Without self released tapes and vinyl the Industrial scene would not have existed. Often dealing with unpleasant and offensive themes, it isn't everyones cup of tea. For example, Nurse With Wound's Debut release , "Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella", and its artwork depicting women in various states of bondage, caused it to be banned from the Rough Trade co-operative for its politically incorrect images. Therfore it had to be distributed in other ways. Forming an alternative to the alternative!
The music is the usual tape collage of noise and found sounds, and was probably quite shocking back in 1979.Steven Stapleton was apparently offered some free studio time one weekend, and immediately called his record collecting buddies John Fothergill and Heman Pathak, persuading them to buy some instruments - none of them had played music before. The person who offered them the studio asked if he could play a little lead guitar over their "songs " and they couldnt really refuse, hence the slightly santanaesque flourishes over huge cacophonous slabs of chaos The first release on steven Stapleton's United Dairies label.
Nurse with wound are getting more famous nowadays for the "Nurse With Wound List" of interesting bands which was included, you would do well to check out. Read the full list here.
I doubt that any of Nurse With Wound realised it at the time, but the list that accompanied the first Nurse With Wound album, (and also the revised version, included with their second) has become almost like a bible for the intrepid musical adventurer. Sporting the enigmatic text: "Categories strain, crack and sometimes break, under their burden - step out of the space provided..." it has become legendary, as a reference list of revolutionary music, and a challenge to Nurse With Wound collectors around the world, who curious enough to want to hear all the music on it. Of course, this is not an easy task, as the full list nears 300 artists, and many are extremely obscure! As Steve once pointed out, some artists are listed for obvious reasons, some less-so, some are there just for one track!
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Nurse With Wound - " Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (United Dairies 001) 1979
Friday, 30 October 2009
This 7" single by Blah Blah Blah was released in 1979 in the UK , and it is indeed absurd DIY synth insanity at its best. The A-side In The Army starts off with the great line "I'm in the army, and I'm goin' killin'" and continues to list all the positive sides of life in the military. The B-side Why Diddle? is minimal synth dementia, but way too short. I suggest putting it on repeat and see how long you can take it. But don't stop before the phrase "Why Diddle?" is thoroughly etched into your brain.
One of the best singles of all time.
or you can download the ENTIRE Absurd Records catalogue HERE!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
The Lemon Kittens come from a stranger place than most normal DIYer's, from the crustier edge of the pie, but none the less,part of the same pie. The link between the TV Personalities and Throbbing Gristle.
This is the first release from Karl Blake and Danielle Dax, and it is suitably nuts. Great off kilter pop tunes with the logic of dreams, sounds like a karioke night in a lunatic asylum.(Mp3 sample below)
|A1||Shakin All Over||3:30|
|A2||This Kind Of Dying||4:55|
|B1||Whom Do I Have To Ask||2:35|
|B3||Not A Mirror||2:30|
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
The 012 were Fuck Off supremo Kif Kif's group.
More uncompromising messy noise fest ,with
more emphasis on UN-learning any musical
technique available to them.
Includs the original version of Asbestos
Lead Asbestos, as made famous by The 012's
later incarnation, World Domination Enterprises.
Kif Kif le Batteur - guitar and vocal
Jose Gross - Drums and Laughing
Crazy alan Dogend - bass,
Grant showbiz - bass on *,
Richard and Adrians rankin-horns on three little birds.
Recorded at Street Level 1981.
side 1 side 2
lets get professional san andreas fault i feel cool* she doesn't come* three little birds* rio tinto zinc international funkytown people live fast die young asbestos lead asbestos meltdown situation three days then 4*
Heres ATV's Fuck off tape that catalogues the
transition from ATV to The Good Missionaries.
There's even a nasty sounding riot at the end
of the ATV side.The public could turn violent
if they don't get what they want you know.In
this case they wanted hard hitting punk rock.
Instead they got band members playing each
others instruments, songs with no chorus, or
structure, and no hits!
Scars On Sunday W001 Spring 79/May 79
Side one is the penultimate Alternative TV gig at the Greewich Theatre in Spring 1979. It features the very shaky drums of Dave George and vocals from Anno Wombat. Line-up
Mark Perry : vocals/guitar/keyboards/wind instruments/percussion
Dave George : drums/percussion/special effects
Dennis Burns : bass guitar
Anno Wombat : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Side two is the very first Good Missionary concert in "Bottom Of The World" a jam recorded at the "Gig of the century" in the Lyceum ballroom May 1979. The other two numbers are also largely improvised and were recorded on the "Pop Group" tour summer 1979.
Mark Perry : vocals/guitar/wind instruments
Dave George : guitar/vocals/chime bars/effects
Dennis Burns : bass guitar
Gillian Hanna : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Suze Da Blooz : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Anno Wombat : vocals/wind instruments/percussion
Henry Badowski : drums/saxaphone
This is the first in Fuck Off records "Wierd Experiments In Noise" collection and is a serious attempt to blow your mind with sound. As you may have noticed the long drwan out 'hypnotic' pieces (otherwise known as the boring bits) are necessary to bring out the sheer power of the noisy bits inherant in this type of music. While every attempt is made to ensure perfect audio reproduction, we must admit we quite enjoy that 'fucked up' sound. The Good Missionaries is a natural progression from Alternative TV. ATV in the beginning were a pretty hard hitting if not intriging sort of punk group. However as time has passed, variuos members have joined and left the band until the final line up (recorded on side one) decided that the music had changed so much and lots of people were still coming to the gigs expecting the older line ups, that changing the name would be a good idea. About the time of this penultimate gig the music had got so wierd that hardcore heavy punks had taken to throwing bottles at the band, on one occasionMark was knocked unconsious by one, and during side one the tension in the air is easy to spot, as is the final destruction of the equipment by band and audience alike, after the PA is switchedoff mid-set. Side two starts with a jam recorded on the first Good Missionaries gig, a tentative affair where the group performed in masks, it was allmeant as a bit of a laugh really but the band enjoyed the relief from not having a name to live up to, subsequently the content is less strained. The rest of side two feature two performances on the most recent Pop Group tour featuring the newest line-up. These additions and changes aid Mark in his former capacity as lead instrumentalist by stopping up a lot of gaps he used to have to run around the stage to fill all by himself. And generally I think it will be agreed that these later recordings show the band at their most relaxed and productive to date.
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 14:12
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
OOOOOOO this caused a lot of trouble.Made people angry this. Especially those open minded chaps.....the "Punks". In fact it exposed so-called "punks" as probably some of the most closed minded fools that there ever were!
The safety net of rock was ejected totally for an semi-improvised live sound,where band members played instruments they were unfamiliar with, at live gigs they even drew lots to see who played what. Of course this caused riots,and Mark Perry was infact knocked unconscious on a couple of occassions by missiles threw from the crowd. This lead to a change of name to "The Good Missionaries" on the Animal instinct tour with the Pop Group.
This is confrontational music, challenging and uncompromising. This is a different group to the one that recorded Action Time and Vision,and other punk anthems.Love It!
DOWNLOAD a senile man HERE!
The fabled 'solo' lp from Mark Perry.Recorded at Streetlevel in the summer of 1980 has several of the known Perry associates helping out with the recording. Dennis Burns, Nag, Tyrone Thomas, Anno and Grant Showbiz. The tracks are great, although ‘The Object Is Love’, ‘You Know’ and ‘At War’ are the standout tracks.
But its another brave example of Perry's anti-rock stance of the time. He must have endured a tumolt of slagging for these records, which makes them sound even better for it.
A Superb ramshackle glorification of amateurism,topped off with Perry's brand of faux-naive poetry which is both at once endearing and challenging. Another classic!
DOWNLOAD some snappy turns HERE!
DOWNLOAD some more snappy turns HERE!
The First sign of trouble in the camp of Alternative TV, the rock and reggae was being squeezed out, and the search for somthing different was on. Like most of the underground music culture in the uk in this period, everyone were losing the 'Blues', moving towards somthing like a british version of rock, and ATV were the flag bearers of this revolution.
Also this single is great!
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 08:39
Another landmark record by the original version of future "blue eyed soulsters" Scritti Politti.
This took the Desperate Bicycles template a step further, by detailing every minute detail on the recording and maufacturing process in print on the foldout sleeve (included in the download).
The costs of the studio £98,mastering £40, pressing £396.36,and labels £8.Also the contact details of all the services mentioned above, so you could do it as well.
Ideologically sound, and sounded great too!
Mark E. Smith said that Scritti had the best rhythm section in the country, and he weren't farwrong. Masters of a stumbling falling down style only rivalled by The Magic Band and Alternative TV or DNA. All this blended with a suggestion of dub space produced a genuinely un-rock musick that looked to achieve the goals of the sounder sections of leftfield punk and hippie. It all looked promising, BUT!.....unlike 99% of DIYer's Green harboured a unsavoury ambition,....secretly he wanted to be a pop star????....and managed to kill off the scene with the sickly "The 'sweetest' Girl" single, after he sacked the bands much lauded rhythm unit,and decided he wanted to write 'pop' music? Also it also was the beginning of the end for Rough Trade, who were also exposed as having.....gulp!....."Ambition".
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 08:09
Monday, 26 October 2009
Thin Yoghurts - "Girl On The Bus" (Lowther Street Runner Records UK 1980) + The Thin Yoghurts Cassette (1980)
Oh the sublime ordinariness of the poetry contained within these grooves! Naive charm materialised in a seven inch plastic disc, with a superb "first thought,best thought" designed in one minute stream of consciousness picture sleeve, printed on the cheapest paper imaginable.
If you don't love this pop masterpice from a parallel universe then you belong in the universe we are in; a joyless place where Leona Lewis and that Hairy Angel bird from Britains got talent rule the airwaves,in place of the Scrotum Poles and Danny & the Dressmakers!??
Also included is a track
from the follow up cassette; a touching love story about how a Thin Yogurt's baby drives a
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 21:51
Sunday, 25 October 2009
This was recorded live at the london musicians collective probably in 1979 and distributed for free , every body in fact was encouraged to copy and to share these recordings. This very friendly anachistic tradition shall be continued here......
Download side one
Download side two
(To save these mp3's to your computer,click on file,then save page as...)
this is what you get: The Door and the Window were bendle, nag, giblet, mark Perry, David Toop ; nag was nag with David Toop and giblet; the casual labourers were bendle, sue, dave morgan, tony clough and ashleigh marsh; mark perry was mark perry with dennis burns, dave george and sam transmitter;this was around the time of the "Snappy Turns" album,which will be posted soon. Great Stuff!
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 22:52
Initially inspired by the ethos of diy pioneers like the Desperate Bicycles and Scritti Politti, Nag and Bendle played their first gig and recorded their first single sometime before they bothered to rehearse. Playing with an ever-changing lineup tdatw became first gradually rhythmic and then melodic. Mark Perry became a third permanent member. Unhappy to remain in one musical ghetto, they inhabited several – playing gigs with post punks and ska bands, playing free tours with idealist hippies and gradually becoming deeply involved with the London Musicians Collective. they co-produced a magazine about the politics of record production, hosted the seminal “Jazz Punk Bonanza” Festivals of 1980, ’82 and ’86 and ran the weirdly eclectic sprouts conspiracy cabaret club. Nag and Bendle also played in the 49 Americans and the liberated sound octet, Nag played with Mark Perry and Karl Blake in The Reflections and Bendle with The Casual Labourers and the Late Music Group.
DOWNLOAD this production line pop HERE!
People Laugh At Me (Coz I Like Weird Music)
I was in a pub the other night
When a bunch of mods came in
They eyed me up then they came over
And said, "Hey, what’s your scene?
Are you a hippy, a mod or a punk?
Got a scooter or a motorbike?"
I can’t understand why they burst out laughing
When I told them the music I like
People laugh at me coz I like weird music
People just don’t understand
Why pay £6 for an album when you can
Listen to a weird noise band?
I had a girlfriend called Josephine,
She liked Abba and The Bee Gees
She thought music was about lawyers and accountants
Percentages and legal fees
Just the other night we stayed up late
Playing records till half past ten
Then I played a Danny & The Dressmakers tape
And I never saw Josephine again
People laugh at me coz I like weird music
People just don’t understand
Why pay £6 for an album when you can
Listen to a weird noise band?
Listen to a weird noise band (repeat ad nauseum)
These are the lyrics to the best tune on the debut plastic from The Instant Automatons. It sort of sums up my life i reckon; well that and Part-Time Punks by the Television Personalities.
I remember John Peel playing a couple of tunes off this.
A c-90 cassette released on Deleted Reords, out of Grimsby in 1979-ish, by the Instant Automatons. Classic bedroom DIY.
1-So It's Come To This
3-Nothing Ever Happens (live)
4-Nothing Ever Happens To Me
6-Break The Rules
7-Drunk In Woolwich (live)
8-Gillian Is Normal
10-Regimental Beat Music (live)
12-House Of The Rising Sun (trad. arr. The Automatons)
13-His Master's Voice (live)
15-The New Dylan (live)
Here we go! It was easy ,it was cheap go and do it!............The rear of this single sets out the manifesto of DIY ,for all to follow. Don't really rate the Desperate B's as a groop,they sound like the kind of self-righteous bleating soap boxers from the age groop caught between hippie and punk that i can't stand.
Anyway,their COMPLETE works can be downloaded ...................... here!
The Record that kick started this madness, before they sold out to United Artists.The record was originally released 29 January 1977 on the band's own New Hormones label, making Buzzcocks the first English Punk group to establish an independent record label. Its initial 1,000 copies quickly sold out, and eventual sales reached 16,000 via mail order, and Virgin Manchester.
Buzzcocks recorded the tracks on 28 December 1976 at Indigo Sound, Manchester on 16-track tape, produced by Martin Hannett (credited as Martin Zero). According to Devoto: It took three hours [to record the tracks], with another two for mixing…The band borrowed £500 from their friends and families to pay for the production and manufacture of the record.
02 - Time's Up
03 - Boredom
04 - Friends Of Mine
The First in a series of DIY vinyl 7". The near mythical ep from Dundee's Scrotum Poles.
Thrill to the romance of "Helicopter Honeymoon" and wonder at the abstract lyricism of "Pick The Cats Eyes Out". This is one of the classic self -financed releases of the period.
1- Why Don't You Come Out Tonight
2- Night Train
3- Pick the Cat's Eyes Out
4- Helicopter Honeymoon
5- Radio Tay
Apparently this sold 10,000 copies in the year of release!! And quite right too. Another musical up-yours to first album ATV fans from the Pope Of Punk, Mark Perry.
There are very few first wave punk stars who actually practised what they preached, Mark P was one of these. He took the Rock out of Punk Rock,and this record demonstrates that nicely. Frequent performers at the London Music Collective, Nag and Bendle took the disillusioned Mark under their wing and the rest is history. This LP doesn't Rock!
Check out TDATW's myspace site , Bendle has one too, here.
DOWNLOAD some twang HERE!
As Promised here is the second compilation, from the Manchester Musicians Collective,and this does include The Marvellously Monikered Bathroom Renovations, featuring Armitage Shanks and someone called Bidet?
MMC-1 Unzipping The Abstract (Abstract 1980)
1.Intensely Henna'd/ Bathroom Renovations 2.Black Wan's Hat/ Cajun Cutie
3.You Can't Beat History/ Dislocation Dance 4.Play With Fire/ Enigma 5.Creeps In (A Friend's Attic)/ God's Gift
6.World War 3/ Hoax 7.If Only.../ If Only 8.Pretty Girl/ Liggers 9.Must Have More Wheels/ Mekon
10.Old Wives Tales/ Outer Edge 11.Natural Equilibrium/ Performance 12.Boyfriends Or Our Money Back/ Spurtz
13.9.5/ Still 14.Of No Fixed Abode/ Undercovermen 15.Walking Away/ Vibrant Thigh
Also included in the download is The related POTENT HUMAN E.P.
1.Death Wish/ Liggers 2.Little Boys/ Mekon 3.I Won't/ Spurtz
4.Apathetic Hell/ Bathroom Renovations
Also included is a 7" by THE MANCHESTER MEKON - "No Forgetting " e.p.
1- Have a Go Go 2- Jonathan Livingstone Seafood 3- No Forgetting
The Third Best compilation EVER is this, from The Famed Manchester Musicians Collective, the home of the group with the best band name EVER!....The Bathroom Renovations!
Unfortuantely they do not feature on this volume, one must wait for the post of the second Manchester collective collection, "Uzipping The Abstract".
The north west rival organisation to the even more imaginatively named "London Musicians Collective", home of The Door and The Window and Here and Now (Kif Kif et al).
The tracks that follow are a symphony of naive ineptitude and unspoilt musical innocence, that urinate on the corpse of corporate "rock". This is how rock should sound like, end of.....!
01.GROW-UP.You Are The One
03.I.Q. ZERO.I'm In Love
04.I.Q. ZERO.I Must Obey
06.FAST CARS.What Can I Do
10.PICTURE CHORDS.First Floor Exercises
11.PICTURE CHORDS.Levitating Ladie
12.MANCHESTER MEKON.The Cake Shop Device
13.PROPERTY OF.Property Of...
14.VIBRANT THIGH.Wooden Gangsters
15.F.T. INDEX.Working On The Line
16.SLIGHT SECONDS.Double Face
17.SLIGHT SECONDS.New Me
The other big shot of the DIY world was Deleted Records from the rock and roll furnace that is Grimsby. Run by those self proclaimed Legends in their own Lunchtime, The Instant Automations, or Mark Automaton and Protag(#). It was from this stable that this double seven incher was unleashed on the genuinely unkowing public in 1980.
"This is doubtlessly one of the finest records I've ever heard, and the second greatest compilation in the history of rock!Well the proof is in the pudding: Not only does the record include some of the finest recorded moments by the legendary Instant Automatons , 012 and the Door and the Window, but furthermore a rare vinyl appearance by the Digital Dinosaurs! If that ain't enough you get some fine TVP-related spurts from the Missing Persons and extremely do it yourself DIY frenzy from the Midnight Circus. Who in "Silicone Baby" and "Hedonist Jive" have out-poignanted a tow-truck full of Aimee Mann's and Michelle Shocked's edgy humanity and funny as shit to boot."(Johan Kugelberg ,Ugly Things Magazine)
restless night INSTANT AUTOMATONS scared to be alone INSTANT AUTOMATONS cracked actor MIC WOODS weekday crush MIC WOODS silicone baby MIDNIGHT CIRCUS hedonist jive MIDNIGHT CIRCUS 9 to 5 012 in the ghetto 012 sideways man DIGITAL DINOSAURS not got champagne LILY MALONE is it you, is it me COLIN POTTER i am your shadow COLIN POTTER quick one COLIN POTTER blue eyed boy MISSING PERSONS angst in my pants MISSING PERSONS recorded at Street Level 8 track bannana factory 28th-30th july, engineered and mixed variously by kif kif, grant showbiz and corinaNote That the First greatest compilation in the history of Rock is "The Weird Noise E.P" of course!
Also that the Midnight Circus come from my home town of Leicester,home of many Diy legends like Deep Freeze Mice amongst many others.
# On the subject of Protag, i can't think of any other genre that include participants with such excellent monikers as this.Other notables are Bendle, Nag,Giblet, and of course Kif Kif.
DOWNLOAD directly to your pants HERE!
(Now Re-upped with an FBI proof upload for...er...download!)
And The Androids of Mu debut tape for Fuck Off Records.This is better than the album by a country mile.
Recorded at Street Level, Bristol Gardens 19th August 1979.
Bess- bass, vocals Clare - piano, vocals Corina - guitar, vocals Cosmic - synth, bass
tambourine, vocals Sooz - vocals Steffy - drums, sound Zana - flute, vocals
Niki - sax, voice of god
1. fast cars
2. everytime I feel
3. pretty nun
4. android reggae jam
2. space for fly freaks
DOWNLOAD this Fuck Off Demo Tape HERE!
And now to complete the set is the first Vinyl LP release from Kif Kif's disorganisation. The all Female Androids Of Mu, and their lp "Blood Robots" from 1980.
Apparently Crass wanted to sign them up to their label,but, wanted to record them with a "proper" drummer. Of course they told the over politicised smelly hippies to... "FUCK OFF".
Involved Suze Da Blooze (sadly RIP 2007)from Here and Now, who formed all girl band The Androids of Mu with Corrina, Cozzie and Birsen. Although a collaborative project, Suzy shared lead vocals with Corrina and wrote much of their material.
Read a review from back in the day here.
1. Atomic X
2. Who Cares
3. Fast Car
4. She Is A Boy
5. Pretty Nun
2. Bored Housewifes
3. Lost In Space
5. Jeen Dreams
The holy grail, or rosetta stone of shite, that is Danny and the Dressmakers 5 hour rock opera "200 Cancellations".Was released on Fuck Off Records on three c-90 cassettes,and was the second release on said label (Fuck off 002/003/004). Download in the links below.
But one does have the artwork for your perusal (spelling?) and benediction(Huh?).
This includes the cassette insert and the accompanying booklet ," The Boys Book Of Ill Treating Amplifiers".
DOWNLOAD 200 CANCELLATIONS HERE!
To follow up the first vinyl release by Fuck Off Records, here the first cassette! FUCK OFF 1.
Featuring a LIVE performance by the legendary Danny and The Dressmakers at the equally as lengendary Deeply Vale Festival near Rochdale in 1978. ( a DVD exists of this here)
A highlight is their version of Johnny Be Goode, which effectively puts this annoying tune well and truly in its place, i.e. in the dustbin of history.
Wilful Damge also playing at the Deeply Vale fest, and caused a mini riot with the self-proclaimed "King of The Ti-Pi's". This tent dwelling Hippie had warned that if he heard any Punk Rock playing,he would personally remove them from the stage.As wilful Damage's singer goaded the audience by berating the long haired ones to "get off your arses and fucking dance!", the "King of the Ti-pi" (or tee-pee's,the tent of red indian fame), threw him forwards off the stage, subsequently breaking his arm. Injured, the punk chanteur clambered back onto stage,and with arm now in a sling, carried on the performance in true showbiz stylee. This was an instrumental moment in converting many hippies, including Here and Now, to the "punk" cause.
For all track listing and info, view the picture of the A4 xeroxed
Side A "Slightly Sanesville"
Dick Heley - Void Burstin
Dick Heley - Photograph Of Feeling
Astronauts - Secret File
Astronauts - All Night Party
Astronauts - Back To Sing For Free Again Soon
Dick Heley & Blankspace - Fantasy
Anal Surgeons - Wheres That Fag
Dog Ends - Aint No Free Unless Its Free
Alternative TV - Terrified Of Dogs
Side B "Crazytown"
Wilful Damage - You Hang At Midnight
Wilful Damage - No-one Cares
Wilful Damage - Fictitious
Wilful Damage - Farewell To Innocence
Danny And The Dressmakers - Ernie Bishops Dead Body
Danny And The Dressmakers - How Hot Is A Match
Danny And The Dressmakers - John E Be Very Goode
Danny And The Dressmakers - What The World Needs Now
Danny And The Dressmakers - Whole Lotta Pinball
Danny And The Dressmakers - Dont Make Another Bass Guitar Mr Rickenbacker
Danny And The Dressmakers - Manchester United
The Sell Outs - Rock + Roll concert
Seventh Angel - From A Sly Fox To A Pack Of Wolves
Amazing Zeepee Silent Orchestra - No Kung Future
Planet Gong - Psychedelic Man