Gomez / Liquid Skin anniversary reissue

• Southport quintet announce details of second reissue
• Formats: 2CD deluxe & 2LP vinyl • Remastered audio • Unheard demos

Gomez continue on from their reformation with the announcement of the release of an upgraded 20th anniversary version of their second album Liquid Skin.

Originally released in 1999, the album reached number two in the UK album charts, following up their Mercury-winning debut Bring It On. The band produced the album themselves while visiting America, an ill-fated English stately home and at some of the finest recording studios in the world between 1998 and 1999.

The album also gave them a trio of top 40 hits with ‘Bring It On’, ‘Rhythm & Blues Alibi’ and ‘We Haven’t Turned Around.’ The band have released a previously unheard track from the Liquid Skin sessions, called ‘Throwin’ Myself Away’, experience it here:

There was no pause between Bring It On and Liquid Skin, with the albums released just 518 days apart. “The first album and this one merge into one in a lot of ways. A lot of the tracks were written at the same time” reckons singer/guitarist Ben Ottowell. “There’s a song called ‘Bring It On’ on Liquid Skin, which says it all really. They were made very closely together, so it seemed like part of the same process. We were constantly making records”.

Abbey Road’s Frank Arkwright has delved into the archives to remaster Liquid Skin from the original tapes and the standard physical reissue formats are 2CD deluxe with demos, alternates and live tracks and a 2LP vinyl (album only).

Liquid Skin 20th Anniversary Edition is released 12 July 2019

Liquid Skin REMASTERED 2CD deluxe


1 Hangover
2 Revolutionary Kind
3 Bring It On
4 Blue Moon Rising
5 Las Vegas Dealer
6 We Haven’t Turned Around
7 Fill My Cup
8 Rhythm & Blues Alibi
9 Rosalita
10 California
11 Devil Will Ride

Previously unreleased demos

12 Throwin’ Myself Away
13 Nobody’s Girl
14 Someday
15 Brother Lead
16 Summer


Previously unreleased alternate versions

1 High On Liquid Skin (Demo)
2 We Haven’t Turned Around (No Orchestra)
3 Rosalita (Kit Version)
4 Las Vegas Dealer (Ben Vocal)

Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 2000

5 Hangover
6 Blue Moon Rising
7 Rhythm & Blues Alibi
8 Rosemary
9 Do’s & Don’ts
10 Las Vegas Dealer
11 We Haven’t Turned Around
12 Devil Will Ride
13 Bring It On
14 Gomez In A Bucket

Liquid Skin REMASTERED 2LP Vinyl:

1 Hangover
2 Revolutionary Kind
3 Bring It On
4 Blue Moon Rising
5 Las Vegas Dealer
6 We Haven’t Turned Around
7 Fill My Cup
8 Rhythm & Blues Alibi
9 Rosalita
10 California
11 Devil Will Ride

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Have to be honest, after the bumper Bring it On set I I was expecting a by more than this for Liquid Skin.


In almost any 518 day period you could think of, The Beatles released three albums plus various singles and b-sides. From late May 1968 to September 1969 they recorded or released The (double) White Album, Yellow Submarine, the mammoth Let It Be sessions (72-CDs worth!!!!!) and Abbey Road, plus a couple of singles and b-sides, recorded several solo albums and made guest appearances on other Apple label recordings. And still they found time to bicker and argue!!!! Now that’s productivity!

CJ Feeney

U2 and Madonna both took 25 years to make as many albums as the Beatles did in 8 years. The 80s was when music production started taking an eternity. However it wasn’t unusual for most rock bands to follow up their debuts within 18 months.

One of my favourite bands, Fairport Convention, released 3 classic albums – What We Did On Our Holidays/Unhalfbricking/Leige and Leaf in 1969, each one better than the last. A year in which they had to recover from the trauma of a fatal road accident while on tour.


Clear vinyl version available from the usual label websites and the bands webstore

Chris Squires

Firstly – I know nothing about the band and can’t think of one thing I have heard but good luck to them. The interesting thing for me is 518 days between albums in 1999.

is that a lot? Is that quick?

It just seems that before that (60s / 70s / 80s) an album a year was almost expected and that was with analogue recording techniques and dodgy transport from town to town. I can think of passages of time for some big bands where it really was an album a year for three, four or more years. ELO (1974 to 1979), ABBA (1974 to 1981).

8 albums in 8 years is not unheard of, even kate got her act together with 4 in 4.

When you look at modern artists it seems so much slower. Adele 3 albums in 7 years, Emeli Sande 2 albums in 7 years, Ed Sheeran 3 albums in 8 years and these people are quite popular apparently.

Is it money over desire and drive? Is social media and it’s commitments taking over – one half decent album and suddenly your day to day life being broadcast is more important than the next album?

It just seems, as if mirroring the predicament of physical media, that the music is being relegated to second or third place. What would a 1974 Freddie, a 1977 Jeff Lynne and a 1975 Noddy Holder have made of all of this modern indolence.


I think part of the reason for the long gaps nowadays is due to the shift in the way revenue is generated by music these days;

In the 60s, 70s, 80s the money was in ‘product’ (not always for the artist tho) but nowadays the big returns for artists are found in touring, to the point where artists release to promote a tour as opposed to touring to promote a product. Therefore there isn’t always a huge incentive to release music when live work could be more profitable.

Chris Squires

I had that at the back of my mind too Stuart, revenue streams and “touring”.

However some of the big 1970s bands also put in a fair whack of dates too. World tours really meant something then. ELO 1978 – they had 79 dates across 11 countries and they had a bit more than an acoustic guitar to lug about.

Added to above I would say there are also too many distractions and side alleys now, a rock ‘n roller wouldn’t be looking for a bit part in a Netflix series to boost their acting chops for their CV. Music was the be all and end all then, but now it’s streaming TV or streaming anything come to think of it.. maybe at a push a judge on a “talent” show?

Marketing headphones or a fashion line?


If Sheeran wants to slow his output down even further that’s fine by me!

As for this release I’m finding it a bit non-essential and would probably only buy it if I saw it in a sale. I have the original CD but haven’t given it a spin in a decade or more. One to revisit perhaps…


“However some of the big 1970s bands also put in a fair whack of dates too”

Back in the seventies gig tickets cost less than an album. Nowadays for the the likes of Sheeran, tickets cost ten times the album. As Stuart stated, albums do, despite massive sales, promote the live shows. The 3-4 year gap between albums has been the norm for most of the world’s biggest “mature” acts for at least a couple of decades now. Obviously acts aimed at teenagers (i.e. One Direction) need to cash in before their audience matures, hence their more frequent release and tour schedules.

Dave Glennon

Shame to exclude all the b-sides and also the excellent ‘Machismo EP’ that was released around the same time.


Maybe that’s being revamped, too?

Michal Kubik

brilliant band, brilliant album !


Why no b sides this time?


Great album, but £29 is a lot of money… Needs to think about this one….