Ash Wednesday 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Ash's debut single Jack Names the Planets. To celebrate the band are the offering a special re-recorded version of the song as a free download for one day only.
Originally written in 1992, Jack Names the Planets featured on Ash's second demo tape Shed and on demo compilation tape Pipe Smokin' Brick. After the demos were picked up by Stephen Taverner Jack Names the Planets was released on his new formed La La Land records 20 years ago. With the single picking up play on Radio One and impressing influential DJs Steve Lamacq, John Peel and Mark Radcliffe the band’s fate was sealed and they signed to Infectious Records.
Ash re-recorded Jack Names the Planets for their mini-album debut Trailer released in October 1994 but the La La Land recording later featured alongside b-side Don't Know as hidden tracks on the first 50,000 copies of 1977 and as bonus extras on the deluxe edition of 1977. The version of Jack Names the Planets available today as a free download was recorded in 2011 and featured on the Best Of Ash/Teenage Wildlife DVD release.
Keep your eyes peeled to facebook.com/ash and @ashofficial as the band will also be taking some time out from working new material in their New York Atomic Heart Studio base to blog about their memories of writing and recording in the early days and what happened after Jack Names the Planets hit the airwaves.
Follow everything and share your first memories of hearing Jack Names the Planets using the hash tag #JNTP20
In case you ever wondered what Ash were listening to in the early days the band have also put together a Spotify 'Inspirations' playlist of the songs they were listening to when Jack Names the Planets was written.
Jack Names the Planets Blogs
Tim - "So we tried to redo this version with the zip the track has when we play it live."
Mark - "The best / most ridiculous story of local spite was a rumour going round Belfast bars that it was a Masonic conspiracy that got us signed / the vinyl release"
Rick - "If my memory serves me correctly, and why shouldn't it"
Added on 05/03/2014 by jedisteve