New Fast Automatic Daffodils: Big


Playtime Records 1990.  AMUSE7CD


The New FADS were one of the better Manchester bands of their era, although not really part of the whole Madchester baggy thing.   This was their breakthrough (third) single, and it’s easy to see why.  It’s got a great bass line, really funky guitar work and their trademark excellent percussion.  I’m also a sucker for singers who use megaphones; too much time spent listening to The Fall I guess.  Their later work (also really worth hearing) was angrier and darker – this is more about leaping around the room, although the lyrics deal with desertification which isn’t much of a cause for celebration.

The band seem to have been completely forgotten about – there’s surprisingly little on the web about them, although they do have a myspace page.

There are a couple of remixes here too which work well enough, but it’s the first track, the original version which is essential.  As for further listening, everything’s deleted, although it looks like all their albums are on itunes, if you don’t mind crappy MP3s.

  1. Awesome. You don\\\\\\\’t happen to have the \\\\\\\”Get Better\\\\\\\” CD5, do you? Also, I did a rip of the \\\\\\\”Big\\\\\\\” 12\\\\\\\” if anyone\\\\\\\’s interested…it came out pretty well.

  2. Hi Peter,
    I only have Get Better on a 7″, but I’ve probably got all the tracks from the CD from Analogue Loyalist. He made a big effort to collect and post every New FADS track in existence (in lossless), and I downloaded them all before his blog died. I’ll see if I can recreate the CD single – if I can I’ll post it here in the next few days.

  3. OK, I’ve looked into it. It seems like the first three tracks on the CD single are all on the Pigeonhole album, but the fourth, which is a different version of Get Better I don’t have. Analogue Loyalist wasn’t as thorough as I thought. Still the CD single is only 49p on Discogs…

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