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The 3Ds 'The Venus Trail' Vinyl Reissue Announced

The 3Ds 'The Venus Trail' Vinyl Reissue Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: 1995 Flying Nun publicity shot / Friday 24th September, 2021 11:57AM

Regarded by many local music buffs (including myself) as one of the best albums ever to emerge from Aotearoa, the champs at Flying Nun Records are doing us all a solid by reissuing The 3Ds' 1993 album The Venus Trail on blue vinyl LP in a newly remastered edition. The legendary Dunedin team of David Mitchell, Denise Roughan, David Saunders and Dominic Stones were on fire when they served up this uncategorisably beautiful collection of twisted fuzzy psych / folk-pop gems. Lead single 'Hey Seuss' ruled local student airwaves for at least half a year, while anthems 'The Golden Grove', 'Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown', 'Cash None', 'Spooky' and 'Beautiful Things' all wormed their ways into the hearts of a generation.

Remastered by engineer Tex Houston, the album returns on 22nd October along with a super snazzy David Mitchell-drawn The Venus Trail t-shirt — why the guitarist's era-defining ink illustrations aren't hung in national galleries alongside Colin McCahon is a question that needs to be asked. Reacquaint yourself with AudioCulture's excellent profile of the group here and place your pre-orders over on the Flying Nun site here.

Here's the classic vid for 'Hey Seuss'...

The Venus Trail tracklisting:


Hey Seuss
Philadelphia Rising
Cash None
The Golden Grove
The Venus Trail
Beautiful Things
Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown


Jane Air
The Young And The Restless


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