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McCarthy were an ‘80s indie band associated with the C86 scene and known for their left-wing political leanings. Their guitarist, Tim Gane, would go on to form Stereolab. Red Sleeping Beauty was the band’s second single, originally released in 1986. It is being reissued as part of the Optic Nerve Sevens series. It’s backed with The Fall, a track not on the original EP.

Limited Vinyl 7" £7.99 ON9

Red coloured vinyl 7" on Optic Nerve. Edition of 500 copies incl. poster + postcard.

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Red Sleeping Beauty by McCarthy
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7/10 Will Staff review, 20 June 2019

McCarthy were featured in the legendary C86 compilation and spawned Stereolab, bona fide indie heritage if I ever saw it. Optic Nerve Recordings are re-releasing their song 'Red Sleeping Beauty' from 1986 on a 7". I enjoyed this song. It's got a little bit more bite than some of the other stuff on the C86 compilation. It's more romantic and full of itself in a good way. Folky rhythms, chorus-drenched guitars, and winsome vocals make up a big chunk of this track. There's an urgency to the scattergun drumming that rescues the song from sounding a little limpid, but when it's all considered together 'Red Sleeping Beauty' is something approaching proto-shoegaze, shoegaze with its teeth taken out; less My Bloody Valentine, more My Slightly Grazed Valentine. 


McCarthy - A1.Red Sleeping Beauty - YouTube


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