Monday, 11 November 2019

Ceramic Hobs - The Garage 21/6/03 (2003) C40


This was a Mad Pride event of some description, hence the opening address by Tim Telsa who wrote something in the Mad Pride anthology put together by Robert Dellar; and this is a tape of the gig I was sent by Stan because I'm on it, so not an official release or anything. I had joined the Ceramic Hobs on stage for about thirty seconds during their previous appearance at the Garage, improvising some shit or other so as to prevent Simon reading excerpts from the Qur'an - which he threatened to do in the event of no spontaneous audience contribution being forthcoming. This time I wrote out a whole thing as an LDB performance, which is track six. I spent a few weeks memorising it, and still forgot a few parts. I'd sent Stan a tape of what I planned to do over an arbitrary loop from Illmatic, assuming the Ceramic Hobs would probably just jam while I dropped science, as we say in the rap biz, but for some reason they used the loop and just sort of noodled over it. I hope no-one was under the impression I was expecting them to use that loop from Illmatic, but never mind.

The gig was recorded due to Stan of the Ceramic Hobs suggesting I hang onto the tape recorder, except I was performing, so I left it with Dave (Apostles, Academy 23, UNIT etc. etc.) and my friend Eddy who had come to the gig, possibly to lend me moral support, or even immoral support. Anyway, that's why you can hear myself, Dave and Eddy yacking away at the beginning and then again at the end of the tape. You can also, if you listen closely, hear Jim MacDougall loudly delivering edgy comments and observations from elsewhere in the audience just in case anyone had stopped thinking about him for a moment. Crazy times.

Sound quality is a bit rough, but it sort of works, I think. Apart from me, it was a pretty great gig, which I'd say comes across on the tape.


Tracks:
1 - Introduction (Tim Telsa)
2 - Knight's Move
3 - Native American Healing Chant
4 - Would You Like to Kiss Me?
5 - When I Was a Little Boy
6 - We Don't Do Like That feat. LDB
7 - Xanadu in Veins
8 - Amateur Cops
9 - Lone Twister

 
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Friday, 1 November 2019

The Night Factory (1997) C90


Here's my final DJ set by my friend Paul Condon, whom some of you may recall as the editor of Gneurosis mag. I'm not honestly convinced this one dates from 1997, but am taking a rough guess (and to be honest I could have sworn Fiery Bliss was '95 at the latest because I recall lending it to an ex-girlfriend with whom I think I had fallen out by '96, but Paul insists that's the right date)...

Anyway, he was playing as DJ Novafrost (or possibly just Novafrost) by this point, and this is a bit of a darker set as you will hear. I think the opening material is actually Nurse With Wound. The rest I don't really have much idea about, I'm afraid. I had to be in bed by ten for most of the nineties so this is all a foreign land to me.

End of side one glued on to beginning of side two so as to hopefully present a seamless sound experience. Usual terms and conditions apply.



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Friday, 25 October 2019

Mixed Results (1996) C90


Here's another DJ set put together by my friend Paul, then working as Blackcurrant 93 and raising the roof on a regular basis from what I recall. As with Fiery Bliss, it's something in the general direction of trance techno with a certain je ne sais quoi of acid, and I have no idea which records or even how many went into this particular blend - except The Odyssey by Odyssey 2000 (Exist Dance label, 1992) which is such a fucking cracker that I went out and bought one (or more likely Paul had a spare). It kicks in at around 12.50 and will be recognisable by samples of Cylons from Battlestar Galactica saying by your command; and it's a serious fuckin' tune, mate.

Also, the track which ends this set appears about halfway through Fiery Bliss, but other than that - no idea. As before I've taken the liberty of sewing the end of side one onto the beginning of side two using special computer magic, so hopefully the join is of sufficient seamlessness as to allow the listener to keep his or her buzz going if using this tape as an accompaniment to smoking ecstacy cigarettes and having it large.

Sorry about the Jive Bunny cover. I'm a child, I know.



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Monday, 21 October 2019

Real Time 6 (1983) C90


So here's the last volume of Real Time which I haven't already posted, and you'll find the others by looking in the index as linked at the foot of this post. This volume takes the opposite route to the one I posted last week (at least I think it was the one I posted last week) by showcasing a lot of short, snappy stuff, so I assume Robert was following certain themes when he compiled each volume - and whilst I remember, a preposterously belated thanks to Mr. Cox: only since digitising, editing, and sharing these have I realised that all seven volumes appeared within the space of less than a single year, which must have been one hell of a lot of work.

Having been busy this week, I haven't had so much time in which to listen to this one, so have failed to form the usual opinions regarding content, but stand outs seem to be (at least for me) Born BC, A Primary Industry, and Trekellion Skyway. By the way, on the subject of Trekellion Skyway, Black Brook, as listed on the cover, was actually on volume five, so I assume Robert may have been getting a bit overworked by this point (and it's actually probably my single favourite track from the entire Real Time series, for whatever that may be worth).

Don't really know nuffink about none of these, although a few of them had material on previous volumes, and Brian Aspro was apparently a member of idid idid who were on Real Time 4 and about whom I'm sure I had something or other to say; Asylum Penguins are actually Robert I. Gillham who was on a couple of Cause for Concern compilations (again see index); I've added an additional exclamation mark to the name of Look! Mother! because it seemed wrong without one; I assumed Born BC were famous because I've heard of them, but apparently not, so I probably just happened to read the single fanzine they were in or something; A Primary Industry (pictured above) were definitely sort of famous and were on some Third Mind compilation album at some point. I seem to remember Peel playing them a lot but I could be mistaken; everyone knows who Bourbonese Qualk are; and I still don't know a chuffing thing about Trekellion Skyway, which is annoying as the geezer was clearly a talent.

Why would anyone call their band Rags Woggle?


Tracks:
1 - Carol E - You Don't Have to Pull That Face
2 -
The Genitals - The Wild West
3 -
The Genitals - Sweet as Feathers
4 -
Orgy Del'Orange - Gypsy Moth IV
5 -
Look! Mother! - Sound Off
6 -
Look! Mother! - Two Persons
7 -
Born BC - What Glory
8 -
Born BC - Proud Father
9 -
The Meek - Smokeless Zone
10 -
The Meek - Space Transition
11 -
Vista - Closed In
12 -
A Primary Industry - Under Western Eyes
13 -
Final Contric - Need
14 -
Trekellion Skyway - In Memoriam
15 -
Trekellion Skyway - The Giant's Dance
16 -
Tina Fulker - Gash
17 -
Tina Fulker - Boys
18 -
Tina Fulker - Teen Dream
19 -
Tina Fulker - Solidified / Happified
20 -
Tina Fulker - Wish We Could Move to Paradise
21 -
Bourbonese Qualk - Blood-Orange-Bargain Day
22 -
Brian Aspro - [excerpts]
23 -
Erik Clayton - Thin Girl
24 -
Erik Clayton - Take Your Bloody Hand...
25 -
Erik Clayton - Lazy Girls
26 -
Erik Clayton - Little Black Box (part two)
27 -
Vertical Hold - Injustice
28 -
The Great Bone & the Four-a-Day Men - Twenty Drinking Vouchers
29 -
The Great Bone & the Four-a-Day Men - The Texas Chainstore Massacre
30 -
Asylum Penguins - Vivisection
31 -
Asylum Penguins - Chicken House
32 -
Rags Woggle - True Colours
 
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Friday, 11 October 2019

Real Time 4 (1982) C90


Here's the fourth one bringing with it an increased emphasis on dreamy (or otherwise) electronic instrumental work, which is no bad thing. Usual terms and conditions apply in regard to who the hell any of these people were, although some you may recall from previous volumes of Real Time. EG Oblique Graph, as you well know, turned into Muslimgauze shortly after, and this track was taken from his Tryptych 7" EP as issued by Recloose. Not having the record myself, it's all new to me, although I note with curiosity that the version some bloke has posted on YouTube seems to run at a different speed to this one, so I have no idea which one is correct unless it's one of those AMAZING RECORDS WHICH THE ARTIST SAYS YOU CAN PLAY AT ANY SPEED SO LONG AS YOU'RE FINE WITH HAVING YOUR MIND BLOWN!!!  I still don't know nuffink about the Ffuts except that they used to be called the Stuff, and I vaguely recall having a fanzine in which they featured and in which they explained why they took to reversing their name, but typically I flogged it on eBay. Oh well. Jung Analysts and Push Button Pleasure are both something to do with one Terry Burrows (pictured above). Paul Kelday, as I only just found out, is or possibly was brother to one of New 7th Music, so that's interesting. I remember his work turning up on a lot of compilation tapes back in the day, and it was always something worth hearing. I really should have picked up a couple of his tapes but never mind.
 
Don't have much else I can say about this one, except that some guesswork was involved in incrementing the tracks from side one, working out whether such and such a burst of funny noises were the end of one track or the beginning of another - that sort of thing - so if I got it wrong, sorry to those concerned, but you really should have started your tracks with a hearty 1-2-3-4 like a proper band such as Racey or Abrasive Wheels. Also, the Ffuts track is actually two tracks on the tape, running out and cutting off at the end of side one, then abruptly resuming on side two, and listed as parts one and two on the cover. This seemed a bit messy to me so I've edited them into a single piece as it's clearly all part of the same track.


Tracks:
1 - The Critical Disco Review - Sour Tangs
2 -
The Critical Disco Review - The Nomads
3 -
Sons Of Mavis - Poison Ivy
4 -
Sons Of Mavis - 20/20 Vision
5 -
Jonathan Rush - Jomar's Journey [excerpt]
6 -
Vista - New Sky
7 -
EG Oblique Graph - Black Cloth Behind De Gaulle's Wax Head
8 -
Ffuts - The Nuclear Tribe
9 -
Jung Analysts - The Shining Room
10 -
Push Button Pleasure - Reproductions
11 -
Paul Kelday - Worlds Apart [excerpt]
12 -
Syd Nairda - Journey on the Motorway
13 -
Syd Nairda - Sunset in the Desert
14 -
Robert Cox - C352
 

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Real Time 3 (1982) C90


Here's the third one, and possibly the best so far (ignoring that I posted volumes five and seven some time ago) by my estimation - hard to believe it was compiled by means presumably similar to throwing bricks from the top of a double decker bus travelling down a busy high street and expecting them to brain only persons with some degree of talent; unless Mr. Cox rejected anyone's contribution as being too crap, although I'm fairly sure I recall him stating that everyone who sent something for Real Time was represented in one way or another.

As usual, a few of these will have to speak for themselves, besides which, if you're reading this then you too have internet access and are just as able to research a few of these names as I am. Both Oi Polloi and Anhrefrn (pictured above) should be sufficiently famous for you to have heard of them, I would have thought, although being as this tape dates from 1982, this stuff actually came out almost a decade before I'd heard of either. I vaguely recall getting a letter from the Infamous Zeek & Giz back when I was running a tape label, but I was a bit put off by 1) the Infamous prefix, given that I'd never heard of them, 2) frequent reference to what they termed comedy tapes, and 3) the proposition that I might like to engage in swapsies - it all felt a bit too much like you don't have to be mad to work here, BUT IT HELPS! Thankfully though, their music is decent, and I probably would have enjoyed it back then were it not for the reservations already given; and idid idid apparently once had a split tape with New 7th Music on a label called Rock Against Elvis Costello, which is amusing.

I don't know nuffink else. Favourites artists here - Trendy Turtles and the Invisible Band, but it's all pretty good.


Tracks:
1 - Trendy Turtles - Hickory Dickory
2 -
Trendy Turtles - Instrumental
3 -
Trendy Turtles - Bamber
4 -
The Genitals - Our Eyes Met
5 -
The Genitals - Sound of the Spa
6 -
Sons of the Electrodes - Bear in Mind
7 -
Oi Polloi - Police State
8 -
Oi Polloi - Poppy Day
9 -
Oi Polloi - No Future
10 -
Oi Polloi - Media
11 -
Lurch - Hush Little Baby
12 -
Yr Anhrefrn - Stwffiwch Y Dolig
13 -
Yr Anhrefrn - Ynni O'r Sebon
14 -
Terminal Spectators - Another Day
15 -
Terminal Spectators - Reach for the Sky
16 -
The Infamous Zeek & Giz - Ronnie & the Rayguns
17 -
The Infamous Zeek & Giz - My Brain is Infested with Mince
18 -
Future Future - 21st Century (Dreams)
19 -
Graham Larkbey - You Look So Lovely Tonight
20 -
Graham Larkbey - Your Husband Didn't Like It
21 -
The Invisible Band - Alazarin's Castle
22 -
The Invisible Band - Doin' the Ton
23 -
idid idid - Moloko Plus
24 -
Ron Ferret - Wasps
25 -
Ron Ferret - Train of Thought

 
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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Real Time 2 (1982) C90


Here's another one, as per arrangements made t'other week. I don't know much about this lot either, except a few of them contributed to the previous volume. Research reveals that Gunslinger were based around one Alan Davey (pictured above) whom Discogs describes as the second-longest serving member of Hawkwind, so that's interesting, and perhaps accounts for why those two tracks are possibly my favourites on this tape. I'm fairly sure I saw Workforce live at the Green Dragon, Stratford-upon-Avon back in the early eighties - one of those sort of grunting funky Test Dept with a trumpet bands falling somewhere between Slab and Hula, as I recall, and very good too, although I suppose it might be a different band with the same name. In any case the internet doesn't seem to remember much about their ever having existed. Patrol were on the second A Country Fit for Heroes compilation on the studded leather No Future label, but that's about all I've found out about them. The Same was obviously Robert Cox, later of Rimarimba, and the man behind Unlikely Records who put out this tape. I assume he's probably also the man behind the track by Robert Cox.

A few of these are given here as [excerpts] because I couldn't be arsed to increment each individual thirty second snippet of something or other where artists contributed what sounds a lot like advertising for some album they were about to release, plus titling a single track as, for one example, The Black Box / We Care / Summary / Scenes of Today / Sandra / The Black Box as listed on the cassette cover struck me as cumbersome. Personally I wish they hadn't done this, because here, I've put together a montage of our best stuff for your compilation just seems to reduce the whole enterprise to advertising space, aesthetically speaking, regardless of some of that material sounding good; but, there's not much point in whining about it now, nearly four decades later, because each to their own, and admittedly the selection as a whole remains very, very listenable with plenty of surprises.


Tracks:
1 - Swimming in the Sea - [excerpts]
2 -
Workforce - Ten Fingers Only
3 -
Jonathan Rush - Only a Nightmare
4 -
David Rush - Laser
5 -
Gunslinger - Someone's Got You in the Gunsights
6 -
Gunslinger - Step into the Future
7 -
The Blotchees - [excerpts]
8 -
Extension-Two - [excerpts]
9 -
Extension-Two - Extension-Two (Alone Again)
10 -
Lurch - Real Time
11 -
Robert Cox - A2 is Missing
12 -
Patrol - SS Officer
13 -
Patrol - Innocence
14 -
Tom Cramp & the Epileptic Ducks - Cramposaurus Chant
15 -
Tom Cramp & the Epileptic Ducks - White Stalk SB
16 -
The Puush - Morning Rolls and Hot Coffee
17 -
Suburban Storm Troopers - Switchblade & Crucifix
18 -
Suburban Storm Troopers - Mau Mau
19 -
Switch-Chord Roulette - Theresa
20 -
Switch-Chord Roulette - Goliath
21 -
The Same - Instrumental 7/3/82
22 -
The Same - Auntie Meat
23 -
The Same - Sampled & Held
24 -
The Same - Sync or Swim
 
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