And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside'

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And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside'
EP by
Released1985 (1985)
RecordedJanuary, February, April 1985 at Nightshift Studios in Christchurch, New Zealand
Genre Dunedin sound, Indie pop, Alternative rock
Label Flying Nun
The Bats chronology
By Night
And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside'
Made Up in Blue
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And Here Is 'Music for the Fireside' is an 1985 EP by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats. [4] [5]


Flying Nun released the first three Bats EPs as Compiletely Bats. [6]

Critical reception

AllMusic called the EP "another classic, flawless piece of the stunning mid-'80s Flying Nun pop puzzle." [1] Trouser Press wrote that it spans "from lackadaisical laments to sweeping, enticing rushes of pure pop satisfaction, each made all the more appealing by Scott’s nasal, high register vocals." [6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Robert Scott.

Side 1
2."Chicken Bird Run" 
4."Joes Again" 
Side 2


Also credited:

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