Classic cassette DIY from Leicester,UK.....your author's hometown, and a hot bed of DIY activity throughout the 80's.
Leicester has its fair share of showbiz legends; Englebert Humperdinck, the magisterial Showaddywaddy, Family, Gaye Bikers On Acid, Kasabian(Mmmmm?),the Attenboroughs,the Elephant Man....the list goes on.
(I lived near Ric Grech from Family/Blind Faith/Traffic, in the early eighties.He was broke wrecked on drugs and alcohol,and was pushed around in a wheelchair by a mate who wore a cowboy hat and an eye-patch; and had to live on my council estate in a flat.How the mighty fall eh? He tragically died not long after i last saw him and his mate slagging off the OAP's with some choice expletives at my bus stop for ogling him and his friend.)
Never mentioned is The Midnight Circus, who never played a gig to my knowledge, and made several impossibly obscure cassettes in the early 1980's.
It's classic sounding Cassette based DIY, upturned buckets and tin cans for drums, cheap fuzz guitar, drum machine and the obligatory short wave radio.
This is suburban folk at its finest, until they tried to make 'proper music' in the latter part of their career.
This happens to all the best bands when enticed from their natural environment. rather like how a teenager loses what made their drawings fantastic when they were pre-teen, as they try to emulate what they think a grown up draws like. This is a mistake that can take years to unlearn, the same tragically applies to music.
So ignore the poorly crafted tunes at the end of this compilation, with their synthesizers and their well recorded bass lines, and relish the innocence of the first 18 tracks in all their muffled brilliance.
|1||Leather & Lace||1:55|
|2||Song Of Experience & Imagination #2||4:22|
|9||Which Was Wrong?||1:23|
|11||The Hedonist Jive||2:41|
|12||Talk To Me||3:19|
|14||Recognise The Man||2:57|
|17||Obsession & Guilt||2:58|
|18||The New Age||2:11|
Tracks 1 to 4 from the cassette The Bland Craze
Tracks 5 to 9 from the cassette Pre-Natal Counselling
Tracks 10, 11 from the double EP Angst In My Pants
Tracks 12 to 14 from the cassette Do Modern Atoms Wear Fashionable Clothes?
Tracks 15, 16 from the cassette Galvanising The Dead
Tracks 17 to 21 previously unreleased
Sorry the files are M4a, i lost the mp3 files and i can't be bothered to convert 'em!
DOWNLOAD the midnight circus HERE!