Breaking God’s Heart – Vinyl Reissue (pre-order)

It’s been going for silly money on Ebay for ages so finally we got round to doing a repress of the debut album by Darren Hayman and his first band Hefner in time for the 20th Anniversary.

It’s like the original. It has ten songs on it. You can pre-order it now even thought it doesn’t come out until 6th July!

Darren is also doing a few shows where he plays the whole album on his own, and talks about it a bit.

Pre-order Hefner – Breaking God’s Heart on vinyl with download code INCLUDING POSTAGE AND PACKAGING

(note: if you pre-order this with other items the whole order will go out together in July. It will probably be sent a little before the release date in all honesty)


The Sweetness Lies Within – Single

The Sweetness Lies Within

Originally released 5th October 1998.

The final single from Breaking God’s Heart, ‘The Sweetness Lies Within’ was released on CD and 7-inch with the b-sides ‘Normal Molly’, ‘A Hymn For Berlin’, and ‘Hello Kitten’, a track as notorious amongst fans for its catchy chorus as for the fact that (in Darren’s words) ‘it is, of course, about wanking’.

 

Buy The Sweetness Lies Within CD


 

 

Love Will Destroy Us In The End – Single

Love Will Destroy Us In The EndOriginally released 15th June 1998.

‘Love Will Destroy Us In The End’, recorded with the full band double-tracked in stereo, was initially released on CD and 7-inch along with the more downbeat b-sides ‘Cowboy Falls’, ‘Blind Girl With Halo’, and ‘Goethe’s Letter To Vic Chesnutt’ (written by Matthew Hein of New Bad Things).

Pull Yourself Together – Single

Pull Yourself TogetherOriginally released 5th May 1998.

The first single from Breaking God’s Heart, ‘Pull Yourself Together’  was originally released on CD and 7-inch, featuring the b-sides ‘Christ’, ‘Smoking Girlfriend’, and ‘Wicker Girl’. After becoming Steve Lamacq’s Radio 1 single of the week, the track marked the beginnings of a surge of interest in the band ahead of Breaking God’s Heart’s release.

The Hefner Soul – EP

The Hefner Soul

 

Originally released March 1998 on Too Pure

 

Featuring the tracks ‘Flowers’, ‘A Hymn For The Coffee’, ‘Broodmare’ (with Suzanne from Rhatigan on drums), ‘The Girl From The Coast’ (with Scott Acomba on guitar and backing vocals) and ‘More Christian Girls’ (with Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian on organ), The Hefner Soul 10-inch EP marked the band’s first release on Too Pure. Breaking God’s Heart had already been recorded at the time of The Hefner Soul’s release; ‘Flowers’ and ‘More Christian Girls’ were both tracks left over from the Breaking God’s Heart sessions. The remaining three songs were all home recordings.

Lee Remick/School Girls’ Knees – Single

Lee Remick

 

Originally released February 1998 on Boogie Wonderland, limited to 500 vinyl copies.

 

Recorded at Cafe Eric in Greenwich, Lee Remick, a particularly personal song, would become Hefner’s second single, released along with the b-side ‘School Girls’ Knees’. The band were beginning to actively gig as a three-piece and recording several demos, many of which remain unreleased to this day.

The Devotion Chamber – cassette

Devotion Chamber

 

Originally released 1996.

 

Hefner’s first release, The Devotion Chamber, was really a solo project, although Antony sings backing vocals. Released on four-track cassette, it features early versions of ‘May God Protect Your Home’, ‘The Sweetness Lies Within’, ‘I Stole A Bride’, and ‘You’ve Been Prayed For’, and is long-deleted.