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Razorcuts
Storyteller

A deluxe re-issue of Storyteller, the debut album from short-lived London-based indie band Razorcuts. Originally released in 1988 on Creation, it’s a lean and taut 35-minute collection that put them streets ahead of their competitors at the time. Now, it gets a re-issue with a bonus eight-track album and in-depth sleeve notes. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (OPT4026B)
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  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Double LP (OPT4026)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
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  • Optic Nerve

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)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Bob
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  • Optic Nerve

The Wee Cherubs
Dreaming

Optic Nerve have caught somewhat of a wave with these 7" pressings of 80's indie-pop classics and obscurities. This one falls somewhat into the latter bracket being the early musings of Martin Cotter who went onto be in psychedelic crazies the Bachelor Pad. Expect two slabs of Scottish indie pop with nods to (who else?) Orange Juice.   
  • Vinyl 7" (ON212)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Optic Nerve

Razorcuts
The World Keeps Turning

A deluxe re-issue of The World Keeps Turning, the second album from short-lived London-based indie band Razorcuts. Originally released in 1989 on Creation, it was bolder than their already-great debut Storyteller and put the rest of the indie ghetto to shame. Now, it gets a 2xLP re-issue on white / transparent green vinyl, with a bonus eight-track album and in-depth sleeve notes. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (OPT4027)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
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  • Optic Nerve

Bob
You Can Stop That For A Start

Bob were an English indie band who formed in 1986 and released a few singles that featured heavily on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. You Can Stop That For a Start is an album that the band recorded in 1992 but never released. The album comes with additional tracks in the form of demos recorded between 1988 and 1994. On Optic Nerve.
  • Vinyl LP (OPT4030)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

The Revolving Paint Dream
Flowers In The Sky

A minor hit on the indie charts when originally released back in 1984, ‘Flowers In The Sky’ was the debut single from future Primal Scream guitarist Andrew Innes when he was in the short-lived The Revolving Paint Dream. Released on Creation Records - whose founder Alan McGee was actually in the band too - it’s now given a second lease of life via this 7” single re-issue as part of the Optic Sevens series, and includes a postcard and poster. 
  • Vinyl 7" (ON204)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Optic Nerve

Meat Whiplash
Don't Slip Up

We're really delving into indie pop obscurity with Meat Whiplash. They released just one single (but it was on Creation famously) before splitting and regrouping as the Motorcycle Boy. This is that only single re-pressed and re-issued on coloured vinyl by the archivists who are Optic Nerve. Comes with nice postcard and poster.  
  • Vinyl 7" (ON209)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Optic Nerve

The Wee Cherubs
The Merry Makers

That sleeve might look like something you would have got in your Christmas stocking as a child but the Wee Cherubs are one of the better of the lost Scottish bands if the mid 80s. Their Orange Juice / Josef K type jangle is typical of the era and somewhat at odds with the stew of psychedelic chaos they later made as the Bachelor Pad. 
  • Vinyl LP (OPT4038)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

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. 
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  • Optic Nerve

The Wedding Present
Once More

Optic Nerve re-issue ‘Once More’, the second single from Leeds indie cult faves The Wedding Present, on a beautiful piece of white 7” vinyl. Originally released on Reception Records back in 1985 and included on their early years comp Tommy, the track (and its original B-side ‘At The Edge of The Sea’, replicated here) exemplify the lo-fi, high-energy approach of David Gedge’s early years. 
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  • Optic Nerve

The Vaselines
Son Of A Gun

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The James Dean Driving Experience
Sean Connery

The James Dean Driving Experience were one of those great indie-pop bands of the '80s that time forgot. Thankfully Optic Nerve are here to remind us of their jangly charms. This was their final release back in the new decade 1990 and will appeal to fans of the likes of the Servants and Close Lobsters. Comes with neat postcard and poster.  
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  • Optic Nerve

McCarthy
The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth

Originally released in March 1989, The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth was the second of three albums from short-lived but influential agit-pop outfit McCarthy, featuring future Stereolab founder Tim Gane. It now gets a deluxe vinyl re-issue, including a ten-track bonus LP and a two-track 7” vinyl with two previously unreleased tracks. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (OPT4.028)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

The Loft
Up The Hill And Down The Slope

Arrrggghhh The Loft! The first band led by Pete Astor (the Weather Prophets and..um Pete Astor). Two stellar singles Why Does the Rain? and Up The Hill And Down The Slope and that's your lot. The nice people at Optic Nerve are re-issuing this minor classic on coloured vinyl 7" with a poster and a postcard so you can swoon once again to its strummy charms.    
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  • Optic Nerve

Metro Trinity
Die Young

The short-lived but much-loved Manchester indie outfit Metro Trinity (whose number at one point included future Doves guitarist Andy Williams) earn a re-issue of their Die Young EP, originally released back in early 1987 on their own Cafeteria label. Here, three of its four tracks are pressed on white 7” vinyl via Optic Nerve. 
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  • Optic Nerve

The Primitives
Thru The Flowers

A first ever 7” vinyl release for ‘Thru The Flowers’, the classic debut single from Coventry indie-popsters The Primitives. While it didn’t chart, it helped launch the group’s career by establishing their sound. This version is the original 1986 recording, not the subsequent re-recording that often appears on the band’s compilations, and includes a postcard and poster. 
  • Vinyl 7" (ON203)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Optic Nerve

Even As We Speak
Blue Suburban Skies

The second single from long-running Sydney-based indie band Even As We Speak in late 1987, ‘Blue Suburban Skies’ became better known when bundled up with the ‘Goes So Slow’ single in 1990 to make a five-track EP on the famous Sarah Records. The original recording, with a cover of New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ on the reverse, now gets a 7” single re-issue via the Optic Sevens series. 

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 (OPT4025)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Optic Nerve

Hangman's Beautiful Daughters
Smashed Full Of Wonder

Smashed Full of Wonder is an in-depth exhumation of the complete recordings of London-based psychedelic garage rockers Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters, briefly signed to Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld imprint in the late Eighties. The tracks are re-mastered and now available on CD for the first time, with an accompanying 12-page booklet featuring exclusive images and an essay by Jowe Head (formerly of Television Personalities and Swell Maps). 

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.
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  • Optic Nerve

The Cigarettes
You Were So Young

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The Siddeleys
What Went Wrong This Time?

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One Thousand Violins
Halcyon Days / Like 1000 Violins

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

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Pulp
Everybody's Problem

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McCarthy
Red Sleeping Beauty

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The Wallflowers
Blushing Girl, Nervous Smile

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The Wedding Present
Go Out And Get 'Em Boy!

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The Servants
The Sun, A Small Star

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The Pooh Sticks
On Tape

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East Village
Cubans In The Bluefields

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Apple Boutique
Love Resistance

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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. 
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  • Optic Nerve

14 Iced Bears
Wonder

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14 Iced Bears
14 Iced Bears

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Medium Medium
The Glitterhouse

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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.
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  • Optic Nerve

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.  
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  • 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.
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  • Optic Nerve

The House Of Love
The House Of Love Deluxe

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The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

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McCarthy
I Am A Wallet

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Laibach
Nova Akropola

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Girls At Our Best
Pleasure

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Waltones
The Very Best Of The...

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Cleaners From Venus
The Very Best Of: Living With Victoria Grey

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The Charlottes
Things Come Apart

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Cud
Leggy Mambo

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Pop Will Eat Itself
Now For A Feast

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