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Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos '85-'74


Download links and information about Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos '85-'74 by The Flatmates. This album was released in 1988 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 01:17:54 minutes.

Artist: The Flatmates
Release date: 1988
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 22
Duration: 01:17:54
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No. Title Length
1. Don't Say If 2:56
2. On My Mind 3:25
3. Trust Me 3:35
4. My Empty Head 4:34
5. Shimmer 3:39
6. Tell Me Why 1:39
7. You're Gonna Cry (Demo) 2:48
8. I Don't Care 1:16
9. I Could Be In Heaven 2:46
10. Nothing Kills 3:50
11. When I'm With You 3:06
12. BAD 4:18
13. Heaven Is Blue 1:58
14. If Not for You 2:56
15. Heaven Knows (Tranquiliser Mix) 3:48
16. Love Cuts 4:33
17. Out of Love 3:32
18. Happy All the Time 2:19
19. Life of Crime (Demo) 1:57
20. You're Gonna Get Hurt 1:49
21. Sportscar Girl 2:59
22. Turning You Blue (Campfire Mix) 14:11



The Flatmates are usually lumped in with the C-86 scene, which was made up of groups that played straight-ahead guitar pop with an indie attitude and an often alarming lack of skill and songcraft. One listen to Potpourri serves as a reminder that the band was head and shoulders above most of the bands from that loose-knit movement. From Deb Haynes' assured and tough vocals to the powerful guitar assault to the pounding beats and hooky tunes, no one in his right mind could ever accuse the group of being shambling or twee. At its best, the band was an exhilarating marriage of the Ramones, the Shangri-Las, and what one hoped the Primitives might become. The 23 tracks collected here provide ample proof of what a great little pop band the Flatmates were. The track list has 12 A- and B-sides taken from various singles, seven compilation tracks, and three unreleased songs. Best among the batch are the A-sides like the aching power ballad "Shimmer," the charmingly peppy "I Could Be in Heaven," and the love struck and almost giddy "Happy All the Time," though the B-sides represent no real drop-off and the tracks they doled out to compilations are among some of their best work, especially the Motown-influenced rocker "Trust Me" and the chiming ballad "When I'm With You." It is too bad that not all of the group's A-sides are included in their original form, as "You're Gonna Cry" is here as a demo version and "Heaven Knows" is a remixed and more acoustic version used on a free single given away with Sound Affects magazine. Both these versions are really nice to have, but including the original would have made the disc a more complete document. Despite that reservation, this is a near perfect collection of top-notch indie pop that brings on nostalgia for a long-gone era but also sounds up to date and relevant. A double-disc Complete Works of the Flatmates would have been a pipe dream — this is the next best thing.