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From the liner notes to "Friendly Society":

Friendly societies were groups of working-class people in 19th-century Britain and America who chipped in to help each other when they were too sick to work or when a family member died. They usually met at pubs, they often wore distinctive robes and sashes, and they sang special songs to celebrate the spirit of voluntarism. Much ale was often consumed at these meetings, which incurred the disfavor of the local authorities. As with many working-class clubs at the time, members sometimes needed to learn secret passwords or handshakes to gain admittance to a friendly society meeting. Once a year, members of all the local branches of a societythe Loyal Order of Shepherds, for instance, or the Manchester Unity of Oddfellowswould join together at an annual conference, where they would feast and argue about politics for days on end. When the 19th century turned into the 20th, insurance companies and the beginnings of a welfare state combined to make friendly societies a less popular place for workers to turn to in times of need. Rank-and-file members joined with their "grand masters" and "chief rangers" to lament the passing of an age-old tradition, and to shudder at the thought of a new world ruled by profit and red tape.

The world is still ruled by profit and red tape, but some people still chip in to help each other, and they still meet in pubs and sing special songs. Some of these people wear distinctive tee shirts to celebrate the spirit of voluntarism, and they exchange secret passwords like "low-fi" and "twee". Every now and then, members of the local branches converge on Olympia or Boston or Bristol to trade fanzines and listen to dozens of bands. Much ale is often consumed at their meetings, along with much great musicsome of which has been captured on this compilation CD.

Over the past nine years, Harriet Records has had the great good fortune to be part of this latter-day friendly society, and to work with all the bands on this compilation and then some. After 45 singles and nine CDs, this will be the last record adorned with Harriet's name and tennis shoes. But I love music too much to stay away from it for too very long, so keep your eyes open for future fanzines, CD compilations, and so forth. And the bands will, I trust, play on.

Tim Alborn, March 1998

Releases:
High Risk Group - Flag (7") Nov 1989
Fertile Virgin - Lucky Day (7") May 1990
Linda Smith - Gorgeous Weather (7") May 1990
Scarlet Drops - Sweet Happiness (7") Sep 1990
Wimp Factor 14 - Train Song (7") Mar 1991
High Risk Group - Daddy Rolex (7") Mar 1991
The Magnetic Fields - 100,000 Fireflies (7") Sep 1991
Pop Smear - Angel Talk (7") Sep 1991
Crayon - Matchbox (7") Sep 1991
10 Mecca Normal - How Many Now (7") Jan 1992
11 Scarlet Drops - Cling (7") Jun 1992
12 Crayon - Moominland (7") Jun 1992
13 Pinky - I'm on the Inside (7") Aug 1992
14 Six Cents and Natalie - Boyfriends (7") Aug 1992
15 Wimp Factor 14 - Botch (7") Oct 1992
16 High Risk Group - Pulsed (7") Oct 1992
17 The Magnetic Fields - Long Vermont Roads (7") Dec 1992
18 Lotus Eaters US - Falling (7") Feb 1993
19 Crayon - The Snaptight Wars (7") Aug 1993
20 Twig - Fall of Love (7") May 1993
21 Ampersands - Postcards (7") Oct 1993
22 Extra Glenns - Infidelity (7") Nov 1993
23 Wimp Factor 14 - Miracle Mile (7") Oct 1993
24 Bagpipe Operation - Mt. Lavaty (7") Mar 1994
25 Pest - Philosophically Dyslexic (7") Mar 1994
26 Lotus Eaters US - Too Late (7") May 1994
27 Split-Release - Harriet Split Single (7") May 1994
29 Vehicle Flips - Our Returning Champion (7") Nov 1994
29 My Pretty Finger - A Season of Light (7") May 1995
30 Tullycraft - True Blue (7") May 1995
31 The Receptionists - Keep Your Secrets (7") Jul 1995
33 Hula Boy - January 17, 1912 (7") Jul 1995
34 Ampersands - Annabel Bleach (7") Nov 1996
35 My Favorite - The Informers And Us (7")
- The Informers
- Detectives of Suburbia
- The Informers Part 2
36 Prickly - Fancy Party Hairdo (7") Apr 1996
37 Caramel - My Tailor Is Rich (7") 1996
38 Vehicle Flips - Terminus (7") 1997
- Terminus
- Salad Bar
39 Orans - Windfall (7") 1997
40 Split-Release - Tullycraft And Rizzo (7") 1997
- Rizzo - Rental Raccoon
- Tullycraft - Heroes & Villians
41 Tokidoki - News Days (7") 1997
42 Split-Release - My Favorite/Mad Planets (7") 1998
- Mad Planets - Yr Version of Cool
- My Favorite - Working Class Jacket
43 Pest 5000 - Page 43 (7") 1998
44 Shy Camp - Call in Sick (7") 1998
45 The Cannanes - A Fine Line between Pleasure and Pain (7") 1998
SPY 1 Wimp Factor 14 - Ankle Deep (CD) Aug 1993
SPY 2 Crayon - Brick Factory (CD) Mar 1994
SPY 3 Various Artists - The Long Secret (CD) Jan 1995
SPY 4 Vehicle Flips - In Action (CD) Sep 1995
SPY 5 Tullycraft - Old Traditions, New Standards (LP+CD) 1996
co-released with Little Teddy Recordings - BITE 31
vinyl has two extra tracks
SPY 6 Prickly - Velleity (CD) 1997
SPY 7 Linda Smith - Preference: Selected Songs, 1987-1991 (CD) 1997
SPY 8 Hula Boy - As Tight as an Owl (CD) 1997
SPY 9 Musical Chairs - Wits' End (CD) 1998
- Brand New Day
- Don't You Want to Know-
- Heart on My Sleeve
- It's All So Real
- No, Not Yet
- Over & Over Again
- Pretty as a Picture
- Seagulls Fly
- Song for a Wednesday
- Stayed Around
- Sun Still Shines
- Waste My Life
- Way Back When
- Wits' End
SPY 10 Various Artists - Friendly Society (CD) 1998
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