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Albums Of The Week: Symposium | Do You Remember How It Was? The Best Of Symposium 1996-1999

If you missed them the first time around — as I did — now's your chance to get up to speed on the British band's potent fusion of pop-punk, post-grunge and indie-rock.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Symposium, the pop-punk band heralded as ‘the best live band in Britain’ back in the ’90s, have just released their first anthology Do You Remember How It Was? — a collection of their finest moments that provides a fully rounded view of what made them so intoxicating in the first place.

Symposium’s achievements in just six years of being a band read like a ’90s rock ’n’ roll-call. They were supported by the likes of John Peel, Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 1, heralded by music mags such as Melody Maker, Kerrang! and NME, and performed on TV shows such as TFI Friday and Top of the Pops. This set contains the hit singles Farewell To Twilight, Fairweather Friend, Drink The Sunshine, and the previously unreleased track Bleach.

During their appearance on TOTP in 1997 — where they performed Fairweather Friend completely live — frontman Ross became the only singer in the show’s history to stage dive, and the band received only the third-ever stage invasion from the audience after Nirvana and Oasis.”