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Three decades on, pop Giants are big in Japan

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A GUITARIST is releasing a new album after copies of a single he recorded as part of a 1980s band had an unlikely revival in the Far East.

Paul Davies, from Pantymwyn, near Mold, was a guitarist with indie-pop group the City Giants in the 1980s.

But despite having long since separated, the band has seen its popularity spike in Japan, where one of its tracks has begun selling for £750 a pop.

Now Paul, who was also a member of Colliding Circles which featured four former Alun School, Mold, pupils, hopes to ride the wave of popularity and is releasing a new album called For Posterity.

The record includes tracks played by both City Giants and Colliding Circles, with some of the money raised from sales to be sent to assist efforts in the Philippines following last month’s typhoon.

“I found out copies of the City Giants Little Next to Nothing single were selling in Japan for £750 each,” Paul said. “Apparently the lead singer of Sloppy Joe, who are probably the biggest indie pop band in Japan, were talking us up.

“I had about 150 copies and began selling them on Ebay £10 each to bring the price down, but copies are still selling at about £85.”

Paul started out with three Alun School friends in the early 1980s as part of the Colliding Circles, playing gigs across North Wales to strong local acclaim.

The group’s emergence was regularly covered in the Leader before it set off to fulfil its ambitions in London.

Soon after the Colliding Circles went its separate ways, leaving Paul to hook up with the City Giants in 1986 and the single Little Next to Nothing was recorded in February 1987.

Paul said: “There has been interest in the band and the quality of the songwriting of Andrew Matheou for the last few years particularly in Japan, America and Germany and also in the UK.

“He was as good a songwriter as anyone I heard in the ’80s.”

Songs written by Andrew also appear on the For Posterity album and Paul revealed a City Giants retrospective album, Provenance, could be released by Firestation Records in the next few months, while extracts from the band have also been uploaded on YouTube.

Paul, whose wife is from the Philippines, hopes to raise a good sum from record sales to help victims of the devastating typhoon.

For Posterity will be released on February 24, available to pre-order from www.rhythmonline.co.uk

Paul can be contacted at pauldavies_016@fsmail.net

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