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The Action: In the Lap of the Mods by Scenester

by Ian Hebditch & Jane Shepherd with Mike Evans & Roger Powell

Fame’s lottery has no caller, no bran tub and obeys no known physical laws. The fickle finger flexes, flicks its nail at a nondescript bunch of talented youngsters, and leaves the other thousand hopefuls awaiting their turn, sometimes forever. Today, even the small talents who are prepared to work themselves to death for fame and fortune have a chance at the big prize. It’s not the present day which interests us, however. It’s the untrammelled electric storm of 1960’s Britain, and just one of its young bands, The Action.

The indicators all seemed to be there. A tough, tight-knit unit which learned its chops by ear, from original imported USA recordings. They honed their R n B/Soul covers, poured their hearts into their performances, attracting a dedicated and loyal following in the clubs that were the stamping ground of the young and the stylish. They weren’t alone in their love for this taut, irresistible music, and they played alongside many of the bands who would find the success that The Action was sadly to be denied.

Perhaps it was the paucity of original songs that held them back, or that their apparent fan base was a little too localised to admit a wider audience. Whatever the reason, it seems a cruel irony that The Action’s destiny was to be thwarted, and it’s taken nearly fifty years from the first single release to see a worthy tribute to them.

‘In the Lap of the Mods’ is a surprisingly dense, wordy volume, illustrated with as many publicity photos, candid shots, promo labels, gig posters and record covers as could be mustered. The early life, professional career, changes within the band both in membership and material, and disappointing aftermath, are detailed with impressive thoroughness. Their reformation in the 90’s under the auspices of the New Untouchables organisation proved welcome to old fans and young alike. The many reminisces of the old fans do sometimes begin to read like the entire history of Portsmouth’s Birdcage Club, but happily disprove the old adage that ‘If you remember the 60’s, you weren’t really there.’ How people can give a blow-by-blow account of individual gigs at over forty years’ remove, when most of us have difficulty remembering a gig we attended six months ago, is a still, and remains mystery to this writer!

Publicity photos are always a joy to look through, set firmly in place and time, their desperate attempts to sell their subjects as one thing, with their true nature lurking below the surface gloss. The awkward, besuited and bow-tied poses of ‘Barry and the Boys’, from their days backing the mercurial Sandra Barry, have a school boyish quality to them that may have been intentional. Their later transformation into a waist coated, cow licked beat combo, with a bonfire of guitars, is about as convincing as the Rolling Stones’ attempt in the same period. No harm done though, as their Mod threads were on the way, and it’s in this crazed, urgent time that image and music were as one. There’s still a reluctance to love the camera, but with a confidence born of playing to a discerning audience to buoy them up. The rare splashes of colour in the photos are very welcome to those of us who feel that monochrome is cool, but colour far more revealing, in an age when British life was literally stepping out of the black and white and into a new found glorious multichrome.

The Action may never have another book written about them, but this bright, affectionately written tome would make future projects a little superfluous. Tributes from such luminaries as Sir George Martin C B E, Phil Collins and Pete Townsend are good reading, even if they leave you even more puzzled as to why The Action ended up a footnote when others became household names. If you’re already a fan, you’ll shrug at the hefty price tag at the thought of what you’re getting in exchange. I’ll leave you with just one thought; if you know a great band, don’t keep them to yourself.

Scenester1964 – 26/11/12


Scenester

Scenester lives in London and Brighton, as time allows. Enjoys music, film, television, books, design and anything else which won’t leave well alone. Old enough to know better.

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WOWFest 2012 Cancelled

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Eyeplug@WOWFest

We have been informed that WOWFest 2012 has now been cancelled. Many of the bands involved may be found playing at alternative venues and festivals this year in and around the UK.

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WOWfest features 2012 winner of Live and Unsigned

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Eyeplug@WOWFest

This summer’s explosive new music festival WOWfest (17th – 19th August, Isle of Wight), along with 13 other top UK festivals hosts the 2012 winner of the UK’s largest battle of the bands music competition, Live and Unsigned.

Live and Unsigned auditions started in January leading up to the National Finals at the UK’s Largest indoor music festival, Live Fest (14th July, 02 Arena). The competition will be judged by a panel of music industry gurus from National Radio 1, Kerrang, BBC Introducing, Regional Press & record labels including Radio 1’s Annie Knightingale MBE, Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker, former Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim and many more to be announced!

The overall winner of Live and Unsigned 2012 will receive the exclusive opportunity to play WOWfest’s main stage on Friday 17th August. Sharing the main stage over the weekend are the likes of Norman Jay MBE, The Selecter and Aswad, with more still to be announced. In addition the winner of Live and Unsigned’s acoustic music sub category will play WOWfest’s new and local talent stage, Shaved Fish.

Only in its first year, WOWfest’s features an electric mix of House, Reggae, Ska, Jazz, World, Disco, Dance, Dubstep and Drum and Bass music including House legends Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling, Reggae stars UB40, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley’s Wailers and Maxi Priest as well as Ska originals The Selecter and The Beat to name a few. On top of a spectacular line up the festival features Ubuntu, WOWfest’s African Village, as well as a vintage fun fair, workshops, there are theatre performances and after hours comedy club and swirling burlesque.

The Live and Unsigned 2012 winner will also play Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters, Sundown, Strawberry Fields Festival, Cloud 9 Festival, Glass Butter Beach, Bingley Music Live, Cockermouth Rock Festival, Brownstock, WOWFest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Just So Festival, Stockton Weekender, London Summer Jam and Lancaster Music Festival as well as receive a cash prize of £10,000.

To enter Live and Unsigned visit: www.liveandunsigned.uk.com/enter-now

Live and Unsigned Grand Final 14th July 2012 , The O2 London

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WOWfest 17th – 19th August. 2012, Isle of Wight

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Shaved Fish Stage @WOWFest 2012

THE SHUTES

PALE SEAS

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Eyeplug@WOWFest

The Shaved Fish stage at WOWfest this August will be showcasing the new and exciting music on offer from the Isle of Wight and the rest of the England, with local bands and others travelling from places such as Southampton, London and Derby. There is an intentionally eclectic mix of music on offer from the curators of Shaved Fish, which is a result of their high drive to create a unique experience with a real WOW factor that differs from night to night…

On Friday expect to hear an acoustic orientated night with hints of folk and country. Saturday steps up to an Indie rock night with a very exciting new band at the top of the bill, and on Sunday to finish the weekend there is a full on Psychedelia night. It’s a great place to discover something new and enjoy the already excellent WOWfest vibe – created by headline acts such as UB40, Heaven 17 and Madeleine Peyroux, and top DJs including Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Bez from The Happy Mondays.

The team behind Shaved Fish are three island musician amigos Charlie Harris, James Thorpe and Shaun Barker. The trio have used their time and resources wisely to book some excellent music.

Charlie is a current university student, studying Music Management and Studio production, alongside juggling a few musical projects and producing artists and bands. Born and raised on the Isle of Wight he entered the music scene at the age of 13, playing in bands and attending local gigs, soaking up what the island has to offer. With a good knowledge of new and fresh music, along with a love for music from previous decades, it is his goal to create an exciting line-up for the Shaved Fish Stage.

James is a self confessed music snob, with a primitive vintage studio set up in the top floor of his Ventnor house and co-running a label under the name Red Squirrel with Shaun and Charlie, he is certainly a man to know if you’re in the island scene. James, along with the other two, entered music through playing in a band and live performance, but has followed his interests and ended up in the field of production and recording. His connection to the network of Isle of Wight musicians has proved valuable in the booking of some great music from the island.

Shaun and James come as a pair – it’s rare you’ll find them creating music more than 10 feet from each other. As teenagers playing in band together for 8 years and attending the same schools, their interests are naturally fairly mutual. Shaun’s involvement in music is, like the others, in production and engineering music and co-running the studio with James, his input into the music made is vital to the Red Squirrel sound.

For these three island lads, this is great personal development in their chosen industry. Not only have they had full control over the musical programming of the Shaved Fish, they also have to organise the whole show. They are doing this with the guidance of the older members of the team but they have met the job full on with energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment. Instead of running competitions like many other festivals, they did email auditions with MP3s and made a selection from thousands of applicants off the island and on the island. The line up is their choice of high quality emerging and current sounds from psychedelia, Indie, jazz to shoegazing and we are pleased to see they chose The Shutes, Pale Seas, JC & Angelina, Raff, Faber, Wos, Kris and Kaf alongside Hugh Verey (founder of Wight Salads now retired).

The Shutes: are a widely anticipated 4 piece Alternative Indie Surf band from the Isle of Wight, whose catchy riffs get mass audiences going in their home turf. Recently touring in Europe, The Shutes have released their new EP “Echo of Love” which will be part of their set on the Shaved Fish Stage at WOWfest 2012. The Shutes feature Rob Potter on bass, Chris Jones on drums, Michael Champion on vocals/guitar and David Champion on guitar.

Pale Seas: from Southampton, is a young band tinged with Americana folk jarred with English self-deprication and an intimate nocturnal sound to melt any heart.

Island born brother and sister, JC & Angelina, are well known on the island circuit and to festivals and clubs far afield. Their recordings are original material.

Experience the unique sounds of the Shaved Fish at WOWfest, which runs from 17th – 19th August. 2012. Tickets are available, still promotionally priced at £99 for adult weekenders, from www.wowfest.co.uk.

WOWfest is proud to partner the following charities: Oxfam, Solar Aid, Building Schools for Africa, Sustrans, Vegfam and the IW NHS Juba project.

Location:
WOWfest Global Party is under St Martin’s Down, off the A3020 Shanklin Road (between Canteen Road and Apse Manor Road) on the Isle of Wight. Nearby are Shanklin (walking distance), Ventnor (reasonable walking distance), Godshill. From the top of the festival fields you have magnificent views across the rural landscape of the Isle of Wight to the white cliffs of Sandown Bay and across to the Spinaker Tower in Portsmouth on the mainland.

Festival timings:
Car Parks open for anyone arriving earlier than expected – 10am Thursday 16th August
Campers gates open – from Thursday 16th August 2012 at Midday.
Non-campers gates open – from Friday 17th August 2012 at 9am.
Departure time – Monday 21st August 2012 by 2pm at the latest.
Markets open from Thursday 16th August 2012.
Late refreshments available.
Bars open 10am – 2am
Live Music until Midnight
Cabaret, Burlesque, Acoustic, Comedy until 2am
WOW Club Nights until 2.30am (2am on Sunday)

Ticket Prices:
Adult Weekender – introductory early birds ONLY £99
Islander Adult Weekender – £120
Adult Weekender – Full Price £140
Student Weekender – 13 to 17 yr olds £95
Student Weekender – 13-17 yr olds introductory early bird £85
Young Weekender – 12 yrs & under (limited numbers) FREE
Adult Camping Pass £20
Student Camping Pass (accompanied 13-17 yr olds) FREE
Young Camping Pass (accompanied 12s & under) FREE
Car Parking Weekend Permit £30
Car Parking Day Permit £15
Day tickets – (limited numbers) £75
Day tickets – 12 yrs & under (limited numbers) FREE

WOWfest Partners
WOWFest@Eyeplug.net, Breeze FM, Jack FM, Carlsberg UK (Tuborg brand), Kawai Pianos, Southern Vectis Buses, Hovertravel, Best Parties Ever, The Music Shop IOW, Sustrans, with others to be announced. Also working in support of the Eco-Island Partnership and:

SolarAid (charity number 1115960)
Building Schools for Africa (charity number 1127661)
IW NHS Juba hospital project (charity number 1123754)
Vegfam (Charity number 232208)
OXFAM GB

Eyeplug@WOWFest

Eyeplug@WOWFest - Insider Media Coverage and the First Event Hook UP from the MULTI-MOOD-MACHINE SOUNDSYSTEM fro a new Festival taking place this August 2012 in Shanklin, Isle Of Wight in fab settings with a super dooper line up! Watch out for new, reviews, articles, insights, and general focus right up to the Event itself and beyond! Check out the WOWFest webiste and come along for the Party! Tickets Available Now!

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Mikal Cronin releases self-titled debut on 3 Oct 2011

Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to post-college life, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers, The Moonhearts with his debut solo album.

Take heart, this isn’t a ‘vanity project’ or half-baked endeavour – Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful. With themes that are personal as they are universal; questioning the future, accepting the past and living in the moment.

Taking influences such as the late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant Californian fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer-songwriter side that at moments feel like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher – balancing sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freakouts. Don’t let the opening Beach Boys harmonies of ‘It’s Alright?’ fool you into thinking this record can be easily pinned down.

With long time friend and collaborator, Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Royal Baths) running the tape machine and guest like John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, you can be sure you’re in for something special. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit the first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked.

Mikal Cronin

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Release Date: 3rd October 2011

Label: Trouble In Mind

Format: CD/LP/ Digital

 

Tracklisting:

Is It Alright           

Apathy           

Green and Blue           

Get Along           

Slow Down           

Gone                       

Situation           

Again and Again           

Hold On Me           

The Way Things Go

 

 

LISTEN TO ‘APATHY’ HERE

 

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Steve Ignorant announces support for final ‘Last Supper’ gig

In 1977, Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud founded Crass.

In 1984 Crass disbanded.

In 2007, as a personal tribute to Crass, Steve Ignorant performed a show at Shepherds Bush Empire called ‘The Feeding Of The Five Thousand’, a celebration of the Crass album of the same name, which was performed in its entirety.  Answering the calls that have come from around the globe in response to the Shepherd’s Bush gigs Steve Ignorant has been touring ‘The Last Supper’ across the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to rapturous audiences, celebrating the period of Crass’ work with which he feels most closely aligned – the period when he feels the band were at the strongest, most productive and most hopeful.

In November 2011 Steve Ignorant and his merry band of musicians comprising Gizz Butt (guitar), Pete Wilson (bass), Spike T Smith (drums) and Carol Hodge (vocals) will be performing the Last Supper for the last time, deliberately and significantly to be held once again at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire.

This will doubtless be the last time any member of Crass will play these songs live again. Ever.

Steve has invited some old friends along to help make this a truly unforgettable event and I am pleased to announce the support acts for the final ever show…

The Cravats

Formed in 1978 near Birmingham, England, these dada fuelled, Jazz-Punk colossals soon became firm John Peel favourites with their unique brand of sax-riddled, bass-laced punk weirdness, doing 4 sessions for the great man and releasing numerous records on Small Wonder, Crass, Corpus Christi and most recently the double CD retrospective, ‘Land of The Giants’ on Overground Records, who, in January, are also re-releasing the band’s first 1978 LP, ‘The Cravats In Toytown’ on CD, as well as a brilliantly crafted new creation culled from the original ‘In Toytown’ master tapes by Penny Rimbaud of Crass, which one described as, “. . . Like an English Stately Home garden landscaped by Jackson Pollock.” The live band features, original founder and voice, The Shend (The Cravats, The Very Things) as well as legendary Cravats sax behemoth, Svor Naan along with Rex Speedway on fuzz club guitar, Rev. J. Noble on bass and Rampton Garstang, the tree-bending sticksman. 

Eccentrically frantic on stage, odd but on the ball and definitely not normal.

Paranoid Visions  

Formed in Dublin in 1981, Paranoid Visions quickly allied themselves to the anarcho punk fraternity of the second wave of punk rock in the early 80’s. Heavily influenced by the Crass ethic of DIY music, the band formed their own F.O.A.D label and licensed their records to All The Madmen, home of the Mob, Thatcher on Acid, Blyth Power and the Astronauts. The band are currently completing their new album, entitled “Dichotomy: White Sands / Black Earth” for release in early 2012. the album features contributions from the Cravats’ The Shend, TV Smith, Goldblades’ John Robb and US punk band the Blame. A single (featuring TV Smith on guest vocals), “Outsider Artist” will be released to coincide with this show with Steve Ignorant, the bands largest London gig to date.

Videos: politician 2011 (cd single), reached number 6 in the IRMA irish physical sales chart 2011, strobelight and torture (7″ and cd single), reached number 4 in the independant download charts 2010 Missing in action (album track from 40 shades of gangreen, 2007) video produced by students from tisch college, NYC, as part of their work experience in Dublin courtesy of hot press.

Andy T

Andy T. began writing poetry/lyrics around the mid 1970’s encouraged by the free festival scene which had a lot of roots and branches in Rochdale. Andy became friends with Crass, attending a lot of their gigs around the country. They were expressing similar feelings that he related to. He had been sending cassette tapes of his poetry and music to friends for quite a while. Crass decided to release a bunch of tapes they had received from all over the country as Bullshit Detector. Andy had something to do with 5 tracks on the first one. Andy T’s music has been described as ‘Joy Division meets Killing Joke at a dub reggae party, with a fat, old bloke shouting over the top’. It probably sounds like nothing you’ve heard before, please feel free to decide for yourself.

Some special secret guests will also be appearing!

‘So here it is then – the final date for the final gig, it’s so weird looking at it knowing it’s going to be the last time I ever perform Crass songs live on stage. I know that was the idea behind this Last Supper tour, but to see it in black and white in front of you like this really makes it final. I know that every gig I do is special and that me and the band put 1000% into every performance, but I have to admit to you all, this one will be special. If you’re thinking of coming, bring some tissues – it’s gonna be emotional’ – Steve Ignorant

The Last Supper
O2 Shepherds Bush Academy
London
Saturday 19th November.  Doors 7pm
Special guests: The Cravats, Paranoid Visions and Andy T

Tickets £20, on sale now from Ticketweb, the Southern web shop, UK tickets.

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Icarus Line return with new album, ‘Wildlife’, and UK Tour

Los Angeles rockers Icarus Line have announced the release of their first alum in four years – Wildlife will be issued on Cobraside Records on 29 August.

Speaking about the genesis of the new album, Icarus Line mainman Joe Cardamone observed, ‘It has always been a hard sell to convince record label suit types to invest in music that celebrates the kind of lifestyle that threatens their very day jobs and status of importance in this material world. Since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out high on dope years back, it sure seems that they have vowed to never make this mistake again and if you read any popular music magazine or website you’ll see that they have been widely successful. Call it how you see it, it’s a load of crap. Not only are bands that hold guitars a vintage idea but anything that doesn’t pander to iPhone sales in some way is banished to the back of the bus with the other delinquents. That is unless you were born a rich, rock star to begin with. Not the case here.

‘We have been touring/recording/hiding/again and again since 1998. We came from various middle to low income areas of Los Angeles; starting off as a high school punk group and eventually, a world wide act (despite little to no financial support from formal institutions). Even while signed to semi major, V2 we resorted to living with friends and deplorable hotels in the worst parts of Hollywood. Scumbags. It’s hard to care about making a decent living when you don’t even know where you are going to be living. For over ten years we’ve reared our heads in various forms, made critically acclaimed records, toured the world and then seemingly vanished for years on end.

‘The new record, Wildlife was written by me over a period of two years. I had moved out of slums of Hollywood back to my hometown, Highland Park in East LA. The change of scenery was prompted by a need to get away from everything that living in Hollywood brought – Desperation, drugs and record industry scum. Drummer Jeff Watson was driving a Taxi in Portland Oregon at the time so he headed back to LA to complete the group before the sessions. Alvin was around town trying to keep busy while waiting for the man and Jason was working hard supporting his new baby girl. The band got together and crashed through the 30 odd tunes that I had scribbled on bits of paper. We had about 15 days to get an album worth of material, packed into a two car garage that had been repurposed as a sound proof studio. We went at it with very little time for communication. From the day Jeff landed, until the night before the recording was to start, Wildlife was born. With a little help from Ariel Pink and Giant Drag’s Annie, about 20 songs were recorded in Room Three at Sunset Sound. Yes, the same room that Prince turned into his apartment to make Purple Rain.

‘The remainder of the tracking and mixing took place in my home studio mostly under no professional supervision. What does this knob do? Do? Do? Do! Relying on instinct and some gathered knowledge and a new-found enthusiasm for learning to use gear I barely knew how to use, I put together the album. The result is almost like a debut release, uncharted territory for the band that had always used the studio as an instrument to fully express their intent. Wildlife was learning to play piano and tuning up a car at the same time. This wasn’t out of choice completely but more of necessity. It had to be done.

‘Wildlife presents the newest chapter in a bizarre saga of sonic ambition and utterly stubborn will. A rock‘n’roll nuke followed by a couple months of radiated fallout. This record did not just make itself and get into your hands by accident today, it was written, produced and recorded under the constant threat of extinction. As we all know the bills keep coming long after the money is gone. It is another document from a distant corner of Los Angeles that believes in Rock’n’Roll music as art and religion. This collection of songs is finer than the last and those before that. We, The Icarus Line may never get to make a record again and so every record has been made as if it’s the very last one. That’s how this music is supposed to feel though isn’t it? Like a fight to survive in a musical landscape dominated by frat boys in ships clothing. If you love Iggy, If you miss Roxy Music, if you feel Funkadelic, if you need a flash of danger in your life, if you want a little lust around, if you love Rock N’ Roll music that is actually made by motivated fuck ups who had no other choice, then this is for you.’

The band have also announced their first UK dates for two years:

10 Oct             Cardiff                                    Club Ifor Bach

11 Oct             Manchester                          Ruby Lounge

12 Oct             Glasgow                                 King Tuts

13 Oct             Wakefield                              The Hop

14 Oct             London                                  Lexington

Check out ‘King Baby’ and ‘We Sick’ from Wildlife HERE

 

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New Simon Morgan album, ‘Domestic Abuse’ now available via iTunes

Domestic Abuse, the remarkable solo debut album from Eyeplug’s very own Simon Morgan is now available from iTunes. Morgan’s songs splice the energy and worldly cynicism of punk rock to anthemic tunes with genuinely affecting melodies. In a similar literate lyrical vein to such singer/songwriters as Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg, Morgan’s lyrics delineate a post-modern kitchen-sink landscape of sexual politics, autism, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, death, parental loss, unrequited love, requited love, and social networking.

An important new voice from the bedsitter heartlands, the evocative nature of Morgan’s descriptions of ‘players, doggers, gold-diggers, users and their pimps’ indentifies his talent for charting the topography of the heart. Packed with small-town detail, the dozen songs on Domestic Abuse represent the culmination of over 30 years of songwriting experience and stand as a vivid testament to a creative talent that has not only lived life to its fullest extent, but is also prepared to lay his often hard won experiences bare to a wider audience. ‘Johnny Rotten told me I had no future,’ he observes. ‘He was wrong . . . this is my future.’

Live, Simon has already made an impact, a recent high profile show at the Islington Academy being the latest in a series of gigs that have seen the steadily growing buzz around him gather volume and momentum. His performances are a testament to the concept of function over form, there is no artifice as he presents compelling songs, written from the heart and performed with honesty and conviction.    

‘This is the best set of songs I’ve written,’ enthused Simon. ‘The destination of a musical journey from punk rock to folk.’

Download Domestic Abuse from iTunes

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Marmalade ‘Best Of’ 2CD set announced

Fine Cuts: The Best Of Marmalade

Released on Salvo, 5 September 2011

Scottish group Marmalade formed originally formed in 1961 and are best known for their UK number one cover of the Beatles ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da’ and the major US hit ‘Reflections Of My Life’.

These hits are featured on their new album “Fine Cuts” , which showcases a total of 45 tracks, also including ‘I See The Rain’, ‘Cousin Norman’, ‘My Little One’ and many more.

The album was remastered by Finesplice for the finest possible sound quality. A stylish double digipack with 12-page booklet, it contains rare photographs plus a comprehensive overview of Marmalades career written by band members Junior (William) Campbell and Dean Ford.

Tracklisting:

CD1 – The 60s                                                                               

1                   It’s All Leading Up To Saturday Night

2                   Wait A Minute Baby

3                   Can’t Stop Now

4                   There Ain’t No Use In Hanging On

5                   I See The Rain

6                   Laughing Man

7                   Man In A Shop

8                   Cry (The Shoob Doroorie Song)

9                   Lovin’ Things

10                 Hey Joe

11                 Wait For Me Marianne

12                 Mess Around

13                 Ob-La -Di, Ob-La-Da

14                 Chains

15                 Baby Make It Soon

16                 Time Is On My Side

17                 Butterfly

18                 (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart

19                 Mr Lion

20                 Station On 3rd Avenue

21                 Mr Tambourine Man

22                 Summer In The City

23                 I Shall Be Released

24                 Reflections Of My Life

25                 Rollin’ My Thing

CD2 – The 70s     

1                   Rainbow

2                   The Ballad Of Cherry Flavar

3                   My Little One

4                   Is Your Life Your Own

5                   Cousin Norman

6                   Back On The Road

7                   Mama

8                   Sarah

9                   Ride Boy Ride

10                 Empty Bottles

11                 Stay With Me Baby

12                 Can You Help Me

13                 Radancer

14                 Kaleidescope

15                 Lady Of Catrine

16                 She Wrote Me A Letter

17                 Just One Woman

18                 Bad Weather

19                 Super Clean Jean

20                 I’ve Been Around Too Long

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Exit_International confirm debut album details and free download

Returning from 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Sex W/Strangers’ EP, Exit_International’s Fudge Wilson (bass/vocals), Adam Thomas (drums/percussion), and Scott Lee Andrews (vocals/bass) prepare to unleash their debut full album, Black Junk, on 19 September. The band promise that their EP was, ‘Just a taste of the embryonic promise of things to come!’ 

From the 48 second blast of ‘Blindfolds’ to the brooding, creepy expanse of ‘King Of The Junkies’ Black Junk have been described as, ‘Rabid, off-kilter, filthy punk rock’  – think the Pixies combined with Motorhead, the sonics of Girls Against Boys and the nerve-splitting post-hardcore volatility of the Blood Brothers. Opener, ‘Glory Horn’ was originally released as a split-single to celebrate a UK tour with Antlered Man quickly becoming a crowd favourite, whilst ‘Bowie’s Ghost’, the band’s first video displays the trio’s uncanny knack for combining the short-sharp-shock treatment with their unmistakable visceral sound.

Recorded in a chaotic 72 hour chemical haze, Black Junk is a guitarless tour-de-force containing just over 30 minutes of urgent, blister-fuzz future rock n’ roll. With ex-60ft Dolls drummer Carl Bevan behind the decks, the band re-recorded tracks ‘Sex W/Strangers’, ‘Chainsaw Song’ and ‘Lights Out’ from their previous EP with added intensity and fervour.

The last 12 months have seen the band from obscurity to ‘ones to watch’ in the UK and the US, with resulting (PA destroying) appearances on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds, 2000 Trees, Guilfest, Leopallooza, Merthyr Rock festivals and sessions recorded for BBC Radio 1 Introducing – including their (now) infamous cover of Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’.

While tours with Monster Magnet,  Blitz Kids, Ginger Wildheart, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gay For Johnny Depp, Future Of The Left, The Bronx, and others spread the carnage of Exit_ International’s live performance, Black Junk  is set to take that carnage into your very own bedroom with its limitless duel-bass fronted noise-rock.

Check out the fuss by downloading EI’s ‘Voices’ HERE

 Black Junk tracklist:

 01. Glory Horn                 

02. Sex W/ Strangers                 

03. Voices                 

04. Shake Your Bad Ass                 

05. Bowie’s Ghost                 

06. Body Joyrider                 

07. Sherman Fang                 

08. Chainsaw Song                 

09. My Mouth Is Your Mouth                 

10. Lights Out                 

11. King Of The Junkies                 

12. Blindfolds                 

13. Hey Disciple

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