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Reissue of the classic debut album! Limited to 1000 copies, 500 on NEON YELLOW and 500 on NEON PINK, randomly chosen! This version is in a GATEFOLD sleeve featuring the original Barney Bubbles artwork from the inner sleeve for the first time since the Belgian edition from 1978.
Yes it's an official repressing of the debut album "Cycledelic" from JOHNNY MOPED following on from their new album "It's A Real Cool Baby" which came out on Damaged Goods earlier in the year to critical acclaim.
"Cycledelic" was originally released in April 1978. Apparently a nightmare to record - by this stage, Johnny was practically under house arrest after the group's van had run over Brenda's mother (not fatally!), causing her to finally loose patience with whole scenario.
In order to get Johnny to the studio on time, the others met him from work, spun some tale of needing a group meeting in some spurious caf\\'e9 or other and promptly drove him all the way to the studio nonstop.
The vocals were thus laid down in one day. A "Mystery Track" was added to the LP later at Roger Armstrong's (Chiswick Boss) bequest.
Johnny did the vocals for this cut over the phone. The "Mystery Track" eventually appeared on the LP in the same place as "VD Boiler" as a piece of concentric tracking (ie.
you got one cut or the other depending where you placed the stylus.) Revolutionary! The rest of the LP was made up of live cuts recorded at The Roundhouse.
Not all of the best punk-era bands were recorded, but through the farsightedness of Chiswick Records, Johnny Moped happily were.
Thirty eight years (YES!) on, Cycledelic wears its dumb brilliance well. It's also Captain Sensible's favourite album, which can't be bad!