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Time's Up"Time's Up" is Buzzcocks' 1976 album of demos originally released as a bootleg. Featuring the founding line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), "Time's Up" was recorded at Revolution Studios in Stockport, England on the 18th of October 1976. The session preceded the recording of Buzzcocks' groundbreaking debut Spiral Scratch", and features demos of the EP's four tracks - an EP now recognized as one of, if not the, most important records of the punk explosion.1. You Tear Me Up
3. Friends Of Mine
4. Orgasm Addict
6. Time's Up
7. Lester Sands (Drop In The Ocean)
8. Love Battery
9. I Can't Control Myself
10. I Love You, You Big Dummy
11. Don't Mess Me Around$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture)Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl ("Temperamental"), Moby ("Run On"), Air ("All I Need"), Mansun ("Legacy"), Pulp ("Party Hard"), and Air ("Sexy Boy"). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he's managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.
This is not praise derived from a desire to play up new product. This is simply the reality of the situation. How else to describe a compilation which sandwiches "Basin Street Blues," by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five between tracks by Talking Heads and The Raincoats? We're talking about a musical landscape which finds Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, and Rudy Vallee rubbing elbows with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and the Buzzcocks. It shouldn't work, and yet somehow it does.1. "Don't Worry About The Government" - Talking Heads
2. "Fairytale In The Supermarket" - The Raincoats
3. "Media Blitz" - Germs
4. "Cheree" - Suicide
5. "D.J." - David Bowie
6. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" - Devo
7. "The Big Country" - Talking Heads
8. "Basin Street Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
9. "This Heart Of Mine" - Fred Astaire
10. "In A Sentimental Mood" - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
11. "After Hours On Dream Street" - Sandy Williams
12. "As Time Goes By" - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
13. "Why Can't I Touch It?" -The Buzzcocks$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Spiral ScratchLimited (500 In North America) Reissue Of One Of Punk's Most Seminal Releases - The Seven Inches Of Vinyl That Kick-Started D.I.Y Culture!
Authentic Recreation Of The 1977 Original - Comes In Printed Paper Sleeve With Polygram-Style Outer Flap Construction And Recessed Edge, Housed Inside A Plastic Protective Sleeve
In 1976, a long, long time before the inter-connected world we live in now, and a million miles from crafted marketing campaigns and feasibility studies, four awkward lads living in the isolation of industrial North West England created the most important record of the punk explosion. Indeed, ever. What they did would touch the rest of the world in ways that they or anyone else could never have imagined.
Set against the backdrop of the long hot summer of 1976, when the biggest selling record of the year was Brotherhood Of Man's 'Save All Your Kisses For Me', newly-formed Buzzcocks find no favour with the London-based music industry, so lead singer Howard Devoto and guitarist Pete Shelley chance upon the previously unheard of idea of 'fuck it, let's put a record out ourselves'. The band, having no record label support, beg and borrow to pay for the studio time and for 1000 copies to be pressed. Recorded in Manchester's Indigo Sound Studio just after Christmas during downtime to save money, manufactured and hand-assembled in January of the New Year, the four tracks were laid down in three hours flat with two more hours to mix them. Job done. 1-2-3-4.
On the 29th of January 1977, just as "Spiral Scratch" is released on the bands' own freshly conceived New Hormones label, announcing punk's rebellion against the status quo, Howard Devoto informs Pete, and fellow band mates Steve Diggle (bass) and John Maher (drums) - with typical punk chaos and with sweet disregard for any cohesive business strategy - that he's quitting the band to form another, Magazine. The Clash had yet to record their first single.
"Spiral Scratch" is testament to the power of punk's possibilities and is an object lesson in how to debunk and demystify any hurdles presented by the establishment. The impact of this incredible seven inches of vinyl that kickstarted D.I.Y. culture goes on and on, and on, and on, and on1. Breakdown
2. Time's Up
4. Friends of Mine$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
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Sound Affects (On Sale)One of the most popular bands to emerge from the British punk rock scene of 1977; The Jam had a phenomenal
impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, along with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and
Buzzcocks, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration. The Jam's 6 studio albums are now available on newly remastered heavyweight vinyl, including: All Mod Cons, In The City, Setting Sons, Sound Affects, The Gift, and This Is The Modern World.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Pretty Green
3. But I'm Different Now
4. Set The House Ablaze
6. That's Entertainment
7. Dream Time
8. Man In The Corner Shop
9. Music For The Last Couple
10. Boy About Town
11. Scrape Away$24.99 $13.99 Save $11.00 (44%)Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Earth Vs The PipettesIn their first incarnation, donning polka dot dresses and referencing the girl groups of the late '50s in the heyday of skinny tie indie music, The Pipettes had remarkable success. A Top 10 album in Japan where the single Pull Shapes was only kept off the #1 spot by J-Lo, Top 10 radio positions all across Europe, two Top Forty hits in the U.K. and a Top Ten in the U.S. billboard indies. They played on the main stages at Reading and Glastonbury and sold a heap of records.
Since then they've been working on their new album with the legendary Martin Rushent, producer of The Stranglers, The Buzzcocks, Shirley Bassey, and, most famously, The Human League's Dare. Now the polka-dot dresses have been swapped for alien chic, and The Pipettes have emerged as a two-girl fronted, six-piece pop band. Earth vs. The Pipettes is chockfull of classic influences and killer pop songs, knocked out by a bunch of pop theorists from Brighton, a pair of golden voices from the valleys and a hibernating genius of a producer. Once again The Pipettes are ready to use the past to trail blaze into the future!1. Call Me
2. Aint No Talking
3. Thank You
4. Need a Little Time
6. I Always Planned to Stay
7. Stop the Music
8. I Vibe U
9. Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen
10. Finding My Way
11. Captain Rhythm
12. From Today$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-2111xThe Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti ColumnImport
Despite the title, this is the debut album from Manchester's
Durutti Column, originally released on the legendary
Factory Records label in 1980. This album is a
collaboration between guitarist, and the only permanent
member of the band, Vini Reilly and producer/keyboard
player Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Buzzcocks). Though
lumped in with the post-punk movement, The Durutti
Column's debut is hardly reminiscent of what that term
brings to mind. The Return Of The Durutti Column is a
collection of guitar based instrumentals melding rock, folk, classical, electronica and
the avant-garde. Absolutely stunning.1. Sketch For Summer
2. Requiem For A Father
4. Conduct Side
7. Sketch For Winter
9. In 'D'$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The CityOne of the most popular bands to emerge from the British punk rock scene of 1977; The Jam had a phenomenal
impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, along with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and
Buzzcocks, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration. The Jam's 6 studio albumsare now available on newly remastered heavyweight vinyl, including: All Mod Cons, In The City, Setting Sons, Sound Affects, The Gift, and This Is The Modern World.1. Art School
2. I've Changed My Address
3. Slow Down
4. I Got By In Time
5. Away From The Numbers
6. Batman Theme
7. In The City
8. Sounds From The Street
9. Non-Stop Dancing
10. Time For Truth
11. Takin' My Love
12. Bricks And Mortar$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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Killing Time (On Sale)Killing Time is the debut album from the San Francisco, CA trio Terry Malts consisting of Corey Cunningham (guitar, backing vocals), Phil Benson (bass guitar, lead vocals) and Nathan Sweatt (drums, backing vocals). Displaying a slick, intelligent take on modern chainsaw pop, Killing Time certainly lives up to its name! Their heads-down live shows and immaculate power-pop songwriting have made this irreverent punk trio one of the most talked about up and comers. Mashing up the best bits from such stellar forebears as The Undertones, Buzzcocks and Descendents, Terry Malts haven't forgotten their roots or the fact that one of the key elements of punk has always been the pursuit of having a good time at all costs.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Something About You
2. Not Far From It
3. Where Is The Weekend?
4. Tumble Down
5. No Sir, I'm Not A Christian
6. Waiting Room
7. I'm Neurotic
9. Mall Dreams
10. No Good For You
11. I Do
12. What Was It
13. Can't Tell No One
14. No Big Deal$14.99 $11.84 Save $3.15 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Found (Awaiting Repress)150 Gram Half Clear/Half Green
Limited to 200
In 2001 Rival Schools released there debut album United By Fate, which was met by praises from critics and fans. The group spent the next two years touring the world a few times over. Feeling some fatigue from the road, guitarist Ian Love decided to part ways and pursue solo endeavors. The group then recruited long time friend and musician Chris Traynor, (Orange 9mm/Helmet) and they spent a year writing and recording material in a few different studios around NYC. This body of work has since been leaked on the Internet in bits and pieces, with various made up song titles. These recordings have taken on a certain mystique among diehard fans and will finally see an official release. Titled Found, the eleven songs (including a Buzzcocks cover) have been re-mastered and will be available digitally as well as in a limited run of 180 gram vinyl on April 9, 2013. The cover is a photo from one of the studios in Brooklyn that the band was working out of. In 2011, Rival Schools released Pedals, they spent the next few years touring the world, and have been working on new material for an upcoming release.1. Dreamlife Avenger
2. Reaching Out
3. Indisposable Heroes
4. Paranoid Detectives
5. On The Fray
6. The Soft Skin
7. Tell It All To Me
8. Missing Glider
9. Big Waves
10. Sofia Loren
11. Why Can't I Touch It$24.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Daughter of EverythingVertical Scratchers is John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou,
and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere).
Vertical Scratchers formed in Los Angeles in 2012. John and Christian
met at a Thanksgiving party, began hanging out, and then just decided
to be a band together. John says, "I love Christian's drumming because
he approaches it like a songwriter, as he is one in his own right. There
aren't really drum fills-more like rhythmic accents that punctuate
what is happening at that point in the song itself."
One of the most persistent elements you will hear throughout the
record is the percussive nature in which the guitars were played and
recorded. Guitar playing is vertical scratching, and in this band, the
guitar strums are almost louder than the amps. John explains, "Part
of the aesthetic we were establishing when writing Vertical Scratchers
songs was to maintain a sense of urgency and raw energy without
relying on volume and distortion. I wanted the guitars to sound light
and jangly, and most songs were purposefully sung in a soft falsetto."
Most Vertical Scratchers songs clock in under the two-minute mark
but often go in twice as many directions as your average-length song.
Pop deception. Think the Kinks with a Buzzcocks brevity.
Daughter of Everything was recorded live in Los Angeles at The Smell
in September of 2012. The special guest appearance lead vocal from
Robert Pollard was recorded at Waterloo Sound in Ohio by Todd
Tobias.1. Wait No Longer
2. Turn Me Out
3. Memory Shards
4. Pretend U Are Free
5. Way Out
7. U Dug Us All
8. Kingdom Come
10. Run Around
11. These Plains
12. Get Along Like U
13. My Only Want
15. The End$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TribalLast summer Imelda May became a mother for the first time. You might expect her to turn to singing ballads. You would be horribly wrong.
"There are no lullabies on this album," laughs the lady who's brought rockabilly back into fashion sixty years after it was kicked into life by young men like
Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis.
"Tribal" is as primal a rock 'n' roll record as you could ever find, infused with the spirit of Sun Studios, where the sound was born in Memphis, Tennessee -
but given a 21st century kick up the butt by a girl from the back streets of Dublin.
Tribal" - her third album, following "Love Tattoo" and the Top Ten hit "Mayhem" - is her punchiest yet.
The songs on "Tribal" are infused with the rebel spirit that launched rock 'n' roll on an unsuspecting world way back in the mid-1950s, but also the rebel
spirit of the punk bands Imelda admired growing up in Dublin in the late 1970s as the youngest of five siblings - The Clash and The Undertones, The
Buzzcocks and The Cramps.
The motto for the way Imelda lives her life is the title of her new single 'It's Good To Be Alive'. "I wrote it in the early hours of the morning one day after I
had the baby," she reveals. "I was sleep-deprived and feeling very exhausted. I looked out of the window, watched the sun rise through the trees and felt
- God, it's good to be alive!"
Other song titles sum up Imelda's zest for life. 'It's Good To Be Alive'. 'I Wanna Dance'. 'Wicked Way'. 'Wild Woman'. Especially the latter, with its chorus:
"There's a wild woman livin' inside of me/A wicked, wicked wild woman, dyin' to be free". "You see people toning it down and becoming more responsible
as they get older. But inside, there's still the lunatic inside"1. Tribal
2. Wild Woman
3. It s Good To Be Alive
4. Gypsy In Me
5. Little Pixie
6. Hellfire Club
7. Five Good Men
8. Ghost Of Love
9. Wicked Way
10. Round The Bend
11. I Wanna Dance
12. Right Amount Of Wrong$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
StiffThree years on from their critically acclaimed "barbeque" record Corsicana Lemonade, White Denim are back with more than just a new album to commemorate. Their sixth record, Stiff - out 25 March 2016 via Downtown/Sony Red - is a return to the Austin quartet's frenetic rock band roots, and is both a jubilant thrill ride and joyous celebration of their past ten years. Heading into the studio with an external producer to oversee a whole album for the first time - and even writing a tune with Cass McCombs ('Thank You') - the band teamed up with the legendary Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, The Staves) to produce their first truly live record, one teeming with a cool '70s undertow, tumultuous riffs and a feverish energy that's resulted in arguably some of their biggest and brawniest songs to date.
With drummer Joshua Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins now pursuing other production ventures, vocalist/guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki spent a long time reassessing exactly what White Denim meant to them. "The big thing for Steve and I was trying to define what made us want to keep going," Petralli explains of the album's early days. "What's our partnership about? What's cool about this? We learnt a lot making D and Corsicana Lemonade. We wanted to take some of those lessons and apply it back to our original mission statement. We were trying to get back to some of the things that made us excited about the band in the first place."
Opener 'Had 2 Know (Personal)' is the embodiment of that mission statement. Described by Petralli as "a reassertion of our initial intent to make songs that satisfy our urge to play fast", it sets the tone brilliantly for the bulk of Stiff, right from its idiosyncratic, Red Krayola-sampling beginning to its huge, golden era chorus. While it remains distinctively White Denim, there's a reinvigoration permeating through its riffs via new guitarist Jonathan Horne and a beefed-up rhythm section thanks to the work of new drummer Jeffrey Olson. Every single high octane turn - from the tremendously fun 'Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)' to the outrageously shredding 'Holda You (I'm Psycho)' - sounds like a band re-energised and revitalised, resulting in what Petralli describes as a "high heat, high energy, good times record". Having previously sold out Shepherd's Bush Empire and having toured with Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys, Stiff is full to the brim with songs that sound ready to now lift White Denim to similar heights.
For the most part, Stiff is an album crammed with adrenaline-fuelled sing-alongs that show off the band's staple technical abilities. But it's also one that sees some new shades that they've developed along the way, too. Citing new wave and the razor-sharp pop punk of Buzzcocks as influences this time round, there's an addictive Elvis Costello circa This Year's Model quality to 'Real Deal Momma', a tune that highlights the band's love for hummable synthesisers and curious, affecting oddities. Then there's the cow bell calm and backing vocals laden brilliance of 'I'm The One (Big Big Fun)', that along with 'Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)' (a song Petralli says "wants to be on a collection of doo wop songs written in 2016") shows a softer and more intricate side to the band while fully emphasising Petralli's vocal excellence.
Of the artwork - which was created by collagist Eugenia Loli - was inspired and worked from the band's previous album covers and videos as a visual template. Ultimately, it's a fleeting visit to a place the band have been before, with the covers of Workout Holiday and D being collages too. Stiff was even originally stylised 'Stif', which when spelt backwards spells out the title of their second full-length Fits. Then there's 'Mirrored In Reverse', a nod to the Fits track 'Mirrored And Reverse'. "I mean, we're ten!" Petralli says in disbelief while explaining all of the record's throwbacks. "We did think about naming this record Ten and referencing the Pearl Jam cover!"
Recorded with nothing but equipment that Petralli describes as being "past a certain point in the '70s", he explains that Stiff is an album made "entirely the old way". "It was tracked live to 16-track tape with very little overdubs," he says. "It was very hardcore record making - traditional in every aspect." Recorded with Ethan Johns in Asheville, North Carolina over a twenty-day period, Petralli and the band had an intense but deeply educational time with Johns. "It was really cool. The guy had these stories that were just unbelievable. He started talking about playing with Jimmy Page when he was a kid, and he lived in the studio where The Rolling Stones and The Faces would just hang out. Having Ethan in the room pushing us really made it more of an 'in the moment' and a visual thing. Capturing live performances is what he does really well."
To make things even more celebratory, there was an extra ten day stint spent with go-to White Denim man Jim Vollentine, who Petralli describes as "my guy, man". He continues: "we've made a lot of records together now. When we left the studio in Asheville with Ethan, we thought we gotta work on this record some more, you know? Though it was really just mixing, which we did with respect to Ethan's arrangements and his recording. I feel like I really haven't made anything like this before."
Ultimately, Stiff is the sound of a band finding their feet again and having the time of their lives. It's a record that refuses to buckle under the pressures of life, instead offering up a soundtrack to sing, dance, shout and scream along to. As a White Denim album, it's a joyride through the past ten years of the band's idiosyncratic catalogue while simultaneously pushing things further forward into new territories. "It's similar to our first record [Workout Holiday] in that we found the initial energy and just went with that," Petralli says of the initial studio spark that started it all. "We thought, what's the fundamental thing that made us want to get into a van and quit our terrible jobs and start this whole thing in the first place? And it was loud, fast-playing, rock and roll."1. Had 2 Know (Personal)
2. Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
3. Holda You (I'm Psycho)
4. There's a Brain in My Head
5. Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)
6. (I'm the One) Big Big Fun
7. Real Deal Momma
8. Mirrored in Reverse
9. Thank You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-2210xThe Durutti Column
The second Durutti Column album, originally released on
Factory Records in 1981, marked the departure of
producer Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Buzzcocks) and
the addition of drummer Bruce Mitchell, who would remain
a longtime collaborator with chief member, guitarist Vini
Reilly. LC is as powerful as the debut, a fantastic
collection of guitar excursions that transcend genre. This
is also the first album to feature Reilly's speak-sing vocal style on a number of songs
(including The Missing Boy a tribute to the recently deceased leader of Joy Division,
Ian Curtis). Another stellar album.1. Sketch For Dawn
2. Portrait For Frazier
5. Sketch For Dawn
6. Never Known
7. The Act Committed
8. Detail For Paul
9. The Missing Boy
10. The Sweet Cheat Gone$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-3019xThe Monochrome Set
Strange BoutiqueStrange Boutique is the classic debut from English post-punk outfit The Monochrome Set, originally released in 1980. Formed in 1978 out of the ashes of the group, The B-Sides (whose members included Stuart Goddard, who would soon be known by the pseudonym Adam Ant), The Monochrome Set released a handful of singles on Rough Trade, and performed live around London, often in collaboration with filmmaker Tony Potts, before recording their debut with producer Bob Sargeant, whose credits include albums from Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Buzzcocks, and The Fall. A post-punk classic reissued here on 180g vinyl courtesy of 4 Men With Beards.1. The Monochrome Set (I Presume)
2. The Lighter Side of Dating
4. The Puerto Rican Fence Climber
5. Tomorrow Will Be Too Long
6. Martians Go Home
7. Love Goes Down the Drain
8. Ici Les Enfants
9. The Etcetera Stroll
10. Goodbye Joe
11. The Strange Boutique$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fourteen Inches of FistScreaming guitars, brutal, primal drumming and a twisted, wailing saxophone cutting through it all.. The whole thing is done with a sense of humour and is a joy to behold. Atomic Suplex have toured Europe and Asia sharing the stage with such luminaries as The Hives, Guitar Wolf, Fat White Family, Buzzcocks, and many more.. Every song is a one to two minute burst of distorted guitars, insane vocals, the occasional bit of sax. And, you know what? It's brilliant. If you want some raw, visceral rock'n'roll thrills this band comes highly recommended.1. One Man Party
2. 14 Inches Of Fist
3. Set It On Fire
4. Wild Love
5. Firing Line
7. Two Girls
8. J.D. Attack
9. Ass Tecnica
10. No Pain No Gain
11. You've Got Some
14. Chicken Rich
15. White Shoes$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Best BlessBest Bless is the debut EP from Sleepy Doug Shaws Highlife. Shaw moved from his hometown of London, England at the age of 19, arriving onto the NYC music scene in 2003. At that time accompanied by only by an acoustic guitar, he was soon showcasing his preternatural singing abilities and strong focused fingerpicking blues skills around the city playing under the moniker Sleepy Doug Shaw; and before long he had joined the entrancing psychedelic soul band White Magic.
Highlife was born in 2008 when Shaw, along with White Magic collaborator Mira Billotte, retreated from New York to the small island of Gaspar Grande off the coast of Trinidad, at the southernmost point of the Carribean trail.
It was at Southern Studios in London that full-band versions of the songs were recorded by the brilliant Harvey Birrel (Crass, Sir Richard Bishop, Buzzcocks). Shaw and Billotte were joined on these sessions by Tim Koh (Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffitti) and Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance), who play bass and drums respectively on Burying Stones.1. War Fair
2. F Kenya Rip
3. Burying Stones
4. Tuareg Dancehall
5. Wet Palm Trees$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Superchunk (Pre-Order)The remastered LP features updated artwork and includes an 11 × 17 replica of an early Chunk show flyer, with photos and notes from the band on the reverse.
Mac shared his memories of these early days of Superchunk: When I listen to our first album now, other than cringing at some clams and the vocals and the juvenile attitude of the whole thing what was I angry about? You'll have to ask 21-year-old me because in my memory, we were having fun. I hear the accumulation of our influences, which I suppose is normal for a first album-weaving all the things you loved up to that point into your own first thing. The Buzzcocks, HÜsker DÜ, Dinosaur Jr, and Sonic Youth are all right there and what we were listening to. Hearing this record recently, though, I was surprised at how southern some of it sounds, and I think the influence of bands like Drivin' n' Cryin' and of course R.E.M. is there under the fuzz. I remember thinking the solo 4-track demo of Slack Motherfucker sounded like Tom Petty. I can't find it now to prove it to you, but take my word for it. I was living in NYC finishing school when we made this record, so rehearsals and recording were all rushed. I'm surprised we knew this many songs well enough to record them. Twenty-seven years later, we still play at least three or four of these songs live occasionally (one of them all the time ), which says something good about a few of the songs, anyway! We got so much better as a band, and as songwriters, that it's hard to even see this as any kind of template for what Superchunk would eventually be, but it's definitely where we were at in 1989/90.
This title is not eligible for further discount1. Sick to Move
2. My Noise
3. Let It Go
6. Slack Motherfucker
8. Down the Hall
9. Half a Life
10. Not Tomorrow$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
REDI-FOR-1918xThe Spook School
Dress UpColored Vinyl LP (Limited to 500)
The debut album from Edinburgh quartet The Spook School brings together 13 (mostly) very noisy guitar pop songs, the culmination of four people making a lot of noise about gender and about identity. Inspired by the post-punk-pop of The Buzzcocks, Lou Reed's 'Transformer' and the films of Buster Keaton, with a dash of 60s pop for good measure, The Spook School are Nye Todd on guitar with Adam Todd also on guitar and Anna Cory on bass, not forgetting Niall McCamley who plays drums, tells jokes and takes his clothes off. They all sing and shout and write the music together. There is no leader and no 'frontperson'. They're a band.
With Nye identifying as trans, the band explore gender, sexuality and queer issues with stories that do not shy away from being absurd and silly. The title of the album is 'Dress Up' and relates to the idea of gender being a social construction, something that can be artificially appropriated. Gender is something more fluid than the given binary of male/female. There is also a strength in dressing up, a liberation of mind and body, a chance to smile, be silly, be yourself, be someone else, be anything at least for a little while.
As the band explain; "We want to liberate the listener by lubricating their ears with noisy pop songs about coming to terms with gender identity and realising how silly the world is. We like to have fun, but we also really care about the things we sing and write music about. I think if anyone was to ever listen to one of our songs and think "hey, I've felt like that!" then that would make us very happy indeed."
The band started playing together because Nye and Adam (siblings) had written a few songs and fancied playing them with a full band. Searching around the city of Edinburgh they found Anna hiding amongst a pile of The Beatles records and Monty Python DVDs. They managed to coax her out of her pile and into the band using a bass guitar as bait. Niall joined on the proviso he would be allowed take his top off at any moment and he would be allowed to attempt to seduce the crowd during gigs. In response the other three, unhappy with his abundance of height, made him agree to sit behind the drums so The Spook School could successfully be equidistant from all ceilings. None of them even knew how to play their instruments or write songs. They still don't really, although that's now become important in terms of how they sound. They don't really "write music", they just try and make noises that sound nice and exciting. They're four friends on an adventure.
The name came from Adam's love affair with architecture. Around 1920 a group of Glasgow artists led by Charles Rennie Mackintosh were criticised for their work being too gothic. This led critics to make fun of them by calling them The Spook School. Nowadays of course they're heralded as one of the greatest art collectives to ever come out of Scotland. For that reason the band don't really deserve to appropriate their name at all, but they like the idea of taking something mean and making it awesome, of something that was at the time ridiculed and considered 'weird' later being recognised as brilliant and revolutionary.1. Are You Who You Think You Are?
2. I'll Be Honest
3. You Make It Sound So Easy
4. I Don't Know
5. The Cameraman
7. Can You Ever Trust A Man Who Think Matt Damon's Really Cool?
8. What A Pity
9. Devil of Mine
10. That's When I Ran Away
11. You Don't Know
13. Who Ya Gonna Call? Goat Buster!$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now