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There Is No Shame In Death
These Frayed Edges



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May 30, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing There Is No Shame In Death, 12", Maxi, RE, SOC 121, Soc121
The original six piece outfit recorded 'There Is No Shame In Death' at 'Royal' studio, Sheffield in late August 1980 and made their second live performance (as 'Danse Crazy'), alongside Soft Cell, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, U2, Altered Images & Wasted Youth at the legendary Futurama2 festival in Leeds in mid September.

Immediately thereafter Paul Hampshire (keyboards) and Dave Patrick (bass) quit, leaving a line-up of Steve Rawlings (vocals), Paul Gilmartin (drums), Paul Nash (guitar) and Lyndon Scarfe (synths, keyboards) who then recorded 'These Frayed Edges' during an 8 hour studio session in Stockport, near Manchester - (the strange background sounds in that recording were interference picked up from conversations broadcast by the taxi business's transmitter in the adjacent building)

Shortly before Sheffield entrepreneur Marcus Featherby became the band's manager, a bass player, Tim Wright, was recruited for live shows and he played on January 1981's sessions at RikRak studio in Leeds which spawned the 'Clock / Continent' debut 7".

A few months later Marcus took new song 'Dolphins' plus the two earlier recordings and released a 3-track 12" 'There Is No Shame In Death' / 'Dolphins' / 'These Frayed Edges' with catalogue reference 'PAX2' on his own 'Pax' label.

The initial 200 copies were pressed on blue vinyl and that pressing is the rarest Danse Society item. A tiny number of blue and standard vinyl copies were sent out as promos in either hand folded and stapled versions of the heavy card PAX sleeve or in hand folded sleeves from a contemporary independent label compilation album called 'East Of Croydon'.

The 12" was reissued (in 1982 or 1983?) as SOC121 on Society Records in a factory manufactured sleeve.