Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Various Artists - "Where The Hell Is Leicester?" (S+T Records STAB 1,1981)


1 Leicester 44 37 96
2 Burnley 44 34 89
3 Derby 44 30 81
4 QPR 44 15 76
5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 Nottm Forest 44 7 65
As I type this, my Favourite Football team, the magnificent Leicester City FC, are seconds away from claiming the Championship Trophy, following their well deserved promotion to the English Premier League.
As a Football club, Leicester have a lot in common with the DIY music genre, like; Lack of Ambition, working on a minuscule budget, poor skills made up for by honest passion, all played out in front of a small but fanatical audience.
Unlike DIY music, following Leicester City is not a choice,as this is the place of my birth.Choosing to support Man United,would be like buying One Direction singles above a Danny and the Dressmakers cassette,just a no-brainer!?
Especially now that Man United will never win the Premership for at least another twenty years!
YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!......its full time, Bolton 0 - 1 Leicester!
We are the champions.......and as you can see from the handy table above, local rivals Derby are stranded in the play-offs, and the reprehensible Forest are doomed to stay in the Championship for alllll eternity...Pleease!?

Therefore, I will now dedicate the following days to Bands/artists from this fair city, as a celebration.Starting with the legendary "Where the Hell is Leicester Compilation from 1981.

(Note for Americans: Football = Soccer, and Leicester is pronounced - Less- ster, not, Lie - cest - er!)

At the time of this compilation lp,Terry 'the housewives favourite Radio 2 DJ' Wogan's current running joke was........ ,and it is hilarious, that nobody knew where Leicester was! As with most 'jokes' there is a certain element of truth involved in this, as most people don't really know where it is,and they all think we (yes i am from Leicester,and i know where it is), speak with a Birmingham accent(the brummy accent stops after Coventry at the end of the M69 ,and before Hinckley). Hence the title of this record.
Leicester always had a thriving music scene, producing such greats(*I'm being ironic here) as Family, Kasabian*, Yeah Yeah Noh, Prolapse, Gaye Bikers On Acid, Crazyhead, Volcano The Bear, Bomb Party, Basement Jaxx, Englebert Humperdinck, Scouts of Uzbekistan, and the greatest of the lot, Showaddywaddy. Also represented on this comp are the groops on the edge of it all, including DIY legends, The Deep Freeze Mice; who even feature on the annoyingly trainspottery Nurse With Wound list. But i am mystified at the absence of anything from cassette legends The Midnight Circus ( see previous post of Angst In My Pants)and,or, The Barron Balls!. Not quite in the league of the two Manchester compilations posted earlier,but it has its moments, like the 'Modern Living' track, and Ronnie Slicker and The Banditz,etc.

"Where the Hell is Leicester?"......in the facking Premier League Mate!

Track Listing:

The Danceable Solution - You Don't Know My Name
Tribal Games - Plastic Jah
Amber Squad - Six Of Me
Deep Freeze Mice - Minstrel Radio Yoghurt
Ronnie Slicker & The Banditz - Disco Music
Mental Notes - Is He Such A Fool?
The Silent - Ambition
Modern Living - Drink Is A Drug
Last Resort - Stepping On The Cracks
Observers - Crisis
New Age - Can't Get In
Future Toys - R.C.U.

DOWNLOAD TO FIND OUT WHERE LEICESTER IS HERE!

4 comments:

bill said...

Massive congrats to all Leics and may you spread a bit of sanity in the PL madness. God knows there's little of it at the top end. All the best LC!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Leicester City for their win.
As far as this record goes, I believe that I got it from DIYORDIE v1 and wasn't particularly impressed (I promise to revisit sometime in the near future), though it was still nice to put a sound to a vision.

NathanG

Jonny Zchivago said...

I know what you mean Bill. personally I would prefer to just win the league and stay in the championship,but it makes a change to play someone different. It does mean we are on Match of the Day and i don't have to stay up so late to watch the Football league show....even later in France cus we are one hour ahead!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Ahn Die or DIY v.1, them was the days!