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Contact You

by Fay Ray

Previously only available on vinyl, this 1980s British New Wave cult-classic mixes the pop sensibility of The Eurythmics and the edge of Siouxsie & The Banshees. Includes Melody Maker single of the week - "Family Affairs". Plus four unreleased tracks
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Different Morning
3:48 $0.99
2. (Waiting for The) Heatwave
3:34 $0.99
3. Love Is Strange
3:23 $0.99
4. Modern Lovers
3:23 $0.99
5. Contact You
4:58 $0.99
6. Family Affairs
3:43 $0.99
7. Cold as Steel
5:25 $0.99
8. Consequences
2:49 $0.99
9. Clean Lines
3:30 $0.99
10. Wargames
3:38 $0.99
11. Family Affairs (7" Single Mix)
3:42 $0.99
12. The Only Ones
3:23 $0.99
13. Under the Rain
3:17 $0.99
14. See Me Too
3:15 $0.99
15. Another Love Song
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Album Notes
About Fay Ray
Bangor is a small town in north west Wales, nestled between the mountains of Snowdonia and the isle of Anglesey. The slate industry which made it prosperous in the 19th century had died out by the 1960s. But the postwar public sector - hospitals, schools, and a university – more than compensated. These brought in students and professionals, many of whom stayed on to make it their home. A mainly Welsh speaking area became more diverse (Caernarfon, 10 minutes away, is the Welshest town in the world)
It was a great place to live – beautiful mountains and beaches, friendly people, lots of pubs, plenty of rain. As it was the 1970s, there was no shortage of sex and drugs; rock n’ roll soon followed. People all over Britain began getting together in garages, pubs, and student unions to make do it yourself music.
In Bangor, the upstairs of the Glanrafon pub became the place to do such things (with the added thrill of possible electrocution thanks to dodgy wiring). Out of dozens of bands, one sprawling outfit – Hot Water – became a local legend in its own lunchtime.
Fay Ray was formed in 1979 by joining three former Hots with the rhythm section (Owen and Tony) from local garage band – Dick Dick and the Dicks.
In those pre-internet days the only way to get known was by doing lots of gigs all over the place. We spent hours in smoke-filled backs of Transits, sprawling across mattresses on top of amps, cabinets and cases, and many a night on generous friends’ (and kind strangers’) floors. We played the northern English cities (Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds) and inevitably London. Which is where we were “spotted”, and offered the chance to record some demos.
Doctor-turned-Record-Producer Nigel Gray had hit the jackpot producing the first three Police albums and then “Kaleidoscope” for Siouxsie and the Banshees, in his Surrey Sound studio above the local dairy depot in Leatherhead. Nigel wanted his own band to produce, and with the demos in the bag, we were signed to his Surrey Sound Records.
We were now apparently New Wave.
In January 1981 the single ‘Family Affairs’ was Melody Maker’s joint record of the week – in the august company of “Reward” by The Teardrop Explodes and The Passions’ “I’m In Love With A German Film Star”. MM’s Lyndon Barber raved about Sheila’s voice and declared:
“finding this is like walking into a Wimpy Bar and finding Beef Bourgignon on the menu… buy, buy, buy!”
Unfortunately, nobody could; there were no records in the shops. Anywhere.
But the review got us noticed by WEA, who put up the money to record an LP.
Within a few months of the release of the first single, Surrey Sound had licensed us to WEA International, a deal which resulted in Contact You. With hindsight, it was a great album that has stood the test of time, while other 1980s material sounds... well... 1980s.
The point of the band was to make people dance, which they did.
The songs are about the usual stuff - love and loss, anger and hope, parenthood, isolation, etc. As to what particular songs are about, you’ll have to work that out for yourself.
Some were political, because the times were tense. In Northern Ireland, just across the water from Bangor,
the troubles were spiralling out of control. Racism was becoming visibly nastier throughout the UK. And everyone felt the Cold War getting hotter.



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Brian Nelson

Classic New Wave album finally on CD!
My son recently asked me what was "New Wave?" So, having Contact You by Fay Ray recorded onto CD-R from my original record, this was his formal introduction. Contact You was always a seminal album for me during the New Wave era and I have pleaded with record companies to release it on CD for over 20 years. Now it is here! The sound is great and the bonus tracks are outstanding--no fillers here!
Get this album on CD and support this class act! If it is out of stock then get on the waiting list, you will not be disappointed!