Formed late 1981 in Leeds (Simon D, vocals; Loz, bass; Tom, guitar; & Rosie, vocals) as 'a rock band with a dark side'; and with their debut release found themselves placed at the forefront of a new 'cult', later dubbed gothic rock.
Their second release for fellow local band Sisters Of Mercy's label Merciful Release, 'Grooving In Green' in October '82 climbed the indie charts and almost the national charts, leading them to form their own Rebirth Records label through Red Rhino.
Touring with the likes of The Birthday Party, Killing Joke and the Sisters of Mercy to further their 'dance orientated, accessible but powerful music', they recorded a second John Peel session and saw their first Rebirth single 'Crow Baby' go to number 6 in the indie charts, followed by the indie-chart topping 'Snakedance'.
The band's only album, 'Natural History', was compiled from Peel sessions and singles, and now sells for lots in collectors shops. By this time, Rosie had left to be replaced by Cleo; they toured frequently and released another No. 1 indie single 'Walk Into The Sun', inevitably gaining interest from major record companies.
Always highly charged and unstable, the Violets finally imploded on Christmas Eve 1984; Simon D left to form the Batfish Boys and the rest of the band went A.O.R. in America. It was all very messy.
For the first time on CD, this compilation is the complete recordings 1982-84 featuring all eighteen tracks from their first five singles from Merciful Release and Rebirth Records, all of which have been long unavailable and highly sought after.
Snake Dance, Walk Into The Sun, Slow Drip Lizard, Lights Go Out, Essence, Crow Baby, 1 2 I Love You, Grooving In Green, It’s Hot, Long Pig, Steam, Fodder, Radiant Boys, Bon Bon Babies, Religious As Hell, Children On Stun, Crow Bait, Snake Dance (extended).
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