New Croydon Municipal compilation ‘Popcorn Exotica’ to be released April 20!


On Bob Stanley’s label, following up the acclaimed Popcorn Girls (“this enchanting… enlightening collection is an indispensable window on a rarely celebrated scene” – The Arts Desk) here is a truly exotic mix of soul R&B doo wop and atmospheric instrumentals.
This is Croydon Municipal’s third retrospective of the Popcorn scene that has run parallel to Northern Soul since its inception in Europe in 1969. It’s a delicious and unique blend of sounds from the US, France, Italy based around a moody, shuffling cha cha beat that has recently developed an international following on the mod and soul scenes.
•Most tracks available for the first time on CD
•Gorgeous artwork
•Thorough sleevenotes by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley
•In demand mod, soul and 60s club favourites
•Along with a glass of brandy, the perfect accompaniment for a Spring evening in.
N.B. This title is released 20th April and will not be dispatched before this date.
Track Listing:
1.CALL OF THE JUNGLE – Carl Stevens
3.COCCODRILLO – Ornella Vanoni
4.FORBIDDEN ISLAND – The Islanders
5.PU-CHUN-GA – Elena Madera
6.TIME OLE STORY – Gary US Bonds
7.ANGELINA – Eddie Calvert
8.ARABIA – The Delcos
10.VOODOO DRUMS – Les Elgart
11.AMICI MIEI – Don Powell
12.UMBE – Jack Medell
13.AHBE CASABE – Marti Barris
14.TOUT LES GENS – Sylvie Vartan
15.CAFE BOHEMIAN – The Enchanters
16.CAT WALK – Jack Costanzo
17.LITTLE INDIAN GIRL – Billy & The Moonlighters
18.THE WEB – Abie ‘Available’ Baker
19.UN P’TIT BEGUIN – Caterina Valente
20.TABOU – The Jokers
21.ON A TROPICAL ISLAND – Anna Valentino
22.TAKE MY LIPS – Mr Acker Bilk
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WIN the entire 12 CD Collection from Croydon Muncipal!


To celebrate the festive season, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of every release in the Croydon Municipal catalogue! The collection comprises of 12 CDs, all lovingly curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to HEAD HERE to ‘Like’ the Croydon Municipal Facebook page and enter your email address! The winner will be picked at random at 5pm on 19th December. Good Luck!

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Welcome to Bob Stanley’s Croydon Municipal Label


Croydon Municipal is a label that loves to root through boxes of old 45s and 78s, give them a quick wash, package them together, and make them available again at a nice affordable price. We think of it as a public service.

It’s also intended as a way of curating the past, the early years of pop – almost everything is out there and available if you know which dusty rooms to look in, but you have to have the keys. Croydon Municipal is an attempt to make sense of the pre-Beatles era in a digital world.

Croydon Municipal’s speciality is the themed compilation. Ever wondered where you could get hold of British kitchen sink film themes? Not quite got a handle on Belgian Popcorn? Don’t know your Hoagy Carmichael from your Johnny Mercer? Croydon Municipal provides a way in, with informative sleevenotes and gorgeous artwork.

Come on in and take a look around the store

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