Neneh Cherry recorded “Dead Come Alive” in the mid-1980s, which was a one-off track with On-U Sound founder Adrian Sherwood’s group the Circuit. It was never released, but Sherwood has unearthed the track for Science Fiction Dancehall Classics, a new On-U Sound compilation curated by Trevor Jackson. You can listen to the song here.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Sherwood talked about the song:
“This is one of the first tunes I did with a drum machine, working with Steve Beresford. I think it was a LinnDrum, which they’d just got in at Berry Street studios in 83, they were really expensive at the time.I met Neneh in 1979 because the band I was working with, Creation Rebel, got invited on this ‘Simply What’s Happening’ tour, which was pretty groundbreaking in the way it mixed up different styles of music. It was Don Cherry, Happy House (Lou Reed’s backing band at the time), The Slits, and Prince Hammer. After that me and Neneh ended up squatting a place together in Battersea in 1980, and we’re still friends to this day.”