Before the Smiths there was Johny Marr, Si Wolstencroft and Andy Rourke’s band, Freak Party. Attempting a post ACR funk and disco fused indie pop they wrote some real gems that have been lost for years.
Tonight, watch LTW boss John Robb interview Funky Si and song producer Mike Bennet on his TV show – full details of the interview and TV show here.
Revamped and recorded by a team head up by Funky Si Wolstencroft have reworked the old demo tape and are planning a Monday 24 October 500 vinyl only copies of it release on the Funky Si Records label wit the follow up A second track called ‘Don’t Push Your Luck’ due later…
The lead track, Firefly drips with Johnny’s proto guitar chimes and Funky Si living up to his nickname and has vocal added by Angie Brown and additional guitar from “the fifth Smith” Craig Gannon – who later played on ‘Panic’, ‘Ask’, and toured with the band in 1986.