Proud is not the word to describe how we at K feel to finally bring
about the US issue of the classic debut album by our heroes
Heavenly. Humbled may be more accurate. Issued in England and
Japan via the storied Sarah Records in 1990 but out of print
worldwide for the past seven years, Heavenly vs. Satan represents
the crucial passing of the torch from Talulah Gosh to Heavenly which never touched down in America, save for rare, pricey
imports. K has issued every piece of music revolving around Heavenly, including their antecedents Talulah Gosh and the
post-Heavenly reincarnation Marine Research. All except for one, their ferocious debut, Heavenly vs. Satan. Eleven years
later, it’s finally receiving its’ posthumous US debut, and it sounds every bit as fresh and visionary as it did in 1990.
Heavenly were the undisputed overlords of sticky sweet effervescent pop. Adopting the term “crashpop” coined by whoknows-
who in the International Pop Underground to describe their sugar-high sound, Heavenly bravely and ecstatically
conquered hearts with colorful jangle and high octane melody and harmony, one foot firmly on punk’s bobbing pogo floor. For
in the beginning there was the sassy Talulah Gosh, one of the most influential underground bands to emerge from England
in the 1980’s. Blasting a trajectory of punk energy and attitude laced with an insatiable pop innocence, Talulah Gosh burned
oh-so-brightly across the independent underground during their brief tenure. Upon their demise in 1988, Amelia, Pete and
Matthew recruited Rob and Cathy and began to write another fable in both the punk rock and indie-pop storybook. Heavenly
vs. Satan is chapter one, a crucial entry in the annals of independent music.
In addition to the entire album, this official re-issue features six bonus tracks: the out of print singles “I Fell In Love Last
Night” / “Over and Over”, “Our Love is Heavenly” / “Wrap My Arms Around Him” (Sarah Records, 1990) and “She Says” /
“Escort Crash on Marston St.” (, IPU25, 1991), plus liner notes by Lois Maffeo and a brand new cover. Deserving of all our
love and attention, K would be lost without Heavenly. Now the documentation is complete. Whether your ears are new to
Heavenly or old, Heavenly vs. Satan is a must, and that’s a fact.
released August 28, 2001
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