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Future ‘Terence Trent D’Arby’ reissues to use Sananda Maitreya name

Green light for TTD reissues as agreement is brokered

Terence Trent D’Arby, who for almost 20 years has been known as Sananda Maitreya, has confirmed that he has given his blessing to Sony Music to plan a reissue campaign after an agreement was reached around the use of the Sananda name on his CBS/Columbia albums.

Speaking to John Earls in this month’s Record Collector magazine, Sananda Maitreya confirms a long-running impasse, saying: “I’ve turned down entreaties from Sony for over 20 years. My office was adamant that, unless they converted everything to the name Sananda Maitreya, I’m not interested”, adding rather more bluntly, “My message was: ‘I want fuck all to do with any of this, until you’re willing to acknowledge who I am. I’m not willing to work for you, unless you’re willing to work for me. I’m not a child anymore.’”

Given that his old name was woven into the fabric of all four records – it’s in all the album titles: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby (1987), Terence Trent D’Arby’s Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989), Terence Trent D’Arby’s Symphony Or Damn (1993) and Terence Trent D’Arby’s Vibrator (1995) – this was a bigger issue than it might, at first, appear. In recent years, newer versions of his debut have had “Now know as Sananda Maitreya” added in small print at the bottom (see main image above), but it seems that such a small nod is not going to cut the mustard for the musician, who is now based in Milan, Italy.


Some versions of the 2003 reissue of 2001’s WildCard were credited to ‘Terence Trent D’Arby’

Sananda himself was, initially, somewhat conflicted. His first non-Sony album (2001’s Wildcard) was dual-monikered, credited to “Terence Trent D’Arby/Sananda Maitreya” and even more confusingly, some editions of the 2003 The Joker’s Edition reissue of the Wildcard album reverted to the TTD name alone. Regardless, all releases since have been by credited to just Sandanda Maitreya. 

‘The Joker’s Edition’ had improved artwork and added two new tracks: ‘Testify’ and ‘Girl’. It omitted ‘Benediction: Sugar Ray’.

In the Record Collector interview, Sananda singles out praise for “Sony’s wonderful marketing head Claire Dougherty” who apparently “went to bat” for him, saying that she convinced the board that “the most important thing is for me to be happy: that having me as an asset would be a lot more valuable than treating me as a usurper”.

He says “the change to Sananda Maitreya is in the works” and Sony will presumably have the challenge of marketing reissues under TTD’s ‘new’ name. E.g. Introducing the Hardline According to Sananda Maitreya.

SDE awaits developments with interest. What do you think of this situation? Is Sananda quite right to stand his ground or is this pop star posturing and revenge on Sony served stone cold? Leave a comment!

Sananda Maitreya’s new album, Pandora’s Playhouse is out now and available on CD (with signed card) via his website.

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Chris Squires

To those that have mentioned that maybe Sony are the problem and add in what happened with George Michael.

Hmm, I think the link is the other way around, difficult artists who have some deep-seated personality issue would seem nearer the mark for me.
Yes, he can call himself whatever he likes, in the year 2021 it is pointless to argue for anything else. Wanna change your name / sex / species it all seems a-ok.
It’s too political to even think about expressing a genuine opinion.

Good luck to him, but as far as I can see the decision is dumber than a bucket of frogs.

Mino Gagliardi

I’m sorry but this is totally crazy! The albums are under TTD’s name and for the audience this is forever. Who will search for Sign your name sung by Sananda Maitreya? When Prince changed his name he made it for the new cds and not for the old ones (Purpel Raing sung by The Symbol?). Clever guy!

Nik Moore

I was hired by Sananda as his UK publicist for the Wild Card album and associated live shows. I wasn’t allowed to talk about ‘Terence Trent D’Arby’ to the press, only Sananda, and all interviews, etc. had to be under the Sananda name.

Very tricky.

So imagine my surprise when I turn up at London’s Forum for the live show, and there’s a banner across the stage proclaiming ‘TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY’!

(As an aside, I was delighted and honoured to be invited to Sananda’s wedding in Milan – after all, we had become pretty good friends over the campaign…until his manager explained it was on the condition that I took high-level journalists with me. Thanks, but no thanks…)

Stephen Sears

Sananda should be happy they want to give him the reissue treatment, esp anything beyond the superb Hardline. I’m surprised they agreed to the name change. They must have some good market research on this.

Phil

After I read this article yesterday I checked iTunes Store and apparently TTD disappeared in every form as an artist. Pretty sure it wasn’t so before.
“Sananda” replaced every artist name under his albums, so it seems this is retroactive, not only for reissues… also the original issues are rebranded. At least, titles of songs and albums are still there so we’re not going to get “SM’s symphony or damn” in place of TTD’s for example.

Terrible. One must really hate himself to do this

Jan Leeuwerink

What’s in a name? I don’t get this sorry. I guess I am narrow minded. If I would be an artist, I would be honored if Sony would reissue my albums.

Martin Kilroy

How about The Hardline According to The Artist Formerly Known as Terence Trent D’arby instead? Ticks both boxes!

Stevie B

If you go onto his US website he’s selling the TTD CD’s without the ‘Now known as’ tag on them. If he’d wanted to do a ‘Prince’ he’s not exactly completely distance himself by still selling under the TTD ‘brand’ name.

Perhaps SONY (they seem to be the ones who are a nightmare to work for… George Michael etc) should have let him design a cardboard slip sleeve for the outer with whatever name/design he chooses to use, and keep the original artwork for the CD jewel case?
Then fans can decide and he can happily sign the outer without compromising his ‘artist integrity’ or ‘ego’

John MC cann

Well Mr Dylan has been with Sony,,,a long long,time! Seems happy enough?
ooh wait breaking news just in,,,Bob Dylan is now insisting that a small a,k,a
Robert Zimmerman sticker is now placed on every album he ever made,,,,apart from his short spell away from CBS in the 70s,,good luck Terence call yourself whatever you want mate! If you’re music is good enough it will find a buyer!

Paul Murphy

Whilst understanding the point, using Bob as an example is slightly out of context, as he changed his name, legally, to Bob Dylan in August 1962. The only album ‘Robert Zimmerman’ made, as it were, is, ironically, the ‘Bob Dylan’ album. One supposes he could decide to retrospect himself as Blind Boy Grunt again, I am not sure it will pay the rent though. Incidentally, Bob’s relationship with CBS/Sony has been quite fractious at times. He tried to leave for MGM in 1966, but his sales figures were leaked by the company and the deal fell through [which hurt Albert Grossman more, as he would have taken the lion’s share of the signing fee]; Bob got somewhat hissy with Clive Davis in 1969 when the latter released ‘Lay Lady Lay’ as a single against Bob’s wishes; the 1973 split is well-documented, with the ‘Dylan’ album coming out as a semi-spite [Bob did still owe an album]; in 1980 the company buried ‘Saved’, refusing to promote it or basically acknowledge its existence; they then refused the live album Bob recorded from the ‘Gospel’ tours; in 1989 Bob complained in many an interview that the company were telling him that ‘Oh Mercy’ did not sell much because of the title [this may have been diplomacy on their part, rather than point out to him that it did not sell much because it did not open with ‘Series Of Dream’ and contained ‘Where Teardrops Fall’ where ‘Dignity’ should have been]; and Bob was dropped/not-renewed after the contract-filling early 90’s acoustic albums. But, it all came good in the end, as John Lennon once said.

SimonP

Sony must be super desperate to reissue Hardline to agree to this nonsense. Everyone who buys it will tell friends that they’ve just bought the reissue of Terence Trent D’Arby’s first album surely?! Otherwise it’ll be “Whooooo?”

BTW don’t forget that his new album came out last week. This announcement is obviously pure coincidence.

Shane

In case it wasn’t clear, what I mean and think (which obviously is just my opinion) is that he became famous with that name and his records were released under that name, whether it was his real name or not.
It should not be automatic that “he can do whatever he wants”. He quotes legal issues with the label so I can imagine he is not the sole rights holder of those records. If he were, then it’s his call, but if he has such issues with his name that he wants to wipe it off the face of the earth then the music associated with that name should not also be, well, considered for wipe-off? Fruit of of the same poisoned tree.

Right, let me put on some Dionne Warwicke records now.

FRED

WHAT TTDA SAYS ABOUT his masterpiece : Neither Fish nor Flesh
“The last record before the ‘Disney Generation’ was given possession of the music. Raw, vivid, uncompromising, riveting. One of the initiating influences on what later became ‘Alternative Radio’, as well as a seminal influence on what would later be recognised as ‘Grunge’, not to mention, ‘Nuevo Soul’. ‘An envelope pusher’. Landed in 1989.”

Bruno

Your name is your identity and if TTD has changed his name it is up to him what name new issues of previous material is released under. If it is a marketing disaster then at least he has kept his integrity which is more important than selling the next album to him. Deluxe editions are aimed at long term fans so I think it will make little difference to sales. Personally, he can change his name to whatever he like and I would never buy his material. On the other hand if Roy Harper changed his name and released super deluxe box sets under his new name I would buy them without hesitation.

Graham

It seems as though a lot of people don’t know of his new name so perhaps the reissues will generate interest in the albums after TTD?

I hope the four albums are released in one big box set – remastered with one extra disc of b sides, two of remixes and one live album. He was awesome live at his peak. I saw him under the pseudonym Terefa Trent & the Tricky Dicks at the Marquee. Queued all day & found out half way through that there were 250 guests with a capacity of 400! Managed to get in & the place had loads of celebs – Geldof, Paula Yates. He only played cover versions with loads of guest musicians – think Ronnie Wood was one of them. Fantastic night.

If you can’t wait for the reissues, there is a 2cd of his greatest hits which has a lot of the b sides and remixes.

p.s. what am I going to do with my autographed (by TTD) NFNF cd if it is reissued?!?

Alex

Hi Paul,

Listening to Neither Fish Nor Flash on vinyl right now. There are some really great and timeless songs on it. I really like it more now than I did some 30 years ago when I bought the new cd.

I’m glad he’s still making music and I’ll check out his later work (on Spotify) as I’m curious how he’s developed himself. He even named a song after my musical hero Prince on his latest record!

And the name change….. Who cares! As long he is happy with it :-)

javier murillo

I really don’t mind if he changes his name in the reissues. Only thing I care is about the content and quality of the reissues.

-SG-

He should stop all of this nonsense and just reform Milli Vanilli.

WaterCoolerDictator

I feel compelled to stick up for Neither Fish Nor Flesh as it is such a massively underrated album, I loved it back in the day and I love it even more now. Pretentious? Egotistical? Sure. But for me NFNF was a case of the talent matching the ego. Perhaps leading off with This Side of Love was too much of a change after the Hardline… songs. Billy Don’t Fall or I’ll Be Alright might have been better choices.

As far as the name change, so be it, I don’t have any particular issue with it. I hope Sony can make it work.

Trash

Huge fan of the album too – I really liked the original vinyl packaging as well (matt cover, minimal type, inner sleeve and lyric booklet – Sony really pushed the boat out).

I’ve never heard the remix of Billy Don’t Fall… I’ll have to see if I can find a copy.

Graham Turner

I’m glad to see the reappraisal of NFNF in recent years. For a long while it was the go-to example of creative self-destruction in the music press and think that was unfair.

The album was certainly a departure at the time and not nearly as ‘commercial’ as ‘Introducing…’ but I enjoyed it hugely and have probably listened to it more than his debut over the years.

I imagine there might be some interesting unreleased material from this period so am looking forward to these SONY rereleases if they go the full deluxe route.

bob

No artist has done more to sabotage their own promising career. He had one huge album and immediately thought he was Prince or Michael Jackson, and his rare interviews over the past few years are worth reading as an example of an artist who is still totally deluded.
I knew and worked with people at CBS in the 80’s, and he was basically unworkable with. Pretentious, difficult, rude and with a dreadful attitude. No other label could have done any better with him.
The best that can be said about him is that at least he is consistent and it wasn’t just an act.
It is a real shame as he had real talent.

Brett

Yes, he’s right to want to be known by what his name has been for the last 20 years. If it was right for Ali and Yusef and Love Symbol….well, maybe not Love Symbol….then it should be right for Sananda. Perhaps a sticker on the front of initial pressings that says “the artist formerly known as…”, just until people have been clued up.

Stan Butler

You’re missing the point. If he changed his name in 2001 then of course any new material from 2001 should have the new name. Going back to change the name on TTD albums is however is rewriting history.
I don’t see Tea for the Tillerman being reissued under the name of Yusuf Islam.
Likewise Prince never insisted his 80s albums be renamed.

Nico from PDX

As we say in America, this is ‘Cancel Culture’!!!

Always remember what/who brought you to the party.
Even Cat Stevens (oops Yusef) is wise enough not to rebrand his glorious albums under Yusef.
Mic dropped!

Martin

Hardly ‘Cancel Culture’ and that term is not an american one

Don’t think you can refer to that unless you consider him cancelling himself

No Name

I think it’s just his big ego, he’s always had it and perhaps puts extreme importance on a persons name. I do think he’s quite talented, I love the third album, especially the song T.I.T.S/F&J. I never tire of it.

Aubrey

This article prompted me to listen to an old TTD playlist compiled many moons ago…wow, he wrote a lot of great songs over those first four albums… Wishing Well, Sign Your Name, Delicate, Let Her Down Easy, She Kissed Me, Billy Don’t Fall, Do You Love Me Like You Say?, To Know Someone Deeply, I Still Love You, If You Go Before Me, We Don’t Have That Much Time Together, Seasons… and the wonderful Penelope Please, to name but, er… 13. Well worth a revisit whatever name they’re released under.

SPEEK

This is very welcome news indeed. Every album is unique and a testament to a very talented artist. Let’s hope Sony will do a worthy job for the reissue campaign. SDE of each album, please. I’d prefer the TTD name to remain as it’s part of each title and I’m very happy for the SM name to be incorporated. Hopefully a clever typographer will have a good graphic solution.
I rather like the acknowledgment SM makes of TTD in the CD booklet of Wild Card!
“Bless you, your eternal friend Sananda Maitreya and his faithful shadow Terence Trent D’Arby”

Chris S

In my record collection, Yusuf is filed under Cat Stevens, and Sananda Maitreya will be filed under Terence Trent D’Arby. But, I haven’t heard a thing from him since ‘Holding On to You’ (Symphony or Damn I thought was his best, from the albums I own) so I give him little chance of adding another title to my collection under any name.

Dr Volume

One of the most valuable things any band or artist owns is their name. Ask Roger Waters! Look at the court battles waged over such things, whether it’s Bucks Fizz or New Order. It’s their trademark. Whatever reason Tel/Sananda has for ditching his valuable ‘brand’ he is clearly committed to it in spite of the fact it will hit him financially. He’s prepared to accept smaller recognition for his newer music, less demand for live shows and ultimately this reissue campaign might pass some people by who might otherwise be in the market for a new Vinyl or remastered CD of ‘Hardline’. For similar reasons he won’t be seen dead belting out ‘Wishing Well’ at an 80s Rewind festival between Heaven 17 and Kim Wilde either. He clearly means it! Good luck to him.
The big question of course is, which section do you rack it out in HMV? T or M?!

Aécio Sales

The first album is perfect and, for me, a true classic from the 80s.

Needs a new remaster with all extended versions from the singles and i don’t care if it will be release with his old name or with the new one.

I love his song: HOLDING ON TO YOU from VIBRATOR, one of the best songs made!

Jonathan

The trouble is, Sananda Maitreya didn’t write those songs and albums, TTD did. He should put the new music out under the new name, I can see why Sony resisted the cost involved in trying to market a name no one knows.

Tarquin

It’s astonishing that people even care. I’m happy with the name change and if he conceives himself to be Sananda then that’s good for me. It’s not too difficult to accept that there are obviously issues he needed to address.

What I can’t accept is the revisionism of Morrissey taking scissors to past albums and tinkering with the artwork and the running order. I’m inclined to believe that a record should be finished when released. I hate the updated versions of Morrissey’s oeuvre and think he cheapened his legacy.

So, for me, name changes if requested by the artist, why not? Reeditions with missing tracks or different running orders? Unless in the context of a SDE, no.

wavey davey

For those who have not listened to anything post name change, you should, you should now. A lot of songs on those albums are stellar and his voice is as beautiful as it ever was. Start with wildcard and work your way up through the rest, give it time as there is a lot and all on Spotify. He lost none of his talent, just does things at his own pace and the way he likes it…totally free and independant. Musicians like Sananda and Bilal Oliver may not be household names but they do things their way and I for one am greatful.

Gisabun

His “new” name is not as well known as TTD.
Marketing will be a mess.
If he wants to sell his first 4 name under his “new” name, he needs to tack on a sticker on each release saying who he was and the old album’s name.
When Cat Steven changed his name, you didn’t see him change his albums’ name and text to his new name [unsure if any sticker was added].
Stevens changed his name for religious reasons. SM/TTD? Looks like he got tired of his name.
Even Kanye West who went through those marketing schemes/scams still kept his actual name.

Shane

Reading his words is a bit annoying. Nobody has the right to rewrite history. His name and what made him famous was TTD. So he changed his name after that? You cannot just demand that you are allowed to rewrite history. Why is it that so many people think that it’s a given you can?
He agreed to record under that name and that’s how he’s famous. Not even Prince asked for his previous records to be rebranded, it would have been utter nonsense.

Cat Stevensberg

His name is not now, nor ever was “TTD”. Aren’t YOU changing his name?

Christian Peter Schmitz

Ludicrous nonsense. Re-writing history. But then, much of the last twelve months have been about re-writing history anyway.

JT

He created some stylistically memorable music, but it always drove me nuts that his vocal intonation was sharp.

blink

I don’t care either way what name SM wants to be known under. If that is what it takes to get a deluxe edition of Hardline issued, then so be it.

From a marketing perspective TTD would have better name recognition though. I guess I’ll get a notification here once it gets released, because when I search for it I always use TTD.

Alan

If he wants his earlier releases to be credited to Sananda Maitreya, then it makes no difference to me… He still made some incredible music and I’ll be looking forward to a super deluxe version of The Hardline According To… Sooner rather than later please!

Paul Wren

This is nonsense from D’Arby – nobody will know his “now” name and will therefore be unaware of the reissues – a Sony marketing nightmare. Lets hope he doesn’t decide to change his name back to D’Arby later on!

Albais

Well to be clear is not the name of the artist or band what made them buy albums, is the music that those containn what counts and i like him whatever want to be called. So those incoming reissues sure will be very welcomed to me since i only own the first 2 lp on vinyil.

Jusr hope that the Vibrator one includes all tracks since on tape was a extra track only included on this format. And also wondering if by any chance (althought on a different label) will be a new edition of his previous work with The Touch, a nice record that own on second hand cd and is previous to his careeer all alone, but well, to wish is free…

Jon

I really enjoyed his debut album but couldn’t get into his second or third album. I’ve always found him to be one of those pretentious “I don’t wanna be famous” types. I don’t care what name he wishes to use. Maybe I should revisit those post debut albums.

Paul Taylor

Wonder what the reaction would be if Neil & Tim Finn insisted on the Split Enz albums being rebranded as Crowded House because the majority of the former played at some point with the latter?
A slightly silly comparison but it makes about as much sense as this one in my opinion. As others have pointed out, the first album is indelibly associated with TTD, and there’s a good chance any reissues under the new name will pass many by when they are released.

Julian Stockton

What will matter is the content of these reissues. Give me a Hardline with all the mixes by Pettibone, Lee Scratch Perry, Kervorkian etc, the long form documentary transferred to DVD, the b-sides, the Fatback Band, Stones and Sam Cooke covers and i’ll buy it regardless of what name is on the cover. However, if he ‘nickel & dimes’ us then his name won’t really matter anyway.

John C

Remember Johnny Cougar. They went back and changed his to John Mellancamp with John cougar mellencamp in between. I just searched Terence on Apple Music and when you follow the search it takes you SM. All the CDs still have the same title eg introducing the hardline according to Terence Trent d’arby but all under the name of SM

-SG-

Well 20 years on, I had no idea he was still making music. I thought he wanted to distance himself from his popular stuff. Odd man, odd choices. Though I am sure this has more to do with cross identification through streaming services, rather than physical releases. I think his last real shot at the big time was singing for INXS and that unfortunately didn’t work out.

Rob

Neither Flesh Nor Fish has some terrific songs on it. “Billy Don’t Fall” sounds like a should’ve been hit. “I Have Faith in These Desolate Times” is touching, as are the songs that follow. I have to assume that most people trashing that album didn’t give it a chance and were immediately biased against it because it wasn’t Hardline II.

Seb Rhau

When he first appeared he was such a breath of fresh air within the charts. I was 13 and blown away – and bought the Hardline on LP. As with most people, it didn’t last that long, as Neither Fish Nor Flesh has always been painful to listen to, and yes, I tried! I remember Delicate and She Kissed Me from MTV, and I saw him opening for Duran Duran in Dallas in August 1993, which was great. Bought his Greatest Hits from 2002, but was never inspired enough to buy his other albums. That might change now. Properly done re-editions can be a good opportunity to (re-)discover gems from the past.
Needing to have his current name on his old albums seems idio… err, childi… err, strange to me. He was not Sananda when those songs were made. Or maybe he was, only no one knew. Either you accept what was or you abandon everything you did before you became your new/better self. That’s what I’d think. But I know it’s probably much more complicated (and I must admit I have not even tried to understand his reasons), so I will just stop nagging and concentrate on the music. As long as he’s not wanting to rerecord everything I can enjoy listening no matter whose hardline, flesh, symphony or vibrator it once was and now is. Though I doubt that I will ever enjoy listening to Neither Fish Nor Flesh, but you never know …

Rupert

I have to be honest in that I had no idea that TTD had legally changed his name or that he had released albums under his new name. I had to read wiki to find out more.

The only album that I ever bought of his was his debut which had some great singles. I didn’t follow his career after that. I’m happy to buy a reissue of his debut and now that I have more money to burn, may even invest in the follow up albums.

It doesn’t bother me that the albums will have a different name on the front, we all know who it is and the songs haven’t changed. It’s a personal choice and we’re all individuals. If Yusuf Islam is happy with Cat Stevens releases that’s his choice so be it. If the Sananda Maitreya wants his TTD era albums under his new name so be it who am I to argue with that.

It isn’t changing history to me, I still have the original CD with Terrence Trent D’arby on the front bought in the 90’s. Buying a reissue with Sananda Maitreya on the front, this is just bringing the past up to date for me.

Wax Monster X

I would prefer TTD, but he can call himself Pickle Juice Tree Hole Knot for all I care as long as the remastering is excellent and all the mixes and B-sides show up.

Brian Smith

Maybe we could title him AFKATTD

colinthebruce

You could say “Sign your name”.,..but WHAT name!? ka- ching!
btw one of my all time faves – remember first time I ever heard it was at a party in a country cottage. We all got drunk and it was an album and someone left the lever off the turntable (remember them?!) so it just kept repeating and repeating as we were all trying to get some shut eye by then but noone could be bothered getting up to stop it! Oh! and next morning there was an actual cow in the kitchen! And that my friends is the power of music!

Klaus

Tilford:

If Sony is allowed to use the original artworks for the re-issues and only has to change his name therein then i think that at least the main target audience (the people who listened to his work when it was first released) will know that it’s him.

And i don’t think he’s shooting himself in the foot with the name change but his record company because i don’t have the impression that he is really keen about re-releasing his old stuff, it’s more a thing of Sony liking to make some easy money.

Well, not as easy as they thought it seems…

WILLIAM ENGLAND

I absolutely don’t care if these recordings are put out as “zog” – if it means that after all these years, Hardline et al get remastered and expanded with the remixes/b-sides then i’ll buy them.
I was, i think like most people who at the time had such great expectations for the follow-up that that they were just hugely disappointed, but when the re-issues will be out there for people to re-discover them, I think that many will be surprised that they sound so much better now than how people “remember” them.
I have really enjoyed the later releases, but I hope that all those that escaped under the radar will be reappraised. I do urge people to at least give them a go, they were/are great.
Now I have Wishing Well going round and round in my head and I couldn’t be happier.

Poptones

Intriguing and very creative artist. After his succesful début, he was on path to become as big as Prince or George Michael. OK. Maybe not as big but still a superstar artist. At least as big as Lenny Kravitz who released his debut album Let Love Rule two years after TTDA’s Intrducing The Hard Line.
Lenny even said at the time “we’re only 3 : Prince, Terence Trent d’Arby and me”.

Terence Trent d’Arby took a u-turn with his sophomore album and folks at CBS were angry at him for sabotaging his career.

I kinda admire him for his integrity and creativity.
A comprehensive career box set would be nice.

Trash

Very talented individual – I saw him at a Sony showcase at the time of The Hardline… and he was a fantastic performer.

Personally I prefer ‘Neither Flesh…’ to ‘The Hardline…’ and I also really liked ‘Symphony or Damn’ (although I dont play it much these days).
I’d certainly be interested in decent reissues of all of them, whatever name they are released under. There were some great ‘b-sides’ around the time of ‘Symphony or Damn’ in particular.

AmyB

I don’t think Jessica Hynes ever tried to insist that all episodes of Spaced and The Royle Family should be retitled. I believe she said, “That was my name when I made those programmes” – and this strikes me as eminently sensible, with no attempt to rewrite history.