To end 2011, i bring you the TV Personalities, The Fall,Lilliput, The Cravats and rare airplay for Renaldo and the Loaf. Though I apologise, in advance, for the rather unfortunate appearance of the lamentable UB40!!!
Peel dubs the Cockney Rejects session as one of the best of the year (it was the 5th broadcast of the session that year).
"One thing you can say about The Fall - at least they still seem to be practicing what they preached 2 or 3 years ago..there aren't many bands that can say that.."(This STILL applies to the Fall today!)
"I rather suspect it's no longer fashionable to like UB40 but who cares..?!". Two tracks played from the debut album in this show."
TV Personalities first and only session
Cockney Rejects second session
The Cravats: Precinct
Angelic Upstarts: Guns For The Afghan Rebels
Jimmy Pursey: Lucky Man
Cockney Rejects: Cockney Rip Off (session)
TV Personalities: La Grande Illusion (session)
Simple Minds: I Travel
Dead Kennedys: Your Emotions
Brian Eno: Seven Deadly Finns (japanese pressing that won't fit on the record player spindle, so doesn't get played)
Jah Walton: (Record skips too badly to play so only a few seconds appear)
The Ruts: West One Shine On Me
A Certain Ratio: Shack Up
Cockney Rejects: Blockbuster
Brian Eno: Seven Deadly Fins (Peel has now made the hole bigger so it gets played after all!)
Jah Walton: Top Ranking (seems to play better on the left-hand turntable without skipping as before?!)
The Everly Brothers: Be Bop A Lula
TV Personalities: Look Back In Anger (session)
UB40: Burden Of Shame
Twig & The Kicks: The Boy Who Sold His Dreams
Comsat Angels: Missing In Action
Neon: Don't Eat Bricks
Cockney Rejects: I Wanna Be A Star (session)
Naggo Waugh: Natty Not Livin' Easy
The B-52s: Private Idaho
Dead Kennedys: Kill The Poor
TV Personalities: Silly Girl (session)
Little Johnny Taylor: How Can A Broken Man Survive (plays the start of the wrong track..)
Lilliput: Die Matrosen
Roky Erickson & The Aliens: Night Of The Vampire
Cockney Rejects: 15 Years (session)
The Fall: Totally Wired (the new single from The Fall "..you've probably been waiting for this since 10 o'clock..")
Stiff Little Fingers: Nobody's Hero (live)
Renaldo & The Loaf: A Medical Man
TV Personalities: The Picture Of Dorian Gray (session)
UB40: Signing Off
DOWNLOAD the 1st of September 1980 HERE!
Saturday, 31 December 2011
To end 2011, i bring you the TV Personalities, The Fall,Lilliput, The Cravats and rare airplay for Renaldo and the Loaf. Though I apologise, in advance, for the rather unfortunate appearance of the lamentable UB40!!!
Friday, 30 December 2011
As we continue our tribute to the late John Ravenscroft, here is another great show from 12th September in the year of our lord Peel,1979; featuring the criminally forgotten Flowers, and a rare appearence of the 'Mell Square E.P.' on national radio. Check out this classic ep of borderline incompetence earlier in this blog.
Amongst the usual self depreciating droleness of John's deadpan delivery are many quotes ,anecdotes and 'cock-ups' ,including the following moments:
Apologises for getting the news about Siouxsie & The Banshees splitting up completely wrong the night before (11 September 1979).
Proclaims (seriously) that the new Status Quo single is one that he "likes very much" and that he's always been fond of the band. Describes travelling to Dublin with them and being friendly with Francis Rossi, who he respects for his attitude towards the fans - specifically their appearance on Jim'll Fix it where they fixed it for a young fan to play with them!
Goes on to say his Jim'll Fixit choice would be to go for a drink with Prince Charles as he seems an interesting (I wonder if they ever met in later life?)
Implores people to tune in for The Prats session the following night as it's "excellent....one of those ones people will talk about" (He was right,so check out the Prats as featured earlier in this blog by clicking here!)
Flowers 1st and only session
Merton Parkas 1st and only session
Revillos: Where's The Boy For Me?
Gary Numan: Engineers
Merton Parkas: You Need Wheels (session)
Dead Kennedys: California Uber Alles (single)
Clive Pig & The Hopeful Chinamen: Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Flowers: Living Doll (session)
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Circumstances (LP - Clear Spot)
Earl Zero & The Soul Syndicate: City Of The Wicked
Au Pairs: Domestic Departure
Noble 'Thin Man' Watts: Black Jack
Slits: Ping Pong Affair
UK Subs: Crash Course
Merton Parkas:Empty Room (session)
Flowers: Tunnels (session)
Selecter: On My Radio (single)
Accused: Solihull (EP - Mell Square Musick) No Rip Off
021: (Don't Want To Be A) Robot (EP - Mell Square Musick) No Rip Off
Undertakers: Illusions (EP - Mell Square Musick) No Rip Off (tape cuts out)
Status Quo: Whatever You Want (single)
Comsat Angels: Specimen No.2
Merton Parkas: Plastic Smile (session)
Ranking Joe & The Youth Promotion Band featuring Sugar Minott: Youth Man Promotion
Joy Division: Shadowplay
Flowers: Deep End Dance
Static Routines: Rock 'n' Roll Clones
Outcasts: Self Conscious Over You (tape cuts out)
Tch Tch Tch: Sportello
Merton Parkas: Just A Face In The Crowd (session)
Steve Miro & The Eyes:
A Certain Ratio: All Night Party
Jewels: Love & Livety
Flowers: Tear Along (session)
Swift Jewel Cowboys: Dill Pickle Rag
Grinderswitch: Pickin' The Blues
DOWNLOAD the 12th of September 1979 HERE!
Absolute classic show from 31st of august 1978, with DIY originators, The Desperate Bicycles, and a repeat of their only session for the BBC. This alongside the legendary Wire, the equally marvellous Radio Stars and the genius that was/is Dr. Feelgood. (I am a huge advocate of the higher end of the Pub Rock phenomena, so be prepared for a pub rock month coming up, you know you want it!) All that and the peerless Eno!?
(Peels intro:) "Well hello honeybunchers, this is the Post Birthday Peel. Back in your midst with a session with the Desperate Bicycles to whom I was speaking to this very morning on a matter which I'll discuss with you later, if I remember. Among the records a track from the new Feelgoods album, odds and ends from a new Eno LP, three more from Radio Stars from their newie, something unpronouncable in Welsh, 4 tracks from Wire from their album, which sounds excellent, I've only heard one side if it, but that was very good indeed, also a new Skids single, so the whole thing sounds irresistible, I think you'll agree."
Around 23 minutes of the show is missing, 10 minutes near the end of the show, with the rest missing due to tape flips.
Desperate Bicycles only session, recorded 4th July 1978, repeat, first broadcast 10 July 1978.
Buzzcocks: Noise Annoys (b-side of 7" - Love You More) United Artists
Dr Feelgood: Down At The Doctors (7") United Artists UP 36444
Desperate Bicycles: Smoke Screen (session) first track of session
Jackson Browne Before The Deluge (album - Late For The Sky) Asylum W 43007
Rich Kids: Burning Sounds (album - Ghost Of Princes In Towers) EMI EMC 3263
Brian Eno: M386 (album - Music For Films ) Editions EG EGED 5
Upsetters: Congo Dub (b-side of double single Row Fisherman by Congos) Upsetter (also known as Fisher Man Dub by Lee Perry)
Streetwalkers: Toenail Draggin' (album - Downtown Flyers) Vertigo 6360 123
Skids: Sweet Suburbia (7") Virgin VS 227
Desperate Bicycles: Sarcasm (session)
Wire: Practice Makes Perfect (album - Chairs Missing) Harvest SHSP 4093
Wire: French Film Blurred (album - Chairs Missing) Harvest SHSP 4093
Wire: Another The Letter (album - Chairs Missing) Harvest SHSP 4093
Wire: Men 2nd (album - Chairs Missing) Harvest SHSP 4093
Nutmegs: Story Untold (v/a album - Alan Freed's Top 15)) Roulette R-42042
Larry Graham And Graham Central Station: Pow (album - My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me) Warner BSK 3175
Devo: Uncontrollable Urge (album - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!) Virgin V 2106
Stealers Wheel: You Put Something Better Inside Of Me (album - Stuck In The Middle With You - The Best Of Stealers Wheel) A&M LP 394 708-1
tape flip to side b, jumps to next track
Desperate Bicycles: Skill (session)
Mistic: Forward With Jah Orthodox () Upsetter (starts playing at the wrong speed, first time in a month he claims)
Radio Stars: (I've Got Dem Old) Sex In Chains Blues (Again Mama) Part I (album - Holiday Album) Chiswick CWK 3001
Radio Stars: Sitting In The Rain (album - Holiday Album) Chiswick CWK 3001
Radio Stars: The Real Me (album - Holiday Album) Chiswick CWK 3001
Cravats: Gordon (7") Small Wonder CH 004
Ashley Hutchings And Friends: The Broken Hornpipe (album - Kickin' Up The Sawdust) Harvest
Ashley Hutchings And Friends: Ricketts Hornpipe (album - Kickin' Up The Sawdust) Harvest
Desperate Bicycles: Teacher's Prayer (session)
Dr. Feelgood: Night Time (album - Private Practice) United Artists UAG 30184
Rezillos: I Like It (album - Can't Stand The Rezillos) Sire K 56530
DOWNLOAD 31st of August 1978 HERE!
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Another great show from the Peel Archives.This one includes a session from DIY legends, Funboy Five. Its a Repeat of their only session which was first broadcast 01 October 1979. Recorded 1979-09-19 .
JP: "To start the programme for about the third night in a row I think, the Clash:"
Clash: Armagideon Time (b-side 'London Calling' 7") CBS
JP: "This is the number 34 record in the new BBC charts."
Motorhead: Bomber (7") Bronze
Funboy Five: Haircut Bob Dylan 66 (session)
Wasted Lives: Wirehead (LP - Vancouver Compilation) Pinned Records
Fall: Printhead (LP - Dragnet)
Specials: Too Hot (LP - Specials) Two-Tone
Flowers: (Life) After Dark (7") Pop Aural
Jane Kennaway: Celia (7") DinDisc
British Standard Unit: D'Ya Think I'm Sexy (LP - Hybrid Kids - A Collection Of Classic Mutants) Cherry Red
Mikey Dread: Pre-Dawn Dub / Operator's Choice (LP – African Anthem (The Mikey Dread Show Dubwise)) Cruise
Funboy Five: Compulsive Eater (session)
Afflicted: Be Aware (single) Bonk
Prince Buster: Whine & Grine (12” single) Blue Beat
Public Image Ltd: Graveyard (3x12” – Metal Box) Virgin
Don Amando's Second Avenue Rumba Band: I'm An Indian Too (single) ZE
Lines: On The Air (single) Red
Johnny & The Jammers: School Day Blues (single) Big Beat
Clash: Four Horsemen (2xLP – London Calling) CBS
Five Hand Reel: I'll Lay You Down (LP – A Bunch of Fives) Topic
Funboy Five: Bleached Roots Of Surf (session)
Mekons: Trevira Trousers (LP – The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen) Virgin
Passions: Body And Soul (single) Soho
Simple Minds: Changling (LP – Real To Real Cacophony) Arista
David Sebastian: You're Number One (single) Noel
Attempted Moustache: You're The One (EP – The Blank Tapes, Volume 1) Skeleton
Max Romeo: Public Enemy No. 1 (single, 1972) Camel
Midnight Rags: Public Enemy (maxi-single) Ace
The Wig: Crackin' Up (LP – Pebbles, Volume 1) BFD
Funboy Five: Life After Death (session)
Clash: Revolution Rock (2xLP – London Calling) CBS
Vapors: Prisoners (single) United Artists
Stiff Little Fingers: Here We Are Nowhere (LP - Inflammable Material) Rough Trade
Greedies: A Merry Jingle (7") Vertigo
Neonbabies: I Don't Want To Loose You (EP) Resco
Madness: Deceives The Eye (single – Night Boat To Cairo b-side) Stiff
Nurses: Hearts (single) Round Raoul
DOWNLOAD 22:00 to 00:00 GMT on the 11th of December 1979 HERE!
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Furthermore in tribute to Hero of DIY no 3, Mr J.Peel, here's a singles only show from october 1979.
Start of show: “That Mike Read looks awfully like Lord Lucan, you know. I never noticed it until today, but I wonder … no, surely not. Last night I mentioned that on this programme I might be playing a stack of singles because we’d rather fallen behind with releases. Not that this is by any means a mopping up operation, but every one a winner, coming as they do from Boston, London, Detroit, Cheltenham, Sunderland, San Francisco, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Derry, Kingston, Cardiff, Belfast, and to start the programme, from East Anglia.”
The Spitfire Boys single is played at the second attempt (first time, JP only managed the b-side).
Three records played from that week’s new chart (these don’t include the new #1 from Lena Martell).
Run of four records related to the Good Vibrations label, from the Moondogs to the Undertones.
Peel reads out the Radio One schedule in South Wales for both Wednesday and Thursday (the latter by mistake).
JP bets that Liverpool, then in fifth place with a game in hand, will eventually win the league “easily”. (They did top the table at the end of the season, by two points.)
First Steps: The Beat Is Back (single) English Rose
Spitfire Boys: Funtime (single) Impeccable
Jam: Eton Rifles (single) Polydor
Spizzenergi: Soldier Soldier (single) Rough Trade
Gladiators: Holiday Ride (single) Front Line
Dead Kennedys: California Uber Alles (single) Fast
TV Personalities: Part-Time Punks (EP – Where’s Bill Grundy Now) Rough Trade
Art Attacks: Punk Rock Stars (single – First And Last) Fresh
Contact: Fascinated By Time? (EP – Future / Past) Object
Selecter: On My Radio (single) 2 Tone
Moondogs: Ya Don’t Do Ya (single – She’s 19) Good Vibrations
Outcasts: Self Conscious Over You (single) Good Vibrations
Terri & The Terrors: Laugh At Me (single) Fresh
Undertones: You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) (single) Sire
Expelaires: To See You (single) Zoo
Wild Beats: Minimum Maximum (single) Fried Egg
Dark: John Wayne (single – My Friends) Fresh
Monochrome Set: Monochrome Set (single) Rough Trade
Shades: I’ll Get Stoned (single) Seahorse (tape flip during track)
Fall: Rowche Rumble (single) Step Forward
Mekons: Unknown Wrecks (single)
Gloria Mundi: Dangerous To Dream (single) RCA
Mothmen: Does It Matter Irene? (single) Absurd
Units: High Pressure Days (single) Units (tape flip before start of track)
Damned: Smash It Up (single) Chiswick
Wall: Kiss The Mirror (single – Exchange) Small Wonder
Carpettes: I Don’t Mean It (single) Beggars Banquet
Hardware: Face The Flag (EP – Rubberface) MARC
Rebels: Suicide (single) Rigid
John Lee Hooker: Weeping Willow (single)
4 Be 2: One of The Lads (single) Island
Secret Affair: Let Your Heart Dance (single) I-Spy
Marc Thor Band: Trak (single -Love Sucks) Indie
DOWNLOAD 23/10/1979 HERE!
Monday, 26 December 2011
The sole portal for self-released records in the late seventies/early eighties was ex-hippie, ex-public schoolboy, ex-pirate radio DJ, John Ravenscroft, AKA , John Peel; champion of independant music.
The transition from flowery hippy, whose hushed delivery frequently spewed forth reams of sickeningly pretentious poetry on Radio Londons 'Perfumed Garden', to champion of Punk Rock, and subsequently of D.I.Y. culture, was astonishing, although not unsurprising. He had always had an taste for the less palatable parts of the pop pie, often becoming the sole voice in supporting lost causes, like the godlike Captain Beefheart and Kevin Coyne, among a few others..
Never afraid of upsetting his 'audience', he was often caught straddling two worlds, as an interested outsider, never really accepted by either. The face most associated with the dull complacent music of the early seventies, it was a laughably 'shocking' moment when he gave The Ramones debut LP massive airplay in early '76, between the Roy Harper and Loudon Wainwright III tracks.
This lead to sackfulls of complaints from upset Hippies, but it never saved him from being booed off stage when introducing the Damned at a pub gig six months later. An inexorable outsider,often shunned by the sixties underground hierachy, I suppose he identified with music that most reflected his own existence.He was psychologically damaged and hurt emotionally, by various incidents, like being blanked by the Byrds, (which in my book is a good thing?) ,sent packing from a Mothers of Invention dope smoking 'Pow-Wow'; but the worst was being dropped as a 'close' friend by Marc Bolan as soon as he 'made it'! This greatly shaped his attitudes to Rock Stars, and the 'Rock' system in general, in it's egocenticity and arrogance.
The outsiders of the Rock'n'Roll phenominon would benefit greatly from this sense of insecurity and lack of confidence.
The music scene Post punk rock, would mirror his own attitude to the ugly rock dinosaur pre-'76, and he found the almost total lack of ambition inherant within most DIY bands, admirable in the extreme. He would support almost any DIY release that was sent to his office in BBC broadcasting house.
This is why John Peel is one of the key Hero's of DIY, so I dedicate the remainder of this year as a tribute to the most influential Disc Jockey of all time.Starting with the 'infamous' Punk Rock Special from the 10th December 1976, when the directors of the BBC inquired stuffily to producer John Walters(great bloke,RIP), "I hope you're not playing any of that Punk stuff?"
Every other DJ was running scared, and it took a brave man to risk his career to promote what was basically the future.
John Peel Show, 10th December 1976:
The legendary "Punk Special" show featuring the first session from the Damned.
Peel's introduction: "Well, I think you’ll find this programme is in rather marked contrast to the programme that has preceded it, because tonight we are going to have a look at punk rock. Mind you, no two people seem to be able to agree exactly what punk rock is, as is evidenced by the fact that someone has been phoning us off and on during the day and trying to convince us that our guests tonight, The Damned, are not a punk rock band. And punk rock fairly clearly means something entirely different to Americans. Anyway, we’ll hear a lot of music that may be punk rock, and a lot that certainly is. "
Damned, session#1. Recorded 1976-11-30.
Damned: So Messed Up (session)
Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard (LP - Nuggets) Elektra
Iggy & The Stooges: Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell (LP - Raw Power) Embassy
Eddie & The Hotrods: Horseplay (Weary Of The Schmaltz) (single) Island
Damned: Neat Neat Neat (session)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids: Blank Generation (EP) Stiff
Television: Little Johnny Jewel Part 1 (single) Ork
Tuff Darts: Slash (LP - Live At CBGB’s) Atlantic
Pere Ubu: Final Solution (LP - Max’s Kansas City 1976) Ram Stereo
Damned: New Rose (session)
Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK (single) EMI
Fast: Boys Will Be Boys (LP - Max’s Kansas City 1976) Ram Stereo
New York Dolls: Personality Crisis (LP - New York Dolls) Mercury
Saints: (I’m) Stranded (single) Power Exchange
Damned: Stab Your Back (session)
Shadows Of Knight: 'Light Bulb Blues (7 inch)' (Dunwich)
Ramones: 'California Sun/I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You (7 inch-B side of I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend)' (Sire)
DOWNLOAD the Punk Rock Special,10/12/1976,HERE!
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Its Christmas boys and girls, so that can only mean one thing! Its time for the complete Santa Dog download, so you can amuse your family around the Christmas Turkey.
Contained within this attractive RAR file is every available version of Santa Dog made by those loveable Residents people from 1972 to 2006. What more could a sane person want for Christmas?MERRY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL FROM DIE OR D.I.Y?
DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE SANTA DOG HERE!!!!!!!
Thursday, 22 December 2011
The Next Hero of D.I.Y. isn't Human, but I bet you often ask yourself where the Fucking Hell did Whitehouse get all those screechy squalls of hideous noise from?
Yes, it was the Electronic Dream Plants WASP synthesiser. It had no proper keyboard,and ran on batteries. But crucially for our DIY chums, it was less expensive by a country mile than yer mini moogs and other prog rock icons.
A quirky little synthesizer that, despite its toyish look, is quite capable of some nasty analog sounds. It really is black and yellow too, just like the insect it is named for. Probably its most distinguishing feature is the keyboard and its non-moving touch-sensitivekeys. That's right, the flat little keys are only sensitive to your electro-static touch. It's nifty technology for 1978, but in reality they are difficult and unreliable to play. There's also a little speaker built-in to the synth and EDP's own pre-MIDI connectors for linking to other Wasps and EDP gear.A look under the hood, however, reveals some surprises. The WASP is powered by two digital oscillators supported by analog filters, envelopes and controls. This makes it one of the earliest digital/analog hybrid synthesizers to come in such a compact package, and it sounds great!
This was just the piece of equipment that could grace your new amateurish tune, and was used widely in the DIY world around 1980. Its squirty belch was heard most notably on the opening track of The Door And The windows "Detailed Twang" album, "Dads". Where it provided the lead melody,played with the usual virtuosity by Nag,or was it Bendle? Who cares, its a transcendental moment from a transcendental album.
Don't let the fact that Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran used one of these put you off, this thing is a classic instrument of DIY , sitting comfortably alongside cardboard boxes,plastic buckets, and cheap secondhand organs. So if you've got a spare 500 quid hanging around idle, get on eBay and buy yourself a classic piece of history.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Pub Rock, the birth of do it yourself music. From 1970 to 1976 there was no Rock'n'Roll on record, you had to make it yourself and play it in shit pubs. This is where The Stranglers (and the Sexy Pistols) came from. And as a result, cometh the most influential Bass player of aaaalllllllll time, the one and only Jean Jacques Burnel.
Combining aggression, melody and fluidity. Burnel's arpeggios, runs and barracuda bass were an integral part of the initial Stranglers sound. And also demonstrated to the legions of frustrated wanna-be guitarists, that you can make great tunes with the Bass as a lead instrument; therefore binning off the need for Chord structures. One string at a time was all those spotty youths needed to join the musical revolution of the late 70's. Peter Hook, a bass player of equal stature in the DIY sphere of influence , would never have thought of this before hearing the Stranglers.Then took it to its logical zenith,and launched a tidal wave of Hook Clones onto a unappreciative public.A truly unique sound, played through several fucked up speakers, coupled with an innovative 'Lead Bass' technique, make J.J. Burnel one of the true musical Hero's of DIY. He made the Illusion of musicianship seem simple and accessable.
Another valuable contribution this bilingual Francophone made to DIY culture, was his excellent, studio downtime, high budget DIY sound emulation, that was the "Euroman Cometh" album from 1979. This could have easily been a tape from some underground label in Scunthorpe, but no, it was on United Artists, by a member of a hit group. It even reached a surprising number 40 in the uk charts!?
03 Freddie Laker (Concorde & Eurobus) (MP3 sample Track)
05 Deutschland Nicht Über Alles
06 Do the European
07 Tout Comprendre
08 Triumph (of the Good City)
09 Pretty Face
11 Eurospeed (Your Own Speed)
A Download Cometh HERE!
Saturday, 17 December 2011
As far as i can see this is more or less exactly the same as the later cassette "Ships Not yachts" as released on Big Turkey.
I've already typed many a superlative about Jackdaw With crowbar (JWC) earlier in this blogs' life span, so I won't repeat myself, just download and enjoy this great cassette.
Check out more JWC here , here! ,here!? , HERE!!?? , and Here???!!!?
|B1||New Right Wing|
|B5||Roll Over Rover|
|B6||$on Of Bran|
|B7||Sailor Soul Survivor|
DOWNLOAD this Bumpercrop HERE!
Friday, 16 December 2011
A compilation of female fronted bands included here mainly for the inclusion of The Petticoats three tracks; which are the studio versions of the tracks she recorded for her solitary Peel Session from 1980. Naturally its great stuff,especially the bits where her German accent breaks through.
Good though The Petticoats are, I am astounded at the shear scale of popularity she seems to have .No-one on this blog has had the number of hits in one day that the post of her single got!
Can someone explain why this is?
The other artists involved are of the minimal electronic variety,and are pretty good in their own right.
|A3||Petticoats* –||Life - No|
|A4||Sole Sister –||Waterfall|
|A5||Sole Sister –||Learner Driver|
|B1||Sub Verse –||Still Friends|
|B2||Sub Verse –||Science Of Fear|
|B3||Sub Verse –||Chance Romance|
|B4||Sole Sister –||It's Not What You Are But How|
DOWNLOAD some Scaling Triangles HERE!
Thursday, 15 December 2011
dUE TO THE OVERWHELMING POPULARITY OF THE pETTICOATS SINGLE POST, FROM A FEW DAYS AGO. i BRING Y'ALL THE NEAR-LEGENDARY pETTICOATS jOHN PEEL SESSION FROM OCTOBER 1980!
Now i realise that the caps lock was on, I will remove it, and marvel at the three tracks that were broadcast twice,and then lost forever in the vast vaults of the magnificent BBC archives. The sound quality is not hi-fi standard, but that was never the objective of Stef petticoats' solo band anyway.
She plays all the instruments, which is probably why she only managed three tracks in a day at Maida Vale Studios.
And to further enlighten you all to the mechanations of Stef's brain, there now follows an interview with said lady, that she gave to No Class.co.uk in 2008:
What's your favourite punk rock song?
There are so many! I cannot decide. I think Patti Smith's Free Money was the first who blew my mind. Then The Sex Pistols, Ramones, Fall, Au Pairs, ATV, etc.
Can you tell me about any interest from major record labels?
What did your family think of your records?
They were happy for me but at the same time worried over my financial future. Rightly so!
Is the world ready for a Petticoats revival?
Some people tell me yes, but I don't believe in a revival. I am surprised though, about the amount of fans I have, especially in the USA.
Who do you listen to, musically?
A wide variety of music, old punk stuff - I love my old John Peel tapes, old soul, Amy Winehouse, indie stuff like Times New Viking, The Gossip, newer Women's music like Le Tigre, etc., swing.
Are any of your old records still available?
The Petticoats single is. I am currently selling them to various record shops and individual people. A few Scaling Triangles are also around.
Will you gig again?
I sing in a soul choir and have gigs with them. I hope to do the occasional gig with my last band 69 Lies.
Do you remember the Androids of Mu? Are you still in touch with anyone from the band?
I do remember them. Their singer Corrina had the idea of the Making Waves compilation. I have lost contact with them.
Check out Stef's Website Here!
DOWNLOAD yer Petticoat Peel Session HERE! (re-upped)
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
After finding a disturbing lack of a Diagram Brothers session on the web, I find it my duty to make this work of undeniable genius available to the public.It includes the best recorded version of 'Bricks', and further superior versions of their other hits. This is progressive post-punk at its very best.
Track Listing for 1980 session:
1 - Bikers
2 - Bricks
3 - There Is No shower
4 - We Are All Animals
Track Listing for 1981 Session:
1 - I didn't Get Where I am today By Being A Right Git!
2 - My Bad Chest Feels Much Better Now.
3 - Postal Bargains.
4 - Those Men In white Coats.
DOWNLOAD a vital piece of 1980 and 1981 HERE!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
I've got an awful lot of Instant Automatons Stuff hanging about in my hard drive that isn't complete or is homeless; and as they appear to be popular with certain members of the Die or DIY? readership/listeners out there, I have cobbled together a Retrospective of sorts to further demonstrate the hissy majesty of Mark Automaton and Protag.(As seen above with Technology).
You can also check out two of their early cassettes , "Blues Masters of the Humber Delta" and "Tape Transport" by clicking on the highlighted titles,just so.
'Twas late 70's in Grimsby, North Lincolnshire, United kingdom, and the dawn of Free music. The Instant automatons, gave you all their work for FREE, if you sent them a blank c-60 and a stamped addressed envelope. This is now commonplace amongst us bloggers,and file sharers, but in 1979 this was a principled attack on the corporate fascists of the record industry.
I'll leave it to Mark Lancaster (aka Automaton) to explain the politics of Free Music in his own words:
"One concept that is most closely associated with The Instant Automatons is that of "Free Music". It is also, I have discovered, a concept that is widely misunderstood.
Free Concerts have been around for ages, of course. That's something that, even in our materialistic society, people can get their head around. You go to the gig, you see the band, you leave; it's ephemeral - there's nothing concrete for you to hold in your hand, so you don't feel uncomfortable with the idea.
Our view was exactly the same - and I would have felt as uncomfortable asking people to pay for my words and music as I would have done asking them to pay for the carbon dioxide I exhaled or the nitrogenous waste that came out the other end.
I have to state this (to me) rather obvious fact, because I have been misunderstood in the past.
In my last year of school I tried my hand at sculpture. The piece I produced was an emaciated human figure, rendered in wire and plaster. Although it was essentially just a poor imitation of the works of Alberto Giacometti, the art teacher took a liking to it and said he would pay me £5 for it. I said if he liked it that much, he could have it for nothing.
He was horrified, and proceeded to give me a lecture about how, if one artist should give his work away, then all the other struggling artists would not be able to make a living, and no one would then want to become an artist and there would be no art. Then, presumably, Western Civilization would crumble. (You think I'm making this up, don't you? It's all true, I swear!)Given my well-publicised contempt for the faculty of my alma mater, I'm sure you realise that this tirade just served to strengthen my resolve. I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that since that day I have never made a single penny from any creative work I have produced, whether it be words, music, photography or graphic design.
Hints For The Housewife (Deleted Records DEC003):
The Machine Takes Over
Nigel Wouldn't approve
Underneath the Wardrobe
Eating people no 2
Not So Deep As A Well (Cd-r 2002):
|Ignorance Is Bliss||2:10|
|Drunk In Woolwich (On New Year's Eve)||3:04|
|Short Haired Man (In A Long Haired Town)||2:35|
|No Identifiable Sign Of Life||2:52|
|When The Pubs Close (Denmark St. Version)||2:25|
|Ballad Of The New Things||5:43|
|So It's Come To This||2:53|
|Gillian Is Normal (Boyce-Codd 2002 Remix)||2:56|
|Nothing Ever Happens To Me (Sam 'N' Ella Remix)||5:04|
Peter Paints His Fence EP (Deleted Records DEP001) 1980:
|A1||Nice Job For The Lad||2:45|
|B4||People Laugh At Me (Coz I Like Weird Music)||2:52|
|B5||John's Vacuum Cleaner||3:19|
|B6||Peter Paints His Fence||2:00|
Radio Silence(The Art Of Human Error) - (Deleted Records DEC001) 1979:
Weird Noise EP (Fuck Off Records) 1980
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Sunday, 11 December 2011
From bedroom land in downtown Grimsby, cometh The Instant Automatons, the Grandaddys of the Cassette scene of the late 70's early eighties........and they played live too!
Mark and Protag stepped out from the safety of the bedroom and churned out these fine performances to a disbelieving world between 1980 and 1982. The recorded sound of sparce applause can be heard.(The Instant Auto's can be seen pictured above,with un-named member,performing at Acklam Hall's Street Level Festival 1980-ish).
"Strange people from the North descending on the capital with only a drum machine for company. The Idiot Ballroom our Grouchos, gigs at Meanwhile Gardens with Trellick Tower (the tallest flatblock in Europe) as a backdrop. Mark intoning "Too big, too big" while Protag groped at his bass with insect hands. The sweet madness of free concerts. The discovery of "Bad Music" – now known as "LO-FI". Using no budget to create joy. Doing it all because we cared.
Where was this strange planet called Scunthorpe? Will we ever see their like again? I hope so, but I'm not so sure.
Treasure this document of weirdness – if we aim for the moon we might just get up the stairs.
Instant Automatons, we salute you..."
Track Listing, but not necessarily in this order!!!
Nothing Ever Happens To Me
Ignorance Is Bliss
Short Haired Man
Too Big/The Story Of My Wife
Eyes Like Saucers/Scared To Be Alone
Drunk In Woolwich
Baby, Burn Your Clothes
The New Dylan
Brains Under Glass
Failure (Is Just A State Of Mind)
The tracks in this collection were recorded at the following venues:
Blue Moon Festival, Nenthead, Cumbria
Idiot Ballroom, Clarendon Hotel, Hammersmith, London
Huddersfield Polytechnic, West Yorkshire
Nenthead Village Hall, Cumbria
Acklam Hall, London
|The Instant Automatons were:|
vocals, saxophone, harmonica, kazoo
guitar, vocals, drums on Drunk In Woolwich
bass, keyboard-bass-pedal-thingy, very occasional vocals
Drum Machine :
|Extra special guest artistes:|
drums on Baby Burn Your Clothes
drums on Failure, guitar on Drunk In Woolwich
guitar on Drunk In Woolwich
The Casual Labourers:
backing vocals on Drunk In Woolwich
wearing a fez on The New Dylan
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Saturday, 10 December 2011
A DIY classic recorded at the mecca of 'weird noise', Street Level. Its doesn't say if Grant Showbiz or Kif Kif were at the controls, but its sounds like they were for these three B-sides of sublime year zero pop. Stef Petticoat plays all the instruments, Mike Oldfield style, and manages to sound uncannilly like a proudly untutored group of strangers. The ease in which she totally de-prog's the Who's rock opera classic, 'I'm Free', is beyond admiration; in which you can actually believe that she is Free, as in free from the manacles of rock cliché. ( I never really believed Daltrey when he screeched the same words in Tommy). Also looking at the photo's, she seems to be a bit of a Nutjob, which I like, if genuine.So often they turn out to be University Lecturers or something even more Terrible.( Did you know Genesis P.Orridge was some kind of University Lecturer in History, before TG!...shocking huh?)
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Friday, 9 December 2011
Like The Prats and Eater, The Slits had an underage member, one Ari Up, some posh german aristocrat who hung out at blues parties. They made a major label album, "Cut" for Island, with drafted in session men,and top reggae producers, which,although sounded good at the time, I nmow know to be a complete and utter 'SELL OUT'. That coupled with a german princess talking jamacian patois, and you have a truly sickening cocktail.
But, before selling out, they were a feral super nova of previously unseen proportions. Witnessing them live was like watching a pack of hyena's stripping bare a corpse; the corpse in this case being Rock'n'Roll, and there ain't nuffin' more Rock'n'Roll than that!
This was only captured on audio in their 1977 peel sessions,and this cassette recorded racket from squatland, London. (Is that anywhere near Squatney, where the young Spinal Tap came from? Ed.)
We have the non-selling out Pop Group to thank for this archive release, on their Y Records imprint; morroring their own official bootleg release, "We Are Time", from the same year.
These primal paint-stripping rain dances are like having your brains scraped out with broken finger nail extentions, then shit on , grilled, and force fed back to you; and you WILL enjoy it.
I think the following quote from the uber-pretentious 'Lipstick Traces' by Greil Marcus, sums up the situation very nicely; couldn't have written better myself.........does that make me pretentious too?....Y' know I think it probably does!.....ok I admit it I am pretentious! Happy now?????
"All the Slits really left behind is an object screaming with muteness: a nameless lp in a blank bootleg sleeve. I like to think the disc is called 'Once upon a time in a living room,' but there's no way to be sure; with phrases scrawled at random across the label in lieu of titles, you have to decide the names of the songs from the choices offered. 'A Boring Life,' then: once the music starts I've never tried to understand a word.
One Slit giggles; a second asks, 'You ready?,' another answers 'Ready?' as if she never could be, then the fourth returns the giggle like Alice diving down the rabbit hole: 'Ah, ah, OH NOOOOO -' It's the last sound you hear at the crest of a roller coaster, and in the dead pause that follows you have time to remember Elvis in Sam Phillip's Sun studios in 1955, setting up 'Milkcow Blue Boogie' with a little rehearsed dialogue ('Hold it, fellas! That don't move me! Let's get real, real gone for a change!'), except that the Slits' dialogue is too trivial to have been rehearsed, let alone lead anywhere, and then the silence is collapsed by an unyielding noise. This compressed drama - embarrassment to anticipiation, hesitation to panic, silence to sound - is what punk was all about.
The Slits were Ari Up, lead singer; Palmolive, drums; Viv Albertine, guitar; Tessa, bass. The Rolling Stone Rock Almanac entry for 11 March 1977: 'The Slits make their stage debut, opening for the Clash at the Roxy in London... [They] will have to bear the double curse of their sex and their style, which takes the concept of enlightened amateurism to an extreme... The Slits will respond to charges of incompetence by inviting members of the audience on stage to play while the four women take to the floor to dance.' A line from an old Jamaican 45 comes to mind - from Prince Buster's 'Barrister Pardon,' the finale to his Judge Dread trilogy, the tale of an avenger come from Ethiopia to rid the Kindston slums of its rude-boy holligans. Across three singles he sentences teenage murderers to hundreds of years in prison, jails their lawyers when they have the tmerity to appeal, reduces everyone in the courtroom to tears, then sets everyone free and highsteps down from the bench to lead the crowd in a cakewalk: 'I am the judge, but I know how to dance.' With 'A Boring Life,' the Slits judged every other version of rock 'n' roll: 'Milkow Blues Boogie,' 'Barrister Pardon,' the crummy official records they themselves would make after their moment had passed.
Nothing could keep up with it. Shouting and shrieking, out of guitar flailings the group finds a beat, makes a rhythm, begins to shape it; the rhythm gets away and they chase it down, overtake it, and keep going. Squeaks, squeals, snarls, and whines - unmediated female noises never before heard as pop music - course through the air as the Slits march hand in hand through a storm they themselves have created. It's a performance of joy and revenge, an armed playground chant; every musical chance is taken, and for these women playing the simplest chord was taking a chance: their amateurism was not enlightened.
'No more rock 'n' roll for you / No more rock 'n' roll for me,' goes a drunken moan elsewhere on the record, echoing the Sex Pistols' chorus for no-future - some unidentified man was singing, maybe a guy running the tape recorder, but it was the Slits' affirmation that whatever they were doing, they wouldn't call it rock 'n' roll. This was music that refused its own name, which meant it also refused its history - from this moment, no one knew what rock 'n' roll was, and so almost anything became possible, or impossible, as rock 'n' roll: random noise was rock 'n' roll, and the Beatles were not. Save for the buried productions of a few cult prophets - such American avatars as Captain Beefheart, mid-1960s garage bands like Count Five or the Shadows of Knight, the Velvet Underground and the Stooges of the late 1960s, the New York Dolls and Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers of the early 1970s, and the reggae voice of gnostic exile - punk immediately discredited the music that preceded it; punk denied the legitimacy of anyone who'd ever had a hit, or played as if he knew how to play. Destroying one tradition, punk revealed a new one.
Looking back, it remains possible to take this version of the rock 'n' roll story for the truth, as the whole story - not because the music punk discredited was worthless, but because what little remains of the Slits' music allows you to imagine that the sound they made communicated more completely and more mysteriously than the most carefully crafted work of anyone who came before or after. 'A Boring Life,' heard as it was made in 1977 or heard a decade later, rewrites the history of rock 'n' roll."
- A Boring Life
- Face Place
- No 1 Enemy
- Or what is it?
- Bongos on the lawn
- Let's do the Split
- No more Rock and Roll for you [Sister Ray] / Once upon a time in a living room
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011
|7||Die Todten Reyten Schnell||5:34|
|8||Jesus Had A P.A.||4:16|
|9||The Alliance|| |
|10||Disco Pope (Live)||3:11|
|Peel Session - 13/09/1979|
|11 Prats II||2:49|
|13 Jesus Had a PA||1:46|
|14 You're Nobody||2:39|
|15 Prats I||2:02|
|16 Poxy Pop Groups||2:03|
|17 Strange Interlude||2:00|
|18 A Day in Life of Me|
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