The Soft Boys1976-81

Label:Rykodisc – RCD 10234/35
2 x CD, Compilation
Style:Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock


1-1Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole3:51
1-2It's Not Just The Size Of A Walnut4:10
1-3Ugly Nora3:30
1-4The Yodelling Hoover2:44
1-5Hear My Brane3:54
1-6The Face Of Death3:16
1-7Wading Through A Ventilator3:22
1-8Give It To The Soft Boys1:36
1-9I Want To Be An Anglepoise Lamp2:59
1-10Fatman's Son2:47
1-11Where Are The Prawns?4:13
1-13Heartbreak Hotel4:42
1-14Caroline Says
Written-ByLou Reed
1-15We Like Bananas
Written-ByChris J. Yacich*
1-16The Pigworker4:39
1-17Do The Chisel2:53
1-18Return Of The Sacred Crab3:01
1-19That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Written-ByFred Fisher (2)
1-20The Book Of Love1:59
2-1Sandra's Having Her Brain Out4:09
2-2Leppo And The Jooves5:28
2-3The Rat's Prayer3:20
2-4Have A Heart Betty (I'm Not Fireproof) #13:39
2-5Mystery Train3:56
2-6He's A Reptile4:26
2-7Rock N Roll Toilet2:42
2-8Have A Heart Betty (I'm Not Fireproof) #22:38
2-9Insanely Jealous4:45
2.10Underwater Moonlight4:43
2-11I Wanna Destroy You2:53
2-12Queen Of Eyes2:00
2-13Kingdom Of Love4:11
2-14Positive Vibrations3:12
2-15Gigolo Aunt
Written-BySyd Barrett
2-16Train 'Round The Bend
Written-ByLou Reed
2-17Kingdom Of Love4:31
2-18Only The Stones Remain2:50

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1-1 to 1-3 previously unreleased, recorded in Robyn's living room, March 1977.
1-4 to 1-8 from the 'Give It To The Soft Boys' sessions for the first Soft Boys release, June 1977.
1-9, 1-10 originally released as Radar single, 1978.
1-11, 1-12 previously unreleased tracks recorded for the aborted Radar album, 1978.
1-13 to 1-18 previously unreleased, recorded live at Lady Mitchell Hall, late 1978.
1-19, 1-20 recorded live at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, 1978.
2-1 to 2-3 from the album 'A Can Of Bees.'
2-4, 2-5 outtakes from the 'A Can Of Bees' sessions, November 1978.
2-6 to 2-8 from the album 'Invisible Hits' recorded June/July 1979.
2-9, 2-10 previously unreleased early versions recorded September 1979.
2-11 to 2-13 from the album 'Underwater Moonlight' recorded January/March 1980.
2-14 to 2-17 previously unreleased, recorded live at the Hope & Anchor, Islington, London, March 1980.
2-18 recorded June 1980. Originally from the 'Two Halves For The Price Of One' LP, now relocated to the 'Underwater Moonlight' CD.

This compilation ℗ & © 1993 Robyn Hitchcock
Artwork © 1993 Rykodisc
All songs published by Complete Music Ltd. (PRS) and administered by Incomplete Music Inc. (BMI) except:
Tracks 1-1 to 1-4, 1-6, 1-7, 1-9, 1-10, 1-12 published by EMI Virgin Songs, Inc./Two Crabs Music (BMI)
Tracks 1-11, 2-18 published by Watteau Music (PRS)
Track 1-13 published by Sony Tree Publishing Co. Inc. (BMI)
Tracks 1-14, 2-16 published by Screen Gems-EMI o/b/o Oakfield Avenue Music (BMI)
Track 1-15 published by Anne Rachel Music administered by Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
Track 1-19 published by Fischer Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Track 1-20 published by Arc Music Corp./Longitute Music (BMI)
Track 2-5 published by Unichappell Music/Hi-Lo Music (BMI)
Track 2-15 published by Lupus Music (BMI)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 14431 02342 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): rcd 10234
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): rcd 1023
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): RCD 10234 01% H
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): RCD 10235 01% G
  • Rights Society: PRS
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (2)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
1976-81 (2×CD, Compilation)RykodiscRCD 10234/35Japan1993
New Submission
1976-81 (2×CD, Compilation)RykodiscRCD 10234/35USUnknown



  • jadehubertz's avatar
    There is a defect on disc 1, track 6 ("The Face Of Death") which causes a "dropout"/skipping sound at approximately the 1:17 mark on some players (my car CD player plays the track flawlessly). I have verified this defect on two copies, both with the matrix/runout listed above.
    • Citizen_Drucker's avatar
      Wonderful compilation. The tracks from the Underwater Moonlight LP are by far the best available on CD (I haven't heard the 1992 Rykodisc version, I'd imagine similar!)


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