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The Raincoats expanded re-issue and gigs

By | Published on Thursday 3 September 2009

The legendary and highly influential eponymous debut album by The Raincoats, which has been commercially unavailable for the last decade, will be re-issued by We ThRee in the UK and Kill Rock Stars in the US on 12 Oct. Originally released by Rough Trade in 1979, it influenced numerous bands, including Nirvana and Sonic Youth.

The album, including an additional song, ‘Fairytale In The Supermarket’, will be released on 180 gram vinyl (with bundled download) and, in the UK only, on CD with bonus live footage. The artwork will feature liner notes written by Kurt Cobain in 1993.

As well as this, a new documentary, ‘The Raincoats, Fairytales – A Work In Progress’, will be screened at the National Film Theatre on London’s Southbank and the Cambridge Film Festival, and the band will present portraits of some of their icons and perform live as part of the London Iconic series at the National Portrait Gallery. Most excitingly, the band will be heading out on a world tour, which will make its way around Europe in November.

Here’s some of what Cobain had to say about the band: “I really don’t know much about The Raincoats except that they recorded some music that has affected me so much that whenever I hear it I’m reminded of a particular time in my life when I was (shall we say) extremely unhappy, lonely and bored. If it weren’t for the luxury of putting on that scratchy copy of The Raincoats’ first record, I would have had very few moments of peace”.



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