Friday, December 16

Dentists - Mega Rarities Collection 1983-1994

Rehearsals, Demos & Alts + Live Versions

various sources, variable sound quality (range = GD to VG++)

The Dentists as young men, pondering their musical futures...
Rehearsals, Demos, Alt. Versions
01 First Ever Rehearsal (1983 montage)
02 I'm Not the Devil (demo)
03 You Make Me Say It Somehow (demo)
DENTISTS:  UK contenders in 1980s & '90s
04 A Fine Day (rehearsal)
05 Excellent Dream (rehearsal)
06 Purple Haze (rehearsal)
07 Something That Will Never 
     Happen (early rehearsal)
08 Black Magic (rehearsal)
09 Reading the News (rehearsal)
10 What the Fat Controller Said 
11 She Dazzled Me With Basil 
12 Ugly (rehearsal)
13 She Dazzled Me With Basil (demo)
14 Peppermint Dreams (demo)
15 What the Fat Controller Said 
16 You Took Me By Surprise (demo)
17 Dawn Overdone (demo)
18 Ugly (demo)
19 Reading the News (demo)
20 Crimson Skies (demo)
21 She Dazzled Me With Basil
      (rough mix)
22 Daffodil Scare (rehearsal)
23 (We Thought We'd Got to) Heaven
24 Kebab House Crawl (rehearsal)
25 Ugly (1987 version)
26 Box of Sun (early version)
27 Outside Your Inside (demo)
28 Ace of Spades (rehearsal)
29 I Believe In Father Christmas (rehearsal)

The Dentists: lounging around at the War Memorial, 1986
Live Versions 1984-1994
01 Crime of the Century (live 1984)
Photo shoot for 1st album, 1985
02 The Sun In the Sands (live 1984)
03 Doreen (live 1984)
04 Everything In the Garden (live 1985)
05 Tony Bastable vs. John Noakes 
       (live 1985)
06 Watcha Gonna Do About It (live 1985)
07 The Little Engineers Set (live 1985)
08 You Took Me By Surprise (live 1985)
09 Crimson Skies (live 1985)
10 Wheel's On Fire (live 1985)
11 I Tripped Across the Skyline
        (live 1986)
12 Writhing On the Shagpile (live 1986)
13 Punk Rock (live 1986)
14 Both Sides Now (live Feb. 1987)
15 Both Sides Now (live March 1987)
16 We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together (live 1987)
17 The Dentists on WFMU
18 Writhing on the Shagpile (live 1994)
19 This is Not My Flag & chat (live)


Alt. link (Filefactory)

ROB SEZ: For UK music fans in the mid-1980s to mid-90s, the Dentists were a viable alternative if more popular New Wave / Alternative / Indie acts weren't floating your boat — if, say, Morrissey wasn't your cup of morose tea. The Dentists had enough jangle, tunefulness and all-around smarts to propel them to "next big thing" status in the early 1990s — just before they broke up, of course! ALL SORTS OF LAVISH PRAISE goes to Dentists guitarist Bob Collins as well as Nicholson Burr for opening up their musical archives for the fans. If you're new to the band and want to check them out, don't start here. For beginners, I recommend either 1985's Some People Are On the Pitch or 1994's Behind the Door I Keep the Universe. A note of caution: my ears tell me there's been no attempt to clean up the sound in these archival tracks. So keep your expectations sufficiently low, and you'll likely find much to enjoy. I've sequenced them in chronological order. (Detailed source info for all tracks are in the Comments tags.)
Not gone, not forgotten: band & friends, rehearsing for a reunion show in 2015
fab photo by Phil Dillon
Learn more about the music of The Dentists at 


  1. The Dentists
    Powerhaus (Liverpool Road)
    London, UK
    April 6, 1990

    soundboard recording (quality: VG to VG+)

    Note: tracks are definitely not seamless; track sequencing was mostly a guess since I could not find any set lists online for The Dentists.

    01 Beautiful Day
    02 Snapdragon
    03 Butterfly
    04 Pocket of Silver
    05 House the Size of Mars
    06 Wonderful
    07 In the Ocean
    08 Rivals for the Hand of Isabel
    09 She Dazzled Me With Basil
    10 Just Like Oliver Reed (Mean Fiddler 1990)*

    *Track 10 = Mean Fiddler Acoustic Room, London, UK 1990-01-20 (sbd)

    ALL PRAISES to AGMP for sharing


  2. You know I love The Dentists!

    If you are looking for an a starting point, I highly recommend the compilation "Dressed" as it delivers the biggest bang for the buck so to speak.

    It is a crime that their catalog is basically out of print and someone, like Cherry Red or such, hasn't put together a boxed set of their work.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, lucky. Cheers!

    2. BTW
      thanks for this great collection, I seem to have left that part out of my comment


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