Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Battle Hymns for Children Singing: B.O. Haysi
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Haysi Fantayzee were formed in 1981 by fashion photographer Kate Garner, former Animal Magnet member Paul Caplin and Jeremy Healy, a well-known face on London's club scene. Together they set about injecting a sense of fun ... more »
Haysi Fantayzee were formed in 1981 by fashion photographer Kate Garner, former Animal Magnet member Paul Caplin and Jeremy Healy, a well-known face on London's club scene. Together they set about injecting a sense of fun and adventure into the music scene, wearing outlandish, self designed costumes and dreadlocks, and writing songs that married sexual subversion with deliberately disposable and cocksure dayglo pop. Their ''Dickensian Rasta'' look was an immediate hit and saw their debut single 'John Wayne Is Big Leggy' rise to #11 in the national charts. In their brief career they would also enjoy chart success with 'Holy Joe' and 'Shiny Shiny'. All three hits are reprised on this CD, as is their sole album, Battle Hymns For Children Singing. The package also features a host of bonus tracks, remixes, and sleevenotes written with the co-operation of both Healy and Garner. The former went on to become one of the UK's most successful DJs, while the latter is an accomplished and in-demand photographer for artists including Sinead O'Connor, Bjork, David Bowie and others.
Ripped off yet again
Thomas J. Wynn | STOCKTON, N.S.W. Australia | 07/06/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"OK so this is the second time I have ordered a Haysi Fantayzee CD thinking I would finally get the extended version of Shiny Shiny...but NOOOOO this CD contains another version made by some second rate tape editor who just fiddled a bit with the single version and added an extra minute of guff repeated over and over.....YECH!.....the only place so far I have found the real extended version is on an Aussie DVD called Countdown-The Wonder Years. So it looks like the real 12" of Shiny Shiny is lost to us all. Shame on the person who put this CD out, it is plastic landfill. Sad customer from OZ, Tom Wynn."
Is this REALLY better than the 2000 release?
David | Las Vegas | 05/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, about the sound- I never really had much complaint about the sound on the first release. It was so thrilling to hear these songs on CD for the first time I doubt anything could have made it less than exciting for me. Perhaps it's all relative to one's own tastes, but I really don't see that the original needed much improvement. But, neither does this one.
Secondly, I enjoyed the debut of the previously unheard demo-remix of Shiny Shiny. It would be nice to have included the original UK 12" mix of it as well, but this new release also does not feature that version. It's the US RCA company version which is actually just an exercise in tape editing and not really much of a remix. It disappointed on vinyl, so it can't be much more exciting on CD. This does have one extra song, though- the B-side of "Sister Friction" called "Jimmy Jive", which is a dub remix of the album track with a similar name.
The booklet of this version is very pretty, and I really enjoyed the updates on all members, as well as the track- by - track reminisces from Kate & Jeremy. The discography seems to have been lifted from the Culture Club "Chameleon Files" website without any credit given (or correction of errors). Two of the later 12" releases are not included in this discography- the promo only one-sided "In The Mix" 12" and the Italian only 12" of "Chizoola / Here Comes The Beast".
All in all, this is a great CD to have if you never found a copy of the 2000 release (and certainly a better buy than the near $100 price tags it was getting on ebay!), but if you have that release, this one offers few improvements, outside of the booklet. It's perfect for completists like myself, and any one who wishes the Haysi Fan Clubee was still around."