Looking for a vinyl bargain this Black Friday? Let me help you part with the best £12 you’ll ever spend on vinyl: Silver Sun’s debut album

Silver Sun's debut album
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I’ll cut to the chase: Time is tight and it’s Black Friday and you probably have to buy a dehumidifier or something. 

If you like rock, if you like power-pop, if you like guitar heroics, melodies, choruses that stick in your head for days, then let me help you part with the best £12 you will ever spend: Silver Sun’s debut album, now available for less than the price of two pints in London: £12.10.

The album came out in 1997, back when people were more interested in Wonderwalls and cutting down on their pork-life, and power-pop choruses so delicious you could eat them with a spoon weren’t exactly in vogue. But still: How Silver Sun never became huge is a mystery. The good news is that they still sound like a band holding all the best cards in a game of Cheap Trick Top Trumps.

They’re like the Raspberries if they formed a supergroup with the Ramones (the Ramonesberries!), like the Beach Boys boozing with Big Star, Badfinger getting beaten up by the Buzzcocks, and even some things that don’t involve dumb alliteration, like Teenage Fanclub crashing The Cars or Cheggers Plays Punk (argh, they DO involve it! Concentrate, man, concentrate!). 

Silver Sun: Silver Sun: Was £22, now £12.10

Silver Sun: Silver Sun: Was £22, now £12.10
The greatest power-pop album you don't own and the best vinyl deal you'll get this Black Friday. Townsend Music is selling Silver Sun's debut on vinyl at 45% off, but it's also reduced at Amazon, where if you're a Prime customer the postage saving will work out better.

They are the middle-class Wildhearts – The Mildhearts – with an ear for a chorus that makes Jeff Lynne look lazy. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the big riffs of Golden Skin, below, or to the lyrically-bizarre Lava, with its falsetto vocals and crunchy riffs: it's like Sparks mud-wrestling The Darkness

It’s the most incredible album you don’t own. It even LOOKS amazing, with brilliant sleeve art by Jeff Cummins who also did the cover for Whitesnake’s Live In The Heart Of The City (and the terrible sleeve for Rainbow’s Straight Between The Eyes, but let’s not mention that). 

Frontman, singer, guitarist and songwriter James Broad died from bowel cancer in 2020, the same year he released Silver Sun’s last album, Switzerland. He never lived to see these reissues (yeah, if you like this, there’s more and they’re all on sale), and that’s a tragedy.  

Basically: buy this album or we can’t be friends anymore.

For more discounts, check out our pick of the best Black Friday vinyl deals.

Scott Rowley
Content Director, Music

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock magazine for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years and has contributed to The Big Issue, Esquire and more. Scott wrote chapters for two of legendary sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson's books (For The Love Of Vinyl, 2009, and Gathering Storm, 2015). He regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club, and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie