A few months back, I posted some tracks from one of my favorite bands of the late 80s/early 90s, The Dylans. I indicated that it was very sad, how they suffered at the hands of a record company that didn’t seem to know how to handle what they had and how the band broke up, in lieu of a better deal coming along.
And a few days later, I got an e-mail anonymously giving me a whole files worth of material by The Dylans; none of which had been released or even saw the light of day after it was recorded.
The prize among the files was the unissued ep, which was supposed to have been released as a follow-up to their debut single Mary Quant. But for whatever reason, the label (in this case, A&M in the U.S. and Beggars Banquet in the UK) decided to shelve the release. The excuse was given that they had started to sound much like the bands whose time had already come and gone, and they wanted the band to cut all new material.
Needless to say, it was a morale destroyer and The Dylans called it a day shortly after. And despite several name and personnel changes, they never got back into the momentum they had successfully achieved early on.
I can’t tell you how many times this story has been repeated – by different people, different circumstances, different countries. Struggling only to have it so close you can taste is, only have it pulled away from you.
Needless to say, there are some excellent tracks on this ep that shouldn’t be sitting in a dark basement someplace,all gathering dust and mildew.
If you remember The Dylans, during that period of 1989-1992, then they may ring a few bells with you. If not, here is something they recorded but it never got issued. A worthy band, deserving a lot more than they got.