The Membranes return to live action this Saturday at the 229 Club, Great Portland Street, London, as part of the C86 deluxe edition celebrates. They have just released a new single which will as a taster for the forthcoming album they're currently in the process of recording, their first album of new material since 1989's To Slay The Rock Pig and the first physical release Anagram's 1997 Best of, a 20 track compilation that barely touched the mammoth Mems back catalogue. Whether deluxe box sets of their original albums will surface in the wake of the new record is anyone's guess.
The group had been together several years before Peel offered them this their first - and what turned out to be their only - session for the programme. The band at the time was John Robb (bass, vocals), Ian Tilton (guitar) and on drums Coofy Sid, a line-up sadly under-represented on album, Tilton leaving the group by '84's end to be replaced by Stan The Batcow for debut full length proper Gift Of Life on Creation.
Shine On Pumpkin Moon
Big Nose and the Howling Wind
The Great Mistake
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