Album artwork for Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent by Various
Album artwork for Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent by Various

There was plenty of genuine discontent in Britain at the tail end of the 1970s, and it had little to do with bin strikes or dark rumours about overflowing morgues. In the world of popular music, the most liberating after-effect of the Sex Pistols was that anyone with something to say now felt they could make a 7” single. Winter Of Discontent is the sound of truly DIY music, made by people who maybe hadn’t written a song until a day or two before they went into the studio. It’s spontaneous and genuinely free in a way the British music scene has rarely been before or since.

Winter of Discontent has been compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, the latest in their highly acclaimed series of albums that includes The Daisy Age, Fell From The Sun and English Weather. The era's bigger DIY names (Scritti Politti, TV Personalities, the Fall) and the lesser-known (Exhibit A, Digital Dinosaurs, Frankie’s Crew) are side by side on Winter Of Discontent. Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue command – “Here’s one chord, here’s another, now start a band” – was amplified by the Mekons and the Raincoats, whose music shared a little of punk’s volume, speed and distortion, but all of its obliqueness and irreverence. The discontent was with society as a whole. No subject matter was taboo: oppressive maleness (Scritti Politti); deluded Britishness (TV Personalities); gender stereotypes (Raincoats, Androids of Mu); nihilistic youth (Fatal Microbes); alcoholism (Thin Yoghurts); self-doubt and pacifism (Zounds). The band names (Thin Yoghurts!) and those of individual members (Andrew Lunchbox!) had enough daftness to avoid any accusations of solemnity. Winter Of Discontent is the definitive compilation of the UK DIY scene, and a beacon in grim times.

1. Where Were You? – The Mekons 2. Violence Grows – Fatal Microbes 3. The Terraplane Fixation – Animals & Men 4. Work – Blue Orchids 5. Small Hours – Karl’s Empty Body 6. Somebody – Frankie’s Crew 7. Confidence – Scritti Politti 8. Drink Problem – Thin Yoghurts 9. Low Flying Aircraft – Anne Bean & Paul Burwell 10. Brow Beaten – Performing Ferret Band 11. No Forgetting – The Manchester Mekon 12. Fairytale In The Supermarket – The Raincoats 13. Can’t Cheat Karma – Zounds 14. Bored Housewives – Androids Of Mu 15. In My Area (Take 2) – The Fall 16. The Sideways Man – The Digital Dinosaurs 17. Attitudes – The Good Missionaries 18. The Window’s Broken – Human Cabbages 19. King And Country – Television Personalities 20. In The Night – Exhibit ‘a’ 21. Nudes - Performing Ferret Band 22. Different Story – Tarzan 5 23. The Red Pullover – The Gynaecologists 24. Production Line – The Door And The Window

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Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent

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Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent

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Album artwork for Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent by Various
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exclusive
Red
Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 300 copies
Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

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Album artwork for Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent by Various
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£27.99

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Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

XXQLP2097

There was plenty of genuine discontent in Britain at the tail end of the 1970s, and it had little to do with bin strikes or dark rumours about overflowing morgues. In the world of popular music, the most liberating after-effect of the Sex Pistols was that anyone with something to say now felt they could make a 7” single. Winter Of Discontent is the sound of truly DIY music, made by people who maybe hadn’t written a song until a day or two before they went into the studio. It’s spontaneous and genuinely free in a way the British music scene has rarely been before or since.

Winter of Discontent has been compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, the latest in their highly acclaimed series of albums that includes The Daisy Age, Fell From The Sun and English Weather. The era's bigger DIY names (Scritti Politti, TV Personalities, the Fall) and the lesser-known (Exhibit A, Digital Dinosaurs, Frankie’s Crew) are side by side on Winter Of Discontent. Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue command – “Here’s one chord, here’s another, now start a band” – was amplified by the Mekons and the Raincoats, whose music shared a little of punk’s volume, speed and distortion, but all of its obliqueness and irreverence. The discontent was with society as a whole. No subject matter was taboo: oppressive maleness (Scritti Politti); deluded Britishness (TV Personalities); gender stereotypes (Raincoats, Androids of Mu); nihilistic youth (Fatal Microbes); alcoholism (Thin Yoghurts); self-doubt and pacifism (Zounds). The band names (Thin Yoghurts!) and those of individual members (Andrew Lunchbox!) had enough daftness to avoid any accusations of solemnity. Winter Of Discontent is the definitive compilation of the UK DIY scene, and a beacon in grim times.

1. Where Were You? – The Mekons 2. Violence Grows – Fatal Microbes 3. The Terraplane Fixation – Animals & Men 4. Work – Blue Orchids 5. Small Hours – Karl’s Empty Body 6. Somebody – Frankie’s Crew 7. Confidence – Scritti Politti 8. Drink Problem – Thin Yoghurts 9. Low Flying Aircraft – Anne Bean & Paul Burwell 10. Brow Beaten – Performing Ferret Band 11. No Forgetting – The Manchester Mekon 12. Fairytale In The Supermarket – The Raincoats 13. Can’t Cheat Karma – Zounds 14. Bored Housewives – Androids Of Mu 15. In My Area (Take 2) – The Fall 16. The Sideways Man – The Digital Dinosaurs 17. Attitudes – The Good Missionaries 18. The Window’s Broken – Human Cabbages 19. King And Country – Television Personalities 20. In The Night – Exhibit ‘a’ 21. Nudes - Performing Ferret Band 22. Different Story – Tarzan 5 23. The Red Pullover – The Gynaecologists 24. Production Line – The Door And The Window