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Gin Soaked Boy – UK / Ireland

Gin Soaked Boy

  • Formats
    • CD1 (Setanta / Vital, 01/11/1999): 5 033281 620716 (SET CDA 071)
    • CD2 (Setanta / Vital, 01/11/1999): 5 033281 920717 (SET CDB 071)
    • MC (Setanta / Vital, 01/11/1999): 5 033281 420712 (SET MC 071)
    • 1 track promo CD (AJPR)
    • 1 track promo CD (AJPR): SETCD A 071
    • 3 tracks promo CD (AJPR): SETCD A 071
    • Promo VHS (Vanderquest)
  • Items
    • Postcard
    • In-store ad.
 

CD 1


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CD1 is light kaki with a white sketch of a lemon slice.

Around the centre of the CD, we can read: D5561 SETCDA 071 IFPI L123 Z^4WiV IFPI L123

Some copies came with a card featuring a discography of The Divine Comedy (same card as in the Secret History book); others with a card to subscribe to the Divine Comedy mailing list.

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CD 2


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CD2 is light grey with the white sketch of lemon slice.

Around the centre of the CD, we can read: X0031 SETCDB 071 IFPI L123 Z^4WiV IFPI L123

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To promote the fact it was the first Divine Comedy single featuring a video, all CDs came with a sticker on the box. Like CD 1, the single had either a discography card or a mailing list card.

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MC


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The tape of Gin Soaked Boy uses the CD 1 design. The two faces of the tape are unchanged concerning the inscriptions as well as the magnetic tape: indeed, it says plays same both sides.


Promo CD


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There exists a lot of different UK promo of Gin Soaked Boy which aren’t actually proper promo. While a proper card sleeve promo was issued in France. Indeed it seems that Setanta actually did not produce or sent promo CDs. That’s why The Divine Comedy’s promotion company, Alan James PR distributed their own promos.
Some of them are just CD1 with an AJPR sticker that reads: “The Divine Comedy release ‘Gin Soaked Boy’ on November 1st’ A new song recorded for the band’s ‘A Secret History’ Best Of album, this version is a shortened radio edit. The album, which entered the chart at Number Three, has gone gold (100,000 copies) in just two weeks! This single will be the band’s final release on Setanta Records before they begin recording for their new label Parlophone.”

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But, probably because they run out of original copies of the single, Alan James PR also burned their own promos on TDK CD-R. The packaging is pretty simple: a jewel box with the original TDK inserts and a laser printed copy of the CD1 front cover. The AJPR sticker is to be found again on the front or on the back of the box.

The 1 track CD-R is the most common version of the promo to be found. The CD has a simple sticker “The Divine Comedy – Gin Soaked Boy – SETCDA071” while actually the disc is not a copy of the CD1 but just features the lead track.

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Another version features the same track but a different sticker, this time it reads “The Divine Comedy – Gin Soaked Boy (radio edit) – ℗ & © Setanta 1999”

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A third different CD-R also exists. The sticker reads “The Divine Comedy – Gin Soaked Boy – SETCDA071 – Promo only” and is a complete copy of the CD1. The back of the box features also a second sticker with the tracklisting and catalogue number.


Promo VHS


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The VHS features the video of ‘Gin Soaked Boy’.


Postcard


A postcard of Gin Soaked Boy exists featuring the front cover of CD1.


In-store ad.


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A 12”x12” in store advert was printed to promote the release of the single.