A clamor went up for more Laugh, in the absence of a retrospective. Over at Backed with, you’ll now find both versions of ‘Sensation no. 1’ alongside B side ‘It’s easy’; here we’ve added ‘Never had it so bad’ (AA side from debut 12 inch for the Remorse label) to the ealier post, and now offer up the awesome ‘Time to lose it’ (A side of their third single for the Remorse label) and the earlier version of ‘Take your time yeah!’, proving that the flexi disc has no challengers when it comes to the award for the format with the worst audio quality.
Great YouTube find by Fruitier than thou – a video for ‘Paul McCartney’ by Laugh. It’s a pity that Laugh didn’t make a full LP in the style of this and ‘Take your time yeah!’ to compare and contrast with the one they did make for Heavenly’s predecessor Sub Aqua; by the time that possibility was on the table, they had developed the sequenced syncopation that Mancunian groups in the eighties seemed inevitably drawn towards. They did it with style and substance, as the Sensation number one LP bears out. Or would, if anyone had the nous to reissue it.
Fruitier also offers a range of other delights, including radio sessions by High Five and Prefab Sprout, live sets by Felt and the Go-Betweens, and – with its editor’s permission – a full scan of I think the first issue of Hungry beat (Kevin will correct me if I’m wrong, though he may not thank me for pointing you in its direction).