very rare box set released by Fierce back in 1988. This new version features five different coloured 7” singles recorded by Swansea indie-poppers The Pooh Sticks from 1988, which every A-side this time coming with its corresponding B-side, plus a 24-page booklet. 
  • Vinyl 7" box set (OPT4.025)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition

One Thousand Violins
Halcyon Days / Like 1000 Violins

If I could fall into the sky Do you think time would pass me by? 'Cause you know I'd listen to One Thousand Violins If I could just see you ... tonight   OK, so 80’s indie-poppers One Thousand Violins probably had nothing to do with the success of Vanessa Carlton’s single back in 2002. That said, the Sheffield group did share Carlton’s way with melody. Their debut single ‘Halcyon Days’, a shoegazey jangle that sounds like The Smiths being covered by early My Bloody Valentine, was voted into John Peel’s Festive 50 when it dropped in 1985. Now that track and original B-side ‘Like 1000 Violins’ have been reissued on wax for the first time courtesy of Optic Nerve.
  • Vinyl 7" (ON10)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The Pale Fountains
(There's Always) Something On My Mind

(There’s Always) Something On My Mind was the debut single by The Pale Fountains from 1982. The band was lead by Michael Head who went on to form Shack and make great albums with The Strands and The Red Elastic Band. The A side is reminiscent of Orange Juice, whilst on the B-side, Just A Girl, you can hear the influence Love have had on Michael Head. 7” coloured vinyl, includes poster, limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.
  • Vinyl 7" (ON4)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

The Wolfhounds
Unseen Ripples From A Pebble

C86 originals The Wolfhounds were more gritty and intense than the fey, shambling reputation the influential cassette has now, as evidenced on their 1987 debut LP ‘Unseen Ripples From A Pebble’. Reissued and remastered featuring 15 bonus tracks and all of their recorded output for the Pink Label, this album has not been available on CD until now. Also included is a 7” version of single ‘Me’ that was originally released on Idea Records. 

The Wolfhounds
Untied Kingdom (…or how to come to terms with your culture)

Debuting in 1986, disbanding in 1990 and now back with their first full length standalone LP 26 years later, The Wolfhounds are as furious and energetic as they ever were. There is a dystopian reflectiveness to their disjointed and modern-twisted punk, with sample manipulation, dub freak outs and detuned jangly and raw rock and roll chords.

Folk Devils
Beautiful Monsters (Singles and Demo Recordings 1984-86)

Folk Devils shone briefly in the mid-1980’s: Beautiful Monsters gathers together all of their singles and throws in a bundle of previously unheard demo recordings. Post-punk with an aggressive and political edge. This is the first release of these singles in quite some time, and the very first time on CD. All remastered. On Optic Nerve.
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  • Optic Nerve

Jane and Barton
Jane and Barton

Well we all remember Jane's 'It's a Fine Day' don't we? Don't we? Y'know the a cappella track that ended up being the base for Opus III's ...um 'It's a Fine Day'. Well that is here, as are a load of tracks featuring Jane and Manchester eccentric Edward Barton who had fingers in various pies through the '80s. Members of A Certain Ratio pop up from time to time too.  
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

The Tempest
5 Against The House

The Tempest were a John Peel-approved, semi-obscure 80’s post-punk outfit whose splintered members would later go on to do time in Venus Fly Trap, Spacemen 3 and Spiritualised. 5 Against The House has them rocking a angular guitar / funky bass combination that pins them to 1984. Reissued on blue / white splatter vinyl with a bonus CD version, in new artwork. On Optic Nerve.
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve