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Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata, Tracy Bonham, Freedy Johnston and more share new versions of the classic British hits of the '80s.
Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata, Tracy Bonham, Freedy Johnston and more share new versions of the classic British hits of the '80s.
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Here Comes The Reign Again brings together an amazing roster of indie musicians – including Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata, Tracy Bonham, Freedy Johnston, Mike Viola, Bleu, David Mead, Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne – to give their updated takes on the classic British hits of the '80s.

This is the follow up to a project I funded here on Kickstarter and released in 2013. Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock paid homage to those AM radio favorites of the late '70s. While I was researching Drink A Toast, I wondered what it was that ultimately ended Lite Rock's dominance on the American charts. Well, it didn't take long to realize that the rise of MTV in the early '80s signaled a sea change in the way people consumed music.

When MTV was brand new, it helped to usher in a British influence on the airwaves not seen since The Beatles and The Rolling Stones first hit the American shores. Led by bands like Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, Eurythmics, and Culture Club, this Second British Invasion had a massive impact on popular culture.

Now, thirty years later, some of the best indie musicians of today are paying tribute to these great songs and bands. 

 Take a look at the full track listing:

  • Life In A Northern Town – Chris Collingwood
  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Rachael Yamagata
  • Save A Prayer – David Mead
  • Dancing With Myself – Taylor Locke
  • Promises, Promises – Freedy Johnston
  • Life’s What You Make It – The Nines
  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Mike Viola
  • Relax – Mike Doughty
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Tracy Bonham
  • Goody Two Shoes – Jim Boggia & Pete Donnelly
  • Something About You – Kelly Jones
  • Every Time You Go Away – Linus Of Hollywood
  • Digging Your Scene – Ken Stringfellow
  • Don't You Want Me – Chris Price
  • They Don’t Know – Graham Alexander
  • Tainted Love – Eric Barao
  • Only You – The Wellingtons
  • Cruel Summer – People On Vacation
  • Tenderness – TeamMate
  • Our House – The Corner Laughers
  • West End Girls – Secret Friend
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Bleu
  • Freedom – The Davenports
  • Wouldn’t It Be Good – Cliff Hillis
  • Kids In America – Big-Box Store
  • True – Minky Starshine
  • No One Is To Blame – Eytan Mirsky & Alyson Greenfield
  • Things Can Only Get Better (KICKSTARTER-ONLY BONUS TRACK) – An American Underdog
  • If You Leave (KICKSTARTER-ONLY BONUS TRACK) - Corin Ashley

More than two dozen amazing artists, doing fantastic new versions of songs that defined an entire era of music. Whether you love the original versions and you're curious about how the new recordings might sound, or you're a fan of the current artists, and you want to hear their latest tracks, Here Comes The Reign Again is for you. So, please, give what you can. And thank you for everything!

The HCTRA t-shirt
The HCTRA t-shirt
A custom designed effects pedal, designed and built by HCTRA contributor, Eric Barao. Just one of the rewards available to pledgers.
A custom designed effects pedal, designed and built by HCTRA contributor, Eric Barao. Just one of the rewards available to pledgers.
The Corner Laughers will record a track, JUST FOR YOU!
The Corner Laughers will record a track, JUST FOR YOU!

Risks and challenges

The tracks are all in. The mastering is done. Now it's just a matter of sending everything off to be manufactured. In other words, there's not much preventing this project from crossing the finish line. And with your help, it's going to happen by summer's end.

Having successfully done a project like this one just last year, I know that mailing dates can be tough to pin down. But should any deadlines need to be adjusted, I'll let all backers know in a timely manner.

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    A week at the helm of the Facebook page of Here Comes The Reign Again. You tell me what you want to see on the site (within reason, of course), and I'll make it happen. You'll also receive a physical copy of the record, plus a HCTRA t-shirt and sticker.

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    A custom framed print (12x12) of the original cover art for Here Comes The Reign Again. You'll also receive a physical copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, and a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt. (Delivery date is for the record, sticker, and t-shirt ONLY.)

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    The Mike Doughty Collection. Get Mike's entire discography, as well as his 2012 memoir, "The Book of Drugs." You'll also receive a physical or digital copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, and a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt.

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    A wall bomb from HCTRA contributing artists TeamMate! What's a wall bomb, you ask? Well, let's have TeamMate themselves explain it to you: "TeamMate will stalk the crap out of your social media and write an original song about you." I mean, come on.

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    You'll be personally thanked on the liner notes of Here Comes The Reign Again. You'll also receive a physical copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, and a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt.

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    Here Comes The Reign Again mastering engineer (and author of the seminal work, "Desktop Mastering"), Steve Turnidge, will personally master your 5-song EP! You'll also receive a physical or digital copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt, and a THANK YOU in the liner notes. (Delivery date is for the record, sticker, and t-shirt ONLY.)

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    A two-hour gig co-hosting Michael McCartney's radio show, The Time Machine. (The show is based in Hawaii, so the co-hosting may be done via Skype.) You'll also receive a physical or digital copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt, and a THANK YOU in the liner notes. (Delivery date is for the record, sticker, and t-shirt ONLY.)

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    A customized guitar effects pedal, designed and built by HCTRA contributing artist Eric Barao! Eric has designed a pedal with a rad '80s color scheme and the words "Here Comes The Reign Again" right on it. Hand-crafted, road-worthy, and designed with the touring and recording musician in mind. Truly one-of-a-kind! You'll also receive a physical or digital copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt, and a THANK YOU in the liner notes. (Delivery date is for the record, sticker, and t-shirt ONLY.)

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    You'll get a Producer credit on the liner notes of Here Comes The Reign Again! Plus you'll receive a physical copy of the record, and a HCTRA t-shirt and sticker.

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    The Corner Laughers will record a hit from the Second British Invasion for YOU and YOU ALONE! Is there a track you desperately wanted to see on this record that just isn't there? Here's your chance to remedy that, with a song recorded EXCLUSIVELY for you! You'll also receive a physical or digital copy of Here Comes The Reign Again, a HCTRA sticker and t-shirt, and a THANK YOU in the liner notes. (Delivery date is for the record, sticker, and t-shirt ONLY.)

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    First of all, my eternal gratitude. But gratitude alone is for chumps. What about actual STUFF? You want a producer's credit? You got it. The framed album art? It's yours. Multiple copies of both Here Comes The Reign Again AND Drink A Toast To Innocence? Of course. T-shirts and stickers aplenty? Done. You're a champ.

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