The Fidelity Wars – Hefner – (20th Anniversary Vinyl re-issue)

Slightly overdue but this is the vinyl re-issue for ‘The Fidelity Wars’ by Hefner. We are releasing it on 22nd Nov and accepting pre-orders now.

Long out of print and fetching silly prices on discogs this re-issue comes in black or blue vinyl, together with download. It remains many people’s favourite album of Darren’s. Odd and angular, it is a brutal reading of falling and out and in of love and contains his most well known songs.

NME – “‘The Fidelity Wars’ is a treasure and comfort for anyone who’s set out on the bumpy road to love, and gotten distracted by the scenery along the way.”

Pitchfork – “Lots of bands write songs about girls. Some bands don’t write anything but songs about girls. And then there are those select few bands that elevate writing songs about girls to a hallowed art form. If David Gedge (erstwhile Wedding Present leader and current Cinerama frontman) is the president of this club, then Darren Hayman, the cocky leader of Hefner, is surely the up- and- coming VP.”

Pre-order now for 22nd Nov, prices include P and P.

(We will endeavour to send out so you have it for release day.)

Please take care to choose correct worldwide location.


Buy Fidelity Wars on 2CDs with tons of b-sides and demos


Or buy the downloads from Bandcamp

 

I Took Her Love For Granted – Single

I Took Her Love For Granted

Originally released 11th October 1999 on Too Pure.

The third and final single from The Fidelity Wars, ‘I Took Her Love For Granted’ was released on CD and 7-inch with ‘To Hide A Little Thought’ (omitted from the 7-inch) and a Jonathan Richman cover, ‘A Bellyful Of Babies’, as its b-sides. The single’s video, shot by John Hardwick, featured the band running through a south London park, apparently naked (but wearing nylon body stockings). ‘I remember John, the director, making us watch The Magnificent Seven before the day to get us into character,’ recalls Darren.

Buy I Took Her Love For Granted CD


 

 

Hymn For The Cigarettes – Single

The Hymn For The Cigarettes

Originally released 21st June 1999 on Too Pure.

One of Hefner’s most well-loved songs, The Hymn For The Cigarettes showcases the rockier sound the band would begin to exhibit in The Fidelity Wars. It was released on CD and 7-inch with the b-sides ‘Grandmother Dies’ and ‘Lisa And Me’, as well as a cover of the Beach Boys’ ‘You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone’.

Buy Hymn For The Cigarettes CD


 

 

The Hefner Heart – EP

The Hefner Heart

 

Originally released 22nd February 1999 on Acuarela Records.

 

Released on Spanish label Acuarela, this EP was the first on which multi-instrumentalist Jack Hayter played (although he is credited in the sleevenotes of Boxing Hefner). The Hefner Heart includes the tracks ‘Mary Lee’, ‘The Hymn For The Things We Didn’t Do’ (on which Jack can be heard playing harmonica), ‘Karen’, ‘The Heart Of Portland Oregon’, and ‘The Hymn For Thomas Courtney Warner’.

The Hymn For The Alcohol – Single

The Hymn For The Alcohol

Originally released February 1999 on Sticky Records.

The first single from The Fidelity Wars (although the album features a newer version), ‘The Hymn For The Alcohol’ was released only shortly after Breaking God’s Heart, in an attempt, says Darren, ‘to help my writing in some way to be clear of baggage’. It was released with the b-side ‘My Art College Days Are Over’, a hymn to burgeoning adulthood, on 7-inch.