At the launch of the Numero label nearly a decade ago the label’s vested interest in power pop, glam, and regional bar rock led to the double disc Yellow Pills: Prefill compilation, intended as the first entry in a series that unfortunately got stalled out in committee. Seven years after its release, YP became the first Numero effort to go out of print. Emails began trickling in about the missing catalog number: Would ever be issued on vinyl? Would there ever be a second volume? Was The Toms track "Sun" actually recorded in the '80s? Hoping to satiate the masses, the Numero brain trust has conceived Buttons as a brand-spanking-new power pop umbrella, and is pleased to announce the first two titles the series: Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago and Buttons: Starter Kit to be released on 13th August in the UK. 

Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago


1 I Want To Make You! Prettyboys
2 Get Away   Julian Leal
3 She's Gone Hollywood All-Night Newsboys
4 It's A Miracle The Names
5 Tonight   Kevin Lee & Heartbeat
6 At Practice   Band Jocks
7 Diamonds In The Rough (Nineteen) Vertebrats
8 Holiday   Nines
9 So Life Like   The Jerks
10 Schoolyard   Northshore
11 I Have Always Loved You Paul 
12 Where Are You Now Tom Orsi
13 Total Insanity The Kind
14 Midnight Girls Eyz
15 In My Arms Again Shoes
16 Kyle   Loose Lips
17 More And More Lay-Z
18 Be For Me   The Jets
19 See You Tonight Contraband

A homage to the prairie state Numero calls home, From Champaign To Chicago is a 19-track survey of Illinois' Cheapest Tricks. Reaching back to 1973 and Peoria outliers the Jets and ending in 1987 with Romeoville's Julian Leal and his Dick Clark approved "Get Away," From Champaign to Chicago connects, via map, pins, and string, the various scenes that pockmarked the face of the Land of Lincoln.
Chicago's PrettyboysTom OrsiAll-Night NewsboysKevin Lee & HeartbeatBand JocksNorthshorePaul, the Kind, and Loose Lips are tethered to Rockford's the Names; Champaign's VertebratsContra-Band, and the Nines; LaSalle's the Jerks; Joliet's Lay-Z; and Zion's Shoes by the clubs, booking agents, weekly newspapers, and regional radio stations they were all fighting to be seen, and more importantly, heard in. 
Buttons: Starter Kit 
(2LP vinyl reissue of Numero 004)


A1 Luxury Green Hearts
A2 Tweeds I Need That Record
A3 Colors Rave It Up
A4 Kids Hey Little Girl
A5 Trend (I Feel Like A) Dictionary
B1 Toms (I Wanna Be A) Teen Again
B2 Tommy Rock Dream Rocker
B3 Randy Winburn Somebody Else’s Girl
B4 Luxury One In A Million
B5 Tweeds  She’s The Girl (Who Said No)
B6 Randy Winburn Sunshine U.S.A
C1 Bats Not Easy For Me
C2 Sponsors In And Out Of Love
C3 Treble Boys Julie-Anne
C4 Colors All I Want
C5 Toms Domestic/Imported
D1 Trend She’s Hi-Fi
D2 Kids There Goes My Heart Again
D3 Bats Not My Girl Anymore
D4 Treble Boys One Kiss
D5 Sponsors Love I Can’t Wait
D6 Tommy Rock High School

The entry-level power pop compilation features 20 songs from the original Yellow Pills: Prefill compilation, plus two bonus cuts, new liners, tons of sleeve scans, photos, and ephemera, all housed in a spot varnished, brick-thick gatefold sleeve. Artists include New Jersey's TomsKennet, MO's Trend; NYC's ColorsTreble Boys, and Sponsors; Hollywood's Randy Winburn and Tommy Rock; Des Moines, IA's Luxury; San Antonio's Kids; Connecticut's Bats (featuring a young Jon Brion); and Boston's Tweeds

OUT NOW Los Nombres CD/LP Los Nombres
OUT NOW Shirley Ann Lee LP Songs Of Light
OUT NOW Love Apple LP Love Apple
OUT NOW Lou Ragland 3xCD/ 4LP I Travel Alone
OUT NOW Personal Space CD/ LP/ DL Electronic Soul
OUT NOW Eccentric Soul LP/CD A Red Black
Green Production
DC Soul 1972-1977
18-Jun Codeine 6LP/3CD reissue Set I See The Sun
18-Jun Codeine 2LP/1CD Reissue Frigid Stars
18-Jun Codeine 2LP/1CD Reissue Barely Real
18-Jun Codeine 2LP/1CD Reissue The White
13-Aug VARIOUS CD/2LP Buttons:
From Champaign
To Chicago
13-Aug VARIOUS 2LP Buttons:
Starter Kit
13-Aug Pretty  2x7"
13-Aug Wicked Lester  2x7"
13-Aug Cave Dwellers  2x7"

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