The Bolshoi

The Bolshoi

Proto-goth band, The Bolshoi, formed in Bath in 1984. Originally consisting of Trevor Tanner (vocals and guitars), Nick Chown (bass) and Jan Kalicki (drums) the trios early gigs were in support of groups like The Cult, The March Violets, and Lords of the New Church. Their debut single “Sob Story” was released in 1985 and was soon followed by the Giants ep. Moving to London that same year the group added keyboardist Paul Clark. Their debut full length Friends was released in 1986 and in support of it they toured the U.S., South America, and Poland. The pop-oriented Lindy’s Party was released in 1987, but problems with the management of Beggars Banquet halted the release of 1988’s Country Life.

Often considered as a cross between early versions of The Cult and U2, stylistically they were similar to fellow Beggars Banquet label mates, Bauhaus. Tanner, who still continues to record,

“was recognized for his dark, pensive lyrics that belied a social responsibility and awareness”,

most notably on songs like “Sunday Morning”, “Books on the Bonfire” and “T.V. Man.”

SINGLES

 

“Giants” (12″) (I.R.S. Records)1985
“Happy Boy” (12″) (Situation 2) 1985
“A Way” (7″, 12″) (Beggars Banquet)1986
“Books On The Bonfire” (12″) (Beggars Banquet) 1986
“A Way II” (12″) (Beggars Banquet, Victoria)1987
“Please” (12″) (Victoria, PDI, S.A., Beggars Banquet) 1987
“Sunday Morning” (12″) (Victoria, PDI, S.A., Beggars Banquet) 1987
“A Way” (12″) (Old Gold) 1994
“Please” (12″) (Old Gold) 1995
“Sunday Morning” (12″) (MD Records) 1995

 

FULL-LENGTH

 

Giants EP (I.R.S. Records) 1985
Friends (Vertigo/ Beggars Banquet/ I.R.S. Records) 1986
Lindy’s Party (Beggars Banquet/ RCA/ Victoria, PDI, S.A.) 1987
Country Life (c.1988, unreleased
)

 

COMPILATIONS

 

Giants EP & Friends LP (I.R.S. Records) 1987
Bigger Giants (Beggars Banquet) 1990
A Way – Best of The Bolshoi (Beggars Banquet) 1999

TRACKS APPEAR ON:

 

“Fly” One Pound Ninety-Nine (Beggars Banquet) 1985
“Away” The Collection (Beggars Banquet Germany) 1991
“A Way” (Original 7″ Mix) Gothic Rock 2 (Jungle Records) 1995
“A Way” Gothic Rock 2: 80’s Into 90’s (Jungle Records/Cleopatra) 1995
“Sunday Morning” Guitars & Machines Vol. 2 (Blanco Y Negro) 1996
“A Way” Maxi Pop III (Contraseña Records) 1996
“Sunday Morning” Maxi Pop IV (Contraseña Records) 1997
“Please” Remember (Contraseña Records) 1997
“West Of London Town” 80 Y Pop (Contraseña Records)1998
“West Of London Town” Ochenta Y Pop (Contraseña Records) 1998
“A Way” Maxi Pop Collection (Edicion Limitada) (Contraseña Records) 1999
“Lindy’s Party” Undead: A Gothic Masterpiece (Dressed To Kill) 1999
“Please” 80’s History – The Session 2 (Contraseña Records) 2002
“A Way” Spook Factory (Contraseña Records) 2003
“Away” Wave 180 ( Not On a Label) 2003
“Please” Wave 180: Book Two (Not On a Label) 2003
“Sunday Morning” Remember Collection (Contraseña Records) 2004
“Sunday Morning” 25 Lat Listy Przebojów Trójki – 1987 (The Music Marketeers (Polska) 2006
“Away” A Life Less Lived – The Gothic Box (Rhino Entertainment Company) 2006
“Sunday Morning” Guitars And Machines Vol. IV (Blanco Y Negro) 2006

 

UNOFFICIAL RELEASES

 

“Please” Wave 180: Book Two (Hide And Seek Records Ltd.) 1999
“Away” New Wave Agenda: The Best Of New Wave Megamix (Not On a Label) 2003

Giants EP & Friends LP

Playing Time: 1 hour 8 minutes 25 seconds

 

 

 

Giants EP & Friend LP / Rear cover

Giants EP & Friends LP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Happy Boy (4:28)
2. Fly (3:53)
3. Giants (4:57)
4. By the River (5:45)
5. A Way (4:54)
6. Modern Man (5:34)
7. Someone’s Daughter (4:01)
8. Sunday Morning (6:33)
9. Looking for a Life to Lose (4:45)
10. Romeo in Clover (5:38)
11. Books on the Bonfire (4:58)
12. Pardon Me (4:38)
13. Fat and Jealous (4:09)
14. Hail Mary (4:12)

 

 

Friends/Giants Part 1

 

Friends/Giants Part 2

 

 

Buy Friends/Giants from Amazon.com

 

 

Lindy’s Party

Playing Time: 46 minutes 17 seconds

 

 

 

Lindy's Party

 

 


1. Auntie Jean (5:02)
2. Please (3:41)
3. Crack in Smile (6:10)
4. Swings and Roundabouts (3:53)
5. She Don’t Know (4:58)
6. T.V. Man (4:42)
7. Can You Believe It (4:34)
8. Rainy Day (3:39)
9. Barrowlands (3:55)
10. Lindy’s Party (5:43)

 

 

Buy Lindy’s Party at Amazon.com

 

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