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Artist: CHIN CHIN
Title: Sound of the Westway
Format: LP
Label: Slumberland/Mississippi
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Chin Chin, an all-female group, was formed in 1982 in Biel, Switzerland. At the time experience wasnt needed, a desire to play was. Technical ability was a bonus, a hunger to perform a must. Musically, the band had many influences: The Clash, The Ramones, X-Ray Spex, Blondie, Generation X, Siouxsie & The Banshees, David Bowie, Motown, 1960s girl groups and glam rock bands like T-Rex and Slade. Although Chin Chin saw themselves as a punk rock band, catchy pop vocals and harmonies played a big part in their songs, setting them apart from their contemporaries. Chin Chins first and only 7-inch We Dont Wanna Be Prisoners was released in the summer of 1984 on the bands label Farmer Records, making Chin Chin one of the only all-female bands in Switzerland writing their own material, playing regular gigs and releasing records. In 1985, Sound of the Westway was released on Farmer, containing twelve original compositions recorded and mixed in just seven days. Its a brilliant mix of punk-informed crunch and buoyant pop melody that shows Chin Chin to be true pioneers of DIY noisy pop. After a hugely successfu German tour with The Shop Assistants, the band released the Stop Your Crying EP on Scotlands legendary 53rd and 3rd label. Sound of the Westway has gone on to become one of the most sought-after 80s indie-pop records and for good reason. Tunes like "Dark Days" and "Stay With Me" still sound remarkably fresh today; the bands fierce DIY stance and girl-positive ethics have echoed down through indie music since. Slumberland is very pleased to join the estimable Mississippi Records in bringing this classic album back into print, on vinyl only and with new mastering and artwork. Limited to 1,000 copies." - Slumberland.
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