Shortly after sample-heavy Hot Doggie by Colourbox appeared on the 4AD Compilation "Lonely Is An Eyesore", the label released a collaborative single between Colourbox and label-mates AR Kane as a Double A-Side. The result was less of a collaboration than intended. One side was nearly all AR Kane, the other side was nearly all Colourbox. It was the latter side that got the airplay, and that took the song to the top of the UK Charts.
Featured on the 1987 4AD Compilation Lonely Is An Eyesore, this track showed the sampling skills of brothers Martyn and Steven Young, recording as Colourbox. Soon after, under the M|A|R|R|S guise, they would have a UK number one hit single with a tune based largely on samples from other records - but Hot Doggie samples from TV and film.
Having already fallen in love with their untitled début album, this EP - along with Fish and The Fat Skier mini-LP later in the year - left me convinced that Throwing Muses could well be, for me, The Best Band In The World. Ever.
Clearly, taking such a view after just one LP and a few other bits and pieces is premature, but my unrivalled love for this band remains with me today. And there's a new record Sun Racket coming later in 2020.