The only copy of The Lathums’ cover of Northern Soul classic The Snake makes over £4000

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The only copy of The Lathums’ cover of Northern Soul classic The Snake makes over £4000
– 7” project raised funds for fans’ appeal to save Wigan Athletic Football Club and to support the club’s Community Trust in continuing its vital work –

– Cover version of 1968 Northern Soul classic only ever to be released on one, specially-cut vinyl and enters the league of record collectors’ most-wanted and high-value releases – 

Fast-rising indie poets, The Lathums, say they are ‘blown away’ by the response of fans who have raised over £4,000 to be in with a chance of owning the only copy of their cover of 1968, Northern Soul classic, The Snake. Pressed to just one, 7” vinyl copy – and with no digital release planned – the ultra-limited release could only ever be owned, played and heard by one fan. Finding its owner via an online raffle, the record is now in the hands of one, lucky winner.

Instigated by the band to put their growing influence to good and benefit their community, the money raised will be split between the fan-initiated fund to save Wigan Athletic and support Wigan Athletic Community Trust to continue their vital work in the town.

At £4,052, The Lathums’ version of The Snake now sits amongst rarities valued in their thousands and sought after by vinyl enthusiasts with the deepest pockets. Whilst Sex Pistol’s super-rare pressing of God Save The Queen on A&M Records grabbed £13,000 at auction in 2019 and, Frank Wilson’s soul classic, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) sold for £100,000 in July this year, the Wigan four-piece find themselves in good company at the more predictable end of seldom-seen singles with mega price tags, including Madonna’s withdrawn Erotica 12” picture disk valued at £2,000* and a misspelled, 1962 promo pressing of The Beatles’ Love Me Do/PS I Love You having an estimated worth of £3,000*.

At the halfway stage of 2020, online record collecting community, Discogs, reported that a 1982, 10-track, 7” EP by American hardcore band, Negative Approach sat at the top of their Top 30 Most Expensive Items chart. That changed hands for £4,180, putting The Lathums’ The Snake alongside it in the higher-reaches of this year’s list of most-wanted slabs of sweet vinyl.

Alex Moore, lead singer and songwriter, said: “What we know about football can be written on the back of a postage stamp, but we’ve learned that it means community, shared history, family and hope. The band and I are blown away that over £4,000 can now go towards ensuring fans can believe in a future for the club and the Community Trust gets a little extra help.”

Wigan Athletic’s Head of Community, Tom Flower, said“We would like to place on record our appreciation to The Lathums for the support their initiative will provide Wigan Athletic Community Trust as we continue to provide vital help to people who need it most in Wigan during these challenging times.”

Originally released in 1968, The Snake became a classic on the dancefloor of Wigan’s legendary Northern Soul club, Wigan Casino and was chosen by the band as being synonymous with their hometown. Northern Soul is reputed for it’s keen, international community of collectors, with rare 7” records changing hands for hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Each member has the track ringing in their ears as it was omnipresent at weddings, christenings and birthday parties for as long as they can remember. In Wigan, where there’s cake, there’s The Snake.

The Lathums released their latest single, I See Your Ghost, drawn from the four-track Ghosts EP, in October to a wild response, igniting a busy month which also saw them make their debut appearance on the BBC’s long-standing, flagship music programme, Later… With Jools Holland and return to the stage for the memorable live stream, Live From Blackpool Tower.

Formed in early 2019 of Moore, Scott Concepcion (lead guitar/vocals), Ryan Durrans (drums/vocals) and Jonny Cunliffe (bass), the band’s rare alchemy of wicked wordsmithery and pulse-quickening, sing-along indie connected almost immediately with a fanbase hungry for new heroes. Barely dimmed by the vast challenges presented by a turbulent 2020, The Lathums shine their light into a hope-filled 2021 with a run of completely sold out live dates waiting for them, including landmark shows at Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Electric Ballroom.

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