The Hit Parade 'Pick Of The Pops Volume 1' LP
A swish compilation featuring the most memorable songs in the career of the top notch indie band The Hit Parade. It collects together the most poignant moments in the career of The Hit Parade, and includes their thoughtful recording for Sarah Records “In Gunnersbury Park”, their tub thumping single for Minty Fresh USA “Hitomi” as well as other cuts, both cheerful and desolate in style, that feature Cath Carroll(Factory Records), Amelia Fletcher (Heavenly and Tallulah Gosh) and Harvey Williams (Another Sunny Day and The Field Mice).
The Hit Parade was formed by Julian henry with his school friends Matt Moffatt and Raymond Watts in 1984 when they released their first single ‘Forever’ on JSH Records. Since then they’ve clung to the sensibilities of pure pop and have become a curiosity item with their retro attitudes and songs about dead writers, disused swimming pools and failed love affairs.
Their early vinyl singles were lauded by John Peel, the NME and Melody Maker, the now defunct weekly paper that published Julian Henry's writing. In the 1990s the band toured alongside Edwyn Collins, The Milkshakes and Sarah Records notables, and signed to Japanese and US labels, releasing a sequence of albums that have since become collectible.
Catalogue number: OPT4045
Label: Optic Nerve