Monday, 31 August 2009

The Jesus And Mary Chain - I.C.A, London, 29th December 1984

This more than acceptable quality live recording captures the band (including the recently recruited Bobby Gillespie) in all their nascent noise terrorist, riot inciting glory. Amongst the maelstrom you just may be able to recognise rare inebriated readings of "Vegetable Man" (or "Vegetable fucking Man" as Jim so delicately styles it) and Subway Sect's "Ambition" (as well as their early cause célèbre, "Jesus Fuck"). Putting aside the inevitable Velvets references for the time being - this 20-odd minute blitzkrieg is closer in spirit to early P.I.L or TG. Sadly, it's hard to imagine a young band being allowed to get away with such a spectacular public display of casual belligerence and apparent ineptitude nowadays. Hear it here.
A multitude of thanks go to Down With Tractors for posting this in the first place. Read his excellent first hand account of the gig here.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

In a Hole

The first in a series of early Mary Chain related posts. Infamous 'new Sex Pistols' live review from the NME. But just who is the blonde fellow on the right? I've no idea....

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Photomontages of Seán Hillen

Evidence Of Controlled Demolition at The Rose Garden, Tralee, Co. Kerry, 2007-8

Newry Gagarin #7, 1992

The Executioners, 1989

Sr. Faustina Appears in LondoNewry, Miraculously Preventing the Illegal Photography of Members Of The Security Forces, 1993

Four Ideas For a New Town #3, 1987

Four Ideas For a New Town #1, 1982

More of this man's astounding work can be viewed here

Monday, 17 August 2009

Subway Sect - "We Oppose All Rock & Roll" 1976 -1980

Released by Overground Records in 1996, this includes some of the songs recorded for the unreleased (and supposedly Bernie Rhodes stymied) debut album along with various single A and B sides from from sundry later incarnations of the group. The similarly unavailable compilation "20 Odd Years" probably provides a wider overview of Vic's idiosyncratic journey from monochrome art punk to supper club crooner (and back again) so it's just possible that I may post that at a later date as well. Around half of these songs were re-recorded for the "1978 Now" album that came out a couple of years back and whilst those versions are all fine and dandy, it's the ragged manic intensity of these originals that I find rather compelling.

Vic Godard (or is it Anthony Newley?) taken from the January 1982 issue of The Face.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Pop Crimes

New material from this gentleman can be found here
and rather fine it is too. I'm hooked already. One track is a bittersweet velveteen duet with Jonnine Standish of HTRK. I await the album with bated breath....

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Monday, 10 August 2009

Public Image Ltd. - Selected Live Recordings 1980

19th April 1980: Palladium, New York City, USA.

Intro Jam(Fodderstompf)/Careering/Annalisa/Attack/Low Life/Death Disco/Memories/Public Image

4th May 1980: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA.

Intro Jam(Fodderstompf)/Careering/Attack/Low Life/Chant/Death Disco/Poptones/Religion/Bad Baby/Public Image/Memories(Incomplete)/Home Is Where The Heart Is

Also included are alternate source recordings of Fodderstompf and Death Disco for a difference in hall ambience. The 8 minutes plus version of the rarely played "Home Is Where The Heart Is" is a thing of great beauty. The Raincoats supported at this show - I'd be intrigued to hear what they sounded like in this (I'm assuming) cavernous hall - there must be recordings!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Public Image Ltd. - Selected Live Recordings 1978

20th December 1978 : Theatre 140, Brussels, Belgium.

Soundchecking/More soundchecking/Theme/Belsen Was A Gas/Low Life/Religion/Attack(False start)/Attack/The Cowboy Song 1/The Cowboy Song 2/Public Image

The band's first live performance.

26th December 1978 : Rainbow Theatre, London, England.

Theme/Low Life/Belsen Was A Gas/Annalisa/Public Image /Religion/Attack/Public Image

Apparently a slightly more sedate affair compared to the tense, violent atmosphere of the previous night.