Thursday, September 03, 2015

Northern Stories...

Manicured Noise - Metronome

I'll start with a little back story about how I came to love this band...
Sometime in the early 80's I stumbled across an interesting looking 7" single in a local(ish) record shop in Stockport, the very sadly missed BG Records. It was by a band I don't think I'd ever heard about, but it looked interesting in it's all black sleeve, plus I liked the name, Manicured Noise, and it also came with a postcard.
So I spent my not very hard earned pocket money on it and got the bus home in eager anticipation of hearing what the hell it sounded like. (Do you remember those days you used to buy records without having heard them?)
Anyway, it was Metronome by Manicured Noise, and it was wonderful.
Unfortunately I didn't know anything else about the band and tried for a while to find out more, but never really found anything out.
Skip forward about a quarter of a century and the dawn of the internet...
It turns out that the band were actually from Stockport, bearing in mind I was 12 or 13 when I bought it and wasn't well up with local scenes or bands, bar the ones I was reading about in Sounds, NME and so on. So this came as quite a shock, but a very pleasant one, but also quite sad that for all those years I'd never known anything about this cracking band that came from a few miles down the road.

It turns out that they shared a rehearsal space with some band called Joy Division, and featured Steve Walsh on guitar and vocals. Steve was in the seminal 'Flowers of Romance', but to be fair, it'd be harder to name people who weren't in the 'Flowers of Romance'.
Anyway I digress... Here's the rest of the line-up at various times over the two years they were together:

Steve Walsh - Vox, Guitar
Jodie Taylor - Bass
Stephanie Nuttall - Drums
Peter Bannister - Clarinet, Saxophone
Jeff Noon - Guitar
Owen Gavin - Vox

A couple of notes, yes it's 'that' Jeff Noon, the renowned sci-fi writer, and Stephanie Nuttall ended up living in Argentina and in the band Sumo, who were by all accounts huge in Argentina.
How I didn't know about any of this at the time escapes me.

I later found out that Caroline True Records were releasing a CD compilation (2006) of the two singles that were released along with a David 'Kid' Jensen session for the BBC, a couple of live tracks and some unreleased tracks from a couple of studio sessions.... I bought it, I loved it.

Shoot forward to yesterday morning when the postie turned up with my latest Manicured Noise purchase, a stripped down version of the 2006 CD release, but with brand new artwork by Andrea Floris.
Plus, this is the first time most of these tracks have ever been available on vinyl, so for me, buying it was an absolute no-brainer.

The album kicks of with the track that started it all off for me all those years ago, Metronome.
To this day it still sounds edgy, sharp, angular... you know, all the words that are generally used to describe post punk. Sometimes there's reasons why the same words are used all the time, it's because they're spot on.
The vocals are upfront in the mix and sound great with that tight reverb on them, the sax is perfect and adds a vaguely latin feel to the track, the guitar is rhythmic and punchy, but for me it's the bass and drums are killer.
All in all it's a post-punk-funk classic, and I'm so happy that I now have it on non crackly vinyl again... at least for now, as I'm sure it'll get played to death.

Basically, if you like your post-punk in a funky style similar to Talking Heads, Rip Rig and Panic, Gang of Four, The Pop Group and so on, you're going to love this, I'm sure of it.
But you're going to have to move quickly as this is a very limited release of only 300 copies, and will not be re-pressed. Oh, and it also comes with instructions for an MP3 copy of the album. Bargain, so get on it.

Why weren't this band huge???

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Driving Rock...

The London Symphony Orchestra - Paint it Black

The other day I was re-arranging some vinyl, nothing as organised as finally putting it back in alphabetical order, just moving it from one place to another.
Anyway, I spotted a long forgotten album, the original London Symphony Orchestra soundtrack to Star Wars (complete with the insert and poster) that my Dad bought me back in 1977. As is usual with rooting through vinyl it brought back loads of memories of that time, and one that I hadn't thought of in probably 30 years was another London Symphony Orchestra release, the first Classic Rock compilation...

Now, I was nine years old and had discovered punk rock, so my vinyl collection was a bit erratic to say the least. ABBA, Sex Pistols, The Wombles, Buzzcocks, various Disney soundtracks, my Dad's Status Quo records I'd, erm, aquired, Blondie etc.
My Dad bought me the majority, but insisted that any punk records I wanted had to come from my pocket money, and being the 70's in the North West of England, it took quite a long time to save up for anything. Anyway, moving a little off topic here...

So that was my listening habits at home, in the car it was a different matter as it was purely lead by what tapes my Dad had bought, along with a few compilations he'd made. So it was a combination of Jazz, the Mighty Quo, The Jungle Book soundtrack, The Shadows, a bit of James Last, Sky, and what turned out to be a favourite of ours, Classic Rock (the first one released in 1977).
This was the soundtrack to a thousand car journeys on the road to Main Road to watch our beloved City play, or to away games that weren't too far to drive, on weekly visits to see family, or shopping trips to New Mills and so on.

The album had some real belters on it, Bohemian Rhapsody (cue me and my Dad doing the Wayne's World scene, decades before Wayne and his mates), Life on Mars, Whole Lotta Love, Nights in White Satin, Without You and so on. But my all time favourite from the album at the time (and to this day listening back for the first time in thirty years) was this, a truly wonderful, dark, brooding, slightly sinister, subtle then explosive version of Paint it Black.
It features instruments and sounds I'd never heard at the time, discordant, low rumbling, scratches, massive lush Henryk Gorecki(esque) swathes of strings, huge choral and brass sections... it still blows my socks off.
Play very loud.

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Videa Gam...

Videa Gam - Get to Know Me

Once in a while I do a bit of mastering for artists, mostly just to help friends or acquaintances out as it's something I love doing. Anyway in January I was sent a couple of tracks to master by a chap who runs LXXII, a wonderful new record label. (already a favourite label by The Quietus, Louder Than War and Dandelion Radio)
The tracks in question were for the debut release by the label, and was from Videa Gam (David Shane Smith from the USofA)... and I was blown away by the beautiful sounds I was hearing.

'Get to Know Me' is one of those mysterious tracks you swear you've heard before, but obviously haven't, but you can't really put your finger on what's making you feel that way, it just sounds like an old friend.

The single sadly didn't set the world on fire in the blogging or review world, but it did get a very good review on the aforementioned Louder Than War, "Videa Gam generates sound collages that offer far more than the collisions of interesting but ultimately doomed noises the term often denotes: the collage in his hands is home to an intoxicating and woozy framework of melody."
And I couldn't agree more.

A month or two back I received two very long tracks that were going to become the follow up release, I can't post them here as it's still unsure if they will be getting released or not, which is a massive shame as they are both, quite frankly, the best examples of electronic music I've heard in years. They're just staggering. And I'm not over exaggerating.
Hopefully they will see the light of day at some stage, either on LXXII or another label. They really do deserve to be heard by as many people as possible.
If not I may be forced to do a follow up post.

But in the meantime, listen to Get to Know Me, then head on over to iTunes or your favourite digital vendor and buy it... and while you're there check out the other releases on LXXII. You won't be disappointed.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our Loyalty Demands...

Cardiacs - Is This the Life
Cardiacs - Dirty Boy
Cardiacs - There's Good Cud

I resuscitated this long dead blog for a number of reasons, and one of them was to post about bands that have been important to me in my life, but for one reason or another I never got around to writing about.
Cardiacs are one of those bands.

I, like the majority of people who weren't lucky enough to be aware of them earlier, first knowingly heard my first Cardiacs song in 1988 when their track 'Is This the Life' was released on 7" and the video was being shown quite a lot on the usual shows. It sounded wonderful, so I purchased it from my favourite record shop, running home in eagerness to play it, which I duly did, at full volume, several times in a row.
This must be my new favourite band I thought, until I flipped it over and played the b-side, 'I'm Eating In Bed'.... what the fuck is this??? demented circus prog??? Nope, this isn't for me at all.
I really didn't like it, so I flipped it over again to revel in the majesty of 'Is This the Life' again, and again, and again.
Several days later I was intrigued by the b-side, was it really as weird and unlikable as I remembered? I found myself remembering the changes and mad melodies, and feeling a bit of a rush as it all of a sudden fell into place, I played it again, and again. Thus I discovered one of my favourite bands.

Over the years I tracked down earlier releases and kept up to date with everything they released as new. I was hooked good and proper. Monstrous albums, killer singles, wonderful side projects and stunning live band. Sadly I only got to see them twice, much to my regret.

In 1995, Cardiacs released what to many fans (Pondies) is considered to be their crowning glory, 'Sing to God'.
There aren't really the words to describe how utterly wonderful this album is. It's a double album full of some of the most beautiful, if yet demented, music you could ever wish to hear.
Out of an album with so many killer tracks, it's hard to focus on just the one, but for me 'Dirty Boy' is the one I tend to play at people given half a chance.
It's nearly nine minutes of complete perfection, culminating in what I consider to be probably the finest two and a half minutes that have ever been committed to vinyl... It's simply breathtaking.

Their last release (to date) was 1999's album, 'Guns'. It's a beauty of an album, filled with more of the same wonderful mix of rock, prog, demented circus music and majesty that us Pondies came to expect, no, we demanded from each and every release.
I listen to this album slightly differently to the previous albums as it's a pointer to what could have been... I say could have been, but what I really mean is I hope for.....

This is the bit I really wasn't looking forward to writing, so I'm not going to dwell on it too much.....

In June 2008 after seeing My Bloody Valentine, on his way home Tim Smith collapsed from a heart attack followed by a major stroke.
There wasn't much news for about a year until on the Alphabet Business Concern (puppet masters and shady controlists, all hail the Consultant) website they posted this...

"Tim Smith's mind had returned to full functionality and that "no part of your favourite pop star’s intellect or personality has been found to be absent whatsoever."

For a lot more information on Tim's condition, the very best place to go is the Alphabet Business Concern website and have a read of the News Archives.

The following video was shot during rehearsals for the 2007 secret Bull & Gate shows, the results of which were released as "The Special Garage Concerts: Volumes I and II". 
Warning: It features Jim Smith (Tim's brother) in his under crackers.

Several more tracks were filmed, and it's my hope that one day they'll be available on DVD...

So, it's 2015 and things have been incredibly busy over at the Alphabet Business Concern website for the last year or so, there is a whole host of new merchandise to buy, and they've been very busy in making the albums available again, either on CD or top quality 180g vinyl.
So far they've re-released 'Sing to God' and 'Guns' on vinyl, with more to follow I'm sure.
Keep an eye open on their website or Facebook page for news and info, it's happening all the time.

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Further Reading - Cardiacs, an Epic Overview by Mr. Spencer 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

I Went to the Shops...

Um, I popped down the shops seven and a half years ago for a Curly Wurly, and promptly got lost.
Just doing a bit of cleaning around SVC Towers at the moment, but will be back shortly.

In the meantime, here's a track for you.

The Fall - Spoilt Victorian Child [John Peel Session Version - 03-06-1985]

It had to be really, eh?

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Friday, February 01, 2008

So It Goes...

Voodoo Queens - Hairy
Enon - Rubber Car
Drunk Horse - Dirty Mind
Sly And The Family Stone - Honest
Wilson Pickett - Stagger Lee
Toolshed - Pazuzu (Theme From The Exorcist III)
The Dukes Of Nothing - Rock & Roll Fever
Faye Adams - Someone Like You
Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie Mix)
Klang - L.O.V.E.
Alozade & Hollow Point Featuring Mr.Vegas - Under Mi Sensi
David Essex - Rock On
The Workhouse - Ricketts
Earl Brutus - Your Majesty, We Are Here
The Dirtbombs - Lost Love
2 Tribute 1 Rising - Highway Position
Sparks - Don't Leave Me Alone With Her
Elephant Man, Bugle - mentally Ill
Chuck Fender - Watching Me
Cecile - Lift Me Up
Sizzla - To The Top
Tenor Saw - Golden Hen
Laurel Aitken - More Whiskey
The Potato 5 - Western Special
Dr.Alimantado - Mary Lou
Botnledja - Flug 666
Mum - Weeping Rock, Rock
Mudhoney - Revolution
Low - Lord Can You Hear Me (Live)
The Chameleons - Nostalgia
Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie - Soul Drums
British Sea Power - Remember Me (Original)
Giorgio Moroder - From Here To Eternity/Utopia, Me Giorgio
Empire State Human - Roxy (Put On The Red Light)
Low - I Remember (Empire State Human Mix)
Future/Past - Jam Packed
Balil - Choke And Fly
Junior Senior - Shake Your Coconuts (DFA Mix)
Hot Chocolate - Emma
Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
Ultra Vivid Scene - Lightening (72bpm.4a.m.)
Shellac - Wingwalker
Fog - Pneumonia
The Smoke - My friend Jack
The Hentchmen Featuring Jack White - Psycho Daisies
FSOL - Papua New Guinea (Simian Mix)
Simian - La Breeze
Simian - Never Be Alone (Mobile Disco Mix)
Simian - Drop And Roll
The Freelance Hairdresser - You Suffer At A Gay Bar
Silver Bullet - 20 Seconds To Comply
Peter Sellers - She Loves You
Peter Sellers - Hard Days Night
Pavement - The Killing Moon
Echo And The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (All Night Version)
The Dreamletts - Really Now
Ta Diddley Quah Quah - Ring The Alarm (Done Fall Down Version)
Ta Diddley Quah Quah - Ring The Alarm (Original)
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Live '78)
Chavez - Flight '96
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Little Red Rooster
Whitey - Twoface
Slowdive - When The Sun Hits
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Vegetable Man
The Creation - How Does It Feel To Feel?
The Chamber Brothers - Time Has Come Today
Riton - Killing An Arab
The Novas - The Crusher
New Order - Ceremony (Original Version)
Air - Surfing On A Rocket (Zongamin Mix)
Nina Simone - Ain't Got No/I Got Life
Nina Simone - My Sweet Lord/Today Is A Killer
Tomita - Ballet Of The Chick I Their Shells
Nitro Deluxe - Let's Get Brutal 12"
Freeze - IOU 12"
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Whodini - Magics Wand
Dunproofin' - Work It Alice
Part Chimp - Cover Me
Sonic Youth - Ca Plane Pour Moi
The Wedding Present - Dalliance
Cinerama - Crusoe
Empire State Human - Be My Useless Husband
the Go! team - Huddle Formation
the Go! team - Junior Kickstart
The Rock And Roll Machine - Rock And Roll Disease
The Vines - Factory (Original Version)
Labi Siffre - I Got The (Full Version)
The Changes - No One Needs To Know
M.Ward - Flaming Heart
Penthouse - Voyeurs Blues
Mclusky - Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Dolly Parton - Silver Dagger
Squarepusher - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Sly And The Family Stone - Underdog
Keycentre - Acid Mix 01
Simple Minds - Theme For Great Cities
23 Skidoo - Coup
Adam And The Antz - Zerox
The Fall - Spoilt Victorian Child
Silokk - Weened Off The Weed
My Bloody Valentine - Map Ref 41N 93W
White Trash - V.V.I.P
Prinz Bambi - Goodbye Darling
Keycentre - Bizarre Disco Animal
BS2000 - The Scrappy
Shampoo - Bouffant Headbutt
Add N To (X) - Monster Bobby
Big White Stairs - Screaming
Chris Montez - The More I See You
Colourbox - Baby I Love You So
Cheap Trick - He's A Whore
Jason Huntzinger - Same
Low - Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me
Neil Innes - How Sweet to Be an Idiot
Th' Faith Healers - The People
Marvin Gaye - I Wish It Would Rain
Gang Of Four - Tattoo (Quiet Guy Mix)
Beck - Fume
Mike Seed - Goodnight Irene
Mike Seed - Putting The Fountain To Sleep
Mike Seed - The Road Of The Black Division
Ways of Stephen - Roll Necks And Rupert Keks
Ways of Stephen - Captain Quayle
Mike Seed - Summer Sleep
Mike Seed - Holy Nightmare
Bronze Age Fox - Forty Four
Urusei Yatsura - Kewpies Like Watermelon
The Monkees - Circle Sky
Thee Headcoats - Monkey's Paw
Tricky - The Love Cats
Sebadoh - (11 Minute Spoken Wank Courtesy Of Lou's Ego)
Sebadoh - Gimme Indie Rock
Sebadoh - Soul And Fire
Sebadoh - P.Moon
Girls Aloud - Love Machine
Gus 'The Groove' Lewis - Let The Groove Move You
Joy Division - In A Lonely Place (Detail)
Psychic TV - I.C. Water
Xiu Xiu - Ceremony
Galaxie 500 - Ceremony
Joy Division - Insight
The Smashing Pumpkins - Isolation
Bis - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division - New Dawn Fades (Live-Amsterdam 11.01.1980)
Fuck - Fuck Motel
Booker T & The MG's - Green Onions (Live)
Baby Ford - Oochy Koochy
Acen - Trip II The Moon
Earth Leakage Trip - The Ice Cream Van From Hell
Together - Hardcore Uproar
SL2 - Way In My Brain
Bizarre Inc. - Playing With Knives
Toxic Two - Rave Generator
Project One - Smokin' Chalice
L'iasons D - He Chilled Out
Tuff Little Unit - Join The Future
Richie Rich - Salsa House
Fingers, Inc. - Can You Feel It
Pierre - Box Energy
Mr.Lee - Art Of Acid
Armando - Let There Be House
The Dirtbombs - Kings Lead Hat
Le Degustation - The Lovers
Cat Stevens - If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
Simple Minds - I Travel (Utah Saints Mix)
Simple Minds - I Travel (Original 12" Version)
Lift To Experience - Just As Was Told
The New Year - Disease
Bedhead - The Rest Of The Day
Eddie Bo - From This Day On
Dusty Springfield - You Don't Own Me
Robbie Williams - Radio (Masseymix)
Joy Zipper - Baby You Should Know
Joy Zipper - Hitsville UK
Egill Snaebjornsson - Who's You Gonna Get When You Get Set
Egill Snaebjornsson - I Love You So
Novak's Kapelle - Doing That Rhythm Thing
The Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love (Instrumental)
Primal Scream - I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have
Unbunny - Snow Tires
John Williams And Margot Kidder -­ The Flying Sequence
Dennis Wilson - Time
Relaxed Muscle - This Is As Good As It Gets
Nancy Sinatra - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
The Fall - New Big Prinz
Pulp - Dogs Are Everywhere
The Future - Dance Like A Star
Willis - The Space Within (Fat Truckers Mix)
Jeff Buckley - Kick Out The Jams
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
Heim - Chelsea
JP Buckle - Batty Rymer
The Wad - 15 Inches
Ctrl C - Rod Is Gay
All Seeing I - First Man In Space
The Fall - The Aphid
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bloc Party - She's Hearing Voices
Sly And The Family Stone - Trip To Your Heart
Adam And The Antz - Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2)
!!! vs LFO - Me And Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard (A Remix)
The Boo Radleys - Lazarus (12" Version)
The Pop Group - Colour Blind
Rip Rig And Panic - Constant Drudgery Is Harmful To Soul, Spirit And Health
Maximum Joy - All Wrapped Up
Pigbag - Sunny Day (12" Version)
Mark Stewart And The Maffia - My Possession/Possession Dub
Bronze Age Fox - When Things Work Out (Empire State Human Mix)
Tokyo Windbag - Gak-Klot
The Church of Gary Busey - God
donAteller - Mmmm...
The Lakemen - Midirock
ccc - Leave Anna Behind
Ride - Eight Miles High
Motorcycle Ride - Atomic
Christina Aguilera - Make Over (Dunproofin's Future Sound Remix)
Scott Walker - Boy Child
Mercury Rev - Chasing A Bee
Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire
Lcd Soundsystem - Jump Into The Fire (Live)
Sun Ra - Dancing In The Sun
Whitey - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train
Kylie Minogue - Red Blooded Woman (Whitey Mix)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - This Is Helena
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Romance Of The Telescope
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Mystereality
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The New Stone Age
The Fall - Rowche Rumble (Take 4)
The Fall - Spoilt Victorian Childe
ABBA - Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Sunshower
The Harvey Girls - Good Morning, Bubblegum
Happy Flowers - Not Fade Away
Happy Flowers - Leave Me Alone
At Dusk - We Could Do Anything
Johnny Domino - Vocodamol
DMX Krew - 17 Ways to Break My Heart
Cola Boy - 7 Ways to Love
Bessie Smith - Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
Johnny Cash - Little Drummer Boy
John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett - D.K. 50/80
Marion Williams - When Was Jesus Born
Arthur Lyman - Mele Kalikimaka
Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing
Status Quo - Down Down
Porter Twin Disc Music Box - Carol Of The Bells
Porter Twin Disc Music Box - Emmanuel
Hefner - The Sad Witch
Felt - All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
The Winstons - Amen, Brother
Max Bygraves - C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S
The Torero Band - Once In Royal Davids City
The Salsoul Orchestra - Merry Christmas All
The Beach Boys - Time To Get Alone
The Mistreaters - Santa Stole My Baby
MHz - Secret Santa
Big Bad Baz - Christmas In Compton
Red Sovine - Here It Is Christmas
Ursula 1000 - Linus And Lucy (Remix)
Houston Wells & The Marksmen - Only The Heartaches
The Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me
Bjork - I've Seen It All
The House Of Love - Someones Got To Love You
Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
Nick Drake - Know
Iain Gregory - Can't You Hear The Beat Of A Broken Heart
OMD - Pretending To See The Future
Shirley And Lee - I'm Gone
Caustic Window - On The Romance Tip
Various - Feed The World 1984 (B-Side)
Dennis Day and The Mellowmen - Christmas in Killarney
Charlie McCoy - Angels We Have Heard On High
Mimi Hynes - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
AR Kane - Baby Milk Snatcher
Mike Sammes Singers - Ring Christmas Bells
Happy Mondays - Desmond
Happy Mondays - Wah Wah (Think Tank)
Sufjan Stevens - We Three Kings
Bristol Easton Salvation Army Band - Away In A Manger
Lalo Schifrin - Joy To The World
Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas
My Bloody Valentine - Feed Me With Your Kiss
My Bloody Valentine - Slow
Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Christmas On Riverside Drive
Wesley Willis - Merry Christmas
St. Etienne - My Christmas Prayer
Sparks - Fletcher Honorama
Roxy Music - Manifesto
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Annex
The Kills - No Wow
DJ Pierre - Box Energy (remixed by AFX)
Funky 4+1 - That's The Joint
Elvis Presley - Fuck The Majors
Bauhaus - Double Dare
Evan Dando & Craig Armstrong - Wake Up In New York
Joe Meek And The Blue Men - Orbit Around The Moon
The Cryin' Shames - Please Stay
Midnight Movies - Time Of Year
Cindytalk - Janey's Love
Elvis Presley - Clean Up Your Own Backyard
Richard Harris - In The Final Hours
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - God In The Details
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Ain't No Jesus In Here
Paul McCartney - Darkroom (1980)
Kevin Ayers - The Clarietta Rag
New Order - Sub-Culture
Bow Wow Wow - c30 c60 c90 go!
Mary Lou Williams - Praise The Lord
The Associates - Party Fears Two (Extended Version)
Greg Weeks - Made
Espers - Voices
Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch (12" Version)
Adam and the Ants - Ant Rap
The Neckbones - Crack Whore Blues
R.L. Burnside (& Mr. J.Spencer) - Snake Drive
Matt Sharp And Damon Albarn - We Have A Technical
Girls On Top (Richard X) - We Don't Give A Damn About Our Friends
Gary Numan - M.E.
Empire State Human - Galang-A-Porn
Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band - All Night Flight,
Live 1968 S.U.N.Y. Buffalo NY 10pm-6am v.1
Purple Modal Strobe Ecstacy with the Daughters of Destruction
Elliott Smith - Hooray For Tuesday (Live, Brooklyn, June 6th 2003)
The Minders - Right As Rain
The Minders - Big Machine
Dion - Born To Be With You
The Wedding Present - Brassneck
The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress
The Wedding Present - Interstate 5
Amon Duul II - Eye Shaking King
The The - I Can't Get You Off My Mind
The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians
Buddy Holly - Well... All Right
Bronze Age Fox - Dinosaur
John Cale - The Endless Plain Of Fortune
Hank - God Slick
Hank - The Stomp Of Sloth
Compute - Dance With Me
The Capricorns - The New Sound
Olive - You're Not Alone
World Domination Enterprises - Can't Live Without My Radio
World Domination Enterprises - Asbestos Lead Asbestos
World Domination Enterprises - Message For You People
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture
Hood - Houses Tilting Towards The Sea
Two Gallants - The Train That Stole My Man
The Kinks - Autumn Almanac
Cud - You Sexy Thing (Peel Session)
Cud - Lola
Cud - Bohemian Rhapsody
Cud - Now!
Cud - Hey Boots
Cud - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)
Sukilove - Start A Life
Sukilove - Secrets
Dillinja - Acid Trak
Young People - The Lord
Young People - Ask The Dust
Young People - Night Of The Hunter
Big Star - Take Care
Autechre - Drane
Boards of Canada - Happy Cycling
The Black Dog - Psycosyin
Plaid - Scoobs
Mira Calix - Only
Autechre - Gelk
Squarepusher - A Journey To Reedham (7am Mix)
Shellac - Radio Song
King Tubby & Augustus Pablo - King Tubby's Borderline Dub
The Aggrovators - A Rougher Version
Horace Andy & The Aggrovators - A Better Version
Rufus Wainwright - California
Rufus Wainwright - Matinee Idol
Pretty Flowers - Sheisse Movie
Pretty Flowers - Slut
The Magic Numbers - Hymn For Her
The John Coltrane Quartet - Sun Ship
Brendan Benson - Feel Like Myself Again
Brendan Benson - Spit It Out
Stina Nordenstam - Proposal
Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
Tom Lehrer - The Masochism Tango
Barnes And Barnes - Fish Heads
Irma Thomas - Wish Someone Would Care
Visage - Fade To Grey
Maxi Geil & Playcolt - A Message To My Audience
Maxi Geil & Playcolt - Strange Sensation
Genesis - The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging
Ways of Stephen - Captain Quayle
Ways of Stephen - Bartlett Green
Ways of Stephen - Saloon Car No.9
Magnetic Fields - If I Were A Rich Man
Andrew Bird - Measuring Cups
The Congos - Congoman
The Congos - Fisherman
Boy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Low - Transmission
Bis - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The United States Of America - Coming Down
Vashti Bunyan - Swallow Song
The Gucci Soundsystem - Gucci Mix 01.03.05
Primal Scream - shine like stars (empire state human mix)
Primal Scream - slip inside this house (soundhog mix featuring ex-rental)
The Carpenters - Goodbye To Love
Platinum Pop - This Year's Blonde
Edan - Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
Edan - Smile
James Mercer - Harvest (Live)
Lee Hazlewood - We All Make The Flowers Grow
The Monkees - Porpoise Song (Single Version)
Billy Harvey - Stupid Daniel
Billy Harvey - Dope Wings
Happy Mondays - Little Matchstick Owen's Rap
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Forget To Breathe
Charle Parker & Miles Davis - A Night In Tunisia
New Order - Temptation (New York 18.10.81)
New Order - Isolation (Reading Fest 30.08.98)
New Order - Murder
Johnny Trunk V Kipper - Scooby Don't
The Dirtbombs - Ha ha ha
The Yachts - Yachting Type
George Jones - Good Year For The Roses
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Wide Awake (Only Dreaming) Version 2.
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Chance
Singapore Sling - Summer Garden
Earlimart - Susan's Husband's Gunshop
The Golden Cups - Hey Joe
Puffy AmiYumi - Can-Nana Fever
Lightning Bolt - Planet Of The Wolves
Guitar Wolf - Summertime Blues
Guitar Wolf - Jet Generation
Tim Buckley - Morning Glory
Red Rat - Shelley Ann
Jacques Dutronc - On nous cache tout, on nous dit rien
Jacques Dutronc - Et moi, et moi, et moi
The Carter Family - John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
Outrageous Cherry - Song From The Bottom Of A Well
Outrageous Cherry - Boy Child
Bullette - Little Bird
Bullette - Your Eyes Have It
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Ambition
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Stool Pigeon (Peel Session 04.12.78)
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Stop That Girl
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Common Thief
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Watching The Devil (Peel Session 04.12.78)
Vic Godard And Subway Sect - Don't Split It
Echo And The Bunnymen - The Back Of Love
The Gothic Archies - In A Cave
The Gothic Archies - City Of The Damned
The Gothic Archies - The Dead Only Quickly Decay
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Jule Lost His Jewels
Earl Brutus - Male Milk
Earl Brutus - Your Majesty... We Are Here
Earl Brutus - The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It (Empire State Human Mix)
The Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love (Instrumental Version)
Dunproofin' - Dance To The Velvet Underground
O.V. Wright - A Nickel And A Nail
Buzzcocks - Why Can't I Touch It?
The Fleshtones - Roman Gods
Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream (78)
The Harvey Girls - Don't Answer Me
The Harvey Girls - Hazy Heat
The Harvey Girls - Your Evil Man
David Dondero - Rosary
David Dondero - Ashes On The Highway
David Dondero - Transient
The Showstoppers - Ain't Nothing But A House Party
Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene
Dinosaur Jr. - 'Reak Scene (Live 1988 in NYC, taken from "Jayloumurph")
J Mascis - Freak Scene (Peel Session 20.11.02)
Sugarcubes - Birthday (Jim & William Reid Christmas Eve Mix)
Louis Armstrong - Basin Street Blues
Tres Ferocious - International Guide To Shouting
Eric Landmark & Nate Denver - Dark Calvary
OCS - Harmony & Bells
Marek - Run With Me
Marek - White Flag
Marek - Get Me Some Loving
Marek - Get Out Of Your Stretch Jeans Honey
David Sylvian - September
Safetyword - Foreskin Of The Heart
Gershon Kingsley - Popcorn
Caustic Window - Popcorn
Baxter Dury - Oscar Brown
Eno - In Dark Trees
Eno - I'll Come Running
Fruit Bats - When You Love Somebody
Sparrow - The Early Years
Paul McCartney - Check My Machine
The 1-2-3-4 - Surge
The 1-2-3-4 - Kinda Flipped Out For A Second
Thee More Shallows - 2am
Bill Brandon - Rainbow Road
Laurel Aitken - Baba Kill Me Goat
Laurel Aitken - Never You Hurt
Laurel Aitken - Shake
Animal Collective - 3
The Workhouse - Aberdeen
Infomatik - Parasol
Starflyer 59 - Old
Pavement - Harness Your Hopes
The Pretty Things - Defecting Grey (7" Version)
The Pretty Things - Defecting Grey (S.F. Sorrow Longer Mix)
The Pretty Things - Defecting Grey (BBC Sessions Version)
The Pretty Things - Mr.Evasion
Happy Mondays - Do It Better
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Blondie - Cautious Lip
Blondie - Cautious Lip (Live Soundcheck, San Francisco, 21.09.77)
The Fall - I'm into CB
Dandelion Adventure - Jinxs Truck
Dandelion Adventure - Speed Trials
Dandelion Adventure - Chickenfeed
Tall Dwarfs - Rapist
The Olivia Tremor Control - Love Athena
The Olivia Tremor Control - I Have Been Floated
Stretchheads - Fans
Stretchheads - Housewife Up Yer Fuckin' Arse Music (Disco Mix)
Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink - For Donaueshingen Ever
Bronze Age Fox - Benidorm
Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
Altern 8 - Move My Body
Altern 8 - Brutal8e
Altern 8 - Everybody
Altern 8 - Evapor8
Altern 8 - Real Time Status
The Universal Mutant Repertory Company - Heavenly Blue Pt. 4 & 5
The M's - Break Our Bones
The M's - Eyes On The Prize
The Palace Lido - Vous Envoyant Cette Forme
The Walker Brothers - After The Lights Go Out
Scott Walker - Blink
Scott Walker - Light
Billy Childish - Girl From '62
Film School - Activated
Finest Dearest - Idaho
James William Hindle - Silence
PP Roy - In At The Beep End
Sam Hawkins - Hold On Baby
Big Black - Kerosene (Live Ignition From A Hometown Gig From '86 Maaann!)
Butthole Surfers - Jimi (Massive Live Version Recorded @ The Mean Fiddler)
Guy Clark - Let Him Roll
Townes Van Zandt - St. John The Gambler
Mary Wells - Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me)
Mary Wells - Honey Boy
Mary Wells - Bye Bye Baby
The Harvey Girls - Practicing
Run DMC - King of Rock (Charlie Chan Megamix)
Billy Ocean - Red Light Spells Danger
Kate Bush - One Last Look Around The House Before We Go . . .
Gogol Bordello - The Last Wish of The Bride (J.U.F.)
Gogol Bordello - When The Trickster Starts A-Poking (Bordello Kind of Guy)
Richard Hawley - The Nights Are Cold (live acoustic version)
Uberwensch - Please Don't Touch
Motorhead & Girlschool - Please Don't Touch
The Birthday Party - Release The Bats (Peel Session 28.04.81)
Nico - Frozen Warnings
Medicine - Aruca
The Fall - Blindness (Peel Session)
Shellac - End of Radio
Nina Nastasia - Beautiful Day
Pixies - Bone Machine
OMD - Of All The Things We've Made
New Order - Turn The Heater On
The Essex Green - Playground
The Essex Green - Mrs. Bean
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
Bill Colgate - Waiting For Simon
Jessamine - It's Cold In Space
The Palace Lido - Ronaldsway
Def Leppard - Animal
Albert Ayler - Our Prayer
Kimono vs Ghostigital - Codomatopoeia
White Confection - The King Of France
22-20s - Baby Brings Bad News
22-20s - Shoot Your Gun
Joey Beltram - Voyager
Jeff Mills - The Hacker
Pan Sonic - -25
Maurice Delage - Quatre Poemes Hindous
Grinning Ape - Beige Mainframe
Grinning Ape - Sex Pal
Grinning Ape - Judith Chalmers
Marvin Gaye - Sunny
Skip James - Devil Got My Woman
B12 - Hall Of Mirrors
Bill Fay - Garden Song
Kiss - I Was Made For Loving You (Disco Version)
Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Ram On
Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos
Dan Sartain - Walk Among The Cobras, Pt. 1
The Palace Lido - IEC1/TYPE1-TDK Part Two
Safetyword - Daily Bread
Wisp - Candlegrove
Wisp - I'm A Cube In A Cube
Old Man Gloom - Hot Salvation
Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Staircase (Mystery)
The Beat - Stand Down Margaret
Autechre - Crystel
Victor Scott - Gotta Go
Victor Scott - Mareel
Masquerade - (Solution To) The Problem
Hockey Night - For Guys Eyes Only
Hockey Night - Saturday Night Gallop
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins - Rise Up With Fists!
Me & Bobby - Capsized
David Sylvian - The Good Son
bravecaptain - Oh You
bravecaptain - Jerusalem (Featuring Akira The Don)
Hunting Lodge - Silver Prince
Feedle - Wooden Hill
Feedle - Man Vs The Hallucinations
Feedle - Song For Dogs
Feedle - Home
Ray - Mountain Song
Voxtrot - The Start Of Something
Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives
Coil - The Auto-Asphyxiating Hierophant
The Hypnotist - Pioneers Of The Warped Groove
Popol Vuh - Aguirre I
Certainly, Sir - How You Been
Certainly, Sir - Happy
Mr_Hopkinson's Computer - Fake Plastic Trees
Trans-X - Living On Video
Ultravox - When You Walk Through Me
Swell Maps - Blenheim Shots/Raining In My Room
Lil' Louis - Blackout (Revelation Edit)
Cable - Freeze The Atlantic
Cable - God Gave Me Gravity
Grinning Ape - Richmond Avenal
Grinning Ape - A.P.E.
Soft Machine - Kings And Queens
The Pale Fountains - Jean's Not Happening
Maryanne Amacher - Living Sound, Patent Pending
Maps - So Low So High (Demo)
Maps - Lost My Soul (Demo)
King Biscuit Time - Paperhead
Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over
Irma Thomas - Long After Tonight Is All Over
Traffic - 40,000 Headmen
EPMD - Get Off The Bandwagon
Mike Seed - Lee Harwood
Medium - Fade (!)
Benjamin Britten - Lyke-Wake Dirge
Bronnt Industries Kapital - Maggots In The Rice
Bubbah's Tum - Dirty Great Mable
Tube Jerk - Eight
Brotzmann/Bennink - Track 1
Scala - Slide (Richard Fearless Remix)
Zero B - Lock Up (Edit)
Bongwater - Homer
The General and Duchess Collins - Molecular Love
The General and Duchess Collins - Kate's Song
Si Schroeder - Lavendermist
Blur - Popscene
Fleeting Joys - Lovely Crawl
Robin Allender - You Versus Them
Fluorescent Grey - I am a photograph of my old driveway, the edges of the photograph are made of cartoon cow's teeth, as the cow's mouth closes i explode into a firework cloud of red and green dog biscuits
These New Puritans - I Want To Be Tracey Emin
The Indelicates - We Hate The Kids
My Drug Hell - It's Good, But...
Hard-Fi vs. Madness vs. team9 - Better Do Better Girl
Roxy Music - In Every Dream Home A Heartache (team9 remix)
Vitalic - Warm Leatherette (Live)
Tiga - Louder Than A Bomb
Garnet Mimms - As Long As I Have You
Cursor Miner - Hair Of The Dog
The Dirtbombs - Don't Bogue My High
Beaumont Hannant - Sc931
Red Setter - Concord
Ride - Nowhere
Ride - Nowhere (Live at Brixton Academy)
Slowdive - She Calls
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (team9 remix)
Future Sound of London - Answerfones
Like A Tim - Legs
The Charlatans - One To Another
The Charlatans - Sproston Green (U.S. Version)
MissOddKidd - Weed, Wine and Wankers
Dub Pistols - Unique Freak (Dub)
Hardknox - Coz I Can
Fatboy Slim - Give the Po' Man a Break
Slab - Rampant Prankster
Bomb the Bass - Bug Powder Dust (Dust Brothers Remix)
Casino Versus Japan - Bound By Your Smile
Mental Cube - Q
PHVKKAGE - Shadow Master 2004
PHVKKAGE - Electronic Sausages
Akira the Don ft. Bashy - Clones (Feedle Remix)
L'Altra, Phil Ranelin and Slicker - Hefty Naked Ninja (Eliot Lipp Remix)
Spanova - Absentminded
The Human League - Once Upon A Time In The West
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Brugada
The Dukes of Stratosphear - What In The World??...
Dinosaur - Kiss Me Again (Dinosaur Mix)
The Bastard Fairies - We're All Going To Hell
The Bastard Fairies - Guns And Dolls
popup - Chinese Burn
Harry Nilsson & Shelley Duvall - He Needs Me (Demo)
Harry Nilsson & Shelley Duvall - He Needs Me
Schuman The Human - Oh How Happy
The City & Horses - Little Finland
Cinerama - You Turn Me On
Half Man Half Biscuit - Joy Division Oven Gloves
Half Man Half Biscuit - Song To The Siren / Vatican Broadside (Peel Session 03.08.2002)
The Yummy Fur - Shoot The Ridiculant
The Crusaders & Randy Crawford - Street Life (full 11 min + version)
Comet Gain - Daydream Scars
Comet Gain - Transmission Lost
Ringo Deathstarr - Some Kind of Sad
Lou Barlow - The Ballad of Daykitty
The Third Eye Foundation - Corpses as Bedmates
Magazine - A Song From Under The Floorboards
Magazine - I Love You, You Big Dummy
The Broken Family Band - Honest Mans Blues
The Broken Family Band - You're Like a Woman
The Broken Family Band - Alone in the Make-Out Room
Moe Tucker - Last Night (Live @ Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Feb.15, 2002)
The Velvet Underground - I'm Sticking With You
The Velvet Underground - After Hours (Closet Mix)
The Oblivians - You Fucked Me Up, You Put Me Down
The Oblivians - I Don't Wanna Live Alone
The Oblivians - What's The Matter Now
LCD Soundsystem Remixed - North American Scum (Dunproofin's Not From England Either Mix)
LCD Soundsystem Remixed - London, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down (Hearing Double & JCB Soundsystem)
The Slits - Typical Girls
Tullycraft - Twee
The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me
dEUS - Suds & Soda (Very Live in Paris 1999)
dEUS - Roses
dEUS - Suds & Soda
The Moonies - So Good
Colon - About Four
Colon - Seven Days
Colon - Cherokee Buffalo
Colon - Smizzle
The Wedding Present - Him Or Me (What's It Gonna Be)(Peel Session)
The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress (Peel Session)
The Wedding Present - Come Play With Me (Peel Session)
Plus-Tech Squeeze Box - Early Riser
Soft Cell - Martin
Soft Cell - Sex Dwarf
Joy Division - The Eternal (Martin Hannett Alt.Mix)
Joy Division - Passover (Martin Hannett Alt.Mix)
The Brilliant Corners - Shangri La
The Brilliant Corners - Meet Me on Tuesdays
The Brilliant Corners - Brian Rix
Colin Clary And The Magogs - The Shape of This Town
The Smittens - Doomed, Lo-Fi And In Love
The Three Johns - Brainbox (He's a Brainbox)
The Three Johns - Like a Virgin (McDonna) (Live)
Magoo - Expansion Ride
Magoo - We're Not Superhuman
Magoo - The Starter's Gun
The Harvey Girls - Goodbye Horses
The Harvey Girls - Lazlo Buddy
John Weinland - The Loaded Gun
John Weinland - Young And Smart
MJ Hibbett & The Validators - The Lesson of The Smiths
MJ Hibbett & The Validators - Post-Subsonic Bass
Elmore James - Done Somebody Wrong
Bauhaus - Terror Couple Kill Colonel
Bauhaus - The Man With X-Ray Eyes
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Beggin' (Pilooski Edit)
Arcade Fire - My Body Is A Cage
Hot Butter - Popcorn
Gershon Kingsley - Popcorn
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Popcorn
Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren
The Man From Delmonte - My Love Is Like A Gift You Can't Return
The Man From Delmonte - Drive Drive Drive
The Man From Delmonte - Big Noise
The Phantom Carriage - I Bury It With Feathers Fallen From Treetops
The Phantom Carriage - Hawthorn Tree
The Phantom Carriage - Skull Exposed To March Rain
M. Craft - She Sells Sanctuary
The Dandy Warhols - She Sells Sanctuary
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)
Line Dancers on Acid - I'm Back Baby
Age of Chance - Kiss
Age of Chance - Crash Conscious
Athletico Spizz '80 - Airships
Primal Scream - Shoot Speed Kill Light
Irma Thomas - While the City Sleeps
Sexbeat - Sexbeat
Kiiiiiii - Brown Girl In The Ring
Kiiiiiii - 4 Little Joeys
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
Bodies of Water - Here Comes My Hand
Bodies of Water - These Are The Eyes
Public Image Ltd. - Theme
Public Image Ltd. - Careering
Public Image Ltd. - Poptones
Public Image Ltd. - Banging The Door
Public Image Ltd. - Blue Water
Battant - Kevin (1989)
Ringo Deathstarr - Sweet Girl
Scarce - All Sideways
Space Needle - Never Lonely Alone
Space Needle - Bladewash
Nyack - Savage Smile
Nyack - Love Is A Stranger
Novice - Has He Seen Me
Novice - Cinnamon People
Ringo Deathstarr - Swirly (edit)

I think the time has come to admit to myself that I'm not going to be writing anything here again for some time.
I've had a blast doing this thing over the last few years (nearly 4... bloody hell!), and I couldn't have done it without the initial encouragement of my good good friend GS.
When I had just moved somewhere horrible and had no way of getting to see my friends he had the very bright idea that I should start up an mp3 blog and write about my record collection... I didn't even know what a bloody mp3 blog was, but after a bit of fumbling we managed to stumble on a feel that has stuck ever since, never taking ourselves too seriously and having a bit of a laugh along the way.

There have been a number of friends who have chipped in and given up their time to write for SVC...
Rowche, Mike S (Medium Asleep), Rachel Littlepants, Dominic J, Bobby W, Leon (from supplies), Joe C, Dan (The Greatest Ape) and Elizabeth.
I want to thank every single one of them, without them this place would never have been the same.
And also not forgetting to thank all the bands who either didn't mind that we had written about them or have sent us stuff to write about.

In the list above there is over 800 tracks we've lovingly written about, and that's not counting a number of posts that have vanished into the aether never to be seen or heard from again (and I can't remember what they were...), there was also countless other tracks we posted in the comments or cunningly stealthed (well, sometimes anyway) in the posts.

Well, that's it I guess... the end of a chapter in my life, and one that never seemed like a chore, but always a pleasure.
I do have some different plans for Spoilt Victorian Child though, so keep an eye (or ear) open. And who knows, I might start writing here again some time in the future, but at the moment the record label and other projects are taking up my time, which is a nice position to be in.

Take good care.
And thanks for reading.