Story To Tell (Anthology 1988​-​2011)

by Rita Lynch

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Rita Lynch: a worthy heir of Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground, Poison Girls, Iggy Pop and Pauline Murray and gutsy contemporary of PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Kirsten Hersh and Juliana Holter releases;

‘Story to Tell’ (Anthology 1988 – 2011) on 22nd April 2016 - CD and Digital download via Bristol Archive Records

This documents Rita’s 30 years of work in the world’s musical underground. She has produced nine outstanding studio albums to date. This compilation spans her career and includes unreleased demos, mixes and classic tracks which truly represent the breadth of Rita’s song writing ability. Songs like ‘Beautiful Eyes’ and ‘Call me your Girlfriend’ and ‘Rolla Coaster’, included on this album, have been soundtracks to many people’s lives. Her recent work with Blue Aeroplanes drummer and bassist; Jon Langley and Mike Youe have been her most productive yet.

The daughter of Irish immigrants to London in the 1950’s, she was brought up a very religious child and wanted to be a nun or a saint when she grew up. Instead, inspired by Bob Dylan, Irish traditional music and then the counter-revolution of punk rock, she became a songwriter and threw herself into every experience she could get. Hard drinking and living in squats, travelling Europe, experimenting sexually and living a life that challenged preconceptions of identity, led her to be upheld as a true Lesbian icon. She fought though, against the limits of any categorisation and made music that reflected that. Her work bristles with an aggression that is often softened by her words and her ability to write about humility, sexuality, religion and death speaks to all of us. Channel 4 made a documentary about her life and work called ‘On the road with Rita Lynch’ in 1998 and she has been inspirational for so many artists:

I think my music is less aggressive than hers; or rather she's aggressive in different way. She's had more experience of the world and I think that shows in her performance." P.J.Harvey

Her albums from 1991’s “Call me your Girlfriend’, ‘All Dressed Up’ (2001), ‘Good Advice’ (2008) through to the most recent album ‘Anti-Social’ (2015), have always presented beautifully crafted, angry, staccato guitar stabbing brilliance with thoughtful and strong lyrics about the human condition – all captured wonderfully in this career spanning compilation.

ARTIST: Rita Lynch
TITLE: “Story to Tell”
RELEASE DATE: 22nd April 2016
LABEL: Bristol Archive Records
FORMAT: CD and Digital Download
BARCODE: 5052571065921
GENRE: Punk, Indie
PRESS CONTACT: Mike Darby, E: / T: 07885 498 402


released April 22, 2016

This compilation spans Rita's career up until 2011 and includes unreleased demo’s and classic tracks and truly represents the breadth of Rita’s song writing ability. A true original, someone who should never be pigeonholed or type cast, Rita Lynch is a survivor and a troubadour in the great tradition of inventive songwriters who plough their own experiences into their work. There is nothing plastic or moulded about Rita Lynch and her songs betray her unfailing dedication to represent the human condition through creative work. Long may it continue!

(Peter Webb, January 2016, Bristol)

My mum Tess Lynch, my friend, Ornella, Dave Ryan from God Bless You and Simon Black, Mike Darby, Neil Smith, my friend, Jono, John Langley, Peter Webb and everyone who has ever believed in me and liked my music.

The Studios that were used for the recordings:
Moles Studios, Dockside Studios, Mivart Street Studio with Jessie D'Vernon, Steve Rizleys Studio, Bink Bonk Studio, Nam and the home recordings on 4 track.

List of the musicians:
Dave Ryan, Neil Smith, John Langley, Gerard Starkey, Joe Allen, Pete Giles, Sasha Baynes, Mike Oxenham, John Sharp, Matt Booth, Nikos Mavromatis, Chris Powell, Gina Griffen, Mark Hotdog Gunstone, Errol Flynn, Chris Powell, Jessie D'Vernon, Jim Barr, Spike (guitarist),
Simon (drummer from Trowbridge), Duncan (bass player), John (drummer).

If I’ve forgotten anyone – I’m so sorry. Rita

List of Studio Engineers / Producers:
Mike Long, Matt Sampson. Corin Dingley, Jessie D’Vernon, Steve Rizley, Shaun Kirkpatrick and Dave Ryan

List of Photographers:
Chris Rydlewski, Dave Hammonds, Del LaGrace Volcano and Gerald Stiling. Any photographer not credited copyright, remains on their great work and we apoligise for the error.

1- All Dressed Up (1995)
2 – Your Illusion (2010)
3 - Far Away (1998)
4 - Call Me Your Girlfriend (1990)
5 - Beautiful Eyes (1990)
6 - Alright Alright (2011)
7 – Losing (2012)
8 - Love Goes On (1988) with God Bless You
9 - Sweet Pain (1988) with God Bless You
10 – Shiver (2005)
11 - The Only Man (2005)
12 - Rolla Coaster (1990)
13 - Last a Lifetime (2003)
14 - New Girl (1988) with God Bless You
15 - Do You Dream (1993)
16 - O God Above (2001)
17 - So Good To Me (1987)
18 – Remember Me (1997)
19 - You Gotta Leave (2003)
20 - Tied To You (2011)
21 - I Can't Explain (2011)
22 - Strip Right Away (1988) with God Bless You

All songs written by Rita Lynch

(p)&© Bristol Archive Records 2016

All recordings licenced to Bristol Archive Records by Rita Lynch, Sugar Shack Records and Phil Andrews (Moles)

All songs published by Archive Publishing Ltd 2016

All Rights Reserved.

Artwork by Sam Giles

Album compiled by Peter Webb

Mastered by Steve Street

(Bristol Boys and Girls Make More Noise)


Cat Nos: ARC288CD




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