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Star date: 1st October 2018

TOP SALFORD AND GREATER MANCHESTER BANDS GIVE TRACKS FOR BENEFIT CD

It is no secret that the Salford Star – 13 years in the making and over 5,000 articles produced – is out of money at the end of November and is in danger of closing.

Now, the Sounds of Salford radio has produced a benefit CD, titled All Materials of Value Have Been Removed, and 13 top bands and singers from Salford and around Greater Manchester have kindly donated tracks. It costs £5 with all proceeds going to help the Star survive.

Full details here...


The Moods The Things Benefit State
The Ascension The Void Chris Flynn
Nicöla Greenwood Shannon Donnelly Leah Fisher
The Sandells Fast Cars Buckers
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After 13 years and over 5,000 articles, the Salford Star is in danger of closing for good, as the company will run out of money at the end of November. The Salford Star gets no funding and only exists thanks to donations from readers.

Now, the Sounds of Salford radio, which began with a feature on the Salford Star during its first broadcast and has now itself shut, is ending its existence by releasing a benefit CD with all proceeds going towards helping the Star survive.

Fittingly, 13 top bands and singers from Salford and Greater Manchester have donated tracks (one for each year of the Star's life), and it's also fittingly titled All Materials of Value Have Been Removed, after the stencils Salford City Council spray onto tinned up houses awaiting demolition.

Produced by the Sounds of Salford's Simon Williams, and re-mastered by Paul Travis at A1(M) Records, the compilation has a delicatessen of superb tracks with social justice running through their core, and something for everyone, from catchy rock and punk, to indie, soul and dance by musicians of all ages, with the youngest just 16.

The full track line-up is...

Track 1: The Moods – Profit Over People
 One of the country's most happening bands and winner of the Salford Star Band of the Year, this track soars with anger as dance rap cuts through and tells it as it is...'Live free or die by the rules/Everybody is being taken for a fool...'

Track 2: The Things – 1,000 Stars
Shimmering big soundtrack with a tinge of psychedelia from a band that made its name playing the Russell Club in the late Seventies and being lauded by John Peel in the Eighties. Age has not withered them as the sound quivers with stardust.

Track 3: Benefit State – Salford Girl
A Salford classic that's a punk love (ish) song... 'I saw her standing there/Down in Bexley Square/ I said 'Do you want a drink?/ She said 'What d'ya think!'. Proper punk. Proper song.

Track 4: Chris Flynn – Anita
Beautifully crafted track by one of Salford's top singer songwriters, as a girl living the hard times, high rise life longs to escape to a better place. And does. Melancholia a go-go and stunning in its sonic simplicity and emotional complexity.

Track 5: The Ascension – Last Fall
Synth-driven galloping sonata from Salford duo, Doug and Neil, that's melodic, strangely maladjusted and rather haunting in a catchy kind of way.

Track 6: The Void – Never Die
Incredibly mature indie-pop from incredibly young Manc band with a nice line in gutsy guitars and seducing vocals that lead where the 'grass is greener than we know'. You'll think you've heard it before. It's that ear huggingly good...

Track 7: Nicöla Greenwood – Crazy Queen
Stunning soul-tinged vocals from a crazy queen who's going places, complete with an upbeat perfect chart-aiming, giant of a track. Watch this space!

Track 8: Shannon Donnelly – Old Skool
OMG! Frightening talent alert...Shannon is 16, and created the tune, produced the backing, wrote the retro-pining 'kick it like the old skool' lyrics...oh, and sings like a weathered troubadour on this toe tapping, immaculate slice of artistry.

Track 9: Leah Fisher – My Escape
Another scary talent, with Leah turning her psyche inside out to a stripped down sparse Latin rhythm that allows her voice to come through, clean and clear and uber distinctive...'This is how it is...my song is my only escape from it all'...

Track 10: The Sandells – A Matter of Time
Salford 'krautpunk', that's driving to 'God's garden' where 'it always rains', complete with steaming guitars, pounding drums and a few screams and fat cats en route...

Track 11: Fast Cars – The Kids Just Wanna Dance (Live In Japan)
'Do you like dancing?...Let's go d-a-a-a-a-ncin'!' in a punk, powerpop kinda way, as the Cars signature tune comes live and jiving from the land of the rising fun.

Track 12: Cinnamon Dinner – So-Called Revolution
Salford's indie heroes bring it home with a kicking catchy damnation of everything... 'We were promised a world full of perfection/Ever since we were known all we got was rejection...We're the children of the so-called revolution...'

Track 13: Buckers – Take Me Home
...And finally we have the ace Buckers with a heart warming country-style ditty that you can carry around the world and cuddle in the depths of some cold hotel room far away from Salford... 'Take me home, take me home, to a love that I can call my own...Take me home, take me home, to a place where I don't feel so alone...'


All Materials of Value is available now price £5 (+£1.50 p&p) from the Salford Star shop – click here*

It's also available for £5 from Deli Lame cafe on Bexley Square or via any of the Salford Star contributors.

Listen to a Sound Cloud preview of the album click here - and if you like it donate!

The Salford Star would like to thank Simon Williams for commissioning and putting together the CD, Paul Travis at A1 (M) Records for re-mastering the tracks, Buckers for doing the CD cover, Dusk Till Dawn Studios that released four tracks from its incredible stable, and all the bands and singers who have contributed some fantastic tunes. With your help the Star will continue a little longer...

Watch out for more announcements and events from the Salford Star Survival Dept...


*Due to the weirdness and elderly nature of the Star website you'll notice that the online shop price is £4+£2.50 p&p which is the same total as £5+£1.50 p&p (don't ask!)

To find out more about the bands and singers see their Facebook sites...

The Moods - click here

The Things - click here

Benefit State - click here

Chris Flynn - click here

The Ascension - click here

The Void, Nicöla Greenwood, Shannon Donnelly and Leah Fisher via Dusk Till Dawn Studios - click here

The Sandells - click here

Fast Cars - click here

Cinnamon Dinner - click here

Buckers - click here

alan davies wrote
at 14:55:32 on 04 October 2018
once again we see a salford for salfordians project going to the wall..i am in my dotage and have seen this happen time n time again,will we ever learn?
 
Gareth L wrote
at 17:28:51 on 03 October 2018
RE: DJB's Comment Yes we are so anti-Salford RLFC that the club have used Salford Star images (for free) for its promotional material, last year they even gave the council images that I had taken for the Star to promote the city, you may have noticed them on the big TV advertising screens or the Life in Salford magazine. Ever time we have been asked to help the Supporters Trust we have as well as the work the foundation has done over the years. I personally am so anti-Salford RLFC that I bought a five-year season ticket when we moved to the AJ Bell ticket and used it twice because I ended up taking photos for the club and Star. I am sorry if that's how you feel, but show us where we are anti-Salford RLFC.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 16:48:22 on 03 October 2018
Of course Marys is right Steve is about the only one man crusade against the Councils inept and insular performance. Keep the apathetic amongst us in the dark and they carry on regardless, The city is filling to the brim with buy to lets while many go homeless. job creation is stagnant, crime and drug use is at a peak. Steve is starved of direct information from official sources reliant on leaks, sad without the star the city will go uninformed while Labour play the blame game using the Tories as Labours official bogymen.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 16:47:58 on 03 October 2018
See DJB's comment below...What on earth are you on about? The Star ran match reports all last season, has run articles on the Red Devils Trust and Supporters Trust this season, plus two interviews with the director - all positive!
 
DJB wrote
at 16:45:32 on 03 October 2018
Well I hope Cinnamon Dinner are ashamed to be supporting a rag that is so obviously anti Salford RLFC. Here's hoping for loud boos and jeers next time you ruin a good night in the fans marquee.
 
Alice wrote
at 11:01:49 on 03 October 2018
What Mary says is so true. What will we do if it goes! Anyone who has ever read the Star knows it gets quality investigatory journalism. At no cost ..just a click on your computer ..you can hear about issues that may effect you. The Star is the only newspaper to tell you the truth about some dodgy 'goings on' with the Developers who are changing the landscape of Salford. It informs us about campaigns for justice for those with a cause to fight, whether for the homeless or for those worried about the closure of residential care for special needs children. It's not all serious though. At weekends it informs you of festivals, concerts, fun events and always announces Salford successes. What few people don't know is that the chief journalist works for very little peanuts and personally researches every story, writing up often into the early hours. I genuinely believe Salford will lose a very important champion if the Star goes. Let's keep it going with some generosity from us all. It has no big donors so it needs the community to put its hands in its pockets and donate what they can. Look out for the collection buckets out and about Salford soon. Don't let the Star die!
 
Gareth L wrote
at 11:01:45 on 03 October 2018
I am no music critic, but the CD was easy listening on the way to work, some good sounds and a variety of tracks. The money helps the Star in a small way and it may give some local talent a chance to be picked up. A win win.
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 21:45:36 on 02 October 2018
Over the years Salford Star have highlighted issues within our city both good and some not so good. Stephen and his team have supported lots of community groups and community issues. So now it's our chance to say a big thank you to Salford Star and support the Star. To make sure we are not kept in the dark. We can have our say and issues have a chance to be brought to the people of Salford. If the Salford Star finishes,then so are WE. If everyone who has made a comment on here or who the Star has helped in some way over the years donates £5 or if feeling generous a little more it could help. I now apologise beforehand. If the Star folders, then we are in deep shit. Up to our neck in crap.The mushrooms will be in the dark and no shovel to dig us out.
 
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