The term Autistic Electronica was the term sallied forth in reference to Inertia's first two singles.
This doesn't apply to their fourth,and last, release, "Confection". Not even Asperger's electronica, for they must have received the cure.
This is excellent grown-up industrial electronic music, full of gorgeous analogue sounds ; and they even dumped the shite vocals.
Superb Hannet-esque production values abound, the music has the un-nerving coldness and space that all the best elctro-wave bands had back in the 80-85 period. If they had a frigid peroxided gothess vocalist, they might have been big in Europe.
Many Thanks to Rory of Greenfield Leisure for finding this treasure in his vast archives.
DOWNLOAD Inertia's greatest non-hits HERE!
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
More autistic electronica from the solid state passionless world of Inertia. Cold wave is the pigeonhole for this self-released E.P.
It sounds as if the Drum track is played by hand,with one synth set to a pink noise setting,and another to something that resembles an electronic simulation of a plastic bucket being hit with a plastic hammer. The vocals range from an impression of a poor man's Phil Oakey,to something that could have been at home in a Factory records b-list band ,like The Wake. As it says in the first track,"The Singer is Absent", but the incredibly minimal ,acoustically dead, and effectless music is strangely compelling.
|A1||The Singer Is Absent||3:06|
|A2||All I Can Afford||2:26|
|B2||Drug Of Desire||2:51|
Download this Pop Anguish HERE!
Time for some Minimal Wave low-budget electronica from 1980, the peak era for electronic music, before the atrocity of Midi made everything play in time; 1980 BD (before digital).
This single contains a catalogue/analogue synth playing along to a home organ rythym box, with passionless vocals that verge on talking. Sounds awful doesn't it?...in some aspects it is....musically non-existant, no melody, no songcraft. This is the sound of Alienated youth, sick of the rock trip, finding their way in a new world of endless possibilities. Their best work was to come, but this is a charming moment in the birth pangs of minimal electronic pop, played by fingers not computers.
Download it HERE!
Friday, 26 August 2011
ABSURD 1 - Blah Blah Blah - "In The Army" / "Why Diddle?" 1979
There are few records when you remember where you were when you first hear them, and for me this is one of them.
I was in bed in a room in the Angel Hotel in Whitby Yorkshire,aged 15 listening to the John Peel Show. when Peel played this, my impressionable 15 year old ears stood attentively and absorbed the madness eagerly.This record is still guaranteed to create some kind of reaction in the listener, and that is the definition of great art;Full Stop!...yes i know i put a semi-colon.(ps Thats "Period"! for our American readers out there).
Whitby is famous for featuring in Bram Stokers Dracula novel, which has nothing to do with this tune, but just to emphasise that this music has absolutely nothing in common with the awful "Dracula-fest" gothic metal festival that occurs in this town of a winter.
"We got guns down our socks,in our underpants..........we got guns in our toilets,guns in our cars.
We got bombs underneath the Stereo.......and we're coming to bash you in!"."
"We got Bombs underneath the stereo and we're coming to bash you in!", what a line! Obviously improvised in a first take, 'cus you just couldn't write stuff like that.
"Why Diddle?" is even insaner,but is lessened by its lack of shock value. A throbbing Electro-concrete improv piece, that deserves recognition amongst electronic music students everywhere.
ABSURD 2 - Eddie Fiction - "U.F.O. part2" / "U.F.O. part1" 1979
Northern comedy set to a minimal electronic backing is not normally my cup of beef dripping. But this strangely amuses, as it parodies yer average mancunian on an alien world,and the moronic stuff they would miss, like the Tele, chips, darts, and,of course, the Pub. And don't forget U.F.O. does NOT stand for Unidentified Flying Object in this tune; its a double entendre alluding to a popular expleative suggesting that one leaves the area immeadiately.
(Sorry everyone I haven't got the b-side, but according to the etching on the vinyl,it hasn't got a b-side!...so you won't miss anything!)
ABSURD 3 - The 48 Chairs - " Snap it Around " / "Psycle Sluts " 1979
48 Chairs, who are these people?...This is a jolly tune, I can see Nick Kershaw dancing to this, or maybe Pepsi and Shirley. In fact I think I wanna dance to it too........er....maybe not.
The B-side is an instrumental version of the John Cooper Clarke poem by the same name. An instrumental version of a word poem has got to be a first. Clarke even has a writing credit!
Those mancunians are crazy!
ABSURD 4 - Gerry and the Holograms - " Meet the Dissidents" 1979
I have a feeling that all of the releases on Absurd, were made in one afternoon by the same people.
Again,its a minimalist electronic affair, without drums,electronic or acoustic, and some funny sounding vocals. Having said that, this is a good thing, for its not what you put in its ,what you leave out.......like Gerry and the Holograms' obvious influence, namely The residents.
Alas,this is still one of the superior Absurd singles.
|A||Gerry And The Holograms|
ABSURD 5 - Gerry and the Holograms - "The Emporers New Music" 1979
Pranksters,practical jokers, conceptual art,whatever you wanna call it; Gerry and the Holograms second single was.......A conceptual and unplayable record.
Each record was pasted with glue to the inside of the picture sleeve. Two variations of the sleeve exist: with or without the Rough Trade logo. In 1980 a few copies came in a third sleeve variation which was credited to "The Charlie Parkas". Absurd Records label boss (Lawrence Beedle) in quoted as saying "It took the best part of a week to paint and glue them into the bags". The numbers made are unknown but around 500 is the most likely number.
The music itself does not actually exist - rather the records were actually unsold singles from Rabid Records' catalog but with a paste-on Gerry & The Holograms label on one side to fool the buyer that the record actually exists.
What I want to know is,did anyone buy this?
ABSURD 6 - The Mothmen - "Does it matter Irene?" /"Please Let Go" 1979
The Mothmen were one of the few Absurd artists who went on to somthing of a career. They appeared on On-U Sound with an LP!....obviously due to the dub/reggae element that they had lurking in their music. And a series of singles and e.p.s on Do it Records, before disappearing in the mid eighties.
This single is sort of a Psychedelic pop meets Dub inside a senile old drunkard females brain. Is quite good in fact.
But,to these ears, the b-side is better. Another falling down classic of stoned sounding free-pop.Include's a section where an almost free-jazz style syncopation enters through the side door of the mental Hospital. Where all normal time signatures fear to tread; this is musical sophistication of the highest commendation. To the untuned ear it sounds like a total mess, but that ear is in a wrong place.Tune your ears please,and train the brain.
(Again thanks to the genius that is the mysterious Styreneboy for providing the B-Side,and the better track of the two.)
Guitar – David RowbothamGuitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals – Bob Harding, Tony Bowers
ABSURD 7 - Cairo - "I Like Bluebeat." / "Version" 1979
Was this a cynical attempt to cash in the Two Tone phenominon? Its a bluebeat style tune, with a hint of nightboat to cairo era Madness ; is this where they lifted the band name?...er...yes.
I can't stand ska(I hate the irritating you're gonna have fun vibe to it, the forced jollity of it all), and i don't like this,and especially since there's one of those irritating versions on the reverse side......version meaning an instrumental version of the a-side,but with effects added,and the odd tape of gun fire etc. But someone out there might like it.
NO!...I don't like Blue beat.
ABSURD 8 - Naafi Sandwich - "Slice 1 / Slice 2 " 1979
Now this is more like it, two slices of barely logical dementia from the appalingly named Naafi Sandwich.But any group with someone called Sir Freddie Viaduct in it has to be half good.
They also released several cassettes,one of which is included in the download called "Run 1".
'Experimental' is an adequate adjective for this group(?)
Naafi Sandwich – Rum 1 (Cassette 1980):
Lee Street Bounce
Sir Freddie Viaduct, vocals, bass, guitar, trumpet) and Brenda Kenny (a.k.a. Poly Rhythm, vocals, percussion, drums, keyboards)
ABSURD 10 - Bet Lynch's Legs - " The Good,The Bad, and the Indifferent " 1979
To the citizens of the planet who live outside of the UK, Bet Lynch was a character in a television soap with a predeliction for fake animal skin coats and peroxide blonde hair.We very rarely saw her legs because they were always behind the bar of the local pub; she was the bar maid.
Now that slice of UK cultural history over with, we can turn our attention to the group,which contained one of the Smirks,and John Scott from the 48 Chairs. They had a minor hit with the next single.
This record is basically a home made version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky", complete with home organ rythym box, and "good,The Bad and The Ugly" impressions in the background. Were they drunk when they made this?
The B-side is more of the same, sort of a Joe Meek meets elevator music in some obvious tongue in cheek lounge moment, in a pub full of Ennio Morriconi nuts whistling along, clinking beer mugs together, with plenty of man love going on.
|A||Riders In The Sky|
ABSURD 11 - Bet Lynch's Legs - "Some Like it Hot / Some Don't " 1980
The Follow up single, which was the minor hit!
Its like the other single never finished, this is "The Good,The Bad and the Indifferent" parts three and four!
"Some like it Hot" is an underwater version of ennio morriconi's theme to 'The Good,The bad,and the Ugly', very pointless, but maybe that's the point.
"Some Don't" is a further underwater version of the same track; even more pointless. Maybe it's a parable about the meaninglessness of existence? Or maybe its just a pile of shite? I'll leave that up to you.
|A||Some Like It Hot|
More annoying trend following ska from Cairo, backed by the even worse musical genre, Ragtime Pastische......awful.
This was the final nail in the Absurd coffin,shortly afterwards the label went tits up. But what did you expect for a totally non-commercial enterprise such as this? It started with some timelessly great singles,then petered out into some kind of unfunny genre satire loungecore pointlessness.
But the concept was good,and the artwork was great.
DOWNLOAD THE INSTANT ABSURD RECORDS COLLECTION HERE!
DOWNLOAD THE INSTANT ABSURD RECORDS COLLECTION HERE!
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Well, I now bring to an end this months series of tenuously linked releases from Mark Perry and his chums, with the unjustly overlooked "Strange Kicks".
Its gotta be one of the best album covers of the punk era, a cynical patische of a pop album cover, it could almost be Wham!;and it wouldn't surprise me if some 80's pop fans bought this by some tragic mistake.("Daddy that man can't sing properly!")
Those duped pop fans were not far off the beam,for this is ATV's 'Pop' album; and don't we wish pop was like this? I suppose it was all part of the trend of the time, after the abject failure of Punk rock to subvert and corrupt the music industry, to sabotage from within,to appear 'normal' but secretly slip the message into what appeared and sounded like pop music. The fire Engines tried it with their pop alter-ego, Win, the Associates did it superbly, and ATV tried and failed with the fantastic "Strange Kicks". Alex Fergusson, had been working on this angle,after leaving ATV for a while,and rejoined with an armfull of these Pop Songs. Something he would bring with him when he formed Psychic TV, and gave us the surreal sight and sound of Genesis p. Orridge singing a sweet lovey dovey song; you gotta check out 'Just Drifting (for caresse)' from 'Force the hand of Chance'......a terrible love song ,that sounds like the mentally ill cousin of 'the Windmills of your Mind'; hilarious,and another work of cynical genius.(apparently Gen,Alex and Sleazy absolutly pissed themselves whilest recording that.....and why not?)
Of course,when it was released, the Elitist within me missed the point, and i hated it......as did many others. But after re-discovering it, its up there with other great 'sell-out' records, like Captain Beefheart's 'Clear Spot' , 'Unconditionally Guaranteed' and ' Bluejeans and Moonbeams'; PiL had a go with 'The Commercial Zone' and 'Live in Tokyo', that was conceptually fine,but musically a disaster that Lydon never recovered from.
I tried to find it in Blog world but, to my amazement, it existed nowhere!.....so special thanks go to Styreneboy for finding and sending me a copy. I can't stop singing "Mirror Boy":
"Gillian says, 'half of Bedford was there.'
Rotten place with white crap for walls.
No rain,no snowy snowy scenes,
Just Burnt backs and ambre Solaire."
Such poetry, especially Perry's South London twang on the Ambre Solaire rhyme. Sublime.
I could easily see that tune as a bona-fide hit in the normal top thirty.
Thanks again to styreneboy,for helping make this available to a disbelieving world.
ps..this is the CD version,but I don't like the artwork for that version,so the above is the cover from the vinyl version.....far superior.
|1||The Ancient Rebels|
|5||Anye Is Back|
|6||My Hand Is Still Wet|
|9||There Goes My Date With Doug|
|11||Who Are They?|
|12||Sleep In Bed Mp3|
|13||Dub In Bed|
|16||Pick It Up|
|17||Can You Feel The Heat?|
|18||Love Lies Limp|
Get Your Strange Kicks HERE!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
The second,and last,release on Slimey Toads' Toadstool records, is a great slice of rock'n'roll in the 1978 stylee. The bastard son of pub rock and punk rock; which is a satisfying combination in my sad little world.
I am astonished that Slimey never managed to release a third single on this label, maybe he couldn't carry on because he ran out of amusing catalogue numbers; Good 3 doesn't work, but surely Good 4 would have worked if he added 'nuffin' at the end?
Anyway, what a swansong for a near perfect record label,...."I've Seen It Vomit!" indeed.
||I've Seen It, Vomit|
DOWNLOAD this Bog Ugly Masterpiece HERE!
Posted by Jonny Zchivago at 12:25
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
You talk of guitar gods?..... Clapton(not a God)......Hendrix(good at short solo's).......Page(boring)......blah blah blah!
Slimey Toad, now there's a proper guitarist, yer regular guitarist's guitarist; wears Policeman's Helmets,capes and shorts. I never saw Pete Townsend in a cape, but i'll admit I was pretty impressed by his white boiler suit and doc's image that he patented at the end of the sixities.
Hendix and Page probably wore a cape, but definately no shorts, and Clapton wouldn't be seen dead in a plastic bobby's helmet, it would belittle his incredibly boring 'art'.
In case you've never heard of Slimey Toad, he be the one to blame for the year zero guitar work in the great Johnny Moped band. And this is the solitary single release of his side project Slime in 1978. I assume that Toadstool Records was his own label, and what a debut release it is too. Very Moped-esque in its construction, and i am sure i can hear some familiar voices in the backing singers on 'Looney'......Captain Sensible maybe,and even Johnny himself?
Johnny Moped even played these songs live on a couple of ocassions, and you can download a performance from the Roundhouse that showcases these very compositions if you click here!
Jock Tate on Drums?....could that be Dave Berk per chance?
Jock sayers on Bass and bocals?......Ray Burns you think?
DOWNLOAD some Slime HERE!
Monday, 22 August 2011
Johnny Moped - " The Johnny Moped Bootleg Tapes Volumes I And II " (Damaged Goods DAMGOOD 271 LP) 2007
A BIG FUNKY MUNDANE BAND!!! Looking for a local way-out rock group for some work!!! Johnny Moped is looking for a way-out funky bass guitarist into moronic rock’n‘roll & pip-squeak progressive stints (male or female) sex not import, must have own bass guitar & sound system. Strictly amateur band. Interesting Phone Dave – 01-684-1931
So read the advert Dave Berk put in the paper, to find a replacement for the newly departed Ray Burns(captain Sensible) in 1976, to which two applicants replied,one Slimey Toad,and someone unknown called Chrissie Hynde.Now they could take their much under-rehearsed repatoire on the road......(see the rare Live at the Roxy 1977 download below,which is the complete double set they played for the "Live at the Roxy" album,for which they contributed the classic 'Hard Lovin' Man')
'Basically',life would have been different if the original scene punk rocker types released their own records........the Sex Pistols "Spunk", for example, could have sold in the 100's of thousands,and they could have kept all the money, and made the beast they had helped to create in to an unstoppable monster. The same goes for the Clash, they never even tried, straight on the fast lane to rock stardom.
Yes, 'Tomcats!'....Johnny Moped used to sell the music contained on these brightly coloured discs on "The Original Johnny Moped Bootleg" cassette at their gigs. Containing all the drunken insanity of their bedroom sessions, from their earliest recordings from 1974 to some studio out-takes from '77.
The personnel on this madness, included Dave Berk (Damned,Henry Badowski,and King), Captain Sensible (Damned,King), Xerxes, Fred Berk, Slimey Toad,Johnny's infamous 'Bird' Brenda,but there's no appearance of the mythical Chrissie Hynde, who apparently left and became world famous in some group called The Pretenders or something!
In true DIY tradition, the good Captain is often utilised on suitcase to provide the percussive elements.
This is the real sound of the streets from 1974-76, no designer clothing involved here, and definately no hippies involved. And further evidence that real basic rock'n'roll existed before the Ramones 1st LP,and there were many other similar groups all over the UK.
Johnny Moped gigs were infamous: Slimey Toad specialised in ridiculous outfits & PA stack climbing – & you never knew what was going to come out of Johnny’s mouth at any given moment (diatribes, abuse, surreal episodes). They often played with totally the wrong type of groups – got caught up in the Punk v Metal wars – & toured with Motorhead! They even once played the Hammersmith Odeon – & got booed ON – only to leave the stage to 2,000 people chanting: “Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit!”
This is Proto-DIY!!
1) Johnny's Intro
2) Groovy Ruby
3) Little Queenie
4) Starting A Moped
5) Hard Lovin' Man
6) The Wolf And Dracula/Was That Good?
7) Thanks For Making It To Side 2/3-D Time
8) Somethin' Else
9) These Students
11) You Out There ...
12) Hi Tomcats, Phone
13) Hi Tomcats, Studio
14) I Wanna Die
15) I Believed Her Lies/Musical Bore
16) I. A Zombie
18) Wee Wee
19) Radio Leeds Interview
20) Little Queenie
21) Cut Across Shorty
22) Ruby Don't Take Your Love To The Vibrators/Boogie City
23) Save The Baby Seals
24) Johnny's Underpants
25) Incendiary Device
26) New Rose
Download The Johnny Moped Bootleg Tapes HERE!
plus....Johnny Moped live at the Roxy 1977:
01. Groovy Ruby
02. Wild Breed
03. Little Queenie
04. Hell Razor
05. 3D Time
06. Incendiary Device
07. Something Else
08. No One
09. Hard Lovin' Man
10. Groovy Ruby
11. Wild Breed
12. Little Queenie
13. Hell Razor
14. 3D Time
15. Incendiary Device
16. Something Else
17. No One
18. Hard Lovin' Man
and DOWNLOAD Johnny Moped Live at the ROxy 1977 HERE!!!!!!Its the whole set not just one track!
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Henry Badowski, jobbing musician of the south London underworld, and what a C.V. he boasted!
Johnny Moped,Chelsea,Wreckless Eric, The Damned, The Doomed (he replaced Lemmy!), Captain Sensible's King, The Good Missionaries/ATV, and then signed as a solo artist to (gulp!)...A&M!
Having earned his DIY credentials in the collective deity that was the Good Missionaries,and tasted the big time with the reformed Damned (Doomed), he released this charming single backed up by old chums from Johnny Moped and Chelsea.
Its obvious hit potential was recognised by Miles Copeland, and a contract was secured with a major label,and stardom beckoned. But as normal, anything really good was ignored by the general populus,his album sold bugger all copies,and the lovely A&M sacked him,condeming him to total obscurity.
This single is a do it yerself pop classic,both sides of it.
But "Baby,Sign here with me" was first heard performed by King (no,not that hideous band that had hits in the 80's,but captain Sensibles short-lived post-Damned band from 1978), who did a Peel Session on this show(see download link below) on 25th August 1978, which included sessions by all the post-damned bands(White Cats,King, and Tanz der Youth).....and a great listen it is too.In King's session,you can hear parts of 'Machine Gun Etiquette' before the Damned reformed; Like 'Anti-Pope', and the keyboard bit from 'I Just Can't Be Happy Today', and Henry Badowski's song.
Click Here to Download The John Peel Show for 25/08/1978!
"Lifes a Grand":
|A2||Henry's In Love|
|A3||Swimming With The Fish In The Sea|
|A4||The Inside Out|
|A5||Life Is A Grand|
|B2||This Was Meant To Be|
|B4||Baby Sign Here With Me|
|Making Love With My Wife|
Baby Sign Here With Me
Violin – Alex Kolkowski*
To Download Henry's Single and Album "Life is a Grand"Click HERE!
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Yes Karl Blake of the Lemon Kittens, who was also in the mighty Reflections with Mark Perry, Nag, Dennis Burns and Paul Platypus (of Doof ).
This album collects all the odds and sods from Karls Bedroom floor in the years 1977-1981. Its all brilliantly disturbed, falling apart music of the highest sub-standards that we adore here at Die or DIY?.
Guitar strings are clawed at and recorded well into the red zone, drums are made to resemble the sound of a dustbin of empty tin-cans being unloaded into a skip, and the singer (Blake) sounds like he was captured as a field recording in the padded cell of a secure mental facility.
A truly unhinged miesterwerk, from one of the genuine 'weird' guys, and a lesson in the deconstruction of song.
|A1||Baby's In Grey|
|A3||Whistle And Weep|
|A4||Blast The Human Flower|
|B1||The Waiting List|
|B3||People With No Shoulders|
|B4||Dreams Of The Lichen Tester|
|B5||A Misogyny Of Song|
|B6||Love So Much Like Violent Death|
Friday, 19 August 2011
Another peerless Mark Perry related release, this time accompanied by Nag(The Door and the Window), Karl Blake (Lemon Kittens),as well as Dennis Burns(The Good missionaries),and Paul Platypus(Doof).
Not quite up to the standard of The Reflections LP, "Slugs and Toads", but still high on quality anti-rock non-musicianship of the highest standard.
Of note,it is nice to see uber-weirdo Karl Blake try his considerable skills in crafting an alternative dimension pop tune with the genius's of the genre/non-genre, nag and Perry.
|B||The Coroner And The Inquest|
Download Four Countries HERE!
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Just have a butchers at that photo of Mark .P on the sleeve of this single. The mirror-image of a 'Popstar'. Slightly chubby, dirty old school jumper,looking miserable,diy haircut,hands in pockets.....its enough to give an A&R man an anxiety attack. The A&R man continues: "They can't sing,can't play their instruments,its not a proper recording,and the songs aren't happy enough.".....wrong on all counts mr. Fictional A&R man,you're gonna lose your job soon anyway when your poxy record company goes bankrupt. And when they do i'll play this single to celebrate; fucking cultural fascists that they are. This single is from an honest place, its folk music, its real,and Bendle and Anno play...Weebles???...on it? Are these the egg shaped toys that wobble but they don't fall down?......if John Cage incorporated Weebles in one of his conceptual pieces with prepared piano,we'd all be praising his undoubted genius; but because its Mark "school of the streets" Perry, this innovation is forgotten.
But, its no longer forgotten,as its a work of great power and charm, which exists in its own bubble in space, deserving, but not asking, to be loved......so love it!......and then check out the Mark Perry solo album here!
|A||You Cry Your Tears|
Recorded at Street Level Studio March / April 1980.
Download You Cry Your Tears for a lot less than 70p HERE!
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
A great performance by ATV capturing them in their transitional phase,caught between Punk ATV and the Good Missionaries. "Action Time Vision",is renamed "Action Time and Lemon" for this performance , a good sign that Mark .P was tired of clichéd Punk anthems. "Splitting in Two" is particularly intense,a great band at the top of their game.
This album is shared by hippie improvisers Here and Now, which contained DIY kings, Grant Showbiz and KifKif, the brains behind Street level and Fuck Off Wreckords.
The Here and Now side is more Proggy and Jazzy, but its an entertaining listen.Contrary to popular opinion not everything Hippie was shit, in fact I'd have to say a lot of the proggers and heads were more punk than the punks......and i must make it clear that I spend at least 50% of my listening time in a strange murky world of Prog Rock that doesn't include utter shite like Yes and ELP. Saying that prog = ELP is akin to saying Punk = Boomtown Rats......if you don't believe me force your ears to absorb Van Der Graff Generators' skin stripping classic "Pawn Hearts",amongst many others of the genre. Anyway, wasn't ATV prog-punk? Discuss.
Recorded using low fidelity cassette recorders on the Summer '78 free tour, sold at £1.75.
|A1||Alternative TV –||Action Time Lemon|
|A2||Alternative TV –||Going Round In Circles|
|A3||Alternative TV –||Fellow Sufferer|
|A4||Alternative TV –||Splitting In Two|
|B1||Here And Now* –||What You See Is What You Are|
|B2||Here And Now* –||Dog In Hell|
|B3||Here And Now* –||Addicted|
Download for less than £1.75 Here!
Just Download the ATV side HERE!