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Legendary Soft Boys and Katrina & The Waves member, Kimberley Rew, Releases ‘Best Of’ Compilation on 11/9

Legendary Soft Boys and Katrina & The Waves member, Kimberley Rew, Releases ‘Best Of’ Compilation on 11/9
“Kimberly Rew is a gentle genius and his songs are a revelation.”
– Vicki Peterson, The Bangles.

“Kimberley Rew is where pop and archaeology meet: the six-string guardian of old England, rocking the neolithic pathways just as the glaciers did before him. I can’t remember a time before Kimberley, and I dread a world without him. Monster!” – Robyn Hitchcock.
New York, NY

Kimberley Rew, the guitarist for British 70s art-rock band, The Soft Boys, and co-founder of Katrina and the Waves will be releasing a CD compiling the best songs of his solo career on 11/9 through iTunes and all major digital retailers.

The compilation will chronologically cull the best 14 songs of Rew’s five solo albums over the course of his twenty-year career. Kimberley Rew’s first solo album, The Bible Of Bop, was self released in 1981 and was compiled from four different recording sessions with three different bands – The dBs (from New York), The Soft Boys (with the legendary Robyn Hitchcock on guitar) and the second incarnation of The Waves (now featuring Katrina Leskanich and Vince De La Cruz). Rew’s subsequent four solo albums, the latest being The Safest Place, which was released in March of this year, have been lauded efforts that have achieved critical success and establish Kimberley Rew as a stalwart in the pantheon of alternative and underground songwriters.

“Stomping All Over The World”, which is the first song on The Best Of Kimberley Rew, features musical performances by former band mates Robyn Hitchcock and The Soft Boys. The next two tracks on the forthcoming compilation feature musical performances by the legendary DBs. Further verifying Kimberley’s status as a venerated songwriter who can hold court with the biggest and best of songwriters, Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze also guests on the song Simple Pleasures, track four on this compilation.

Although Rew is best known for penning “Walking On Sunshine”, he’s also written hit songs for The Bangles and Celine Dion and with his band Katrina & The Waves has even won the Eurovision song contest in 1997 with “Love Shine A Light”!!
The Best of Kimberley Rew

Stomping All Over The World
My Baby Does Her Hairdo Long
Hey, War Pig!
Simple Pleasures
Honey, Is That Love
The Radio Played Good Vibration
English Road
Screaming Lord Sutch
Jerome K Jerome
Your Mother Was Born In That House
White Horse
Old Straight Track
The End OF Our Rainbow
A Girl Called String
Notable Press and Artist Quotes

“I remember the very first time I heard one of Kimberly’s great songs…..’That’s Just the Woman In Me’. For more than 10 years I couldn’t get the song out of my mind, and I finally had the chance to record it a few years ago. Now, that’s what I call a memorable songwriter!”
– Celine Dion

“I have great memories of touring Europe in the 80’s with Katrina and the band. It was wonderful to see the love of her audience and how the band ignited them. I remember how powerful “Walking on Sunshine” was at that time so it’s not surprise it has remained a classic till this day.”
– Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac

“I have been a fan of Kimberly Rew’s song writing for 25 years, and am dumbfounded by his guitar playing every time I see him play”
-Peter Buck, REM.

“Kimberly Rew is a gentle genius and his songs are a revelation.”
-Vicki Peterson, The Bangles.

“Kimberley Rew is where pop and archaeology meet: the six-string guardian of old England, rocking the neolithic pathways just as the glaciers did before him. I can’t remember a time before Kimberley, and I dread a world without him. Monster!”
-Robyn Hitchcock.

“The early morning (after the long night) that we finished “Walking On Sunshine” was one of the greatest experiences of my professional career. I’ll always remember doing the final edits on the 2 track, and all of us knowing we had something that was really special. Congratulations to Kimberly and the band on the song’s anniversary. It’s a classic.”
-Scott Litt, record producer (REM, Nirvana, Incubus).

“When the Soft Boys split up, Kimberley was bursting with new songs, and ready to get into the studio. It was amazing how many great pop tracks he had written while being in the Soft Boys. We went into The Church studios in London with the band and laid down and mixed about 10 tracks in 2 days. All of them were great. Brown Eyed Son, came out as a single, but much as the Soft Boys were “a band out of time”, in that Underwater Moonlight came out in the heat of the London punk scene, radio and press were focused on other things, and the single went largely un-noticed. Kimberley was undeterred, and with endless energy from Alex, Katrina, and Vince behind him, the band powered on, continued writing, gigging, and refining their art, and finally broke through with the massive worldwide hit Walking On Sunshine.”
-Richard Bishop, owner of Kimberley’s first record label and now manger of Henry Rollins, The Crystal Method and Robyn Hitchcock.

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