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The Wake \ Here Comes Everybody [FBN 35]

A special 30th anniversary edition of Here Comes Everybody, the highly-regarded second album by Scottish group The Wake, originally released by Factory Records in 1985.

Newly remastered for this special edition 2xCD package, the album is joined on Disc 1 by companion singles Talk About the Past and Of the Matter, as well as a 4 song radio session and a previously unreleased dub version of Torn Calendar. Disc 2 combines their final Factory EP Something That No-One Else Could Bring (produced by John Leckie) with no less than seven previously unreleased demos recorded between 1988 and 1990, including unheard songs as well as material later re-recorded for Sarah Records.

A double vinyl edition of Here Comes Everybody with bonus singles is available through US label Captured Tracks.

CD disc 1:

1. O Pamela
2. Send Them Away
3. Sail Through
4. Melancholy Man
5. World Of Her Own
6. Torn Calendar
7. All I Asked You To Do
8. Here Comes Everybody
9. Talk About the Past (7" version)
10. Of the Matter
11. Talk About the Past (radio session)
12. Rise and Shine (radio session)
13. Make You Understand (radio session)
14. The Calendar (radio session)
15. Torn Calendar (dub version)
16. Everybody Works So Hard (7" version)

CD disc 2:

1. Gruesome Castle
2. Pale Spectre
3. Furious Sea
4. Plastic Flowers
5. Hated Forsaken (demo)
6. English Rain (demo)
7. The Plastic Flowers (demo)
8. Bob's Empty Head (demo)
9. Are They Chaste? (demo)
10. Crush the Flowers (demo)
11. Carbrain (demo)
12. Pale Spectre (7" edit)
13. Talk About the Past (12" version)

Available on 2xCD and a digital download. CD edition is housed in a 6 panel digipack with new liner notes by Carolyn Allen and Caesar. To purchase CD please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button beneath cover image, or else contact FBN by email.

Here Comes Everybody [FBN 35]
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Reviews:

"Here Comes Everybody holds up as a touchstone for aching, atmospheric synth-pop, all slinky guitars, crispy percussion, textured keyboards and limber bass" (Pitchfork, 06/2012)

"Exquisite. Here Comes Everybody is The Wake as purveyors of wintry despair, indie at its most weary and wan, with Pale Spectre an all-time classic of the happy-to-be-sad genus. Even the la-la-la's are wet, wet with tears. Four stars" (Classic Pop, 06/2015)

"The Wake were a beguiling lot, a debt to New Order leavened by an extra helping of pale remorse, akin to Felt's precious cargo with Postcardian awkwardness. But there are kernels of heart-tugging pop: O Pamela was later covered by Nouvelle Vague, a glacial Torn Calendar is the album's secret weapon, and one wonders in Future Islands knowingly borrowed Sail Through's lilting synth figure" (Mojo, 06/2015)

"Various revivals of 1980s electronica make The Wake seem like pioneers, and as such Here Comes Everybody is their key release. While the songs are at root quite conventional, austere atmospherics remain the core of the sound. Decades later Nouvelle Vague would excavate the architecture of opener O Pamela, remodelling it as an Astrud Gilberto-style shuffle. The bonus tracks on this 2xCD set make the strongest case for their talents, though, with the breezy demo of Crush the Flowers a gem of boy/girl pop. 8 out of 10" (Uncut, 05/2015)

"My favourite Wake record for a variety of reasons, and most of those reasons are quite simply delicious songs. The opener O Pamela is a gorgeous hymn. Send Them Away is equally sublime, aching and reaching into the stratosphere" (Tangents, 02/2002)

"Driving compositions with bass-lines that form and direct the melodies. Behind a driving pop beat that teeter's on punk's edge, Caesar's vocals are deep and dark" (Other Music, 03/2002)

"O Pamela is a beautiful pop song that went completely unnoticed at the time. The naive melody and lyrics really got to me" (Nouvelle Vague, 2006)

"The album stands as a pillar of moody synth pop, still bearing passing resemblance to New Order while retaining the bounce of the Postcard label bands and the cavernous production of Closer-era Joy Division, covering it all in some of the heaviest synth wash this side of Klaus Schulze" (Dusted, 04/2012)