Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Blackpool Rox E.P." ( Vinyl Drip Records ‎– drip 001) 1980

George Formby once sang,suggestively, about his 'little stick of Blackpool Rock'...then...nothing, until John Robb sorted out this EP of Bands from Blackpool.
Naturally featuring The Membranes, with their best ever tune in all its DIY glory, and the most famous doomy dance band from Lancashires premier seaside resort, Section 25....being suitably 'Doomy'.
The other two groups are yer standard New Wave power pop combos of which there were several in any UK town ,village or linear settlement that you'd care to mention.
My UK Seaside resort of choice was always Skegness, mainly due to its geographical location to Leicester(my birthplace,if you didn't know,or care?).....i'm not sure if there was ever a compilation of local Post-punkers from Skeggie,but there should have been.They did have a disco called 'Spangles' after all?
Its catchphrase was,amusingly, "It's Bracing", due to the high winds that whipped up a sandstorm every summer on the beach. I say 'Beach', but it was more like a sewage farm.At low tide me and me sister had to negotiate the untreated sewage and fully intact human turds (not the holiday makers, actual Turds!), to get to paddle in the rancid brown waters of 'The Wash'/North Sea.
A rather 'gay' looking plump fisherman called 'the Jolly Fisherman' was the local mascot to pull in the working class punters from the East Midlands of England and fleece them of their hard earned L.S.D...pounds, shillings and pence to those of you decimalised types....absolutely NOT Lysergic Acid.No drugs in Skeg in those days....or should I say no Skag in Skeg?
Believe it or not, I enjoyed it all immensely(Noooo,not the Drugs, the amusement arcades and stuff!)!?.....we're such a bunch of spoiled brats these days!
I saw all the legends at the Pier Theatre; Tommy Cooper, Ray Allen and Lord Charles, Ken Dodd,Norman Collier, and Norman Wisdom,to whom my mum dragged me to get the autograph of after the show....sucessfully I may add.The only other act I ever got the signature of were Napalm Death!? Also, the Skegness Pier Theatre was the place where i saw my first Pop Group....yep..it was Gerry and the Pacemakers!? This magical place was sadly swept away into the sea by a severe gale in 1978; along with the traditional British summer holiday.
Blackpool seemed like Las Vegas to me and my family.....those bloody bourgeois Northerners didn't know how lucky,or otherwise, they were.No wonder they all moved to London.

Tracklist:

A1 –The Membranes - Ice Age
A2 –Section 25 - Red Voice
B1 –The Kenneth Turner Set - Overload
B2 –Syntax - Dot Dot 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Gods Gift ‎– "Pathology 1979-1984" (Hyped To Death ‎– Messthetics #218) 2009


Jandek Monday is sadly cancelled today,due to unpalatable weather conditions!.....he will return next monday,internet willing.
So,to wrap up the subject of Manchester we have......
Another Manchester Musicians Collective band, as heard on "Unzipping The Abstract",who patently wish they were The Fall,but the best they could do was The Fall without Mark Edward Smith...ie 'Ark' (I think they were called)...or even worse, 'Brix Smith and the Extricated'!!!!?
Track one ,however, could have been a stadium yob-rock anthem, a la, Kasabian,and there are plenty of other jolly entertaining DIY alt-pop songs to help one pass a cosy evening when the internet is down....like it was today after a rather voilent thunderstorm.
My village was full of panicing peasants as if an asteroid had appeared in the sky hurtling towards us.....the end of the world....or....Gods gift?

Tracklist:

1 Anaesthetic
2 Clamour Club
3 Jaqueline's Admission
4 No God (12" Version)
5 Discipline
6 The Strong And The Weak
7 People
8 Soldiers (12" Version)
9 Good And Evil
10 People (7" Version)
11 Creeps In
12 Man Of Two Men
13 Then Calm Again
14 Nico
15 Deicide (Their Soul Is Hate)
16 Disturbed 4:31
17 Working Class Man


DOWNLOAD this gift from god HERE!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

The Manchester Mekon ‎– "No Forgetting (The Album)" (Discos Transgénero ‎– TRANS-3) 2017


Sticking in Manchester,we got the Manchester mekon,who,as members of the manchester musicians Collective, appeared on the "A Manchester Collection" compilation,on Object Music....as previously featured on these pages.
During the 'Punk Rock Revolution',there was always the visible prescence of flare wearing long-hairs who seemed to carry on as if nothing had changed.....which made them more 'Punk' than the legions of denim and leather clad sheeple that destroyed it all.
The Manchester Mekon was made up of several of such persons,who preferred King Crimson to Eater, and Frank Zappa to Slaughter and the Dogs.
Prog tendancies are indeed revealed on a few of these mostly unreleased tunes;but also a nod in the direction of fey 'indie' style songs that wouldn't have been out of place in the 'C-86' era.
Be yourself, was the mantra during the 'Punk' years,but so few actually did.
Over a period of five years (1977 - 1982) the Manchester Mekon played about fifty gigs in and around Manchester, released seven tracks on local labels and rehearsed once a week. This album covers their entire career, contains the full range of music they played and includes live recordings, studio recordings, home recordings and even rehearsals. Two tracks were previously only available on Manchester Musicians' Collective compilation albums. Some were never released, until this Cd surfaced a couple of years back.
(Check their sole EP HERE!)

"A small but brilliant body of home-spun, humbly-recorded pop and experiment that feels, to these ears, like one of the ultimate representations of the warmth and generosity of the UK DIY era."
- Jon Dale(the bloke who wrote the sleevenotes)


Tracklist:

A1 The Note 3:17
A2 The Idle Gnome Expedition 3:58
A3 The Cake Shop Device 4:57
A4 San Sebastian 2:46
A5 No Forgetting 2:54
A6 Approaching A Russian Caravan (Part I) 1:38
A7 Girl Games 2:31
B1 Book Of Toads 3:30
B2 Must Have More -> Wheels 3:19
B3 Film Music 5:06
B4 Soft Soap 3:00
B5 Ignorance Of The Crunds 5:15
B6 Jonathon Livingston Seafood 3:25


Alternomen Unlimited ‎– "Facade EP" (Object Music ‎– OM 06) 1979

The two Stevens', Miro and Solamar, also did this DIY classic EP too.More in line with the popular style of the day, these are conventional post-new wave skewed pop songs;including a peon to the 'Russell Club',home of many a Factory Records night. I think this was also included on the complete Object Singles collection "Objectivity", what you can download by clicking HERE!

Tracklist:
A Facade
B1 For Ever And Ever
B2 Connections


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Indiscreet Music ‎– "Dubious Collaberations" (Object Music ‎– OBJ 002) 1979



Another,earlier, coll-(aberation)by The Noyes Brothers, aka The Two Stevens, Solamar and Miro."A collage of improvisations full frequency claustrophobic sound", they say.
Basically a bunch of noodlings, improvistaions, and half-formed tunes, all stitched together, 'Faust tapes' style; to form two sides of an LP. Solamar and Miro's pre-punk roots are fully exposed on this one.

Tracklisting:

Side A - Part One
Side B - Part Two

DOWNLOAD this dubious pleasure HERE!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

41 Degrees ‎– "Open Heart" (41 Degrees ‎– 41/001) 1982


Along with the Noyes Brothers,another studio band, from the "Do The Maru" compilation, was '41 Degrees'; featuring ex-member of  'Slight Seconds', K.S.Eden, who were preserved for posterity as side one of the "Waiting Room" shared album.
Strangely I write this at a time when the outside temperature (here in southern France) has hit 41 degrees,and has been hovering around a similar level for months!Even worse I will be working outdoors in this punishing heat as this text is being published......no fun.
Back in 1982, Manchester would have been a lovely grey, rainy, place;instead of the parched dry desert it has been this summer......Its gonna get worse, not better!
Of course I refer to climate change, which should be a similar inspiration for creativity as the nuclear doom which hung over our heads in 1982.....so where is it? With the onset of the new popularism, even nuclear doom is back on the agenda. Com' on kids get it together ffs!
This hopelessly obscure album, features various Object Music backroomers to back up what is essentially a K.S.Eden solo album. (Steve Miro appears,as usual).
Its a self-released and forgotten Post-Punk/Post Prog classic,full of interesting experimental pop that sank before it ever had a chance to surface.

Tracklist:

A1 Paradise Lost
A2 Silent Towns
A3 Tonight
A4 Adaptation
A5 Forgotten Spirits
B1 White Flowers
B2 A Humming Sound
B3 Who Knows Tomorrow
B4 The Spirit Moves
B5 Face To Face (Over And Out)
B6 November


DOWNLOAD 41 degrees of something HERE! 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Noyes Brothers ‎– "Sheep From Goats" (Object Music ‎– OBJ 009/010) 1980


The Two Stevens, or The Two Ronnies (any excuse to sdd a link to the Fork Handles sketch), of DIY-Garde in Manchester, were Steve Solamar, of The Spherical Objects, and Steve Miro, without his 'Eyes' this time(as in Steve Miro and the Eyes right?). Collectively they called themselves The Noyes Brothers.
As previously featured as side two of the "Do The Maru"compilation,The Noyes Brothers project extended to four sides of vinyl, called "Sheep From Goats".
'Experimental'is the genre this stuff is usually filed under in yer iTunes collection.....not quite experimental enough to earn the golden moniker of 'other' however.
Here's the Brothers, ticking both the 'Good Looking' and 'Youthful' Boxes.

Tracklist:

OBJ 009
A1 Impending Doom
A2 Away We Go
A3 Repercussion
A4 Bo Scat Um I.D.
A5 Marlene
A6 Night Sky Vision
A7 Byte To Beat
B1 Why Did It Fade
B2 I Am You
B3 On The outside
B4 Dream
B5 Archetypal Memory
B6 It Must Be Vibration
B7 Pointless
B8 The Mutant
B9 Ingmar The Dog
B10 Some Times


OBJ 010
C1 Outnuendo
C2 Decision Time
C3 Pnumonia Bridge
C4 Resurrection In Chaos Minor
C5 Do End New Out
D It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Monday, 6 August 2018

Jandek ‎– "The End Of It All" (Corwood Industries ‎– Corwood 0775) 2004


No,It's not the end of it all, it's Jandek Monday, and this is "The End Of It All" CD. It might seem and sound like the end of it all, but the earth and indeed, Jandek himself, carried on existing another 14 years and counting after this baleful whine was recorded.
I quite like the sound of the guitar abuse on this one,which has a grisly metallic chime quility,as recorded in an empty bathroom.

Tracklist:
1 One Of Those Moments 20:15
2 I Hadn't Been There Before 5:49
3 They Don’t Matter At All 5:36
4 I Met You 8:12


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Do The Maru" (Object Music ‎– OBJ 014) 1981


A bit more self-indulgence never hurt anyone right?

Punk Rock's main message was that it was possible for anyone to do what they wanted to do,like the Hippies before them; except joe public actually listened the second time around.Mainly because the musicians in the Hippy era were far too intimidatingly good at what they did, so no one had the confidence to do anything themselves.
The Prog Rock era firmly nailed down the lid on any lingering ambition to be a pop star.
Frustrated Proggers were the unlikely beneficiaries of the fall-out from The Sex Pistols debacle, as now they could play the music they loved without having to be a member of 'Yes'.
Doubtless Steve Solamar, founder of Object Music,witnessed The infamous Pistols gig at the Lesser FreeTrade Hall and was inspired to start his record label,and form The Spherical Objects.
This gave him and his chums the chance to be self-indulgent and make a few post-prog workouts,some of which surfaced on Object Music.Back in 78/79 punk punters were so desperate to buy any 'punk' product that virtually everything and anything would sell out.
This shared compilation found Solamar and long time friend and collaborator, Steve Miro,appearing as The Noyes Brothers,to make a side-long synth and beatbox krautrock/punk hybrid, 'Good Question'.
Some bloke called Roger Blackburn, gets to be Mike Oldfield for five minutes at the end of side one, and one of the chaps from 'Slight Seconds' gets to be Manuel Gottsching for ten minutes on track two; preceeded by Solamar himself doing a fine impression of Rick wakeman if he had only one finger.

Tracklist:

A1 –Steve Solamar - Forewarned
A2 –41 Degrees -  Just...My Crazy Mind
A3 –Roger Blackburn - In Memory
B –Noyes Bros - Good Question


DOWNLOAD this maru transplant HERE!

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Waiting Room" (Object Music ‎– OBJ 007) 1980


As with most things in the 'Post-Punk' world, the Manchester area seemed to effortlessly get it right. This irreputable fact included Local band Compilations too. We've already had the superb "A Manchester Collection" (also on Object Music), and "Unzipping The Abstract", both featuring bands under the Manchester Musicians Collective umbrella. Now we find another,which is more of a 'shared' album than strictly a compilation; featuring three more Manchester musicians Collective groups.Every track is perfect UK DIY post-punk art rock. The final lengthy track, by Picture Chords, features a recording of an apoplectic neighbour, entering the rehearsal area to demand that they stop,all in a broad manchester accent.Very amusing.

Tracklist:

A1 –Slight Seconds - And ...
A2 –Slight Seconds -  Puppet On A String
A3 –Slight Seconds - Building Bridges
A4 –Slight Seconds - Where Were You?
A5 –Slight Seconds - Slight Seconds
A6 –Slight Seconds - Lost Love
A7 –Slight Seconds - Fallen (Again?)
A8 –Slight Seconds - Chameleon Lens
A9 –Slight Seconds - "Further Down The Line"
B1 –The Mediaters - Silent Battles
B2 –The Mediaters - Ego Drift
B3 –The Mediaters - Time's Your Own?
B4 –The Mediaters - The Waiting Room
B5 –The Mediaters - Mirror Image
B6 –Picture Chords - A Cause Des Voisins


Friday, 3 August 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Street To Street Volume Two" (Open Eye Records ‎– OE LP 502) 1981


As occurs with Film sequels, they are normally terrible, and up the ante by repeating the good bits from the original over and over again,by adding more of them.Like Jaws 2, where instead of one kid getting munched down in the sea, theres loads of them getting munched down.
As they were awful whiney american middle class teens, we enjoyed that immensly, never mind how shite the film was. I could watch American Teens getting liquidized all day long, its like spending hours in a flotation tank for me.....very relaxing.
Street To Street Volume 2, paradoxically, fails to learn the lessons of Jaws 2, and repeats all the worst bits from volume 1 over and over again, until you're glad there's only 10 tracks to endure.There aren't even any recordings of American Teenagers getting mutilated,to ease the seemingly endless Flock of Seagull-isms and help oneself get over the fact that this is 40 minutes you'll never get back.
I remember thinking that The Cooling Towers were ok,and 'The Thesis' is probably the best track on the album.Their second contribution is ruined by some terrible six-form Ian Cutis-isms,as the compilers try to claw back some post-punk creedence from Manchester.....and fail cluelessly.
The rest are similar in the local scenes attempt to be Section 25's less talented brother, or even Flock of Seagulls less talented cousin's sister.
I don't think the bands on here ever made it to be 'Jaws 3D'? They faded away long before they could inflict that nonsense upon us.
Apart from that i quite enjoyed it really.....I am a Flock of Seagulls fan after all(not Joking!)

Tracklist:

A1 –Egypt For Now - Days On Edge
A2 –Cooling Towers - The Thesis
A3 –Systems - Total Recall
A4 –Chinese Religion - Eden
A5 –Games - Unrest In The Real World
B1 –Games - The Song
B2 –Systems - Glare Of The Lights
B3 –Cooling Towers -  Make This Day End Soon
B4 –Egypt For Now - Soldiers
B5 –Chinese Religion - Chambers


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Street To Street - A Liverpool Album" (Open Eye Records ‎– OE LP 501) 1979


Not one of my favorite local compilations is this one,especially listening to it now; it seems even more dated these days,logically, than it did back in '79. 
Liverpool kinda missed the post-punk,and punk rock boats by some distance.Blighted by that weighty  melodic curse of the Beatles' long shadow,and wilting under the heat radiating from the northern powerhouse of Punk/post-punk capital,Manchester.
It starts off with the truly terrible 'Big In Japan',jam-packed with attention seekers ,and 'future members' of more sucessful dross......like a scouse 'London SS',but with members of the 'Bromley Contingent' instead of Generation X* (*er...wasn't Billy Idol one of the Bromley mob?) ,Damned and the Clash. Musically they had more in common with Generation X,no tunes but lots of posing. To paraphrase John Peel from the sleeve notes ,'a Quixotic conerstone' of the Liverpool scene.
Points of interest are, a track by Orchestral Manoeuveres in the Dark, before they were called Orchestral Manoeuveres in the Dark; in this case The ID. There's also an Echo and the Bunnymen track from before they had a real drummer,and used a drumbox called 'Echo';awful stuff.
The rest sounds like demos of minor chart hits from 1974,or some scally reggae numbers or melodic power pop by people who can't write melodies,sung by people who can't sing trying their level best to sing 'properly', ugh!
The only saving grace is that there's No 'Teardrop Explodes' or 'Wah!Heat!' on here.

Tracklist:

A1 –Big In Japan - Match Of The Day
A2 –The ID - Julia's Song
A3 –Jaqui & Jeanette - 194 Radio City
A4 –Modern Eon - Benched Down/70s Sixties
A5 –Activity Minimal - Television Game
A6 –Dead Trout - The Arab
B1 –Tontrix - Screen Love
B2 –The Accelerators - Radio Blues
B3 –Malchix - Crisis
B4 –Fun - I Heared You Call My Name
B5 –The Moderates - I Don't Want To Go Bald
B6 –Echo & The Bunnymen - Monkies


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Various ‎Artists – "Household Shocks" (Stark Products ‎– LPC01) 1980


In July 1980 Paul Singleton and Chris Leaning opened a record shop in Lincoln, England. It opened under the name “All Tomorrow’s Parties” — but later moved to the city center and was renamed “Parade.” Through the growing local music scene their shop became a hangout for the local punks. Then the idea for “Household Shocks”, a compilation of these punk’s bands came into fruition.
Containing rare tracks, including one DIY classic, so rare, called “Radioactive Man” by Fault 151, that it was the only song the band ever recorded;a career path that should have been followed by many other,more sucessful, groups. 

Since then 'Household Shocks' has become a time stamp on a very brief moment in early post-punk.Less than 100 copies of it were pressed on blue vinyl.

Tracklist:

1–Product Of Reason - Active Repetition
2–Thunderboys - Fashion
3–One Gang Logic -  Playtime
4–Sinking Ships - Weight Loss
5–Juveniles - Another Kind Of Guy
6–Mystery Girls - Killing Time
7–Product Of Reason - Five
8–Defectors - You Only Laughed
9–Juveniles -  Scratched Blue Vinyl
10–Sinking Ships - 3rd World
11–Fault 151 - Radiation Man
12–Urbantech - 9-5 Figment
13–Product Of Reason - Your Song
14–Thunderboys - Rich Bitch
15–Thunderboys - F.B.I.
16–One Gang Logic - The Stand


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Norwich - A Fine City" (Romans In Britain Records ‎– NERO 1) 1981


"And Now......from Norwich......it's the Quiz of the week.......'Sale Of The Century!"......the announcer said before a shite UK game show in the 1970's. I liked the Live From Norwich part, as if that was supposed to be impressive.
'I must watch that....its from Norwich!'......was never said by anyone?
I suppose that was the inspiration behind Alan Partridge being a host on Radio Norwich?
There was a time when Norwich had one of those local music scenes that cropped up every now and again, like Coventry with 'Two Tone', and Leicester with 'Grebo'. This one had no other name than It was From Norwich (Like Sale Of The Century). Led by The Higsons and The Farmers Boys, they managed to produce another one of those damned Local Compilations; "Welcome to Norwich,A Fine City".
Being stuck on a large expanse of flat farmland, Norwich was isolated somewhat from the rest of the land,so could breed its own insular kind of music.A funky brand of Post-Punk i suppose if you're being specific.
As it starts off with a song thats a tribute to the film i've seen more times than any other, "Plan Nine From Outer Space"; which i'm sad to say, i can recite all the dialogue to.
Like Dudley Manlove's famous 'Solarmanite' speech:...click here for this delight!

I know, this review is more to do with crap TV and Film than the actual album.....just indulge me will ya?.......oh yeah.....this records a cracker.

Tracklist:
A1 –The Happy Few - Plan 9 From Outer Space
A2 –The Higsons - My Love Is Bent (At Both Ends)
A3 –Screen 3 - Live And Learn
A4 –The Mohair Twins - Railway Sex
A5 –The Panic Parade - Little Games
A6 –The Clynics - Learning To Smile
A7 –Capitalist Music - Jane's Gone To France
B1 –Screen 3 - Shades Of Black
B2 –The Clynics - Eastern Exercise
B3 –The Mohair Twins - Five Hawaiian Bullets
B4 –The Happy Few - Ultimate Sanction
B5 –The Panic Parade - Blue Light Brigade
B6 –The Higsons - We Will Never Grow Old
B7 –Capitalist Music - Do You Really Love That Girl


Monday, 30 July 2018

Jandek ‎– "Glad To Get Away" (Corwood Industries ‎– Corwood 0762) 1994


Its Monday, its Jandek,Its jandek monday!Whoop-e-dooo!
With a cover almost identical to the previous album "Graven Image", this album starts off with a 'Bitter Tale' then Jandek delivers the sing-a-long hook of  ‘Hey mister can you tell me, is there a knife stuck in your face?’
I think you know where this is going? And even what this sounds like; so, as i'm dying from heat exhaustion, i'm just gonna cut'n'paste a review from the internet on the end here,to save me going over old ground again,about detuned guitars, despairing vocals and stuff.

“Sixteen years after his first album, Jandek sounds more confident in his playing, and his vocals are more up front, but his detuned/untuned acoustic guitar and depressed, stream-of-consciousness folk/blues songs remain at the core of his music... ‘Rain in Madison’ jumps out, a cracked blues-style story about... something (‘you know you can’t bring no electric devices out in the rain’). On ‘Van Ness Mission,’ he turns up the echo full blast for a disturbing ’delic journey that continues on ‘Anticipation’ like a free-style Tav Falco goin’ down slow. ‘Nancy Knows’ is an awkward but complex instrumental that clearly shows Jandek now moving his left hand around the neck of his guitar in a way very foreign to his early open-strum approach. I wonder if the tune is named for the same Nancy who sang on chair beside a window back in ’82. ‘Take My Will’ is more early blues, Jandek-style... He pulls out his harmonica for a little dylan-squeal accompaniment on ‘Plenty’. The cycles of nature are not often rapid; listen as one of nature’s strangest wonders continues to slowly ‘progress.’”
Tracklist:

1 Bitter Tale 2:25
2 Hey Mister Can You Tell Me 3:33
3 Ezekiel 2:49
4 Moon Dance 2:22
5 Flowers On My Shirt 2:36
6 Morning Drum 2:58
7 Down Clown 2:45
8 Rain In Madison 2:19
9 Van Ness Mission 3:03
10 Anticipation 3:12
11 Nancy Knows 3:10
12 Take My Will 4:03
13 Plenty 2:00

14 What 3:06

Various ‎Artists – "Rupert Preaching At A Picnic" (Naïve Records ‎– Naive 002) 1981


Another 'New Town' and Britains premier,experimental, 'Garden City' of Welwyn Garden City,on the outskirts of London, is the next destination in our trip around the more obscurer end of the UK local band compilations fad.
I had no idea where this place was until i just googled it.
Portion Control came from here,and an early, pre-industrial track from them is included here,nestling awkwardly among the Power Pop and Post-Punk choons.
The other group who made a future impression on the record buying public here, was The Marine Girls. A quoted favourite of Kurt Cobain no less,not that that's any recommendation, they included future Everything But The Girl chanteuse, Tracey Thorn;and went on to adorn the CD racks of white collar employees everywhere.

Tracklist:

A1 –The Frets - Two Choices
A2 –Elusive Diplomats - Twist And Run
A3 –Bona Dish - Actress
A5 –Life Machine - Life And Times
A5 –Köln - Dope Prohibition
A6 –Oblivion II - Sword
A7 –The Absentees - Fairytales
B1 –The Innocent Vicars - She Was My Girl
B2 –Marine Girls - Hate The Girl
B3 –Frankies Crew - Somebody
B4 –Deranged - Factory Girl
B5 –The Plugs - Bat Brain Moon Man Boiler Boy
B6 –Amatory Mass - Girl On The Corner
B7 –Eddy Steady Go - Boy Named Sue
B8 –Portion Control - Preach


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "A Warped Sense Of Human" (Peartree Records ‎– EJSP 9688) 1981


From a place more famous for its concrete cows sculptures than its music. This is a compilation of various post-punk groups from Britains premier 'New Town',Milton Keynes.
Along with the "Cows",the sculpture on the cover is called "Octo", created in 1980 by the artist Wendy Taylor and is still on display in Milton Keynes today....unlike all the bands included here.
Its all good stuff, maybe except for chunky pub rocker 'Kingsize Keen and his Rockin Machine", who are pretty terrible.
Needless to say that none of these acts were ever heard of again.

Tracklist:

A1 –Dancing Counterparts-Jacob's Room
A2 –Offbeat  - Fun City
A3 –Ethnik Minority -  Victim Of The Bomb
A4 –N.A. Pop 2000 So-so
A5 –Ticketz -  All I Want To Do
A6 –Kingsize Keen & His Rockin' Machine - Hang Over You
A7 –Fictitious - I Must Adjust
B1 –N.A. Pop 2000 - Panic In Your Mind
B2 –Fictitious - New Expression
B3 –Dancing Counterparts - Pain
B4 –Ticketz - Control
B5 –Ethnik - Minority Cult
B6 –Kingsize Keen & His Rockin' Machine - New Wavin'


Saturday, 28 July 2018

Various ‎Artists – "The Snoopies Album: The Last Remains Of A Richmond Venue" ( 1,000 Only Records ‎– RSB1) 1981


Staying in the London area with,not quite a local bands compilation,but an album of studio recordings of some of the bands who played in very posh Richmond's premier alternative music venue....."Snoopies".Which closed its doors in 1981.
Some cracking tunes on this one, including a 'Hit', with an earlier version of The Cardiacs stadium pop classic "Is This The Life?", which was a minor hit single in 1988!? 
There's plenty of classic UK DIY as well, including the Tronics and the legendary Scissor Fits!

Tracklist:

A1 –Rich & Famous - Machine Gun
A2 –The Mag 7 - Rosalind Jones's Umbrella
A3 –Tronics - I'm A Diver
A4 –The People Upstairs - Whips Leather & Other Animals
A5 –Plain Characters - I Am A.
A6 –The Trudy - The Trudy
A7 –Thirteen At Midnight - Follow Yourself
A8 –Babybabybabybaby - Supernatural
B1 –Snatch 22 - Be Like You
B2 –Sister Sister - The Blackmen Dance
B3 –Scissor Fits- Radio Teeth
B4 –M.L.R. - The Recked Rectors Of Og
B5 –The Crew - Songs Like These
B6 –The Europeans - Drink Pink Zinc!
B7 –Cardiacs - Is This The Life?


Friday, 27 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Hackney Musicians Collective" (self-released ‎– LP 1) 1981


Another London Borough with a compilation was Hackney,which straddles the boundaries between the east end and the north of the UK Capital. I suppose its been gentrified nowadays, but back in the 1980's, it was rough as old arseholes, and a breeding ground for alternative musicians.
All the groups on this record could easily have been the same band, which is great for continuity, but not great for those with eclectic tastes;but who wants to appeal to them anyway?. Every one of these aspiring also-rans could have had their very own John Peel session, or a minor hit in the alternative charts.
Its a kind of 'perfect' music for my genetic sequence, which was mutated by this sound when i was a teenager,and of course what you hear during the five year period between 13 to 18, sticks.
It's all very post-punk peel band,but a very high quality of post punk peel band.
Sometimes London based bands were far too cool for skool.

Tracklist:

A1 –Pretty Graves - T.V. Fix
A2 –The Managing Directors - Wimp Song
A3 –Nerves - Dangerous Kitchen
A4 –Lazy Lizards - Lost In The Street
A5 –Vozhd - The Moon In Hackney
A6 –N.16 - Too Late
B1 –Ivory Coasters - Bullshit
B2 –Oxy & The Morons - Vandals
B3 –The Alternative Sloane Rangers - (no title)
B4 –Fladge 200 - Macho Man
B5 –International Rescue - Your Special Friend
B6 –Badges - Who Made Me?


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Various ‎Artists – "East Of Croydon" (Nothing Shaking Records ‎– SHAK 1) 1981



Moving next door to Bromley we have Croydon. There was no Croydon Contingent of attention seeking middle class kids here. Home of the legendary Johnny Moped and the Damneds Captain Sensible, there was a different kind of Punk Rocker from this constituency. A lot sillier and out for fun rather than trying to shock their parents and be cool.The punk uniform for Croydon was still Flares and Tank Tops in 1977, just like us lot north of the watford gap.The realm of outsider punk.
Of course Croydon had to have a local compilation as well as Bromley,but the difference is that this one pisses all over "From Bromley With Love". Whereas the Bromley one trys desperately to appeal to the latest unforgiveable youth cult of  the New Romantics/Futurists, East Of Croydon is just a perfect array of post-punk/proto-indie relevance that would appeal nicely to yer average John Peel listener.
As usual, none of these bands (except maybe the Normil Hawaiians?) were ever heard of again,but we do have the complete works of Greenfield Leisure if you click HERE!

Tracklist:

A1 –Janet Armstrong - Inadequate
A2 –The Heartbeats - Funny Anymore
A3 –The Flips - Schitzo
A4 –The Big Combo - 21 Girls
A5 –Local Heroes SW9 - Another Modern Romance
A6 –Big Hair - Over You
A7 –Bobby Henry - Next Move
B1 –Calling Hearts - In The Jungle
B2 –Kan Kan - Phone Call
B3 –Sir James - The Selection
B4 –Spοοn Fazer - Fly On The Wall
B5 –A Circle Charmed - Henrietta Missing
B6 –Greenfield Leisure - Leisure
B7 –Normil Hawaiians - Dark World


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "From Bromley With Love" (Alternative Music ‎– ALT 007A) 1981


Up north from the south coast to Sarf London,and the London Borough of Bromley.....yes, that Bromley, where the horrendous 'Bromley Contingent' came from.
For those of you who didn't know, the so-called Bromley Contingent were a bunch of spoilt brats from suburban London who followed the Sex Pistols because they were the nearest they could get to following David Bowie about.This Pistols entourage contained such punk rock photo opportunites as Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux, Jordan, Soo Catwoman, and other such middle class artschool dropouts.I think they enjoyed the early exclusivness of the early Punk scene rather than the groups and art aspects,so as soon as it became marginally more popular they melted away,moaning about how it had all been ruined.....which to some extent it had,as their favourite pop Group was handed over to us 'Outsiders'. Some of this entourage were seen on that toe-curling interview with Bill Grundy and The Pistols........jeeez,times were different then.........Now come on what was the rude word?........."Shit" answered that naughty schoolboy Johnny Rotten sinking into his seat with awkwardness.......this caused an outrage which i'm sure you're all extremly bored with.Very silly stuff.
Four years or so after the Grundy debacle, the remaining residents of Bromley produced one of those Local Band compilations, that on the whole sounds as if 'Punk'had never happened.
It seems everyone in Bromley decided to buy a synthesizer, or become Classix Nouveaux or The Cure.There's a definite 'Futurist' vibe, with ambitions to hang out at 'The Blitz' with Spandau Ballet,which stinks of the former Bromley Contingents raison d'etre.
There's a couple of decent Power Pop tunes, a couple of Adult orientated Rock numbers (awful),and the odd decent Post-Punk ditty. The stand out tune is one by The Locusts, called "Lost fight", which seems to have a singer/shouter who seems not to be listening to the backing track;a technique I always admire.
As an album,this patchy compilation deserves a prize for managing to squeeze 18 tracks on 12 inches of black vinyl.So the sound quality is not of the highest standard,but hey....value for money is always desirable isn't it?

Tracklist:

A1 –Story A - Only Dreaming
A2 –20:20 System - Dresden
A3 –Hepatitis - Risk Wet Dreams (Beyond The U Bend)
A4 –Easter And The Totem - Nothing There
A5 –Easter And The Totem - One
A6 –Thin Men - Exercise
A7 –Acid Drops - Distance
A8 –Blueprint - It's Not Easy
A9 –Aquila - Without A Care
B1 –Praxis - The Insect Within
B2 –Telegents - I've Snapped
B3 –Telegents - Touch And Go
B4 –Ekofisque - Tide And Bound
B5 –Ekofisque - Maybe Tomorrow
B6 –The Contacts - Magic People
B7 –Locusts - Lost Fight
B8 –Burlesque - Collision Of Sex
B9 –The Limit - A Tidy State Of Mind


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "South Specific" (Brain Boosters Records ‎– lobotomy 01)1980

Another classic 'Local' compilation, this time from Portsmouth.
Only been to Portsmouth once, for the Championship play-off semi final in 1993.....of course Leicester won, and the local hooligans weren't best pleased. At one stage it was just me and four chums and a policeman facing a wall of angry 'pompy' fans bearing down on us on a narrow terraced street outside Fratton Park.There seemed no way to escape being hospitalised! The copper said, whilst pulling out his baton,
"Get behind me son!".....to which one replied, "you must be fucking joking,i'm off!"
So we raced back into the ground to hide for half an hour.The copper probably got a proper kicking.A noble sacrifice indeed,but sometimes cowardice has very real benefits.
When the coast was clear we skulked back to the car which was untouched amongst the surrounding damage and we escaped.Never to return again.
But,I won't hold it against them.If you supported Portsmouth you'd be angry too.
On the plus side however, Portsmouth did have a rather good local band compilation, called, as if you didn't know, "South Specific", hahaha! It had a small square of sandpaper on the cover to ruin the Lp filed next to it in you record collection;not unlike the Sandpaper covered Durutti Column album from the same year.Although I doubt it had the same pretentious situationist inspiration as the Factory Records mob did.
It was wall-to-wall new wave power pop, with the very odd exception of three tracks from Residents sound-a-likeys, Renaldo and the Loaf; with some tracks from their self-released cassette ,"Play Struvé and Sneff",from 1979.
The New Wavey stuff is all pretty good foot-tapping stuff, and contains at least one tune that should have been a number 39 smash......namely, The Chimes' "I just can't get Through To You".
What a fertile period for classic guitar driven pop it was in 1980?
It'll never happen again, but why should it? Been done, and can't be bettered.

Tracklist:
A1 –Attic - This Child Is Dead 3:17
A2 –Attic - Strange Numbers-Base Seven 3:01
A3 –Renaldo And The Loaf - A Medical Man 1:17
A4 –Renaldo And The Loaf - Bali Whine 2:26
A5 –Renaldo And The Loaf - Scottish Shuffle 3:20
A6 –Toxicomane - This Nice World 4:22
A7 –The Nice Boys - Maybe That's Love 2:37
A8 –The Nice Boys -(Remember) This Room 5:45
B1 –Dance Attack - Not Instrumental (It's A Dance Attack) 1:03
B2 –Dance Attack - Last Of The Teenage Heartaches 3:01
B3 –Dance Attack - Keep Moving 3:33
B4 –The Chimes - I Can't Smile 3:09
B5 –The Chimes - Through To You 2:46
B6 –The Chimes - Who Do I Believe? 2:05
B7 –Anna Blüm - Mourning In Yellow 4:07
B8 –The Frames - Lost In Space 2:48
B9 –The Frames - Reduced Watches 2:24


Monday, 23 July 2018

Jandek ‎– "Graven Image" (Corwood Industries ‎– Corwood 0761) 1994




"Remember Jandek Monday and keep it Holy", said the big bully in the sky.....he/it/she also said....
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"!?

In other words this anthropomorphic sado-masochistic entity;...you know...the one who demands us to love 'it' by making us shit scared of 'it';the one who used his finger to carve these words on a tablet of stone,... is saying "Don't have any Idols",which is probably the best advice he/it/she ever gave. Unless 'God' was refering to a Jandek album, in which case its the stupidest advice ever given.
Fittingly there is no Graven Image of outsider number one on the cover.Just one of those photo's that never get put in a photo album,and is just left in a pile of rejects in a plastic bag at the bottom of a cupboard. Its the same house that appears on another religiously referenced Jandek LP from the nineties, "Twelfth Apostle",but this time from the backyard looking onto the street.
The same view is used on the next album too, "Glad To Get Away"(scheduled for next monday is that one).
The songs are shorter on this,his 23rd message in a bottle which was set adrift in 1994,and washed ashore, nowhere in particular,relatively recently in public terms(in fact this was Jandeks first CD release!?).There's even a light hearted novelty tune in "Janky". There's also an accordian solo,and some ear piercing harmonica.All this augments the usual intimate moaning,soul bearing and stubbornly anti-music guitar work.Jandek remains as enigmatic and mysterious as ever; seemingly oblivious to the outside world.

Tracklist:

1 Remain The Same 1:29
2 Helena 2:04
3 Ghost Town By The Sea 3:00
4 A Real Number 2:13
5 Be Going Down 2:07
6 Nothing You Lack 2:03
7 Chilocothe 2:35
8 For You And I 2:48
9 Janky 2:27
10 Lake Lagoon 2:36
11 Philip Was Mentioned 3:01
12 Closing 2:21
13 Fishing Blues 2:44
14 Going Away My Darling 5:10
15 Going Away 2:13



Sunday, 22 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "City Walls - A Southampton Compilation" (White Elephant Records ‎– RIOCH 1) 1980



From Southend, we logically move along the coast of the UK round the corner past Kent , Sussex to Southampton. Where, like everywhere else in the UK had a compilation of local New Wave pop groups unleashed onto a disinterested public.
It includes a smorgasbord of wanna-be power poppers, cold wavers, and Noo Wavers, all busting a bloodvessel to be the new Vapors or the next Department S. Luckily I love Power Pop, and secretly wish i was in the Vapors too;complete with mullet and tiny fringe.....but as i'm bald I cry myself to sleep every night knowing this is just the dying embers of a cruel dream.
All the tracks are jolly good (which sadly includes the obligatory Punky Reggae number!), and pogo-able; which is a rarity among local band comps,of which this is one of the better ones.

Tracklist:

A1 –The Motifs - Julie
A2 –The Motifs - Disillusion
A3 –Vertical Motion - Last Chance
A4 –Vertical Motion - You've Lost The Thread
A5 –Almost Cruelty - Foetus
A6 –Almost Cruelty - Dangers Of Tranquility
A7 –Exploding Seagulls - Prefab (Buildings) !
B1 –Exploding Seagulls - Ring Pull/Takes
B2 –The Point Fives - Stabbed
B3 –The Point Fives - Next Time
B4 –Inferior Complex - Crimean War
B5 –Inferior Complex - Not Concerned
B6 –Games To Avoid - Nature Nurture
B7 –Games To Avoid - Wasteland (Crusader 80)


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Various Artists ‎– "Realities. Vol 1." (Adventures In Reality Recordings ‎– A.R.R. 001) 1982




The last Essex band to be featured are the criminally underexposed 86:Mix, from Westcliffe-on-Sea it seems?
They featured on "New Crimes Volume 1", but there seems to have been little else released;although i have been informed that they did self-release a couple of cassettes, and were considered as a possible for Namedrop records. They could have been Delta Six or an essex boy Fire Engines, but no-one was interested.
The only other tracks by 86:Mix i could find are on the debut Adventures In Reality compilation, "Realities Vol 1.", and rather excellently post-punky they are too.
Oh Yeah,....Attrition's on here too, and various other  Goth rockers, new poppers, and futurists mostly from the Coventry/Northampton area....in fact a classic compilation from a great era in Pop music.

Tracklist:

Red Side:
A1 –Trance -Instincts
A2 –Trance - Dawn Of The Dead
A3 –I Want-Myself Desired
A4 –I Want-99th Creation
A5 –By Product-You're Not One Of The Boys
A6 –Reviva Component-Black Forest Girl
A7 –Reviva Component-This Lunar Beauty
A8 –Send No Flowers-Wall Of Convention
A9 –Send No Flowers-Untitled


Blue Side:
B1 –Attrition-Hours & Hours
B2 –Attrition-Tomb
B3 –TSC - Untitled
B4 –86:Mix-Too Much The Barman
B5 –86:Mix-Custodian (Live)
B6 –The Aucadion -3 AM
B7 –The Aucadion -Closet Boys

The Sinyx ‎– "Britain Is A Mausoleum" (Grand Theft Audio ‎– GTA 065) 2005


After the kids had read all the Tabloids in 1976/7, some of the less intelligent ones absorbed the standard line and became Yobs with guitars,with an agressive thug on shouty vocals. The ones who were just making up the numbers with nothing special about them whatsoever.
Southend's Sinyx were a great example of this plague upon our shores.
They were around for around six years from 79-85, managed one ep, and an appearance on 'Bullshit Detector 1' ,despite having very little of the Anarcho-Punk about them. The hooligan lead singer evolved into a standard Skinhead, as befittin the sad decent of street punk into the new standarised territiry of 'Oi'.
All their Demo's and  solitary EP, were collected onto one CD released in the USA in 2005...and here it is......so if you like your punk wearing boots,leather jackets with studs on, and made by football hooligans, then this is for you. A nostalgia trip back to when some people carried it all on as if they had never really listened to any actual punk records,but just read about it in The Daily Mirror.
Don't wanna be Sinycal(sic)but....'Punks Not Dead' said the Exploited......yes it fucking was,and stuff like this were the nails in its coffin.

Tracklist:
7" Black Death EP (1981)
1 Death To Decadence
2 The Plague
3 Animal
4 Zulu
1st Demo (3-1-1980)
5 9.2.5. Auschwitz
6 Bullwood Hall
7 Bombs For Mental Health
8 Camouflage
9 Britain Is A Mausoleum
10 Automaton
2nd Demo (9-6-1980)
11 Death To Decadence
12 Animal
13 Suicide
14 Britain Is A Mausoleum
3rd Demo (1985)
15 Deathmonger
16 The Plague
17 Bullwood Hall
18 David's Star Is Flying High
19 Blasphemer
20 Alienation
21 Kiss Of Death
22 Animal
Live At Action Space (9-19-1980)
23 Death To Decadence
24 9.2.5. Auschwitz
25 Camouflage
26 Bombs For Mental Health
27 Bullwood Hall
28 Automaton
29 Mark For The Beast


Friday, 20 July 2018

Cold War ‎– "Irrational" (Rasquap Is Dead Tapes ‎– rid 1) 1982



Essex is now known as the home of the fake tan and vacuous vain morons, thanks to the godawful scripted reality TV show 'The Only Way is Essex' or 'Towie' on UK TV.
But remarkably didn't Dr Feelgood come from round there? Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ian Dury, Stripey Zebras, and,as Joey Essex would say, 'Reems' ,of lesser lights, like Cold War.
On this home recorded tape they achieve a watered down Killing Joke brand of Post-Punk,after the Joke were three albums in to a very influential career by '82. The Anarcho-punk stylings of their earlier sound have thankfully disappeared as they try hard to be trendy. Retrospectively its not bad,but Killing Joke it certainly ain't...not even up to the standard of other joke-a-likes 1919 or Red Beat..... 'Reem'!

DOWNLOAD rationally HERE!

Cold War ‎– "Live At The Autonomy Centre Wapping 18-10-81" (Rasquap Products ‎– RAS 4) 1981


Another Essex based bunch of them dirty punk rockers with their spitting and their habits.
Well, not exactly. Cold War were one of those groups caught in the limbo of the changing times who didn't really know who they were. Still very 'Punky' sounding,they clearly would have liked to have been on early 4AD records,but simply didn't have an original brain cell amongst them. They ended up sounding like a more growly version of Zounds.....hence the gig at the Autonomy Centre.......now why didn't they have one of those near me?......The fact that an autonomous person would need a centre to meet like minded autonomous chums to hang out together,autonomously, is something of an oxymoron is it not? Like Anarchists who always seem to need leaders.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Apostles & The Mob ‎– "Live At The LMC" (Cause For Concern ‎– CFC 015) 1983


You may have guessed that your host is not too fond of Anarcho Punk?
The exception to the rule for me is The Mob......yes, I like The Mob!? Got a problem with that?
Whereas The Apostles sound like normal people,complete with ,probably, faux cockney accents.The Mob sound like they grew up in a cupboard in an abandoned georgian terrace and emerged to find that it was a squat full of 'Peace Punx'.Feral, and in search of guidance, they were raised and schooled by Anarchists.After 'how to doss and sign on',lesson two was form a band and preach to other anarcho-punks about how bad war is.
There's something innocent about The Mob that, over the intervening thirty years, has made them charming enough to actually listen to, and play their excellent records more than just once.I can sing along to 'No Doves Fly Here',and would do so in public if Karaoke machines had the backing track......that is unless the machine also had "Frankie Teardrop" by Suicide of course......maybe there's a gap in the market there?
The Mob are in great form here, churning out those wobbly voiced incompetant classics like they had a bus to catch;no introductions,no banter, like the shy boys they obviously were.
Unlike The Apostles, who were obviously very normal confident young men, who liked to explain themselves between every tune....."We're not Anarchists"....who cares?....."This ones about Racism"...yeah?I better think about this then!?.....its good being patronised by your peers innit?

Track List:

A1 - Erics detachables
A2 - Skin Deep
A3 - Fucking Queer
A4 - Proletarian Autonomy
A5 - Pigs For Slaughter
A6 - Alien Asian Alienation

B1 - Cry Of The Morning
B2 - Gates Of Hell
B3 - Prison
B4 - Dance On You Fool
B5 - Our Life Our World
B6 - Witch Hunt
B7 - Slayed

The Apostles ‎– "Topics For Discussion - 4th Demo" (Scum Tapes) 1982



You can't really discuss anything with a cassette.It kinda dictates the conversation,just like heckling someone with a microphone, you can't win because they can shout louder than you.
One thing you can do with a cassette is turn the volume down, or turn it off,just like you did on all those other preaching Anarcho-Punk tapes you bought in 1982. Shouldn't they have been FREE? This one was £1.50.
I suppose they raise interesting points, but they've been discussed out of existence in large.
Musically, the Apostles turn away from the standard fuzzy shouty thrash of Anarcho-Punk in general, and at least make an attempt to make it interesting, although they do sound like a crap rock band rehearsing in someone's dad's garage. A lemon Kittens influence is detected, which suggests a deeper potential than is exhibited here.
The various Apostles still make and release music today in various combo's that escape me for the moment?.....Academy 23 I think??.....just checked,and they are in Unit as well.
The file is just two sides of the cassette i'm afraid.....couldn't be arsed to edit them...its too effing HOT!

Tracklist:
Side 10
1 Skin Deep
2 After The Fact
3 The Scream
4 Red Vote Poll
5 We Buy A Hammer For Anne
6 Rediffusion Refugee
7 Just When You Thought It Was Safe 

Side 27
8 Hello John
9 Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan
10 Chalet Un Colere
11 1980’s
12 Untitled
13 Fucking Queer