I hope Christopher (a.k.a. Chip, a.k.a. CP) Porter won't mind that I'm sharing my (complete?) set of Sabine singles with you this week. There's really nothing on the dang WWW about Sabine, which is appropriate for Sabine's otherwordly longing-and-lovely spacerock. In addition to escaping fame with Sabine, CP dodged the popularity bullet as a member of Veronica Lake, as the owner of Audrey's Diary, and as the editor of Emily's Hip Pocket zine...making him just the sort of unscathed Rambo record collectors like me like to whip out to try to wow a virtual crowd (three's a crowd, right you two?). Here's what goodies are in store for you:
Sabine's debut "Painting Portraits" from a 1991 split-flexi with Boyracer (Wurlitzer Jukebox) is an incredibly beautiful lost gem. Motifs of the Field Mice, Famous Boyfriend, set to a Casiotone (For The Painfully Alone) beat.
1993 also saw the release of "Kometen Melodies: A Compilation of Mellifluent Space Rock. Vol 1" on CP's own Audrey's Diary label. This 7" features four instrumentals: two from Sabine ("Marra" and "Meknes") and two from Thumbling (including the massively good "Butterfield Eight"). Shame this did not grow into a series.
The lone 1994 Sabine release was part of a special issue of CP's zine Emily's Hip Pocket (the 7th and last issue, and the first to feature a 7") released by Audrey's Diary. The issue consisted largely of interviews with Bark Psychosis and Labradford and the 7" featured the Veronica-Lake-styled "I'm Ready To Start Fire To Everything" from Sabine, a Buddha on the Moon tune, and the awesome "Reflections" by Jessamine.
The lone 1995 Sabine release was a cover of "Dancing Gods" for a Silver Apples 10" tribute (Enraptured Records) which also included covers by Flowchart, Scaredycat, Third Eye Foundation, and Windy & Carl. Only 1,000 copies were made and quickly sold. A CD version was subsequently released featuring more covers and more bands.
Finally, in 1996 Sabine (now a full band) finally got a slab of vinyl all to herself on their excellent "Serf to the Level of the Lord/A Rocket is a Drum" 7" (Wurlizter Jukebox).
Download the Sabine discography (including the other bands' songs from these releases!) here: http://www.zshare.net/download/71031230ef22d0/
P.S. More S bands next week...if you have requests, talk to the S hand below.