Kan Kan - Always Changing Trains (Works 1980 - 1983) / Compilation (2014)

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With its 15th release, Geheimnis Rec. changes its course and moves towards the misty alleys of London’s Post Punk/New Wave/ New Romantic era. Born on a grey autumn afternoon in 1979, “Kan Kan” was a pure British new wave band, which released only two EPs (“Changing Trains” in 1981 and “The Informer” in 1982), one 7’’ (“Film Noir” in 1980 and also contributed the song, “Phone Call” to the legendary compilation “East Of Croydon” (1981).
Their frontman, the quite theatrical, Patrick Dinnen along with Graham McGill, Michael Harding, Tom Casey and Flavia Malim (with the occasional addition of other session musicians) represented the change of spirit that blew over punk rock at the end of the 70’s, which was transformed little by little into something more melodic, romantic and artistic...
This was the time of New Romantics, post punk, secret gigs in London, dark glamour – all in the shadow of the right-wing reign of Margaret Thatcher. There were “secret events” in clubs in London, where people took over a venue and transformed it for one night. One such venue was The Scala Cinema in London – it was a stylish Art Deco cinema where all-night events were staged. That was Kan Kan's first ever gig. Later on after many live concerts, they were asked to play support for such bands as Killing Joke, A Flock of Seagulls, Mary Wilson, The Thompson Twins and the Boomtown Rats. The “big bang” of the post punk/new wave era !
From the beginning, Kan Kan was always theatrical – the songs and images were intense, heightened, like “films for the mind”, stories for the audience’s imagination - songs about outsiders, and people broken and restored by love, meetings in stations, border crossings - footsteps, statues, clowns, a world of suspicion where nothing is certain apart from uncertainty...
John Peel played the EP “Changing Trains” consistently and featured them on a session at the BBC ... But suddenly during 1983, the band split up, leaving us “as their legacy” two EPs and one 7’’. They never succeed in releasing a full length LP.
In May 16th, 2014, after 2 years of collecting lost material, Geheimnis Records presents a complete anthology of all tracks – both released and unreleased – on a double gatefold highly collectable compilation album, in 332 hand-numbered copies, half of them on white and half on black vinyl, remastered and restored by Chris Manolitsis on February and March 2014.

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released May 16, 2014

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Geheimnis Records Αθήνα, Greece

Geheimnis Records was founded in August 2010. It's a small-indie record label, based in Athens, focusing on re-releases of lost and real hard to find material of the New/Dark Wave Greek and International scene of the 80's and 90's.
In December 2011, the label officially entered the era of involving with new artists of the contemporary new wave / alternative sound, linking the past with the future.
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