Ash have today announced details of a new compilation The Best of Ash to be released on October 17th. The Best of Ash documents the band’s biggest hits and most loved songs to date. Opening with their breakthrough hit "Girl from Mars", the album also includes such defining Ash songs as the Ivor Novello-winning single "Shining Light", their highest charting single "Goldfinger", the enduringly popular "Burn Baby Burn" and live staple "Kung Fu". The album is completed with a brand new recording of "Jack Names the Planets" which originally featured on their debut EP Trailer.
In addition, a special CD / DVD format of the album will feature the first ever release of the previously unseen tour documentary Teenage Wildlife. Entirely self-funded, it depicts the band’s rise from local school heroes to the all-conquering band that topped the charts with their debut album 1977.
Yet underneath the surface of the band’s success, we see the three young musicians struggling to adapt to their new-found fame and the insane workload that a global tour of a hit album necessitates. Narrated by Ewan McGregor to a brilliantly acerbic script by the late Stephen Wells, Teenage Wildlife shows the highs, lows and debauchery of the band’s initial breakthrough.
"It was hard for me to watch it for a while as we were going through complete nervous breakdowns trying to deal with it all as we were so young," says vocalist/guitarist Tim Wheeler. "But it’s a really cool document of that whole time especially as it was a lot harder to make documentaries on the road back then and there was a lot of craziness".
In addition, it features all of the band’s music videos on DVD for the very first time, including the rampaging energy of the cheerleader and basketball "Burn Baby Burn" video and the Hammer & Tongs-directed video for "A Life Less Ordinary".
The Best of Ash will feature the following tracks:
- Girl from Mars
- Kung Fu
- Angel Interceptor
- Oh Yeah
- A Life Less Ordinary
- Wild Surf
- Shining Light
- Burn Baby Burn
- Walking Barefoot
- You Can’t Have It All
- Twilight of the Innocents
- Return of White Rabbit
- Jack Names the Planets (2011 re-recording)