Slum Clearance is an album compiling all the songs The Siddeleys released back in the 1980s.
It also features eight songs recorded for the John Peel show on BBC Radio One.
The album doesn't include "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", The Siddeleys version of the Edison Lighthouse Number One hit. It appeared on the Anti Poll Tax album "Alvin lives in Leeds" and was omitted for copyright reasons.
Back in 1991 the "Mind The Gap" label tried to release the compilation but the band felt it was too early.
Mind The Gap turned into TweeNet Communications and later into Clarendon Records. In April 1999 Peter Hahndorf
of TweeNet approached the band about a song for the eighties compilation "The Sound Of Leamington Spa".
The band agreed and Peter renewed his offer for a compilation. This time the band was cooperative and work begun.
Jimmy Tassos, head of Matinee Records out of Washington D.C. was also a big Siddeleys fan and offered to do
the album as well. In summer 1999 the two labels agreed on releasing the album together.
Most masters were still in possession of the bands but the masters for "Bedlam on the Mezzanine" and "Wherever You Go" were hard to find. In the autumn of 2000 Jon Paradiso was added to the team as a designer.
Post Office Box 2181
Santa Barbara, CA 93120
United States of America
You should be able to buy the CD in any good record stores in the US and UK. It is distributed by Parasol, Carrot Top and Shellshock.
Update May 2010: Your best option nowadays is to order directly from Matinée at the address above.
There were plans for a vinyl version of the album, but these are currently on hold.