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In the mid-80s a swathe of younger bands influenced by post-punk, moved away from that scene’s darker elements. They preferred jangling guitars and apolitical melodic power pop songs but happily stuck with the amateur aesthetics of flexis, fanzines, DIY gigs and independent releases.

Unusually, many women got involved in all aspects of the scene and the word "twee" was often applied to the bands. Key labels were: Sarah, Subway and Creation, and the most popular bands included: Jesus & Mary Chain, Soup Dragons and Shop Assistants.

There’s more than 100 items in the VotN catalogue at the moment, including Shimmer by Flatmates, (see above)

John Esplen, Apr. 2019

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cond.EX/EX

A RIOT OF COLOUR: Skink

1986 GIVE 1 flexi disc

£10.00

formattwelve

cond.M-/VG+

BACHELOR PAD: Do It For Fun

1988 Warholasound ‎WST Four Mins

£5.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

BIFF BANG POW!: Fifty Years Ogf Fun

1984 Creation Records 003.

£6.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

BODINES: God Bless

1985 Creation Records CRE 016.

£6.00

formatseven

cond.M/VG

BODINES: Therese

1986 Creation Records CRE 028.

£5.00

formatseven

cond.M-/M-

BODINES: Therese

1987 Magnet BOD 1.

£4.50

formattwelve

cond.M/M

BOUNCE THE MOUSE: Will You Ever Say?

Mousetrap Records BTM1

£9.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

BULLDOZER CRASH: Sarah Said

Sunday Records 002

£7.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

BULLDOZER CRASH: What Happens Now?

Sunday Records 007

£6.00

formatseven

cond.M-/EX

CHESTERF!ELDS: A Guitar In Your Bath EP

1986 The Subway Organization SUBWAY 3 with insert

£7.50

formatseven

cond.M/VG

CHESTERFIELDS: Ask Johnny Dee

1987 The Subway Organization SUBWAY 11.

£8.00

formatseven

cond.VG+

CHOO CHOO TRAIN / EYE PILGRIMS: Woosh No.4 Fanzine & Flexi

1989 Woosh WOOSH 010 complete with fanzine which is mint condition

£10.00

formatseven

cond.EX

CHRYSANTHEMUMS: Extracts From The L.P. Is That A Fish On Your Shoulder Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me ?

1987 EggFlexOne flexi disc.

£2.50

formatseven

cond.EX/M

CLOSE LOBSTERS: Loopholes

1988 Fire BLAZE 25 in gatefold PC

£5.00

formatseven

cond.VG+/VG

DAISY CHAIN CONNECTION: Bingo And Bossa Nova

1990 HE/RS 001

£75.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Burst

1988 Epic BLOND 1.

£9.00

formatseven

cond.M/-

DARLING BUDS: Burst

1988 Epic BLOND 1.

£7.00

formatseven

cond.M/M-

DARLING BUDS: Burst

1988 Epic BLOND Q1 in gatefold sleeve.

£3.50

formatseven

cond.VG+/VG

DARLING BUDS: Burst

1988 Spanish Epic ‎EPC 653024 7 one-sided promo

£3.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Crystal Clear

1990 Epic BLOND B6, unplayed.

£4.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Hit The Ground

BLOND Q2 in cloth cover, new.

£3.50

formatCDs

cond.M/EX

DARLING BUDS: Hit The Ground

1989 Epic BLOND C2

£3.50

formatseven

cond.M/M-

DARLING BUDS: If I Said

1987 Darling Buds dar 001.Self-Released debut single, 2000 copies pressed.

£28.00

formatseven

cond.M-/M

DARLING BUDS: It's All Up To You

1988 Native Records 7ntv 331, numbered gatefold sleeve.

£5.50

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS: Let's Go Round There

1989 Epic BLOND V3 yellow vinyl

£2.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

DARLING BUDS: Shame On You

1988 Native Records bud 1

£4.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

DARLING BUDS / BUBBLEGUM SPLASH: Spin / If Only

1987 So Naive Bonk On 001 flexi disc.

£25.00

formatseven

cond.M

DRISCOLLS / STRAWBERRY STORY / HAYWAINS: Woosh No.2 Fanzine & Flexis

1988 two flexis in their sleeves in mint condition with with a twenty-four page \'zine \'Woosh No.2\' which is also mint condition.

£20.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

ESMERELDA'S KITE / WILLIAMS: Roundabout / I Know I'm Nothing Special To You

1988 SUNSHINE 001 flexi

£12.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

FIZZBOMBS / JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES: Wild Rumpus

1987 Noakes shep 001 flexi

£10.00

formatseven

cond.VG+/EX

FLATMATES: Heaven Knows

1988 The Subway Organization subway 21.

£4.50

formattwelve

cond.M/M

FLATMATES: Shimmer

1988 Subway with limited flatsharing guide

£10.00

formatCD

cond.M/M

FOURTEEN ICED BEARS: Let The Breeze Open Your Hearts

1998 Overground Records OVER 78CD, new!

£12.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

GOLDEN DAWN: George Hamilton's Dead

1989 Sarah Records SARAH 17.

£28.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

GOLDEN DAWN: My Secret World

1988 Sarah Records SARAH 9.

£100.00

formatseven

cond.M

HOLDAY MAKERS / NIVENS: Every Day / Let Loose Of My Knee

1988 Woosh WOOSH 001.

£2.00

formatseven

cond.M

HOLIDAY MAKERS / NIVENS: Woosh No. 1 Fanzine & Flexidisc

1988 flexi disc in sleeve in mint condition complete with 24-page fanzine in mint condition

£20.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

HOLIDAYMAKERS: Cincinatti

1988 Woosh WOOSH 004

£10.00

formattwelve

cond.EX/M

HONEST JOHNS: Grandfather Of Gold

1986 Minehead Records

£5.00

formattwelve

cond.M/M

JACK RUBIES: Lobster

1987 Idea IDEAT009

£5.00

formatPOS

cond.EX

JACK RUBIES: Lobster Poster

30 x 40cm promo poster, folded once.

£4.00

formatseven

cond.M/M

JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES: Union City Blue

1988 Velocity Records SPEED 3.

£20.00

formatseven

cond.VG

JUNE BRIDES: Every Conversation

1984 The Pink Label Pinky 2.

£3.50

formattwelve

cond.EX/EX

JUNE BRIDES: No Place Called Home

1985 In Tape ‎ITTI 024

£7.00

formattwelve

cond.VG/EX

JUNE BRIDES: The Peel Sessions

1987 Strange Fruit SFPS 023.

£7.00

formattwelve

cond.M-/EX+

JUNE BRIDES: This Town

1986 In Tape ‎ITTI 030

£6.00

formatseven

cond.M/EX

JUNE BRIDES: This Town E.P.

1986 In Tape ‎IT 030

£6.00

formatLP

cond.M/EX+

KOROVA MILK BAR: Talkings Boring

1989 Subway SUBORG 13

£10.00

formatseven

cond.M

LAUGHING APPLE / PASTELS: Wouldn't You? / I Wonder Why!

1983 Creation Artifact LYN 12903 flexidisc.

£10.00

formatseven

cond.EX

LOFT: Why Does The Rain

1984 Creation Records ‎009.

£7.50