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formatvinyltape tapeblank2blank2ablank3additionalsongwords blank8blank8vidadditional CATALOGUE MC 003 FORMAT MC LABEL PLEASANTLY SURPRISED RELEASE DATE 1984 SLEEVE DESIGN   CURRENT VALUE £10 TRACK LISTING WRITERS PRODUCER RECORDED I LIVE IN DREAMS Virginia Astley    


This release was issued as a cassette in a sealable pouch with a foldout card insert.

‘I Live In Dreams’ dates back to the Ravishing Beauties days as a live song. The song was later re-recorded and given a new title ‘Shadows Will Fall Behind’ and featured as a B-side track on the 12″ release of ‘Darkness Has Reached Its End’ in 1985.

State Of Affairs also featured contributions by Cocteau Twins, Modern English, Primal Scream, The Passage and The Wolfgang Press.

The sleeve notes about Virginia’s contribution state:

“Solo-wise she has just signed to Arista for a long-term album deal, but is also setting up a recording co. with Anne Stephenson (co-founder of The Venomettes). Virginia is working on a soundtrack for a film project along with musician/writer Graeme Miller. The personnel on Dreams is: Anne Stephenson, Gini Ball – Violins, Audrey Riley – Cello, Russell Webb – Bass, Jo Wells – Sax and Kate St John (previously Ravishing Beauties) on Cor Anglais and Oboe.”



Pleasantly Surprised was an independent label run by Robert King which focused on post-punk, cold wave, new wave and ethereal bands.

The Venomettes were Marc Almond’s backing band (having evolved from The Mambas) and featured Anne Stephenson, Martin McCarrick, Bill McGee and Gini Ball. Gini Ball was married to Soft Cell’s Dave Ball at the time.