Powerpop rockers Last Great Dreamers are to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album this autumn with a first-time vinyl edition and a special London show.

Originally released in 1994 though Bleeding Hearts Records, Retrosexual picked up rave reviews at the time, being voted album of the year by legendary rock journalist Geoff Barton, earning them a nomination for Best New Band in Kerrang!

Previously only released on CD, the band have had the album fully remastered for a deluxe limited vinyl edition, including free download card, set for release on 15 November.

Formed by singer/guitarists Marc Valentine and Slyder Smith out of the ashes of Soho glamsters Silver Hearts in ’93, Last Great Dreamers made a name for themselves touring the UK with various visiting US giants, before imploding in ’97. In 2014, a CD of previously unreleased material brought renewed interest in the band, seeing a revamped line-up return to the stage, followed by brand new albums Transmissions From Oblivion in 2016 and the acclaimed 13th Floor Renegades in 2018.

The band, now featuring bassist Tim Emery and drummer Rik Pratt, will be celebrating the anniversary with a very special show at The Lounge, Camden on Saturday 16 November, where they’ll perform Retrosexual in its entirety, including tracks never before played live, along with a second set of fan favourites. The show will be followed by an exclusive after-party with Marc and Slyder on the decks, recreating their original Glitterball club nights.

Slyder says: “Marc and I haven’t played some of these songs live for over twenty years so relearning them has been great and we are both really excited about the prospect of playing them again. We know this album means a lot to many of our fans so it will be a privilege to play it for them in its entirety. It’s gonna be a real party atmosphere, a celebration, we have a few special things planned and hopefully a few special guests.”

The band will be offering special VIP packages, and are planning a Dreamers Magical Mystery Minibus Tour of London, where the band will guide tourists through locations and events from their salubrious past!


Tickets for the anniversary show are available at a special earlybird rate ’til 20 June here

Pre-order the remastered vinyl 25th Anniversary edition of Retrosexual here





About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!