Shop Assistants. Photographer unknown.
The 4th track on the first disc of the Brit Box was released in November, 1986. “Somewhere in China” is from the album, “Shop Assistants” by the musical group Shop Assistants. This was the only album the band released.
Shop Assistants were a Scottish indie pop band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1984, initially as ‘Buba & The Shop Assistants’. After achieving success with independent releases they signed to Chrysalis Records sub-label Blue Guitar, releasing their only album in 1986. After splitting in 1987, with singer Alex Taylor moving on to The Motorcycle Boy, they reformed for two further singles in 1990.
I looked around to try to find more information but did not have a lot of luck — until I found an excellent page with information about Alex Taylor and a review on the album and its place in Brit Pop. Please take a minute or two to read it. Sadly, after seeing multiple statements on pages of unconfirmed reports that Alex passed away in 2005, this page seems to confirm it. To read the review, go here.
I wasn’t able to find lyrics out on the net for the song, and believe me, I tried.