VariousCity Walls - A Southampton Compilation

Label:White Elephant Records (2) – RIOCH 1
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Style:New Wave, Experimental


A1The Motifs (2)Julie
A2The Motifs (2)Disillusion
A3Vertical MotionLast Chance
A4Vertical MotionYou've Lost The Thread
A5Almost CrueltyFoetus
A6Almost CrueltyDangers Of Tranquility
A7Exploding SeagullsPrefab (Buildings) !
B1Exploding SeagullsRing Pull/Takes
B2The Point FivesStabbed
B3The Point FivesNext Time
B4Inferior ComplexCrimean War
B5Inferior ComplexNot Concerned
B6Games To AvoidNature Nurture
B7Games To Avoid, (With Andy Wallace)*Wasteland (Crusader 80)

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Comes with 3 inserts 1 double sided (Bargate Arch image, image key & key list & on reverse acknowledgements)
Matrix = NLR & GR are entwined initials.
A pressing of 1000 .

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 - etched ): RIOCH-1-A NLR GR 1 MPKT V SL 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 - etched ): RIOCH-1-B NLR GR 1 MPKT T SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 & Side 2 - stamped ): NIMBUS ENGLAND

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City Walls 2 - 81 + 40 = 21 - A Southampton Compilation (2×CD, Compilation)White Elephant Records (2)RIOCH 2UK2021



  • mariannerose2310's avatar
    Edited 2 months ago
    Various Artists: 'City Walls' (1980, White Elephant)

    This album extols the purest essence and most potent representation of the term 'seminal', an adjective so long cherished by the bygone inky music press. From the primitive electronic experimentation of Almost Cruelty through the new wave junior Police-isms of The Motifs to the soaraway, sublime post punk of Games To Avoid, these fourteen tracks prove that Southampton wasn't always about Howard Jones and Craig David ( of 2023, the country's latest unelected spineless PM).

    There is an accompanying book, the outstanding 'A Curry With John Peel' (I won't expand on the reason for the title as it would constitute an egregious spoiler), masterfully authored by Richard Williams, the executor and brains behind the 1980 project. The book is a mind-blowingly honest, gripping, exhaustively detailed and deeply moving account of one young man's - aided by his university friends and local record shop associates - obstacle-strewn crusade to compile the best of Southampton's young alternative talent in post punk and indie music's embryonic years.

    Turns out it was a massive success; forty-three years on, most of the music sounds timeless and, if anything, a blueprint for a great many 2000s/2010s post punk revival bands. As a personal note, I insist that the best track is saved for last: Games To Avoid's sublime, Bunnymen-besting 'Wasteland' is possibly the most underrated record of 1980.

    Suffice to say, if you hold a candle for either post punk /early indie or Southampton in general, you need to hear this album.

    Marianne-Rose Tovey (singer/songwriter/musician and resident of Southampton 1978 - 2001)

    LP: Various Artists: 'City Walls' (White Elephant, 1980)
    Book (Hardback/Paperback/e-Book): 'A Curry With John Peel' (Richard Williams, self-published, 2019)

    N.B. Ratings are out of five, are personal and entirely independent of any official Discogs ratings elsewhere.
    • mrlimbo's avatar
      A book has recently been published about this compilation "A Curry With John Peel: the City Walls story – Richard Williams"


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