The Second British Invasion Music Series — Brit Box Disc 1, Track 4, “Somewhere in China,” by Shop Assistants

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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.

Is this band or song familiar to you?  If so, what memories do they evoke?


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    another brand new one to me. Very under-the-radar apparently! Song sounds good, I may need to give it another listen through headphones because I’m only getting a sense of its atmospheric feel and guitars through little built-in speaker here.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve been very pleased by the choices in this collection so far. Glad to introduce you to it and hope it sounds better with the headphones for you.


  2. memadtwo says:

    Great sound and some of those videos are also way ahead of their time. Indeed a great loss. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the music, Kerfe and agreed on the loss.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. This band passed me by back then, I can’t imagine why! That track is right up my street!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith, I think a lot of tracks on this are from obscure bands. Glad you like this one.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I like the sound…very hippish to me which I love…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree, Max. Glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Paul says:

    Never heard this one before but like it’s atmospheric feel

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Same here, new song and the dreamy atmosphere is likeable to me.

      Liked by 1 person

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