Poptones Records is geared up to release 'And the Cassette Played POPTONES' through Vertigo/Mercury on May 16th. The compilation album features tracks from Special Needs, The Paddingtons, Thee Unstrung, The Others, The Glitterati, Echelon, The Boxer Rebellion, Pure Reason Revolution, Soho Dolls, Killcity, and Mission Control.
Poptones creator, Alan McGee, is quite pleased with the outcome of this pastiche of musicalness: 'It's remembering why we put out records and where we come from. This is the first Poptones compilation we have done. We are 4 years old. Just about to go to school in human terms. The music we have signed recently excites me a lot. I always sign what I am into musically I always have done. A joy and maybe a flaw but that's the way Poptones Records works. Poptones work with artists we like and admire rather than fit the media's idea of popular culture. Sometimes you doubt whether people even care then you hear The Paddingtons or The Others and you realise none of that matters. All you want out of it is that this music exists.'
The album's release is also accompanied by a club tour featuring some of the tracklist's players:
12 Paris The Others, The Paddingtons, DJ Alan McGee
14 Glasgow The Others, Boxer Rebellion, Kain, DJ Alan McGee
18 London Death Disco, Notting Hill Arts Club -- Launch Party DJ Alan McGee + Special Guests
20 London Queen is Dead, Borderline -- DJ Alan McGee + Special Guests
31 Berlin The Others, The Paddingtons, DJ Alan McGee
The label will also present many of these same groups in the upcoming Smirnoff Experience to be held in at The Arches in Glasgow, Saturday, May 14th. The show is scheduled to go from 10:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m. If you want to go, check out the website for details.