The Raincoats – Rough Trade Records – 1979

Fairytale In The Supermarket

In Love / Adventures Close To Home

Nice bit of kit from Rough Trade Records, the debut single from the wonderfully charming Raincoats.

The Raincoats started off with several high ranking punk scenesters involved, Palm Olive and Kate Korus from The Slits at different times, also Richard Snake Hips Dudanski from 101ers and then Public Image Limited had a bash with the band. 

The line up for this single and the self titled first LP (which is also pure class) was Ana De Silva, Gina Birch, Palm Olive and Vicky Aspinell. Together they created a totally original sound that has been championed by many movers and shakers in bands since the records original release. Kurt Cobain from Nirvana and Sonic Youth being great examples.

This record was produced jointly by Rough Trade supremo Geoff  Travis and Mayo Thompson from  the sixties psyche band Red Crayola, whose debut LP from 1967 I will upload next.

  1. alistairliv
    April 22, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Sheer bliss. One of the few records on here that I still have ( or ever had – lot of new to me tracks here) as original vinyl. It came out in 1979, so most likely sold to me by Pete Stennet in Small Wonder.

    Fairytale in the Supermarket is utterly magnificent. I love the John Cale/ Velvet Underground screechy viola sound.

    “But don’t worry honey don’t worry, this is just a fairy tale. Happening in the supermarket…”

    11/ 10 Mr. P.

  2. Steve
    April 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    The Rough Trade label quality control definitely dipped once Geoff Travis stopped producing everything…

  3. Farmer Glitch
    Farmer Glitch
    April 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Excellent tracks – played ‘Fairytale’ out a while back after some low-end Dubstep – no one blinked .. sounded good when it came out – still sounds totally vital now …. nice selection ..!

  4. Nic
    April 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Lovely – still have my copy of this single, still love it…

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