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The Redskins – Neither Washington Nor Moscow vinyl and CD reissue

The Redskins - Neither Washington Nor Moscow vinyl and CD reissue
The Redskins – Neither Washington Nor Moscow vinyl and CD reissue (image credit: Rough Trade)
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A first-ever reissue for The Redskins – Neither Washington Nor Moscow on vinyl, plus a new CD boxset too.

The vinyl is black at pretty much every retailer. Except one. There is a limited edition red vinyl reissue, which is only available at Rough Trade as a pre-order and only in a run of 500. What I’m saying is that you want to get it ordered if you want it in your collection. Or just shop around for black vinyl.

The latest reissue comes complete with new sleeve notes by Redskins bassist Martin Hewes, and the CD boxset (should you go for that) includes a 68-page booklet with liner notes from Hewes and Redskins drummer Paul Hookham (who replaced original drummer Nick King in 1985) as well as additional words from Billy Bragg and Paul Morley.

If you’ve never heard their album then you are missing out as it’s a real gem. With an ambition to ‘sing like The Supremes and walk like The Clash’, The Redskins mixed anger and angst with soulful rhythms, setting them apart from most of their contemporaries.

The best-known tunes are the ridiculously catchy Keep On Keepin’ On!, the band’s only Top 40 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) and the prophetic Kick Over The Statues, which I remember picking up in the bargain bin for 10p back in the day.

They split in 1986, leaving this as their only studio recording.

If you want to re-live it, the coloured vinyl sells for £27.99, the four-CD box sells for £21.99 and black vinyl is also available, again for £27.99.

All are available to pre-order at the Rough Trade website.

Tracklistings:

LP Tracklist:
A1 The Power Is Yours
A2 Kick Over the Statues!
A3 Go Get Organized!
A4 It Can Be Done!
A5 Keep On Keepin’ On!
A6 (Burn It Up) Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing)
B1 Hold On!
B2 Turnin’ Loose (This Furious Flames)
B3 Take No Heroes!
B4 The Crack
B5 Let’s Make It Work!
B6 Lean On Me!
B7. Lean On Me! (Reprise – ‘The Return Of The Modern Soul Classic’

The Redskins - Neither Washington Nor Moscow vinyl and CD reissue
The Redskins – Neither Washington Nor Moscow vinyl and CD reissue (image credit: Rough Trade)

CD Info and Tracklist:

4 discs – 67 tracks. The reissue comes complete with new sleeve notes by Redskins bassist Martin Hewes, and the boxset will include a 68-page booklet with liner notes from Hewes and Redskins drummer Paul Hookham (who replaced original drummer Nick King in 1985) and renowned contemporaries including Billy Bragg and Paul Morley. Plus photos, lyrics and essays.

A1 The Power Is Yours
A2 Kick Over the Statues!
A3 Go Get Organized!
A4 It Can Be Done!
A5 Keep On Keepin’ On!
A6 (Burn It Up) Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing)
A7 Hold On!
A8 Turnin’ Loose (This Furious Flames)
A9 Take No Heroes!
A10 The Crack
A11 Let’s Make It Work!
A12 Lean On Me!
A13 Lean On Me! (Reprise – ‘The Return Of The Modern Soul Classic’
A14 16 Tons (Coal Not Dole)
A15 Reds Strike The Blues (Take 4)
A16 99 And A Half Won’t Do (with Reprise)
A17 You Want It? They Got It!
A18 A Plateful Of Hateful
A19 Take Your Gods And Bury Them (‘Take No Heroes’ – Alternative Version)

B1 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) – 12” Version
B2 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Die On Your Feet 12” Mix) Produced by Ted de Bono, Mixed by Redskins
B3 The Power Is Yours (MGM Mix by Stephen Street)
B4 Keep On Keepin’ On (Original March ’84 – 12” Mix)
B5 It Can Be Done! 7” Version (Additional Recording and Mix by Stephen Street Alternate Mix)
B6 You Want It? They Got It! (Alternate Jammin’ Magazine Mix)
B7 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) (7” More FX Mix)
B8 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’)
B9 Let’s Make It Work! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’)
B10 Bring It Down! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’)
B11 Kick Over The Statues! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’)
B12 Tracks Of My Tears (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) with Billy Bragg
B13 Back In The USSR (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) w/ Billy Bragg + Jerry Dammers
B14 Skinhead Moonstomp (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) with Jerry Dammers
B15 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) – Speech Version with Bruce George, South African Activist

C1 The Power is Yours (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd Apr, 1986)
C2 Kick Over the Statues! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986)
C3 Hold On! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986)
C4 The Crack (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986)
C5 99 And A Half Won’t Do (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986)
C6 Let’s Make It Work! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986)
C7 Unioinize / Pickin’ The Blues (Peel Session, 9th Oct, 1982)
C8 Reds Strike the Blues (Peel Session, 9th Oct, 1982)
C9 Kick Over the Statues! (Peel Session, 9th Oct ’82)
C10 The Peasant Army (Peel Session, 9th Oct ’82)
C11 Young And Proud (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83)
C12 Hold On! (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83)
C13 99 And A Half Won’t Do (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83)
C14 Take No Heroes! (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83)
C15 A Plateful Of Hateful (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84)
C16 It Can Be Done! (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84)
C17 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84)

D1 Lev Bronstein (CNT 7”, 1982)
D2 The Peasant Army (CNT 7”, 1982)
D3 Lean on Me (Original CNT 7” Single)
D4 Unionize (CNT 7”, 1983)
D5 Move / Let My Words Be Bullets (Live in Munich, 1986)
D6 Don’t Talk To Me About Whether (Live In Munster, 1986)
D7 Levi Stubbs Tears (Live in Munich, 1986)
D8 The Most Obvious Sensible Thing (Unissued Session, 1986)
D9 Lean On Me (Northern Mix, CNT 12”, 1983)
D10 Unionize (Break Mix, CNT 12”, 1983)
D11 Stickies (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’
D12 Strike (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’
D13 Unnamed (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’
D14 Anglo-Irish Summit Tapes: Interview with Redskins, 1986
D15 I Can’t Stand The Boss (Live Bootleg, ICA, London, 1986) w/ introduction from Martin Hewes
D16 Names Were Named (Live Bootleg, SWAPO Festival, Italy, 1986)

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