Anxious Records Discography: Curve

Curve's Biography

Curve - Anxious Records
Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia were introduced to each other by fellow musician Dave Stewart of Eurythmics; Garcia had played bass guitar as part of Eurythmics’ live band in 1983–84 and on two of their studio albums; while Halliday was signed to Stewart’s Anxious Records label as a solo artist. The pair formed an ill-fated group named State of Play in the mid-1980s before parting ways, embarking on a no less ill-fated solo career (Halliday) and further stints as a backing musician (Garcia), and then reuniting for a more long-term partnership in Curve.

Curve released three acclaimed and increasingly successful EPs throughout 1991 on Stewart’s label Anxious Records, and made an impact on the UK album charts in 1992 with their debut Anxious LP Doppelgänger. The group also toured extensively during this period, with Halliday and Garcia being supported on stage by two additional guitarists (Debbie Smith, later of Echobelly, and Alex Mitchell) and a drummer (Steve Monti, formerly of Ian Dury and the Blockheads). Highlights of Curve’s live career included a performance at the 1992 Glastonbury Festival, and a package tour of the United States with The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spiritualized.

Curve’s second LP, the harder-edged Cuckoo (1993), did not repeat the UK Top 20 success of the band’s debut. That fact, and the stressfulness of the tour in support of the record, may have contributed to Halliday and Garcia’s decision, in 1994, to disband the group. Curve returned to the music business in 1996 with the EP Pink Girl With the Blues; the following year, they released “Chinese Burn”, the first single to be taken from their third all-new album Come Clean (1998). That LP, a set of songs displaying a more pronounced influence of electronic music than earlier releases, was met with a certain amount of acclaim and commercial success, which encouraged the group to continue their recording career.

The follow-up to Come Clean was an internet-only collection titled Open Day at the Hate Fest; it was quickly followed by the all-new Gift (both 2001). During this period, Curve were almost as prolific as during their first three years, releasing another web-only, LP-length collection (The New Adventures of Curve) in 2002, and various download-only tracks via their official website. A 2-CD retrospective entitled The Way of Curve summarised the group’s output in 2004, before Halliday announced, in early 2005, that she had left Curve for good.

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DOPPELGÄNGER (03/1992)

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Cassette
ANXMC 77ALREADY YOURS 3:55
HORROR HEAD 3:41
WISH YOU DEAD 3:31
DOPPELGÄNGER 4:28
LILLIES DYING 4:24
ICE THAT MELTS THE TIPS 4:30
SPLIT INTO FRACTIONS 4:33
THINK & ACT 5:15
FAÎT ACCOMPLI 4:38
SANDPIT 3:26
CLIPPED 3:50
LP
Some with free poster
ANXLP 77See above
CD
ANXCD 77See above

Radio Sessions (06/1993)

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Cassette
ANXMC 80TEN LITTLE GIRLS 4:42
NO ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN 4:47
THE COLOUR HURTS 3:48
COAST IS CLEAR 4:14
23rd February '92
DIE LIKE A DOG 4:35
HORROR HEAD 3:30
ARMS OUT 4:46
SPLIT INTO FRACTIONS 4:47
LP
See above
CD
ANXCD 80See Above

Cuckoo (09/1993)

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Cassette
ANXMC 81MISSING LINK 4:58
CRYSTAL 4:02
MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS 4:36
ALL OF ONE 4:19
UNREADABLE COMMUNICATION 5:50
TURKEY CROSSING 4:52
SUPER BLASTER 3:59
LEFT OF MOTHER 4:10
SWEETEST PIE 3:59
CUCKOO 4:55
LP
ANXLP 81See Above
CD
ANXCD 81See Above
CD Sampler
ANXCDS 81See Above

Anxious Records Singles

BLINDFOLD EP (03/1991)

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07"
ANX 27TEN LITTLE GIRLS* 4:27
BLINDFOLD 4:28
7" Picture DiscANXP 27TEN LITTLE GIRLS* 4:27
BLINDFOLD 4:28
12"
ANXT 27TEN LITTLE GIRLS* 4:27
I SPEAK YOUR EVERY WORD 3:53
BLINDFOLD 4:28
NO ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN 4:19
12" Promo
ANXT 27TEN LITTLE GIRLS* 4:27
I SPEAK YOUR EVERY WORD 3:53
BLINDFOLD 4:28
NO ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN 4:19
CD Single
ANXCD 27TEN LITTLE GIRLS* 4:27
I SPEAK YOUR EVERY WORD 3:53
BLINDFOLD 4:28
NO ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN 4:19

FROZEN EP (05/1991)

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07"
ANX 30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
FROZEN 3:58
12"
ANXT 30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
THE COLOUR HURTS 4:34
FROZEN 3:58
ZOO 3:50
12" PromoANXT 30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
THE COLOUR HURTS 4:34
FROZEN 3:58
ZOO 3:50
12" GatefoldANXTG 30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
THE COLOUR HURTS 4:34
FROZEN 3:58
ZOO 3:50
CD Single
ANXCD 30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
THE COLOUR HURTS 4:34
FROZEN 3:58
ZOO 3:50
Cassette SingleANXK30COAST IS CLEAR 4:00
THE COLOUR HURTS 4:34
FROZEN 3:58
ZOO 3:50

CHERRY (10/1991)

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07"
ANX 35CLIPPED 3:50
GALAXY 3:54
10" SingleANXX 35CLIPPED 4:10
DIE LIKE A DOG 4:37
GALAXY 3:54
CHERRY 5:01
I SPEAK YOUR EVERY WORD with JC 001 4:38
12"
ANXT 35CLIPPED 4:10
DIE LIKE A DOG 4:37
GALAXY 3:54
CHERRY 5:49
12" Promo
ANXT 35DJCLIPPED 4:10
DIE LIKE A DOG 4:37
GALAXY 3:54
CHERRY 5:49
CD Single
ANXCD 35CLIPPED 4:10
DIE LIKE A DOG 4:37
GALAXY 3:54
CHERRY 5:49
Cassette SingleANXK 35CLIPPED 4:10
GALAXY 3:54

FAÎT ACCOMPLI (02/1992)

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Cassette Single
ANX K 36FAÎT ACCOMPLI 4:10
ARMS OUT* 4:45
12"
ANX T 36FAÎT ACCOMPLI 4:10
ARMS OUT* 4:45
SIGH* 3:49
12"ANX TT 36FAÎT ACCOMPLI extended extended extended... 6:24
COAST IS CLEAR live Manchester '91* 4:34
DIE LIKE A DOG live London '91* 4:39
12" Promo
ANX T 36FAÎT ACCOMPLI 4:10
ARMS OUT* 4:45
SIGH* 3:49
CD Single
ANX CD 36FAÎT ACCOMPLI 4:10
ARMS OUT* 4:45
SIGH* 3:49

HORROR HEAD (07/1992)

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Cassette SingleANX K 38HORROR HEAD (REMIX) 3:40
MISSION FROM GOD* 4:07
12"
ANX T 38HORROR HEAD (REMIX) 3:40
FALLING FREE* 4:22
MISSION FROM GOD* 4:07
TODAY IS NOT THE DAY* 3:44
12" Promo
ANX T 38DJHORROR HEAD (REMIX) 3:40
FALLING FREE* 4:22
MISSION FROM GOD* 4:07
TODAY IS NOT THE DAY* 3:44
12" Box SetANXB 38HORROR HEAD (REMIX) 3:40
FALLING FREE* 4:22
MISSION FROM GOD* 4:07
TODAY IS NOT THE DAY* 3:44
CD Single
ANX CD 38HORROR HEAD (REMIX) 3:40
FALLING FREE* 4:22
MISSION FROM GOD* 4:07
TODAY IS NOT THE DAY* 3:44

FALLING FREE (07/1993)

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12" Promo
ANXT41Falling Free (Remix)

BLACKERTHREETRACKER (08/1993)

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Cassette SingleANXK 42MISSING LINK 4:19
ON THE WHEEL 6:01
TRIUMPH 4:50
12"
ANXT 42MISSING LINK 4:19
ON THE WHEEL 6:01
TRIUMPH 4:50
12" Promo
ANXTDJ 42MISSING LINK 4:19
ON THE WHEEL 6:01
TRIUMPH 4:50
CD Single
ANXCD 42MISSING LINK 4:19
ON THE WHEEL 6:01
TRIUMPH 4:50
12" Promo
ANXTDJ 142MISSING LINK : SCREAMING BIRD MIX 6:22
RISING : HEADSPACE MIX 9:21
HALF THE TIME : HONEY TONGUE MIX 6:18
CD Single
ANXCDS 42MISSING LINK : SCREAMING BIRD MIX 6:22
RISING : HEADSPACE MIX 9:21
HALF THE TIME : HONEY TONGUE MIX 6:18

BLACKERTHREETRACKERTWO (08/1993)

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12" Promo
ANXTDJ 142MISSING LINK : SCREAMING BIRD MIX 6:22
RISING : HEADSPACE MIX 9:21
HALF THE TIME : HONEY TONGUE MIX 6:18
CD Single
ANXCDS 42MISSING LINK : SCREAMING BIRD MIX 6:22
RISING : HEADSPACE MIX 9:21
HALF THE TIME : HONEY TONGUE MIX 6:18

SUPERBLASTER (11/1993)

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CD Single
74321174212SUPERBLASTER 3:58
LOW AND BEHOLD 4:18
NOTHING WITHOUT ME 3:13