Monday, 3 October 2011
Camden Black Horse, 23rd April 1987:
Mexican Bandits/Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow/I Didn't Mean To Hurt You/Fortune/When The Dawn Starts Creeping In/All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead/Ballad Of The Band/The Stagnant Pool
The above photograph came with initial copies of the "Goldmine Trash" compilation in 1987.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
Kilburn National Ballroom, London 18/11/1986: Lazy Calm/Hitherto/Sigh's Smell Of Farewell/My Love Paramour/Sea Swallow Me/Plain Tiger/Love's Easy Tears/My Hue And Cry/Sugar Hiccup/Pearly Dewdrops' Drops/Pink Orange Red/Aikea Guinea/Sugar Hiccup
Thursday, 25 August 2011
If I were ever forced to do anything as dreadfully banal as being asked to name my "top ten" favourite artistes, then These Immortal Souls would almost definitely figure in the top five. I once described their debut record as "a Brechtian shattered glass soundtrack to stars reflected in gutters and scarlet nights of wine and roses. Ethereal noir cabaret". I'll still stand by that, and I'm eternally glad that I managed to see them perform on two occasions....but enough of that.
If I remember correctly, I acquired this cassette from a stall in Camden market at some point in the early 90's. Sound quality is a little less than pristine, but this is a fine document of the band on (correct me if I'm wrong) their first headline European tour in early 1988. "Swing For The Crime" is a cover of The Saints' song. Sadly the cassette runs out just as "One In Shadow" staggers to it's tumultuous conclusion but as I haven't seen this particular show available elsewhere, I thought it was worth a post. Many more rare R.S.H related recordings are available on the excellent Kakophonia site. Sleep well, Rowland.
Rose Club, Köln, Germany 7/2/1988: Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)/These Immortal Souls/Hey! Little Child/Blood And Sand (She Said)/Swing For The Crime/I Ate The Knife/Hide/One In Shadow, One In Sun (Incomplete)
Saturday, 30 July 2011
A lo-fi live album (seemingly recorded on a cassette recorder) that captures what was effectively the second line up of the Gun Club that existed briefly from June - November 1980. Jeffrey Lee Pierce is joined by Brian Tristan (before he became Kid Congo Powers and departed to join The Cramps) along with Rob Ritter and Terry Graham, formerly of The Bags (another Bags member, Patricia Morrison would, of course, go on to play her own part in the band's turbulent history a few years later, alongside a returning Congo Powers). Recorded exclusively in various Los Angeles dives during Summer 1980, this is a somewhat essential document of the band in its infancy featuring roughshod versions of songs that would eventually grace the debut "Fire Of Love" album a full year later as well as more obscure fare like "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" and "Field Holler".Birth.
An excellent Gun Club chronology can be found here.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
I've long been an admirer of Oliver Reed's early roles, and over the past year I've been catching up with some of the films that have previously eluded me. "The Party's Over" is one of his most memorable.
Filmed in 1962, though not released in the UK until 1965 because of censorship problems (due to its necrophiliac scenes), it's a bit like a "Beat Girl" from the wrong side of the tracks...see also "These Are The Damned" (directed by Joseph Losey 1961, with Shirley Anne Field), the Hammer film "Paranoiac"(1963) and the Michael Winner directed "The System" (1964).
In the U.S "The System" was retitled "The Girl Getters". Just to make things obvious.....
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
As requested by a number of folk, the version of "Memories" that appears on the 12" single differs quite radically from the version on "Metal Box". Characterized by a deeper bass sound and dubwise phasing on the hi-hat, this version appears to be one continuous take as opposed to the album cut which was spliced together from mutiple versions. The b-side, "Another" (as you may be aware) is a vocal version of "Graveyard" from "Metal Box". All housed in an exquisite sleeve design that Raoul Hausmann might have been proud of. I trust slight surface noise won't spoil your enjoyment...