Album artwork for Pillows and Prayers (Cherry Red 1982 - 1983) by Various

The classic 1982 compilation expanded to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary. Featuring Pillows and Prayers Vols 1 and 2, selected singles, album cuts and rarities, live tracks and a selection of contemporary peel session recordings. Icluding 17 previously unreleased tracks! With extensive sleevenotes courtesy of Will hodgkinson (the Times/ Mojo), the artists, Mike Alway and Iain Mcnay.

Originally conceived as a label sampler by A&R man Mike Alway, Pillows And Prayers quickly became both an iconic compilation and a must-have artefact of early 80s Thatcherite Britain.

Famously retailing at “No more than 99p”, the album provided an accessible gateway to both the Cherry Red label and the independent scene. Over 100,000 people took up the offer, found a pound and became a part of something that resonated perfectly with its own time and place.

Four decades later, to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, this extensive companion to that original release features the Japan-only 1984 Pillows and Prayers Volume II, selected singles and album tracks, live recordings, demos sourced from the artists’ own archives and the best of the Peel sessions recorded by Cherry Red artists at that time, this time capsule package both celebrates and revels in the eclectic, inclusive and downright unpredictable attitude of the label.

From the hesitant lo-fi of Marine Girls, through the ranting verse of Attila The Stockbroker and the ethereal pop of Felt to The Passage’s state-of-the-art synth pop and the brutalist avant-noise of Eyeless In Gaza, Pillows And Prayers remains a fascinatingly eclectic brew, and something of a membership card to that world, standing alongside the NME’s ‘C86’ cassette as an 80s indie time capsule which remains relevant and in demand today.

Presented here in a deluxe hardbacked book format, and including no fewer than 17 previously unheard recordings, this edition of Pillows And Prayers arrives complete with insight from the men who made it happen – Iain McNay and Mike Alway – the artists and The Times’ Will Hodgkinson. All of which makes for a must have review to a time and place when the aftershocks of punk were still being felt, “indie” wasn’t yet a genre and a pound could buy you entrance to a whole new way of thinking.

Track Listing: 3CD

DISC ONE
PILLOWS & PRAYERS PLUS
1 FIVE OR SIX: PORTRAIT
2 THE MONOCHROME SET: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
3 THOMAS LEER: ALL ABOUT YOU
4 TRACEY THORN: PLAIN SAILING
5 BEN WATT: SOME THINGS DON’T MATTER
6 KEVIN COYNE: LOVE IN YOUR HEART
7 PIERO MILESI: MODI 2 (EXTRACT)
8 JOE CROW: COMPULSION
9 MARINE GIRLS: LAZY WAYS
10 FELT: MY FACE IS ON FIRE
11 EYELESS IN GAZA: NO NOISE
12 THE PASSAGE: XOYO
13 EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL: ON MY MIND
14 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY
15 THE MISUNDERSTOOD: I UNSEEN
16 THE NIGHTINGALES: DON’T BLINK
17 QUENTIN CRISP: STOP THE MUSIC FOR A MINUTE BONUS TRACKS
18 FIVE OR SIX: ANOTHER REASON
19 DEAD KENNEDYS: TOO DRUNK TO FUCK
20 MEDIUM MEDIUM: HUNGRY SO ANGRY
21 SOUL: TRIBES
22 ALAN BURNHAM: MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD BY
23 THOMAS LEER: LETTER FROM AMERICA
24 SECOND LAYER: FIXATION
25 KEVIN HARRISON: ALL NIGHT LONG
26 A TENT: NO WAY OF KNOWING

DISC TWO
PILLOWS & PRAYERS VOL. II PLUS
1 MARINE GIRLS: A PLACE IN THE SUN
2 JANE: IT’S A FINE DAY
3 KEVIN HEWICK: FEATHERING THE NEST
4 FANTASTIC SOMETHING: IF SHE DOESN’T SMILE (IT’LL RAIN)
5 EYELESS IN GAZA: NEW RISEN
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: THE JET SET JUNTA
7 MORGAN FISHER: UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME
8 FELT: PENELOPE TREE
9 MAURICE DEEBANK: THE WATERY SONG
10 GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK: I’M USED NOW
11 SWALLOW TONGUE: ANIMATION
BONUS TRACKS
12 THE NIGHTINGALES: PARAFFIN BRAIN
13 THE REFLECTIONS: 4 COUNTRIES
14 THE PASSAGE: SHARP TONGUE
15 RED BOX: CHENKO
16 CREATION REBEL: LOVE I CAN FEEL
17 BODHI BEAT POETS: WAKE UP UNEMPLOYED
18 MARTYN BATES: CUT LIKE SUNSET
19 JANE AND BARTON: I WANT TO BE WITH YOU
20 SWALLOW TONGUE: HITCH UP HONEY
21 PATRICK MACNEE AND HONOR BLACKMAN: KINKY BOOTS
22 THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN AND ORCHESTRA: THE LOLLY THEME
23 NO ARTIST: THE COMPASSION AND HUMANITY OF MARGARET THATCHER (EXTRACTS FROM…)

DISC THREE
RARE, LIVE, UNRELEASED AND PEEL
1 THOMAS LEER: ON THE WIRE*
2 FIVE OR SIX: BLACK BALLOONS DROP
3 JANE: DON’T SAY IT*
4 THE MONOCHROME SET: I’LL SCRY INSTEAD (DEMO)*
5 THE MONOCHROME SET: TEN DON’TS FOR HONEYMOONERS (LIVE IN OSLO)*
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: CAST A LONG SHADOW (LIVE IN OSLO)*
PEEL SESSION 1981
7 THE PASSAGE: MAN OF WAR
8 THE PASSAGE: LOVE IS AS IS
9 THE PASSAGE: EMPTY WORDS
PEEL SESSION 1982
10 THE PASSAGE: HORSEPLAY
11 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: DEATH IN BROMLEY*
12 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY*
13 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: THE NIGHT I SLEPT WITH
14 SEETHING WELLS *
15 KEVIN COYNE: TELL THE TRUTH*
16 KEVIN COYNE: LIBERATION*

LP

SIDE ONE
1 FIVE OR SIX – PORTRAIT
2 THE MONOCHROME SET – EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
3 THOMAS LEER – ALL ABOUT YOU
4 TRACEY THORN – PLAIN SAILING
5 BEN WATT – SOME THINGS DON’T MATTER
6 KEVIN COYNE – LOVE IN YOUR HEART
7 PIERO MILESI – MODI 2 (EXTRACT)
8 JOE CROW – COMPULSION

SIDE TWO
1 MARINE GIRLS – LAZY WAYS
2 FELT – MY FACE IS ON FIRE
3 EYELESS IN GAZA – NO NOISE
4 THE PASSAGE – XOYO
5 EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – ON MY MIND
6 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – A BANG AND A WIMPY
7 THE MISUNDERSTOOD – I UNSEEN
8 THE NIGHTINGALES – DON’T BLINK
9 QUENTIN CRISP – STOP THE MUSIC FOR A MINUTE

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Expanded Triple CD Set.

Released 18/11/2022Catalogue Number

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Reissue on Vinyl as It was Originally Issued.

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The classic 1982 compilation expanded to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary. Featuring Pillows and Prayers Vols 1 and 2, selected singles, album cuts and rarities, live tracks and a selection of contemporary peel session recordings. Icluding 17 previously unreleased tracks! With extensive sleevenotes courtesy of Will hodgkinson (the Times/ Mojo), the artists, Mike Alway and Iain Mcnay.

Originally conceived as a label sampler by A&R man Mike Alway, Pillows And Prayers quickly became both an iconic compilation and a must-have artefact of early 80s Thatcherite Britain.

Famously retailing at “No more than 99p”, the album provided an accessible gateway to both the Cherry Red label and the independent scene. Over 100,000 people took up the offer, found a pound and became a part of something that resonated perfectly with its own time and place.

Four decades later, to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, this extensive companion to that original release features the Japan-only 1984 Pillows and Prayers Volume II, selected singles and album tracks, live recordings, demos sourced from the artists’ own archives and the best of the Peel sessions recorded by Cherry Red artists at that time, this time capsule package both celebrates and revels in the eclectic, inclusive and downright unpredictable attitude of the label.

From the hesitant lo-fi of Marine Girls, through the ranting verse of Attila The Stockbroker and the ethereal pop of Felt to The Passage’s state-of-the-art synth pop and the brutalist avant-noise of Eyeless In Gaza, Pillows And Prayers remains a fascinatingly eclectic brew, and something of a membership card to that world, standing alongside the NME’s ‘C86’ cassette as an 80s indie time capsule which remains relevant and in demand today.

Presented here in a deluxe hardbacked book format, and including no fewer than 17 previously unheard recordings, this edition of Pillows And Prayers arrives complete with insight from the men who made it happen – Iain McNay and Mike Alway – the artists and The Times’ Will Hodgkinson. All of which makes for a must have review to a time and place when the aftershocks of punk were still being felt, “indie” wasn’t yet a genre and a pound could buy you entrance to a whole new way of thinking.

Track Listing: 3CD

DISC ONE
PILLOWS & PRAYERS PLUS
1 FIVE OR SIX: PORTRAIT
2 THE MONOCHROME SET: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
3 THOMAS LEER: ALL ABOUT YOU
4 TRACEY THORN: PLAIN SAILING
5 BEN WATT: SOME THINGS DON’T MATTER
6 KEVIN COYNE: LOVE IN YOUR HEART
7 PIERO MILESI: MODI 2 (EXTRACT)
8 JOE CROW: COMPULSION
9 MARINE GIRLS: LAZY WAYS
10 FELT: MY FACE IS ON FIRE
11 EYELESS IN GAZA: NO NOISE
12 THE PASSAGE: XOYO
13 EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL: ON MY MIND
14 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY
15 THE MISUNDERSTOOD: I UNSEEN
16 THE NIGHTINGALES: DON’T BLINK
17 QUENTIN CRISP: STOP THE MUSIC FOR A MINUTE BONUS TRACKS
18 FIVE OR SIX: ANOTHER REASON
19 DEAD KENNEDYS: TOO DRUNK TO FUCK
20 MEDIUM MEDIUM: HUNGRY SO ANGRY
21 SOUL: TRIBES
22 ALAN BURNHAM: MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD BY
23 THOMAS LEER: LETTER FROM AMERICA
24 SECOND LAYER: FIXATION
25 KEVIN HARRISON: ALL NIGHT LONG
26 A TENT: NO WAY OF KNOWING

DISC TWO
PILLOWS & PRAYERS VOL. II PLUS
1 MARINE GIRLS: A PLACE IN THE SUN
2 JANE: IT’S A FINE DAY
3 KEVIN HEWICK: FEATHERING THE NEST
4 FANTASTIC SOMETHING: IF SHE DOESN’T SMILE (IT’LL RAIN)
5 EYELESS IN GAZA: NEW RISEN
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: THE JET SET JUNTA
7 MORGAN FISHER: UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME
8 FELT: PENELOPE TREE
9 MAURICE DEEBANK: THE WATERY SONG
10 GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK: I’M USED NOW
11 SWALLOW TONGUE: ANIMATION
BONUS TRACKS
12 THE NIGHTINGALES: PARAFFIN BRAIN
13 THE REFLECTIONS: 4 COUNTRIES
14 THE PASSAGE: SHARP TONGUE
15 RED BOX: CHENKO
16 CREATION REBEL: LOVE I CAN FEEL
17 BODHI BEAT POETS: WAKE UP UNEMPLOYED
18 MARTYN BATES: CUT LIKE SUNSET
19 JANE AND BARTON: I WANT TO BE WITH YOU
20 SWALLOW TONGUE: HITCH UP HONEY
21 PATRICK MACNEE AND HONOR BLACKMAN: KINKY BOOTS
22 THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN AND ORCHESTRA: THE LOLLY THEME
23 NO ARTIST: THE COMPASSION AND HUMANITY OF MARGARET THATCHER (EXTRACTS FROM…)

DISC THREE
RARE, LIVE, UNRELEASED AND PEEL
1 THOMAS LEER: ON THE WIRE*
2 FIVE OR SIX: BLACK BALLOONS DROP
3 JANE: DON’T SAY IT*
4 THE MONOCHROME SET: I’LL SCRY INSTEAD (DEMO)*
5 THE MONOCHROME SET: TEN DON’TS FOR HONEYMOONERS (LIVE IN OSLO)*
6 THE MONOCHROME SET: CAST A LONG SHADOW (LIVE IN OSLO)*
PEEL SESSION 1981
7 THE PASSAGE: MAN OF WAR
8 THE PASSAGE: LOVE IS AS IS
9 THE PASSAGE: EMPTY WORDS
PEEL SESSION 1982
10 THE PASSAGE: HORSEPLAY
11 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: DEATH IN BROMLEY*
12 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: A BANG AND A WIMPY*
13 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: THE NIGHT I SLEPT WITH
14 SEETHING WELLS *
15 KEVIN COYNE: TELL THE TRUTH*
16 KEVIN COYNE: LIBERATION*

LP

SIDE ONE
1 FIVE OR SIX – PORTRAIT
2 THE MONOCHROME SET – EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
3 THOMAS LEER – ALL ABOUT YOU
4 TRACEY THORN – PLAIN SAILING
5 BEN WATT – SOME THINGS DON’T MATTER
6 KEVIN COYNE – LOVE IN YOUR HEART
7 PIERO MILESI – MODI 2 (EXTRACT)
8 JOE CROW – COMPULSION

SIDE TWO
1 MARINE GIRLS – LAZY WAYS
2 FELT – MY FACE IS ON FIRE
3 EYELESS IN GAZA – NO NOISE
4 THE PASSAGE – XOYO
5 EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – ON MY MIND
6 ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – A BANG AND A WIMPY
7 THE MISUNDERSTOOD – I UNSEEN
8 THE NIGHTINGALES – DON’T BLINK
9 QUENTIN CRISP – STOP THE MUSIC FOR A MINUTE