Form Of Play: A Retrospective
Release date: April 28, 2017
First-ever career retrospective of the respected San Francisco alt-pop act, 1985-1994.
Following on from our reissue work with The Bangles, Game Theory, and Jellyfish, Omnivore is proud to present the first-ever career overview of ’80s/’90s alt-pop mavericks The Sneetches. Described by Trouser Press as “one of the most tasteful, consistently tuneful pop bands on the American scene,” Form Of Play: A Retrospective is a compendium of the best moments from this Anglo-American outfits three albums and various singles and compilation appearances.
The Sneetches were formed in San Francisco in 1985 by Mike Levy and Matt Carges, punk veterans who now preferred to indulge their love of pop and melody, initially as a studio project. In the era of grunge and hardcore, the musician’s heroes constituted The Zombies, Easybeats, The Monochrome Set, Nilsson and others, as Levy’s songwriting proffered a similar bittersweet blend of musical melody and lyrical misanthropy. With the addition of Englishmen Daniel Swan (in 1986) and Alec Palao (in 1988), the line-up was complete and began to play around the Bay Area. Appropriately, their debut release, the mini-LP Lights Out! recorded by Levy and Carges, was also issued in the U.K.
While that record was a rough and ready indie production, The Sneetches’ subsequent albums Sometimes That’s All We Have and Slow were expertly produced, carefully nuanced collections that gained the players notices home and abroad. Several tours of the U.S. along with visits to Europe and Japan in the early 1990s, along with live and studio collaborations with the Shoes and Flamin’ Groovies, cemented the band’s reputation as idiosyncratic power pop of the highest order. The band’s final release was Blow Out The Sun in 1994.
With a playlist handpicked by the band themselves, Form Of Play draws on the group’s recordings for Creation, Alias, Bus Stop, spinART, and other labels, with rare mixes and five previously unreleased cuts. The fully remastered set is illustrated with unseen photos and comes with a personalized liner note by Grammy®-nominated producer Palao, who also oversaw the assembly of the compilation.
Over ’Round Each Other …And I’m Thinking(Single Version) What I Know Voice In My Head Don’t Turn Back Only For A Moment Heloise(Live)* What’s In Your Mind Julianna Why* They Keep Me Running Behind The Shadow Take My Hand Looking For Something A Good Thing I Don’t Expect Her For You (Look At That Girl) Wish You Would Empty Sea Let Us Go Unusual Sounds A Light On Above(Live)* The Weather Scene(Live)* How Does It Feel(Home Demo)*