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23 Skidoo – Seven Songs & Tranquiliser 1 & 2 / Null And Void – Demo cassette – 1982 / Culture – John Peel session – 1982 / Last Words & The Barracudas – Rough Trade Records & Cells Records – 1979 / Culture – Joe Gibbs / Errol T / Sky Note Records – 1977 – 1978 / Various – Hit Run Records – 1979

A KYPP catch up on recent You Tube posts that have been published recently.

A set of 23 Skidoo videos released on the Double Vision label, sitting nicely alongside other Double Vision videos of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. This video was one of the first video cassettes I ever got my hands on. My family did not own a video recorder at this time, so I had to take this video cassette around friends houses to have a sneaky view.

“Seven Songs is the first and arguably the best of the 23 Skidoo albums, released in 1982 on Fetish Records in a great sleeve by Neville Brody. Production was by “Tony, Terry & David” aka Ken Thomas, Genesis P-Orridge & Peter Christopherson. The latter two were still in Throbbing Gristle at the time. The video director was Richard Heslop who can be seen with his Super-8 camera on the inner sleeve of 23 Skidoo’s second album. Seven Songs is his first credited film work.

The videos are very much of their time, layered and cut-up images mixing footage from numerous sources—tribal rituals, totalitarian politics, animation, medical or scientific films, shots of the group performing, and so on—with the whole mélange processed through a video synthesiser. While it may look outmoded now, over thirty years later this degree of intensity and fragmentation was still radically unlike anything being offered by broadcast television. Pop video directors and ad agencies weren’t slow to adopt similar techniques for far more commercial ends. Richard Heslop went on to work with Derek Jarman, and recently directed a feature of his own, Frank”.

John Coulthart

Null And Void were a band from around the Yeovil area formed in 1980. Closely aligned to Yeovil’s other band at the time, The Mob, the original members of Null And Void were Mark Hedge, Adie Tompkins and Andrew Barker.

Barker had already previously released a record on the All The Madmen record label under the name Andy Stratton, along with The Mob’s then drummer Graham Fallows.

Both The Mob and Null And Void members lived together in a shared commune in Seend a village in Wiltshire.

Adie Tompkins would eventually perform drumming duties for The Mob for a short time after Graham decided to leave that band.

Eventually most of The Mob and Null And Void members decided to leave the sticks and chance squatting in London. Brougham Road in Hackney was the area where the bands shared bus ended up and parked up. Zounds, a close ally to both bands on the newly arrived bus had secured some property in that street a few months previously.

This demo cassette uploaded today were recorded and engineered by Pete Fender at the Xntrix studio situated in the basement of the Poison Girls house in Leytonstone.

The band by the time of recordings had a new drummer in Josef Porta who had been staying in Brougham Road with the other members of Zounds.

Josef of course later joined The Mob, and continues to perform today with Blyth Power. Delia supplied some backing vocals and Pete Nothing added a couple of poems on the sessions that would be released on the cassette.

Pete Nothing was not Pete Fender incidentally in case anyone wondered…

For the download and other information please open up the KYPP link HERE.

This demo cassette contains absolutely wonderful material by Null And Void, material which still sounds incredibly strong today.

Thoughts of Pete Fender:

“I always loved this band, recording them was a joy as the material was so immediate and uplifting, not to mention them being a great bunch of people. I knew Josef already from his work with Zounds and not only were they pretty stoked to have got him for the session, straight away I knew we were going to have no trouble with the drum sound.
I seem to remember bumping into Mark Hedge at Stonehenge 1981 (or was it 82?) and spending much of the festival in his company. Andy Barker shared a house in Cross Street with my sister Gemma (Rubella Ballet) and some other people for a time, including Andy Palmer (Crass).
I used to listen to this demo all the time back then and I was extremely chuffed when they came back to do their 7″ single with me.
Great stuff”

This session by Joseph Hill’s Culture was recorded in December 1982 at the BBC Maida Vale studios for the John Peel radio 1 programme and is one of my favorite Peel sessions. Furthermore it is also one of the all time great Peel sessions, in John Peels own opinion!

I was once told that John Peel wept when he first heard the results on the tapes that Dale Griffin had handed to him a few days before the session was meant to be aired in January 1983. John Peels opinion on Culture is written in burgundy red bold towards the bottom of this KYPP post HERE.

The versions of the two newer tracks ‘Lion Rock’ and ‘Armageddon’ that Culture recorded for the BBC actually eclipse the quality of the versions that had previously been recorded at Aquarius studios in Kingston and both released on the ‘Lion Rock’ album on the Sonic Sounds record label in 1982. This was no mean feat as Culture’s ‘Lion Rock’ album is an immense work in itself!
‘Too Long In Slavery’ and Two Sevens Clash’ were older songs from Culture’s past. 1976 and 1977.

The version of ‘Lion Rock’ recorded at Maida Vale for the John Peel session is just perfect. I cannot stress this enough!

Tracklisting:

Lion Rock
Armageddon
Too Long In Slavery
Two Sevens Clash

That moment when you first hear a song by a band unknown to you at the time and fall for it absolutely and completely.

Still being the age that I am, I was a couple of years late on getting a copy of the Last Words 7″ single ‘Animal World’. Like I was with other classic singles that stop you dead in your tracks; The Fly’s ‘Love In A Molotov Cocktail’ 7″ single for example, and of course, The Barracudas 7″ single, ‘I Want My Woody Back’.

Whilst I was in the record bins at Small Wonder Records or some such record store, scrabbling away for these kind of ‘lost’ classics two years too late (for what?), the real action had already happened and past over in the grimy squats of, in those days, the exceptionally grimy London town.

Members of The Last Words and The Barracudas in 1979, were intertwined with Tony D’s ‘Ripped And Torn’ fanzine and shortly they were both to be intertwined with Tony D’s ‘Kill Your Pet Puppy’ fanzine and extended ‘Puppy Collective’.

I cannot write words about this time, as I was not there during the R&T/ KYPP scene in 1979!

Although I do know some that were.

Tony D, Jeremy Gluck (The Barracudas) and Bob Short certainly can write, and write they all did…

They all contribute words for the 2012 celebratory fifth year anniversary for the Kill Your Pet Puppy blog that I had organised and arranged for these two special bands, The Last Words and The Barracudas to be featured, showcased whatever.

The post was exceptionally good, even if I do say so myself.

Read it HERE.

Glance over the words written by these lost souls, concerning the lost history, about these lost bands, in that lost era.

You might find it interesting.

For my part, I am still fully behind what I wrote on the post.

“Both the début 7” singles by The Barracudas and Last Words were immense power pop punk classics. Both were released in the UK in 1979. Both could be among the best records of that era. That’s for you to decide. Moreover all the tracks on either side of both the records last under two minutes thirty seconds of playing time, just how it should have been in 1979!”

Fill your boots.

Culture are one of my favourite reggae trios; uploaded here on this YouTube post are three 12″ Discos A & B sides from 1977 and 1978.

Roots reggae of the highest quality.

One of my favourite John Peel sessions was the only session by Culture way back in 1982. That session may be listened to, and more information on Culture may be found, on this KYPP post HERE.

Joe Gibbs records 1978
1/ Culture and Nicodemus – Disco Train
2/ The Professionals – Righteous Train

Sky Note records 1977
1/ Culture and Ranking Trevor – Trod On
2/ The Revolutionaries – Trod On In Dub

Errol T records 1978
1/ Culture and Clint Eastward – Send Some Rain
2/ The Professionals – Down Jamaica Way

A little under one and a half hours worth of 12″ vinyl releases A & B sides from Adrian Sherwood’s Hit Run record label.

Adrian licensed the tracks on these vinyl releases for the U.K reggae market from various Jamaican record labels, Scorpio, Cry Tuff etc in 1979.

Hit Run records was a relatively short lived project, releasing around twenty five 12″ singles with several more 12″ singles being shelved, Hit Run records eventually winding down in favour of the birth of Adrian’s On U Sound record label.

For the new On U Sound project Adrian oversaw and engineered all of the recording sessions himself generally favouring the Berry Street Studio in London. Southern Studios in London was also used often for recording sessions. Other recording sessions were completed at Channel One in Kingston, Jamaica and the Manor recording studio in Oxfordshire.

Adrian used some of the same musicians and artists for these sessions that he had dealt with previously, bringing reggae music to the Hit Run record label including Bim Sherman, Prince Far I, Roots Radics and Creation Rebel etc.

Track listing:

Errol Holt – Sweet Reggae Music
Prince Far I – Hairdressing Salon

Prince Hammer – Ten Thousand Lions
Prince Hammer – North London Thing

Bim Sherman / Jah Lion – Down In Jamdown
Teem All Stars – Version

Bobby Melody / Jah Lion – Hunger And Strife
Jah Lion – Jonnie Walker

Peter Broggs / Prince Far I – Higher Field Marshall
Prince Far I / Brigadier Jam Brown – Loved By Everyone

Carol Kalphat / Clint Eastwood – African Land
Doctor Pablo / Cry Tuff All Stars – African Melody

Bim Sherman / Jah Buzz – Love Jah Only
Cry Tuff All Stars – Dub From The Ghetto

Antisect – Clown Discs – 1991 / Bim Sherman – Hit Run Records – 1979 / Flowers In The Dustbin – Demo cassette- 1985 / Kenny Morris & Dorothée Lalanne – Temple Records – 1987

A KYPP catch up on recent You Tube posts that have been published recently.

Antisect – Live In The Darkness – Side 1

Antisect – Live In The Darkness – Side 2

The only album released on the Clown Disc label run by Pete Alberto.

Pete was originally a punk from Ipswich, but sometime around 1990 until sometime around 1992, he was living in a house in Wood Green, North London with myself, Mickey ‘Penguin’, and various other kindly folk.

Pete did all the running around and organising.

Lippy from Antisect listened to, and chose, his favorite cassette tape. Various cassette tapes were taken around to the squat he was living in at the time, and the choice was Brighton Richmond 02/02/84.

Bully from Bristol, a then member of the Wood Green Crustie Crew, supplied a rather fetching picture of an English football hooligan to be printed as the B – side center label.
Complimenting this B – side center label, was a beautiful, and far more worthy A – side center label. A Celtic skull designed by Sonia. The insert was also designed by Sonia.

John Loder at Southern Studios did some repair work on the chosen cassette tape, making good drop outs and remixing the cassette tape through the Southern Studios sound desk so it would sound a little bit better when it was eventually transferred to vinyl.
John Loder finished this studio work and did not charge anything. Which was nice of him.

I stumped up the cash (or a fair amount of it) for the pressing and printing costs.

This album when completed, was a very nice looking release.

The cover, a grey Celtic style cover design by Kathy printed in reverse board card.

The record, a nice grey marble vinyl.

A one off limited pressing of around 970 numbered copies.

What’s not to love?

This album took about a week to sell out via Southern Record Distribution.

While working on the the first shipping day to record stores in the U.K that had pre-ordered this album, I recall doing around half an hours work before wondering where Pete had disappeared to. Shortly after I went to actively search for him.

I found Pete slumped down in the toilet, Silly sausage. I got him up placed him in a more reasonable area to ‘rest’, and continued with the shipping!

This ‘Live In Darkness’ album is very rare. If you see one, snatch it up!

Somewhat coincidentally, another live Antisect album, ‘Peace Is Better’ was released on Ferox Records, run by Phil E.N.T and Paul, two more Ipswich punks and friends with Pete Alberto. I think ‘Peace Is Better’ was released around a year before the Clown Discs live album.

A couple of years later ‘Peace Is Better’ was re-released on Camden Town’s Vinyl Japan / Discipline Records to decent sales in the Asian punk market.

In my opinion, the Ferox / Vinyl Japan / Discipline album, ‘Peace Is Better’, is not quite as satisfying as the Clown Disc album, ‘Live In The Darkness’, which was especially pleasing aesthetically and had a better sound quality.

The only studio album ‘In Darkness’ recorded at Southern Studios in 1983, engineered by John Loder and released on Spiderleg Records is a stone wall classic.

As well as the images of the original insert art, the front and rear sleeve artwork and the A side and B side center labels with the wonderful coloured vinyl on show, I have added images of my test press version. The test pressing is normal black vinyl with generic pressing plant center labels and with a normal plain sleeve with a spare insert glued upon it!

Something I have just been reminded about by Daryl Dixon…

The album ‘Hallo There’, was another official bootleg, authorised by Antisect, and released on Graven Image Records. This album also features the same Brighton 2/2/84 gig as ‘Live In The Darkness’, and was released by Al, the vocalist of Nausea specifically for the U.S market.
The U.S version was pressed up on beautiful white vinyl with wonderful sleeve artwork.

Al had visited Pete Alberto at our home in Wood Green several times around the time.

I do not have a copy of this U.S release. I might have to search album out!

Fifteen years ago now, on the 17th November 2000, Jarret Lloyd Vincent A.K.A Bim Sherman died after a short fight with cancer.

I knew Bim Sherman very well.

Bim visited Southern Studios and Southern Record Distributors often, several times a month over many years.

We went out together to eat. I was a visitor to his home in Turnpike Lane. I was present at his rare live performances that were organised in London.

I was also, inevitably, present at his funeral in New Southgate, and later on that afternoon, present at the African – Caribbean Centre in Hornsey for the celebration of his life.

I employed his teenage son at Southern Record Distributors for a short time after his death.

I have many fond memories of Bim Sherman. His gentle personality, his humour, and the live performances that I attended. Two of the live performances, one at The Sir George Robey and one at the Islington Powerhaus were both special in a deeply personal way for me.

These fond memories will never leave my psyche.

And course I have a fondness for his sweet vocal style showcased on his large back catalogue of music recorded for various Jamaican record labels, and for Adrian Sherwood’s Hit Run and ONU Sound record labels.

Bim Sherman album highlights include:

‘Lovers Leap’ originally released on Scorpio Records, re-released on R.D.L Records.
‘Love Forever’ originally released on Tribesman Records.
‘Across The Red Sea’ originally released on ONU Sound records, and his work with the ONU Sound All Stars – Singers And Players.

The two 12″ records uploaded tonight (A and B sides) were the only Bim Sherman records that were released on Hit Sounds Records. Both were issued in 1979, licensed to Adrian Sherwood in the U.K from two Jamaican record labels. Prince Far I’s ‘Cry Tuff’, and Jah Lloyd’s ‘Teem’ imprint.

Track Listing:

Bim Sherman / Jah Buzz – Love Jah Only
Dub From The Ghetto – Cry Tuff All Stars

Bim Sherman / Jah Lion – Down In Jamdown
Teem All Stars – Down In Jamdown Version

Hit Run Records had a sturdy catalogue of some of the best reggae 12″ singles and albums that were available in that era.

Earlier this year I placed a Hit Run Records 12″ singles selection up on my YouTube channel.

That selection may be listened to HERE.

Flowers In The Dustbin demo – 1986

In the early to mid 1980’s, the ex – All The Madmen records band Flowers In The Dustbin, were a firm favorite of mine and I would go out and witness performances whenever I possibly could.

The All The Madmen 12″ single ‘Freaks Run Wild’ released in 1984 was an absolute classic.

A little over a year later Conflicts record label Mortarhate released the ‘Nails Of The Heart’ 7″ single which also included ‘The Reason Why’, my favorite Flowers In The Dustbin song.

A year or so after that release, ‘Like My Crazy Colours’ was released on Cold Harbour records.

Coming up a close second to ‘The Reason Why’, ‘Lick My Crazy Colours’ was for a while played back to back on the stereo, both records played many times in one session.

Some of Gerard’s lyrics seemed to hit the spot every time for someone like me with my awkwardly shy sensibilities at that age, desperately trying to figure out a way to change my world and the outside world for the better.

“People look but they just don’t see
Seem like they’re listening but never seem to hear
Insomnia, pain, won’t stop whirling
Love is a currency, you still use sterling
But some children never grow up
And see the world and see it fucked
And lyrics might be eloquent
But they stop at the skin
Whilst my heart cries tears
For the love wasted within
Like me when I ignored you on the bus
And you even sat next to me on the tube
And the mutual strangers never connect
And people even talk but nothing gets said
I’m reaching for your heart but your skin’s like lead

The whole world goes to work
But nothing is produced
In the out tray lovers remain
Simply seduced
Valium is your only friend
And the world’s got lots of money/love but none to lend
At school standing away from the rest
Crying in the concrete playground cos you’re not the best

And the streets so dirty you don’t want to walk on them anymore
In fields of green lie naked and don’t feel so sore
The sun is shining and your cheeks feel warm
And nature will stand when the concrete’s been torn down
Torn down to the ground
Tear it down
Burn it down

…the most beautiful people in the world”

(The Reason Why)

“The windswept horizon of hot summer paradise
You realise the truth, you find where your freedom lies
The taste of love on a dear friends lips
Feel your vision blur as you give in, so willingly

Is there any tea in the pot?
Is there some left in it for me?
I’m the madman that you forgot
Is there any pot in the tea?
Will you lick my crazy colours?
Cos I’ll lick your wounds baby

The old ones complained and they said they were wiser than us
But us we’re just having a party to last for the rest of our lives
They wised it and sized it and they analysed it through and through
But us we just did it, we had nothing better to do, so willingly

Is there any tea in the pot?
Is there some left in it for me?
I’m the madman that you forgot
Is there any pot in the tea?
Will you lick my crazy colours?
Cos I’d die for you baby

Oh Mr Clean with your nicotine-stained brain
Businesswoman Julie, never felt the beauty, never picked a tulip, just kept fixing Pepsi
But in your business-suits of navy blue
Do you really think your children take any notice of you? Not willingly

Is there any tea in the pot?
Is there some left in it for me?
Is there something you forgot when you gave in so willingly
Will you lick my crazy colours?
Cos I’d die for you baby”

(Lick My Crazy Colours)

This 7″ single released on Cold Harbour Records was to be the last offering from Flowers In The Dustbin.

This cassette was given to me around the time it was recorded for Cold Storage Records, and has four of the tracks that were meant to be released as a full length album.

The album never saw the light of day, although I was sent a cassette of the mixes by Gerard a couple of years later.

I still have that cassette of the album so will upload that at some point.

Accompanying the audio on this YouTube post of these four Flowers In The Dustbin songs which includes ‘Lick My Crazy Colours’, I have included a couple of my many personal letters from Gerard, with his full permission.

I wrote to Gerard over the years, and it was Gerard (and Andy Martin from The Apostles) that gave me the impetus to concentrate on a far better writing style to the scrawls I would normally put onto paper!

Gerard’s words written were (are) full of beauty and the writing style is also aesthetically beautiful. These letters that I received from Gerard could be framed as a work of art!

One letter from Gerard explains his mindset, and the ending of Flowers In The Dustbin to me prior to others knowing.

There is then a generic Flowers In The Dustbin letter to followers that was sent out a little while later to explain the split.

Finally Gerard’s letter to me after he had moved to Brighton, that came with the cassette of the album that he sent me, expressing a far more positive mindset for the weeks and months ahead.

Towards the end of the 1980’s, Psychic TV’s Temple Records were responsible for releasing some interesting material.

This 12″ record is no exception.

A poetic collaboration between musician Kenny Morris (ex Siouxsie And The Banshees) and the radical 1970’s writer Dorothée Lalanne, a collaboration that seems to work out very well.

The two tracks on each side of this 12″ record, are both soundtracks for the two films ‘La Main Morte’ and ‘Chapter Of Faults’.

These two tracks are spoken word, one written and read in English by French writer Dorothée Lalanne, and the other written by 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin, read in French, again by Dorothée Lalanne.

The artwork image placed in the middle of both sides of the sleeve artwork on this YouTube post is the front cover for the book “Silence” by Dorothée Lalanne and Loulou Picasso.

For other details please get onto the KYPP link HERE.

A decent record this.

Newtown Neurotics – No Wonder records – 1979 – 1982 / Blyth Power – Rehearsal – 1987 / Rosemarys Baby – T.O.P.Y World Network Records – 1985 / The Epileptics 1979 – 1980 / Lee Perry – Lion Of Judea Records – 1978 / Leather Nun – Industrial Records – 1979

A KYPP catch up on recent You Tube posts that have been published recently.

Hypocrite

You Said No

When The Oil Runs Out

Oh No

Kick Out The Tories

Mindless Violence

Newtown Neurotics were based around Harlow, home of Stortbeat Records (released the debut 7″ single by Bishop Stortford band The Licks), Urban Decay, The Square, and The Playhouse and of course No Wonder Records.

I spent a fair bit of time in Harlow as a youth, a gritty concrete town made infamous as being the location for the 1968 kitchen sink drama ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’.
“Another silent newtown problem with no solution in sight” the Neurotics passionately sung on ‘Oh No’ one of the songs uploaded onto this YouTube post.

Other notable towns that Harlow is near to were, Bishops Stortford, a quaint market town with the Triad as the main venue. Welwyn Garden City, with the Ludwick Hall venue, and yet another newtown, Stevenage which housed the wonders of the Bowes Lyon House, a venue on the ‘professional’ punk rock circuit.

Harlow was also home the Jean Harlow / Bennys pub / club, where the BBC cameras were poised at a Combat 84 performance just in time for a bit of the old ultra-violence, between, I assume, different divisions of boneheads. I guess a nice bit of footage if you like boneheads cracking other bonehead’s heads.

There were plenty of 7″singles by British Movement band Combat 84 in stock, displayed prominently in the window of Star Time Records, the punk record shop in Post Office Walk near to the grey concrete market area. There were certainly many National Front members based in Harlow. At the time it seemed that those politics were favoured, so placing Combat 84 7″ singles in the window display guaranteed sales.

Countering bands like Combat 84 were The Newtown Neurotics, who’s members when the first two records were recorded and released on No Wonder Records, included Tig Barber, the drummer, Steve Drewitt (who had hair Joey Ramone style) and the lean punker Colin.

The debut 7″ record on No Wonder Records, ‘Hypocrite’ was a decent offering. Hypocrite had nice harmonies, and a Rudi style intro and riff coming up now and again throughout the song. ‘You Said No’ is the weaker song, a newtown love song with a slightly awkward ‘reggae’ riff, a bit Stiff Little Fingersesq. It wasn’t that this song was bad, but for me, it wasn’t particularly great either.

The second 7″ single (the third 7″ single released on No Wonder) had the Newtown Neurotics punching above their weight. Two magnificent tracks, ‘When The Oil Runs Out’ and my favorite Newtown Neurotics song ‘Oh No’. This 7″ single adorned with a great image on the picture sleeve really stands out, and is perhaps my favourite record of the locality.
‘Oh No’ is just a stone wall classic. I hope you can keep the interest up long enough to hear this song, the fourth song on this YouTube post.

No Wonder Records released a cassette tape ‘Pissed As Newts’ (an awful choice of title for a band like Newtown Neurotics although ‘Newts’ is a clever twist but whatever) which was a full length album with a selection of songs recorded live at Dingwalls with Tig drumming around 1980. This cassette tape was released in 1982 after Tig had left the band.

Around the latter months of 1981, Tig who had left was replaced by Simon. Colin was still a lean punker and Steve had a cropped haircut, making the band look a little more clean cut and sharp!

By the third 7″ single, ‘Kick Out The Tories’ No Wonder Records had got help from the Leeds based C.N.T record label. Effectively a joint label release.

‘Kick Out The Tories’ never dates as the lyrics seem to be valid whatever the decade, and no doubt will be well into the future. One of my abiding memories of Newtown Neurotics was at a gig at Harlow Square during the miners strike when the final chorus of ‘Kick Out The Tories’, was repeated as a mantra for what seemed like a whole two or three minutes. Everybody in the hall joining in on the rather extended chorus.

‘Mindless Violence’ although it was a great song, when wrestling against the glorious anthem of ‘Kick Out The Tories’, there was only going to be one winner.

The Newtown Neurotics went on to record some great political and personal material and the bands full length album ‘Beggars Can Be Choosers’ released on Razor Records, simply must be heard.

The Newtown Neurotics really were Harlow’s Clash to the younger audience.

Track listing:

Hypocrite
You Said No
When The Oil Runs Out
Oh No
Lets Kick Out The Tories
Mindless Violence

Blyth Power Rehearsal February 1987

This is a cassette tape of an early Blyth Power rehearsal after Andy, Curtis and Neil had left or been pushed out of the original line up.

This 1987 rehearsal was recorded prior to the new line up having performed any gigs.

WARNING: This audio contains bum notes.

For the second line up of Blyth Power, Josef enlisted the help of fellow Latimer Road soul Protag, infamous soundman for Meanwhile Gardens and many other alternative venues including the Rosebery Avenue Peace Centre.

Protag was a sometime member of Alternative TV and also in the late 1970’s performed with his own D.I.Y band, Instant Automatons. Protag went onto join Zounds for a while in the 1990’s.

Steve Corr was from the old Yeovil scene and was known to Josef from those early days. Steve was involved with Idiot Strength, and still is in fact.

Sian Jefferies was an ex member of the Lost Cherries who backed up Josef on vocal duties, along with Sarah who was not culled from the old line up.

This new line up of Blyth Power were practicing together during the first few weeks of 1987 in a basement in Kings Cross, near to where All The Madmen was based at that time.

Blyth Power performed the first gig with this new line up on the 3rd March at the venue the old band had bowed out of, the Sir George Robey in Finsbury Park.

On this occasion Blyth Power were incognito and supported Stitched Foot Back Airman and Hysteria Ward under the temporary name ‘Night Porter’.

That gig went off OK so the band reverting back to Blyth Power. The next gig was at Stevenage Bowes Lyon House with Culture Shock on 28th March and the third gig was held on the 5th April in Brighton at The Richmond pub.

The new line up performed sixty gigs from March 1987 to January 1988 while still ‘on’ All The Madmen.

January 1988 was the end of Blyth Power’s All The Madmen days, with no releases to their name.

Josef signed up with Midnight Music, a label that had Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians on it’s rooster so was used to quirky English bands. All the recorded works from the second and subsequent Blyth Power line ups until 1991 were released on that record label.

Official notification letter, photographs and first gig flyer all from my collection.

Love Songs By Rosemary’s Baby side 1

Love Songs By Rosemary’s Baby side 2

Rosemary’s Baby was the musical arm of Ricerche Studi Babalon (RSB), the Italian ‘access point’ of the Temple Ov Psychick Youth (T.O.P.Y.), which issued tapes, booklets, bulletins and videos.

Rosemary’s Baby’s main man was Pier Luigi Zoccatelli. His ideas were rooted in Aleister Crowley’s Thelema and Magick, later turning into Guenonian Christianism.

For Rosemary’s Baby’s first performance, Pier Luigi plastered the streets of Verona with posters, drawn up in the typical style of Italian funeral notices, simply announcing that “Rosemary’s Baby is born”. Unfortunately the local media thought that these posters announced the creation of a new group of Satanists in Verona. From that point on, the Verona public decided that Pier Luigi was a practising Satanist…

After the short lived Rosemary’s Baby days, Zoccatelli decided to wander down the rather dubious route of the Italian Alleanza Cattolica / Alleanza Nazionale. I do not endorse, or share the views of this fundamentalist far right Catholic organisation.

This very rare 12″ record got me a verbal ticking off from Genesis P’Orridge when one day he heard the record being played upstairs on the sound system at his home in Hackney.

No trouble with the 12″ record as T.O.P.Y. were distributing it, or me for using his sound system.

The problem was that his young daughter Caresse was in the room at the time. Genesis quite rightly in hindsight, did not appreciate Caresse hearing this 12″ record.

This is a 12″ record to summon demons with.

Flux Of Pink Indians demo 1980

The debut 7″ single by Bishop’s Stortford punk band The Epileptics alongside the original cassette tape from ex-Epileptics, the newly named Flux Of Pink Indians.

Sid, the drummer from Rubella Ballet was the new addition to Flux Of Pink Indians and was responsible for bringing a tribal sound to the band.

Some further information may be found on the KYPP link HERE.

The Epileptics flyers that accompanies the audio is from the collection of Bradley Hall.
The photographs of The Epileptics and supporters inside and outside the Bishop’s Stortford venue the Triad from the collection of Michael Mitchell. Michael is pictured on two of the photographs. He is one of the supporters lining up outside the Triad, and he is also featured in the black and white photograph.

The black and white photograph of Flux Of Pink Indians performing at Stevenage Bowes Lyon House with Sid the new drummer is from Tinsel’s collection.

The debut album from Lee Perry, or to be more precise the first album showcasing Lee Perry vocals on all songs. Songs arranged, engineered and produced by Lee Perry at Black Ark Studios, Washington Gardens, Kingston.

For further information have a look at the KYPP linked post HERE.

A decent album, and this copy, the original Jamaican pressing, is now worth a fair chunk of cash…

Which is nice.

Leather Nun from Gothenburg in Sweden, the country’s second largest city.

Uploaded is the debut Leather Nun 7″ record released on Industrial Records in 1979 and re-released on a 12″ record on Criminal Damage Records in 1984.

I have both records which is handy as the last track on the 7″ version ‘Ensam I Natt’ only lasts around fifteen seconds!

On the re-released 12″ version the full ‘Ensam I Natt’ track is pressed onto the vinyl. A good thing really as ‘Ensam I Natt’, along with the first track ‘No Rules’, are two blisteringly raw punk rock tracks, probably still two of the rawest recorded and released on vinyl. The Clash this ain’t.

For completest reasons I have added the full Criminal Damage 12″ version of ‘Ensam I Natt’ onto the end of this YouTube post, straight after the Industrial 7″ teaser finishes off that record.

Sandwiched between the blisteringly raw punk rock tracks ‘Slow Death’ is a slow bass heavy plodder concerning a victim of a bomb planted in an Italian railway station who was burnt badly but lived for several hours.

‘Death Threats’ was recorded earlier than the other three tracks and it was this track that Throbbing Gristle originally expressed an interest in. Members of TG and Leather Nun had been pen pals for a short time prior to recording this ‘industrial masterpiece’ with seemingly a hoover as the main instrument!

For a download of the full Criminal Damage 12″ record open up the KYPP post HERE.

Tracklisting:

No Rule
Death Threats
Slow Death
Ensam I Natt (part)
Ensam I Natt (full)

Flowers In The Dustbin – Freaks – 1983 / The Mob – Greek radio interview – 2012 / Getting The Fear – demo cassette – 1984 / Blood And Roses – Remastered cassette – 1982 / Zos Kia & Coil – Berlin Atonal – 1983 / Attack Punk Records – 1982 – 1984

A KYPP catch up on recent You Tube posts that have been published recently.

Folk that know me, know of my fondness for Flowers In The Dustbin, at one point in time my favourite band from that scene! Shambolic performances and some wonderful vinyl released.

Indebted to Gerard for the informative text below from the original KYPP post HERE

Flowers In The Dustbin were doing a gig at the Roxborough Tavern in Harrow when Mick Lugworm came up and asked us if we wanted to do a record on All The Madmen records. It was a complete surprise – we hadn’t even considered a record at that point. But it was full of good omens for me. David Bowie’s ‘mad’ brother was in “Cane Hill loony bin”, which was my local (so to speak) – so doing a record on a label named after the song Bowie wrote about him was neat, particularly given our fondness for utilising the Doors ‘all the children are insane’ line.

Freaks was recorded after Si (guitar) and Bill (drums) had been in the band less than a week. Bill had filled in on drums with us before however, and none of the songs required a Jimmy Page level of competence for Si to learn.

Finding a studio was done via that traditional rock n roll grapevine, the local Yellow Pages. I found one just around the corner from my old school, which at the time seemed some kind of fitting, if ill-defined, revenge. We booked two days and invited old friend – and This Bitter Lesson chanteuse – Claire Taylor to put some extra vocals on it. I thought Claire was a Goddess and her voice was liquid velvet and so could take the edge off my own perceived vocal shortcomings. Also it seemed a good idea to have a woman singing at a time when the only female punk vocals around seemed to be aping the numbing aggressive shouting of their male counterparts.

Back to the recording. To cut a long story short I lost my voice and consequently missed the two days recording, having to book a third a week later when I was better. So I can’t relay too much about it other than to say there was some muso tinkering with the Pocketful Of Gold guitar line I’d written to make it more ‘tuneful’. While the cats away, da-da – decays.

TRACK LISTING:

Journeys End
Last Tango In Vietnam
Stuck On A Stick
Pocketful Of Gold
True Courage

Clair from This Bitter Lesson may be heard on my YouTube post HERE

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADJUST YOUR YOUTUBE SETTINGS TO H.D TO VIEW AND READ SOME OF THE IMAGES THAT WERE SCANNED AT 300 DPI AND UPLOADED – THE SETTINGS PROMPT IS THE COG AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THE YOUTUBE STRIP.

Uploaded tonight is the very first radio interview with members of The Mob after the band had reformed late on in 2010 ready for The Mob’s first performance in April 2011 at Bristol Fleece.

The radio interview was conducted on The Mob’s very first overseas visit (since the reformation) in a small studio in the Greek capital of Athens on February 17th 2012. The Mob performed two gigs while in Athens.

Around a week prior to The Mob’s visit to Greece troubles occurred on the streets of Athens.

The original KYPP feature and radio download in four parts HERE

Originally I had the raw downloads of this radio interview separated in four parts which I shared on KYPP. The four parts join together on this YouTube post so you might hear a slight repeat of the discussion as the joins occur. I also left all the Greek language and the adverts in, there was no editing from me at the time (as far as I recall) so you are hearing the radio interview as you would have done if you were listening to it on the radio at that time in Athens.

Most of the artifacts scanned at 300 dpi for the images accompanying this YouTube post are from my collection except for:

The original rising sun / flower artwork for the ‘Let The Tribe’ album (that was not used). The Mob backdrop (first image) and the original ‘Youth’ single artwork(that was not used either).
All this original artwork was created by Wilf, and they are on this YouTube post courtesy of Mark from The Mob.

Andy Tuck from Yeovil also supplied The Mob’s ‘screaming man’ stencil sprayed on green. Andy also supplied the original artwork drawn and coloured by Wilf of Mark from The Mob crouching against a backdrop used by The Mob. An image made (in)famous as the cover of Punk Lives magazine 1983.

Getting The Fear were made up of the three members of Southern Death Cult that were still standing after Ian Astbury went west, along with Bee, an ex member of Danse Society.
In the bands short life span, a live performance was a genuine celebration. The record that was released eventually on R.C.A was not such a celebration. In my opinion, the four songs on this demo cassette tape, are the real deal.

This cassette tape was given to me by Genesis P’Orridge of Psychic TV in Beck Road, Hackney, during one of my visits there.
A nice personalised cassette tape of the earliest demos (I believe) that Getting The Fear recorded together.

The sleeve artwork for this cassette tape is an original pencil and ink drawing of Getting The Fear vocalist Bee, drawn by Bee himself according to Genesis P’Orridge, making my copy (Gen’s old copy) of the demo cassette tape all the more special.

Tracklisting:
Spirit Ov Youth
Sometimes
Jeroen / Jerome
Swell

Further information and downloads HERE

Fifty minutes of the original ninety minute cassette that has been remastered by Bob Short.That equates to eighteen out of twenty eight tracks from the original 96 Tapes release. Originally Bob offered these remastered tracks for a KYPP post just in case anyone was interested in listening to them, as he has just spent a week or two trying to improve the quality!

I have now placed the results onto this YouTube channel.

My original cassette of ‘Life After Death’ I still own and treasure along with the ‘Necromantra’ 12″ single.

I liked this cassette so much that I carried it around in an old army surplus bag for a couple of years… My cassette survived a mugging down an alley near to Leicester Square when two kindly Scottish punks, one of them with Glasgow tattooed on his cheek, took that very same army surplus bag off of me after waving a large knife around my face. Their haul consisted of a cheese sandwich, a few fanzines, a sandwich bag (my wallet in those days) full of small change (which in those days was not quite so ‘small change’, although small enough for me not to give a rat’s arse). And finally the biggest ‘prize’, my Sony Walkman, which I managed to open up and remove the cassette as I was handing it to these kindly folk. When these two punks went west, accompanied by their thousand yard stares, I placed the cassette into it’s box which for a change was in my pocket due to me placing the cassette into my Sony Walkman just ten or so minutes before (in hindsight) an ill advised wander down an alleyway in W1 (Shine On Me).

Thanks to Bob Short for sending me the remastered tracks all the way from New South Wales and also for the text that he wrote out to accompany that KYPP post. Many thanks also to Andy Martin for the text he wrote on Blood And Roses and sent to me a few years ago, which was also added to the KYPP post.

The original KYPP post may be viewed HERE along with the audio download.

Thanks to Tony D for the use of his original flyers and original transcripts of a Blood And Roses interview (later used for Zig Zag magazine) and a review of a Blood And Roses performance.

The photographs that have been used to accompany the Blood And Roses audio feature some of the people and places relevant to Blood And Roses. Those photographs have been swiped and scanned from the collections of Tony D, Mick ‘Lugworm’, Min, Phil Ritchie, Stewart ‘Jelly Fish’, Mick Mercer, Tod Hanson and the much missed Lisa Burrell R.I.P.

Tracklisting:

01/ Scenario (Rehearsal 1981)

02/ Louie Louie (Rehearsal 1981)

03/ Paradise (Rehearsal 1981)

04/ I’m Waiting For My Man (Rehearsal 1981)

05/ Jesus (Clarendon Hotel 1981)

06/ Roles (Rehearsal 1981)

07/ Product Of Love (Clarendon Hotel 1981)

08/ Sympathy (Rehearsal 1981)

09/ Mummy (Clarendon Hotel 1981)

10/ Strychnine (Rehearsal 1981)

11/ Your Sin Is Your Salvation (8 Track Demo)

12/ Curse On You (8 Track Demo)

13/ Necromantra (8 Track Demo)

14/ Spit upon Your Grave (16 Track Demo)

15/ Possession (16 Track Demo)

16/ Tomorrow (8 Track Demo)

17/ Your Sin Is Your Salvation (Dub) (Casenove Road Demo)

18/ Love Under Will (8 Track Demo)

The first recordings available from Zos Kia and Coil.

Zos Kia went on to release a 7″ record on the All The Madmen record label in 1984, which was then reissued in 1986 on the same record label as a 12″ E.P. Zos Kia also released two 12″ records on Psychic TV’s Temple record label in 1985 and 1987 and promptly vanished. Coil’s first vinyl came via the L.A.Y.L.A.H and K422 record labels, and of course Coil were active for several decades.

The photographs are all from Min’s collection.

A snippet of information on the KYPP post HERE

Almost two hours of mostly lo-fi thrash punk tracks (CCCP being the slight exception) by various bands on seven records released in the early 1980’s on the Attack Punk record label. The Attack Punk record label was based around the Marxist / Anarchist stronghold of Bologna in Italy, and all records were pressed up in red vinyl and all had magnificent sleeves and / or booklets.

Far too much to write about all the releases so I will not bother. I have although, already composed a KYPP post on the Attack Punk record label some years ago that may be viewed

HERE

For the record, Sottocultura ‘Attack’ is the lo-fi thrash punk track that melts my brain every time I hear it. Fast forward on the video to twenty seven minutes thirty seconds, jump around and bounce off the walls. It only lasts two minutes twenty seconds so you can rest afterwards.

Crass – Various times and various places / Gordon Carr – Angry Brigade and Persons Unknown films

An intimate interview with most members of Crass recorded on super 8 video in 1984 around the impossibly small kitchen table at Dial House. How that many members of Crass all got around that table remains a mystery to me!

Possibly the last ever interview with Crass. Transferred from super 8 video to a DVDR several years ago now for £20 by Stanley Production in Soho. Taken this long to figure out what to do with ‘digital’ version. If you share this video you owe me a £1! I did not film the interview.

There is a twenty three second interruption to this Crass interview. Footage of the M11 motorway. This interruption in the footage comes in at 3.17 and lasts until 3.40.

“Dearest Mickey,

No, I haven’t a clue what paper those guys were from – but it could have been Sounds because there’s a Sounds article of the time where I’m wearing the same green polo shirt that I was in the film – but who knows? It must have been one of the few times in my life when I haven’t had sideboards!!!!!

Loads of love, blessings and joy,”

Penny. X

Semi – Detached is a collection of films made by Gee Vaucher, founding Crass member and the artist behind almost all their graphics (except maybe the logo itself, which was done by Dave King).

These six original videos were created for Crass and used as part of all their shows from 1978-1984.Using a VHS video camera, Vaucher created video collages by recording from black and white television with two video machines linked so that one machine could over-ride the other, specific footage could be dropped into the ‘Background’ tape without a break in the imagery.

It’s weird that more aren’t made of these films, given they were such an integral part of the Crass experience.

Please support Dial House and Exitstencil Press buy purchasing the enhanced ‘Semi-Detached’ released on a DVD with fifty page booklet HERE.

An interesting Radio 1 interview with Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud of Crass aired, and recorded way back in May 1981.

Crass did not do too many interviews with radio stations, so sit back and enjoy what they had to say to the nation that were listening on that Saturday afternoon, when this interview was originally aired.

This cassette recording was originally placed up on the KYPP post below in February 2009 HERE. Download available on that KYPP post.

During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Pete Millen recorded many Crass and Poison Girls performances with the use of several microphones hanging strategically around the halls that the two bands were invited to perform in.

This Crass performance is one of the many recordings that Pete Millen recorded.

Lee Gibson got some the original cassette tapes (and reel to reel tapes) from Pete Millen and then sent three of the cassettes tapes to me here at Penguin Towers.

Crass and Poison Girls at the Mayflower in Manchester October 1980. Zounds also performed.

Please have a look at the original KYPP post below for downloads of the Crass and the Poison Girls performances (cassette tapes remastered by Pete Fender) and to read reams and reams of information from some of the people that were at the gig that night HERE.

The images that accompany this YouTube post are:

1/ A well worn original Crass patch from the Nagasaki Nightmare 7″ single in 1980

2/ My original 1977 Gee Vaucher artwork for the New York magazine (gouache and collage 220 mm x 160 mm) that is framed and up on the wall at Penguin Towers

3/ All the pages of the first issue of the Eklektic fanzine created in 1979 by Seaman Stockton (A.K.A T42) and Andy Palmer of Crass.

We all know the fanzine which we all purchased in thousands.

We all got copies of the Crass flexi-disc that was included in that issue of the fanzine and we all sung along to the ironic Oi! style lyrics.

This much we all know.

What we did not necessary know is some of the background behind this Crass flexi disc and later hard vinyl version.

Mike Diboll, the young punk behind the Toxic Grafity fanzine in the late 70’s and early ’80’s, writes an essay, loosely based around this Crass flexi-disc, that ends up as one of the most important essays that has been placed up on KYPP.

Read the essay HERE.

The images that accompany the audio, the fanzine, original red letter flexi-disc, and the hard vinyl version with picture sleeve are all nicely tucked away in my collection.

Crass – Isle Of Wight 1

Crass – Isle Of Wight 2

Pete Millen during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s recorded many Crass and Poison Girls performances with the use of several microphones hanging strategically around the halls that the two bands were invited to perform in.

This Crass performance is one of the many recordings that Pete Millen recorded.

Lee Gibson got some the original cassette tapes (and reel to reel tapes) from Pete Millen and then sent three of the cassettes tapes to me here at Penguin Towers.

Crass, Annie Anxiety and Poison Girls at Isle Of Wight June 1981.

Sadly ringing around various Crass members there were conflicting memories of the Isle Of Wight. Personally I would have imagined that a performance on an island a few miles off England would have been relatively memorable compared to several performances up Liverpool or Manchester etc, but there you go, it was a long time ago.

Perhaps someone else could help out with a memory or two, and if anyone can I will add any memories to this YouTube post.

Unfortunately the Isle Of Wight Crass performance was recorded halfway along a flip side of a C90, Crass starting their set after a long (recorded on the cassette tape) interlude after Poison Girls came off stage (assuming there was a stage) and a couple of Annie Anxiety songs.

The Crass performance that actually made it onto the cassette tape only lasted four or five tracks so the Crass performance did not make it onto a KYPP post.

Shame.

As I have a YouTube channel now I might as well place the Crass performance on here!

Thanks to Bradley Hall for the scan of the Crass patch still attached to a pair of trousers he found in a box that illustrates the audio.

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Tracey Dear remembers this about the night:

“I was there, it was at LaBabalu in Ryde. I remember a bible-thumper berating us all whilst waiting for the venue to open!

Everyone was stuck there the night as there were no night ferry’s. A lot of us slept in an abandoned big house, whilst others slept on the beach waiting for the morning ferry.We were getting grief from the cops for burning deckchairs to keep warm.

It was an amazing gig all three were in fine form. Lababalu had really low ceilings and made for a great atmosphere. No aggro, for once. A great night.

Pete very kindly sent me a lot of his tapes from the early shows and I went on to record a lot of the latter Poison Girls and Crass shows 82-84”.

Thanks Tracey.

Uploaded today is a rehearsal cassette tape recorded at Southern Studios in April 1981.

A couple of months later, all the tracks on this rehearsal cassette tape were soon to be recorded properly at Southern Studios for inclusion on the ‘Christ The Album’ album.

The double album, released to the public in the summer of 1982 was wrapped in an expensive box set and included a large poster and a large informative booklet.

This original cassette tape was given to Penny Rimbaud several years ago now for an ongoing Crass web based rare release free download portal. A project which seems to have hit a brick wall!

I had already uploaded the rehearsal cassette tape onto KYPP in 2007 and then re-launched that post on the same blog in 2009. The 2009 KYPP post may be downloaded on the link HERE.

I have another rehearsal cassette tape from the same month and same year to upload onto YouTube along with a host of rare interviews and other bits and bobs.

So look out for those.

The large Crass ‘Falklands’ poster that accompanies the audio on this YouTube post is framed and on my wall at Penguin Towers…

To hear another Crass rehearsal cassette tape recorded at Southern Studios on YouTube link below, you can do so on this KYPP link HERE.

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I had already uploaded these cassette tapes onto KYPP in 2007 and then re-launched that post on the same blog in 2009.

The 2009 KYPP post may be viewed and links downloaded HERE.

These original cassette tapes were given to Penny Rimbaud several years ago now, for an ongoing Crass website based on offering rare material from the band as free downloads. A project which seems to have hit a brick wall!

The ‘Thatchergate’ audio collage was put together by David Tibet from Current 93 and ex of Psychic T.V.

The infamous cut up conversation between Thatcher and Reagan is in full, towards the end of the audio collage. The telephone ringing all the way through that conversation is intentional.

This YouTube post includes the following:

‘Thatchergate’ audio collage – David Tibet

Capital Radio news broadcast

Penny Rimbaud on KSK Honolulu

Penny Rimbaud on U.S National State Radio

B.A Nana on the phone to Russian News Agency

Richard Skinner Radio 1 – ‘Dry Weather’ – July 1981

The images that accompany this YouTube post is the ‘You’re Already Dead’ mini fanzine from my collection .

Two documentaries on anarchist activism (and trials) in the seventies and eighties. Both were made by Gordon Carr, the first was the basis of his book on the Angry Brigade.

Contains archive footage of events varying from Miguel Garcia to snippets of a Crass gig in 1980. With introductions by Stuart Christie.

The Angry Brigade (1974 – Gordon Carr)

Between 1970 and 1972 the Angry Brigade used guns and bombs in a series of symbolic attacks against property. A series of communiqués accompanied the actions, explaining the choice of targets and the Angry Brigade philosophy: autonomous organisation and attacks on property alongside other forms of militant working class action.

Targets included the embassies of repressive regimes, police stations and army barracks, boutiques and factories, government departments and the homes of Cabinet ministers, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

These attacks on the homes of senior political figures increased the pressure for results and brought an avalanche of police raids. From the start the police were faced with the difficulty of getting to grips with a section of society they found totally alien.

And were they facing an organisation — or an idea? Gordon Carr’s film explores covers the roots of the Angry Brigade in the revolutionary ferment of the 1960’s and the anarchist First of May Group, and follows their campaign and the police investigation to its culmination in the ‘Stoke Newington 8’ conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey — the longest criminal trial in British legal history. It remains the essential study of Britain’s first urban guerrilla group.

Persons Unknown (1980 – Gordon Carr)

Documentary by Gordon Carr on the so-called ‘Persons Unknown’ case in December 1979 in which members of the Anarchist Black Cross were tried at the Old Bailey on a charge of ‘conspiring with persons unknown, at places unknown to cause explosions’.

A concise look at the ‘Persons Unknown’ trial. A fascinating snapshot of history in the making, The Persons Unknown pieces together an intricate web of radicals at a thriller’s pace. Carr crisply relates the correspondences of a Black Cross secretary and imprisoned Irish republican and reaches all the way back to the Paris Commune to discuss the secretive, internationalist elements of radical leftist politics.

Where mainstream media tends to become hysterical where anarchism is concerned, The Persons Unknown remains keenly factual throughout. Among those featured in the film are Stuart Christie, publisher of the “Black Flag” newsletter and former would-be Generalisimo Francisco Franco assassin, and the anarcho-punk group Crass.

Negativland – Seeland Records – 1980

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Side POST

The debut album by Negativland from 1980 is a strange listen indeed and some parts are quite scary if you are happy to sit in a quiet dark room!

Synths, radio cut ups, random noises (drills / hoovers etc) the odd primitive drum machine (Think Throbbing Gristle), clarinets, along with a few strums on a guitar all make up the ambiance of this first work by Negativland.

The twenty tracks on this record are not named, Negativland preferring to use track 1, track 2, track 3 and so forth, up to track 20.

All copies of this record features a completely original hand-made cut-and-paste front cover (early copies are wallpaper). Some rear photographs are advertising images cut out of old magazines. Some sleeves are spray painted with NEGATIVLAND.

Early copies are hand-numbered and have different labels.

The text below courtesy of the Negativland website with a little bit of Wikki mixed in.

Negativland is an American experimental music band which took their name from a Neu! track, while their record label, Seeland Records is named after another Neu! track. Negativland started in Concord, California, in 1979 around the core founding members of Lyons and Hosler (who were in high school at the time), and released an eponymous debut, individually sleeved, in 1980.

Since 1980, Negativland have been creating records, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming”, Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

A number of releases followed in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until after the release of their breakthrough sample and cut-up sonic barrage Escape from Noise in 1987 that Negativland gained wider attention. Vinyl copies of the album came with “CAR BOMB” bumper stickers, in reference to the album’s song “Car Bomb.”

Following the somewhat unexpected success of this album, Negativland faced the prospect of going on a money-losing tour. To prevent this, they created a press release which said Negativland were prevented from touring by “Federal Authority Dick Jordan” due to claims that Negativland’s song “Christianity Is Stupid” had inspired David Brom to kill his family.

The press release went on to denounce the purported connection between Negativland and the murders. While Brom had in fact argued with his father about music shortly before Brom killed his family, no one had ever claimed that Brom was spurred to murder by Negativland’s music. The claim that Brom’s crimes were inspired by Negativland was disseminated and discussed in the mass media, seemingly with little to no fact-checking.

Soon the world was informed of the “Killer Song” that caused a kid to murder his parents with an ax.

The scandal became the foundation for Negativland’s next release, Helter Stupid, which featured a cover photo of TV news anchorman Dave McElhatton intoning the Brom murder story, with the news station’s caption “Killer Song” above his head, and a photo of the ax murderer.

Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media-saturated and multi-national world, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

While it is true that, after being sued, Negativland became more publicly involved in advocating significant reforms of our nation’s copyright laws (more recently finding themselves being brought to Washington DC and Capitol Hill as citizen lobbyists for copyright and art issues), Negativland are artists first and activists second. All of their art and media interventions have intended to pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda and perception in the United States of America.

Love Songs From Rosemary’s Baby – T.O.P.Y World Network – 1985

Om / The Power Of Love

Emabs Byos Y’Rra / See Woman See Human / 1 Vortex

Rosemary’s Baby was the musical arm of Ricerche Studi Babalon (RSB), the Italian ‘access point’ of the Temple Ov Psychick Youth (T.O.P.Y.), which issued tapes, booklets, bulletins and videos.

Rosemary’s Baby’s main man was Pierre Luigi Zoccatelli. His ideas were rooted in Aleister Crowley’s Thelema and Magick, later turning into Guenonian Christianism.

For Rosmemary’s Baby’s first performance, Zoccatelli plastered the streets of Verona with posters, drawn up in the typical style of Italian funeral notices, simply announcing that “Rosemary’s Baby is born”. Unfortunately the local media thought that these posters announced the creation of a new group of Satanists in Verona. From that point on, the Verona public decided that Zoccatelli was a practising Satanist…

Since the short lived Rosemary’s Baby days, Zoccatelli decided to wander down the rather dubious route of the Alleanza Cattolica / Alleanza Nazionale. K.Y.P.P do not endorse, or share the views of this fundamentalist far right Catholic organisation.

This very rare 12″ record got me a verbal ticking off from Genesis P’Orridge when one day he heard the record being played upstairs on the sound system at his home in Hackney.

No trouble with the 12″ record as T.O.P.Y. were distributing it, or me for using his sound system.

The problem was that his young daughter Caresse was in the room at the time. Genesis quite rightly in hindsight, did not appreciate Caresse hearing this 12″ record.

This is a 12″ record to summon demons with.

Halloween history and traditions

Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween. In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.

Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the Middle Ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt.

But what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today’s trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday, with luck, by next Halloween, be married.

In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.) Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night, she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces.

Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.

Another day with connections to Halloween is Guy Fawkes Day, celebrated on November 5. Guy Fawkes was a Roman Catholic who planned to blow up the Protestant House of Parliament on November 5, 1606; luckily for the House, he was apprehended and executed. Afterwards, the anniversary of the day was celebrated by building straw effigies, entreating passersby for “a penny for the Guy”, and finally burning “the Guys” in bonfires.

All the period photographs of Halloween children and adults that are displayed on this post are courtesy of the Ossian Brown book ‘Haunted Air’. Ossian has collated dozens of astonishing photographs for this charming and luxurious felt covered hardback book.

All the photographs were taken in the United States Of America between the late 19th and the mid 20th century.

I would like to thank Ossian for sending me two signed copies of this beautiful book, one which went straight up to Sheffield towards the eager hands of my younger brother who knew Ossian, as I did also, in the mid 1980s.

Ossian is a member of Cyclobe as well as working in collaboration with David Tibet’s Current 93.

Haunted Air is available now ISBN 9780224089708 published by Jonathan Cape with a forward passage by David Lynch and Geoff Cox.

Psychic T.V – C.B.S acetate – 1983

Psychic T.V – Orchids

Psychic T.V – Finale

Psychic T.V – White Nights

Psychic T.V – Ancient Lights

This must be the rarest record that I own. There couldn’t of been many acetates of Psychic T.V handed out by C.B.S / Some Bizarre, and shelved in record collections.

This 7″ acetate contains four songs from the then, yet to be released, ‘Dreams Less Sweet’ album.

Coincidently ‘Dreams Less Sweet’ is not only my favourite Psychic T.V album, but also one of my favourite albums by any band or artist.The album still gets a spin a couple of times a year, over thirty years since I got a copy (with the ‘Full Pack’ 12″ single included).

One side of the acetate has the songs ‘Orchids’ and ‘Finale’. The other side has the songs ‘White Nights’ and ‘Ancient Lights’.

C.B.S also pressed up two extremely limited vinyl versions with the same songs on, handing them out to the press and to the radio stations to promote the ‘Dreams Less Sweet’ album prior to release.

The two vinyl versions have two songs pressed up on each. The first vinyl had the songs on the ‘A’ side of my acetate, ‘Orchids’ and ‘Finale’. The second vinyl had the songs on the ‘B’ side of my acetate, ‘White Nights’ and ‘Ancient Lights’.

There were less than seventy copies of each pre-release vinyl pressed up. T.O.P.Y in Beck Road, Hackney sold a boxful for £20 each vinyl. An immense amount of money in the early to mid 1980’s. There was probably only a handful of acetates produced.

The concept, the thoughts, the ideas, the technology and the numerous performers and field recordings that went into the production of ‘Dreams Less Sweet’ were immense, and could take several hundred words to explain properly, so I won’t.

Thankfully ‘Lord Lucan’ from Julian Cope’s ‘Head Heritage’ online site has. So…

“This nineteen track album is a kaleidophone full of twists and turns, sweetness and light cohabiting with sourness and darkness, all permeated by an uneasy air of mystery, magick and ritual. It forced open my adolescent ears to sonic possibilities which I didn’t know existed nor even imagined. At the time, I knew nothing about T.G, T.O.P.Y or anything else Psychic T.V had done. This album appeared to me like a puff of magickal smoke in a vacuum jar.

Once I had got the record home and put it on the turntable and started playing it I felt I’d fallen through the forest floor into some kind of (oc)cult group’s hidden labyrinth. This album drips with the atmosphere of a network of fire-lit caverns populated by the eldritch shadows of cowl-wearing figures. The group image on the back sleeve places this seminal Psychic T.V line-up in a coastal setting on the edge of dusk.

A large part of the ambience, which permeates the album, is due to the fact that it was recorded using Zuccarelli Holophonic technology, similar to the Artificial Head system used by the 70’s Berlin Krautrockers. Extra spacial dimension and clarity become disorientatingly apparent.

This encouraged Psychic T.V to record sounds and environments which would make the most of the recording system. Locations included The Hell Fire Club caves 300ft. underground, Christ Church in Hampstead, and Caxton Hall. The album is full of sounds designed to exploit the 3D effect. It’s an amazing experience on headphones.

The album begins with a car approaching, then the first track, the tiny ‘Hymn 23’ is played by Andrew Poppy on an emulator, weaving the first of several ecclesiastical and monastic pieces of music into the fabric of this album, which I suppose could be seen as a hymnody for T.O.P.Y.

This is followed by ‘The Orchids’, which is a beautiful song played on Reichian xylophone, oboe and guitar, with Genesis P Orridge duetting with himself in his sweetest choirboy vocal: “In the morning after the night I fall in love with the light”, opening the album in a similar way to ‘Sunday Morning’ opening the first Velvet Underground album, hinting at a night of excess seen from the inevitable spangled daybreak.

This mood is dashed by ‘Botanica’ which drags us into the realm of cavernous ritual drums, possessed metallic tinkering and the distant sound of animal horns.

Blink and it’s gone though, to be replaced by a small ensemble of brass, cor anglais and oboe wrenched from the recital chamber to the cavern to play ‘Iron Glove’. Their sad and beautiful tune floats over to the left channel as Monte Cazazza appears in the right channel reading his own words in a telephone call from San Francisco. The track ends with the vicious attack and decay of a tuning fork.

The telephone line interference gives way to the glorious clarity of a solo choirboy singing ‘Always is Always’, a song penned by the murderer of psychedelic innocence: Charles Manson, and much sung by his adopted family of waifs and strays. The choirboy’s angelic voice drifts around in the sonic space until we are left with the distant sound of what could be water dripping from the roof of a cave, blood dripping from a corpse, a crackling fire or maybe someone pissing in the distance, with a barely discernible voice, perfectly encapsulating the contrast of seductive innocence and the mysterious threat of the unknown that pervades the atmosphere on this album.

The next track is a bitter-sweet winter solstice carol played on organ, guitar, and tambourine with lashings of sugary vocal harmonies. And Genesis is back again with his wide-eyed innocent vocal singing ambiguous lyrics which could be about all manner of other things, or maybe it’s simply about “Santa Claus (…) checking his list / Going over it twice / Seeing who is naughty and who is nice”, though the implication of threat in that last lyric and throughout the song is chilling, particularly as the sound of an Uzi machine gun starts to appear towards the end cracking through the surface innocence [the lyrics are actually part of a sermon by the Rev. Jim Jones prior to the suicide in Guyana].

‘Finale’ smashes right through, beginning with the sound of petrol being thrown on a fire, then all hell breaking loose a mediaeval military fanfare, complete with machine guns and barking and growling hunting dogs sounding like they’re coming out of the speakers and invading the room.

This is followed by ‘Eleusis’, a ritualistic chant by those figures in cowls ringing ritualistic bells. The monastic figures melt away and are replaced by ‘Medmenham’s swarm of Tibetan Thigh Bone bees buzzing all around the cave.

‘Ancient Lights’ follows with its dark, unpredictable, sparse funk. Genesis is on full sinister vocal form this time, as the sounds of phones, car horns and various shrieks, shouts and screams fly around him. ‘Proof On Survival’ follows, with a short piece of psychick motivational polemic spoken by Genesis followed by the sound of earth to earth: The literal sound of being buried alive in a coffin. The ultimate claustrophobic nightmare.

Side two opens with the trilogy ‘Eden 1, 2 and 3’. This mini symphony begins as a building cacophony of ringing telephones. The holophonic recording technique means the brain is fooled into thinking one of them must surely be your own telephone. Mr Sebastian, a tattoo artist and body piercer who would become a household name four years later thanks to the notorious Operation Spanner police raids, had pierced and tattooed various members of Psychic T.V; The sleeve of this album alludes to a Prince Albert piercing. Here he is heard reassuring John Balance about the tattoo he is about to give him.Then a creepy-as-hell track cuts in with a killer bass line and buzzsaw feedback guitar following a tyrannical ritual drum beat, the sound of the tattoo needle providing percussion. Genesis intones lyrics possibly about Cerberus. Dog’s eyes glowing. Towards the end the guitar and Genesis’s voice meld in an indo-oriental chant, building to climax. By far the most sexually charged track on the album. Feedback wails as a baritone singer breaks in with his righteous light, banishing the screeching feedback to Hades, whence it came. The voices multiply until a complete male voice choir is filling the room with plainsong chanting. Cerberus rears his ugly heads again momentarily and growls at the choir, however his growling is soothed and calmed and the choir begin again. However they cannot hold off the march of nasty cacophony forever, and once they have faded the hellhound reawakens,and comes running into the room barking, heralding the arrival of more cavernous drumming and a gristled-to-fuck guitar. The volume rises and rises and culminates in a dervish frenzy of feedback which is slain in an instant by ‘Clouds Without Water’, a beautiful woodwind, horn and xylophone piece with systemic leanings sound tracking distant, rumbling thunder.

‘Black Moon’ follows with Genesis P Orridge at the front of the primary school assembly singing along with the piano as birds tweet outside.

‘Silver And Gold’ brings us back to the cavern as gongs and Tibetan singing bowls are stroked, caressed and gently tapped. What sounds like a large remote-controlled vehicle makes its hesitant way closer and closer to us, then makes a run for it as the swooshing percussive sound that pulls us ‘In The Nursery’ begins.

Genesis comes on like a detective William Burroughs narrating as he enters the house that will take him Exorcist-style to the nursery. The music is wailing howling feedback, concrete clicking and crashing of unidentifiable origins, all the while that insistent whip swooshing sound flying around the room, suggesting the vortex in the bedroom in Poltergeist. Genesis screams louder and louder until the whole thing crashes around him and us.

‘Circle’ finishes the album with a short, cathartic recorder solo.

This record, once it has finished, leaves behind feelings unlike any other. It’s not only the sound that is left ringing in my ears, but my mind feels like it has been well and truly exercised and exorcised too. I was worried that reviewing this album might be like spraying pine air freshener into a room impregnated with a complex, evocative, ethereal odour, but it hasn’t killed any of the mystery or tension in it for me.

‘Dreams Less Sweet’ remains just that, a dream teetering on the verge of a nightmare. It defies anal-ysis, and has the power, unlike almost any other recording I know, to subject the psyche to a severe whip lashing and a tender massage, often at the same time”.

Anarka And Poppy – The lost All The Madmen recordings – 1984 / This Bitter Lesson – 96 Tapes – 1982 / Crass – The final interview Dial House – 1984 / Blyth Power – Meanwhile Gardens – 1986 / Buld – 96 Tapes – 1986 / Louise – Chiswick Demo – 1989 / Blyth Power – Streetlevel Demo – 1984 / A Touch Of Hysteria – 96 Tapes – 1983

Anarka And Poppy – The lost All The Madmen recordings – 1984

In January 2015, Louise from the band Hysteria Ward contacted me to ask if I was interested in a load of stuff in a box. A mysterious question to which I answered “Yes I was”. On visiting I found that the box contained several 1/4 inch master reels of various recordings (by various bands) that were released on the All The Madmen record label back in the 1980’s. At the bottom of the box I noticed a master reel that was not released by All The Madmen records.

This master reel had been lost for over thirty years, and it was in this box.

Anarka And Poppy were a peace punk band from Preston. In 1984 the band (at the invitation of Josef Porta who during late 1983 / early 1984 was now the ex-drummer of The Mob) came down to stay at 96 Brougham Road in Hackney.

The following day Anarka And Poppy travelled to Gold Dust studios in Sidcup with Alistair who was looking after All The Madmen records at that time. Gerard remembers that a few months previously Flowers In The Dustbin (along with Claire from the band This Bitter Lesson) had also completed a session at Gold Dust studios recording ‘Freaks Run Wild In The Disco’ a record that was released on All The Madmen records in 1984.

Not much is remembered about the session that produced the three tracks recorded by Anarka And Poppy at the studio that day.

Alistair remembers that Paul Christie, the producer at the studio, had asked Jane, the vocalist, to not sing the line “It’s a fucking nightmare” as he was worried it would offend. Perhaps his heart was in the right place, but his advice was duly ignored in any case.

On completion of the session the master reel was handed over to the band after payment and everyone was driven back to Hackney by Paul ex-This Bitter Lesson and Faction who had a van.
At Brougham Road Paul held onto the master reel and from that point the mystery of this master reel starts.

Alistair never did end up releasing the Anarka And Poppy single on All The Madmen records after all. The master reel had gone missing, no doubt lying around somewhere in Brougham Road. Alistair did get to release the amazing Zos Kia 7″ single ‘Rape’ though.

Anarka And Poppy split up several months later on in 1984. By 1985 Rob Challice ex-Faction had taking over from Alistair running All The Madmen records. Rob ploughed head first in the record label releasing several records by Blyth Power, Thatcher On Acid and The Astronauts along with a handful of other bands up until the spring of 1988. The Anarka And Poppy master reel was long forgotten about.

I had helped out at All The Madmen records from the Autumn of 1985 until the Spring of 1988. I did not spot this master reel during those years, so who knows what happened to it? And who knows how, thirty years later, I get a large box of old master reels to either keep, throw away or ‘to do something with’, that included this Anarka And Poppy master reel amongst them?

I decided ‘to do something with’ all the master reels. I checked with Pete Fender ex-Fatal Microbes, Rubella Ballet and Omega Tribe, if it was possible to restore the master reels after so many years. He advised that it was possible.

I ‘advertised’ the master reels I had been given, including the Anarka And Poppy one, via a post on Face Book explaining that Pete Fender was willing to bake the reels to restore and then he would remaster the restored master reel. I got some interest from some members from the bands, including members of Anarka And Poppy.

I handed the master reels (that members of the various bands were interested in being restored) to Pete in Dagenham, and later on that month, the master reels were carefully restored and remastered by Pete.

Pete then returned the restored master reels to the members of the bands who were involved along with the remastered raw files and mp3’s on separate CDR’s.

The three tracks on this Anarka And Poppy master reel that were carefully restored and remastered by Pete Fender have turned out beautifully clear, and all three tracks are absolute classic early – mid 1980’s peace punk songs.

I have taken great care on this YouTube video so as to compliment these great lost studio recordings from Anarka And Poppy and in tandem to compliment the hard work of Pete Fender restoring this thirty year old master reel that was discovered in a crumpled heap at the bottom of a cardboard box on a cold night in January 2015.

All the artwork featured on this YouTube video is drawn and painted by Jane Mason, the Anarka And Poppy vocalist.

This YouTube video has been put together with the blessing of Anarka And Poppy.

It is hoped that these three songs will be released on a 7″ single or included onto an album one day. There has been some interest so let’s see.

TRACKLISTING:

If It Dies We Die / Acceptance / Nightmare

This Bitter Lesson – The Value Of Defiance – 96 Tapes – 1982

THIS BITTER LESSON – In The Eyes Of A Child / Untitled / Japanese Girl / Ode To A Trendy Nightclub

THIS BITTER LESSON – Your Legal Slaughter / Poison Policy / Living?

One of my favourite cassettes in my collection just happens to be the very first cassette released on Rob Challice’s 96 Tapes in 1982.

This Bitter Lesson’s wonderful cassette is packaged with a strong thick booklet, some wonderful images and amazing well thought out and moving poetry. No Discharge punch in the face lyrics on the songs contained on this cassette. That’s a little unfair. Discharge lyrics are a couple of paragraphs long (then repeat) but pretty much hit the spot every time.

Rob Challice had set the bar pretty high with this début release. Rubella Ballet, Faction, Blood And Roses, Touch Of Hysteria, Subhumans, Blyth Power and Flowers In The Dustbin being a few of those other cassettes released on 96 Tapes that followed on from This Better Lesson.

Rob went on to manage All The Madmen records at the dawn of 1985, juggling WOT Distribution and 96 Tapes at the same time, all based at 96 Brougham Road in Hackney hence the 96 Tapes moniker.

The only fact that I actually know about This Bitter Lesson is that Claire the vocalist / poet / lyricist briefly joined Flowers In The Dustbin for the studio recording sessions that ended up as ‘Freaks Run Wild In The Disco’, a 12″ record which was released on All The Madmen records in 1984 and remains one of my favourite records to this day.

For the seven songs on this cassette, selected pages from the booklet with the lyrics written upon them are fitted in order of the track listing for this YouTube video. There are more pages in the booklet with much more to read and to be inspired by.

Strangely the only lyrics that are not in the booklet are for ‘Japanese Girl’, which for the purposes of this YouTube video I have placed both sides of the A4 information poster that came with my copy of the cassette instead.

This cassette is a real treat, give it a listen.

Some additional information from Nic Bullen;

“Paul from This Bitter Lesson wrote A-Z fanzine and Total Lyric fanzine (with Claire), sang on The Snails second tape (released by Graham on New Crimes) and played guitar with Faction…”

Some additional information from Gerard, vocalist of Flowers In The Dustbin;

“All I remember is that the This Bitter Lesson cassette was wonderful, and me and Claire used to write to each other. I could hear her voice on our songs in my head before we recorded them so we asked her to join in. When we recorded ‘Freaks Run Wild In The Disco’ I got ill in the studio and had to go home, so Claire actually recorded all her bits without me.
Claire came to see Flowers In The Dustbin support The Mob at the Fulham Greyhound but didn’t want to come up on stage, which is a shame. I also heard a story about Crass rejecting a proposed This Bitter Lesson single but it’s probably wild gossip.”

TRACKLISTING:

In The Eyes Of A Child / Untitled / Japanese Girl / Ode To A Trendy Nightclub / Your Legal Slaughter / Poison Policy / Living?

Crass – The final interview Dial House – 1984

An intimate interview with most members of Crass recorded on super 8 video in 1984 around the impossibly small kitchen table at Dial House. How that many members of Crass all got around that table remains a mystery to me!

Possibly the last ever interview with Crass, transferred from super 8 video onto a DVDR several years ago now for £20 by Stanley Production in Soho. Taken this long to figure out what to do with ‘digital’ version. If you share this video you owe me a £1!

I did not film the interview. There is a twenty three second interruption to this Crass interview. Footage of the M11 motorway. This interruption in the footage comes in at 3.17 and lasts until 3.40.

Blyth Power – Meanwhile Gardens – 1986

A few songs from Blyth Power recorded at one of the Meanwhile Garden gigs. Free of charge and four events in the summer were organised by the Lancaster Music Co-Operative although the park with the sand bowl next to the Grand Union Canal was entrenched firmly in Westbourne Park West London.

Donations into the hat, Grant Showbiz on the sound desk and Protag building the stage and setting up the P.A in the morning. Raymond a regular fixture at Meanwhile Gardens and in the ‘scene’ generally is there. I am also there somewhere, and I am thanked by Josef for “no apparent reason.” I am wearing my ‘home produced’ Mob / Wilf artwork T shirt! Blyth Power were releasing records on All The Madmen records at this point.

The reason this is not a full performance is that the two people filming it were ‘experimenting’ with different analogue camera options. Basically flicking black and white, flicking negative. Drives you nuts! So I didn’t bother to place that footage up sadly as there is a fair chunk of it.

That said, although only a few Blyth Power songs are featured, viewers will still be able to get a sense of these wonderful afternoons in the summer, cider in hand, back in the early to mid 1980’s.

TRACKLISTING:

God Has Gone Wrong Again / It’s Probably Going To Rain / Corialanus / Some Of Shelly’s Hang Up’s

Buld – Nox Noctis – 96 Tapes – 1986

BULD – No More Cry / Desert Rats / Nicht Unbekannt / Window

BULD – Nox Noctis / Burst / Big Show

I’ll hold up my hands here and surrender to the fact that I know nothing about this band.
I am sure I would have handled a few copies while helping out at All The Madmen records and distribution in Brougham Road, Hackney and later on in Caledonian Road, Kings Cross. I was active at All The Madmen from the Autumn of 1985 until the wind down of the company in the Spring of 1988.

This cassette was the sixteenth release on Rob Challice’s cassette only label 96 Tapes.
A double cassette recorder would be rotating away most of the time at WOT / All The Madmen Distribution, playing the master cassette on one side of the recorder dubbing onto a blank cassette on the other side, to sell on to any paying customers.

Gummidge or myself would also photocopy the covers, in the days when you actually needed to find a photocopier in the area, which was not that easy.
Master cassettes of the previous fifteen releases, Rubella Ballet, Faction, This Bitter Lesson, Blood And Roses, Subhumans, Blyth Power and Flowers In The Dustbin being a few of those other cassette only releases, would also get a daily rotation – recording in that large double cassette recorder.

Buld seemingly are not on any Google searches for the ease of myself trying to grab just a small scrap of information to place up on this YouTube post. Rob Challice himself cannot remember who the band were, or why the band ended up on 96 Tapes. I asked him a couple of hours ago!
What I do know is that Buld were a Danish band with vocals in English, and that this session was recorded somewhere in Denmark on the 5th January 1986.

I also know that Buld are actually a decent post punk / Gothic band, with some decent songs, similar in parts to how Lack Of Knowledge sounded.

TRACK LISTING:

No More Cry / Desert Rats / Nicht Unbekannt / Window / Nox Noctis / Burst / Big Show

Louise – Chiswick Demos – 1989

LOUISE – Chiswick Demo – 1989

A master reel discovered, along with several others, in a box in Louise’s loft.

All the master reels were of bands or artists that were released, or going to be released, on the All The Madmen record label. Two outstanding master reels were the full Clair Obscure album released on All The Madmen records in 1986 and the legendary long lost master reel for the Anarka And Poppy single that was going to be released on All The Madmen records in 1984. All the old master reels were restored to the highest quality by Pete Fender (Fatal Microbes / Rubella Ballet / Omega Tribe) in his studio and were eventually distributed to their rightful owners. Louise, the vocalist of Hysteria Ward, is featured on this master reel without a band, but with a guitar.

There are four songs performed, although there are seven songs on the master reel. I included all the songs off of the master reel as I felt all the songs (different mix / performance on three of the songs) were worth keeping intact and placed up on this YouTube video. I think the songs were recorded in 1989 at a studio in Chiswick. This makes this master reel out of the life span of All The Madmen records, but hey, the songs are full of of melancholy and the lyrics are masterful.

The artwork that is featured in the video accompanying the songs, are all painted by Louise. Louise’s art is both elementary and stunning in equal measure. Several art pieces are darker, more troubled. These pieces perhaps highlight Louise’s personal torment that she has suffered for most of her adult life.

The best insight into the life of Louise and the bands she has fronted can be found on this KYPP post HERE.

Blyth Power – Street Level Demo  -1984

Smoke From Cromwells Time / Hurling Time / Chevy Chase / The Rookery / Ffucke Mastike Room / My Lady’s Games / Fang Over Lip / Me And Mr Absolutely

The first ever recording by Blyth Power from my first generation master cassette.

Blyth Power when this session was recorded were a three piece band consisting of Josef and Curtis, recently ex of The Mob, alongside Brougham Road resident and ex-Faction member, Neil Keenan.

These songs were recorded in the early months of 1984 at Street Level studios in Freestonia West London. Freston Road / Latimer Road W11 to be more precise.

On the strength of this demo Blyth Power missed a trick by somehow cocking up a record deal with Crass’s Corpus Christi record label. Whether the ‘blame’ lay at the door of Dial House or the doors of the damp co-op housing in Hackney, I do not know. Whatever the issues, Blyth Power were not going to be the next UK Decay that’s for sure. Note: That was not a Gothic / positive punk reference, UK Decay were the big ticket for Corpus Christi, a band that had split up on the eve of 1984.

Ironically (ironic after stating the two main points) my photographs accompanying this YouTube video are early photographs of the five piece Blyth Power line up which included Andy and Sarah as backing singers, as I have no photographs of the three piece line up.

I have also added my photographs of Brougham road in Hackney that I took in 1985, again as I have no photographs of Street Level studios! Those photographs feature 96 Brougham Road, the home of All The Madmen records at that time, along with Rob Challice’s small 96 Tapes cassette only label. Going down impossibly thin stairs and a small walkway was J.C’s legendary basement / practice room where Blyth Power would rehearse every now and again. Some of my photographs are of that basement… Not much standing room if I remember rightly.

This recording does not quite match the glorious ‘A Little Touch Of Harry’ cassette released in 1985 on 96 Tapes but it does show an embryonic Blyth Power picking up a little bit of speed along the tracks.

Around nine months later Blyth Power would be recording ‘A Little Touch Of Harry’ in that basement at 96 Brougham Road, Hackney with, I think, J.C’s equipment already stored there, engineered by Protag with few overdubs.

The ‘Harry’ cassette was the first ‘official’ release by Blyth Power, a band at this time hurtling down the tracks at speed and momentum. The cassette brought more people on board for the party, and it was wonderful.

Although Josef would not agree I am sure!

TRACK LISTING:

Smoke From Cromwells Time / Hurling Time / Chevy Chase / The Rookery / The Ffuke Mastike Room / My Lady’s Games / Fang Over Lip / Me And Mr Absolutely

A Touch Of Hysteria – 96 Tapes – 1983

Non Compos Mentis / The Lords Prayer / The Rulers / To Cross The Rubicon / Death Cart

In Similar circumstances to another band from the north west of England (Anarka And Poppy) Josef Porta had some considerable influence on A Touch Of Hysteria being discussed all the way down south in Hackney, one of the grittier parts of East London back in the early 1980’s.

Eventually Rob Challice’s 96 Tapes cassette only label released this fine cassette, and this cassette was my introduction to the band. A Touch Of Hysteria also in tandem, had their own cassettes produced to sell at their infrequent local gigs.

This 96 Tapes cassette only release was not the preferred choice for the band. There was discussions, during one of the band’s visits to Brougham Road, of a 7″ record by A Touch Of Hysteria split with The Astronauts to be released on the All The Madmen record label.

This sadly never happened.

Although the band were supporters of The Mob and anarcho-punk in general, thankfully A Touch Of Hysteria seemed to be closer to Kirk Brandon’s The Pack music wise, and Part 1 lyric wise, lot’s of religious ‘imagery’ within those lyrics. Original sin and so forth. The artwork was also suitably grotesque.

A Touch Of Hysteria were active from 1982 until 1985.

A photograph from my collection uploaded onto this YouTube video (between the cassette cover scans) was taken at an old School in Kendal after one of A Touch Of Hysteria’s last performances supporting their old friends Josef and Curtis who were now in Blyth Power. This photograph features A Touch Of Hysteria and Blyth Power members and friends of both bands.

Chris, the drummer of A Touch Of Hysteria, sadly committed suicide in the mid 1990’s.

After A Touch Of Hysteria, Chris eventually joined some college friends to form a band called Lush. I saw Lush several times at the beginning of their career in small London venues. Chris was also a member of Hard Skin for a few months at the beginning of Ben’s (Thatcher On Acid) and Sean’s (Wat Tyler) parody oi! band forming.

A Touch Of Hysteria created a handful of songs that ended up on this 96 Tapes cassette that were / are of the highest quality.

TRACK LISTING:

Non Compos Mentos / The Lords Prayer / The Rulers / To Cross The Rubicon / Death Cart

Exit-Stance – Exit-Stance Records – 1984 / Rema Rema / Door And The Window

Esthetics

Conspiracy Of Silence

Exit-Stance, not the Milton Keynes punk band that released records on Mortahate and supported Conflict from time to time.

The Exit-Stance that recorded these tracks, releasing them on this record via the bands own label, were from Bristol and had a sound reminiscent (actually pretty much a carbon copy) of UK Decay (with added Ritual perhaps). After the recording of the ‘Esthetics’ 7″ single, the punk Exit-Stance, supported perhaps by Mortahate records, forced the Bristol Exit-Stance to change their name after threatening legal action. If this is correct then it’s a pretty ironic situation. Exit-Stance changed their name to Feud.

For the second time in a year*** I get a totally unexpected box of goodies from Mike Clarke, Defiant Pose fanzine editor and owner of Inflammable Material records. This time the box contained three Rema Rema 12″ singles.

Two different sleeve versions of the track ‘Entry / Exit’, a track that Charisma Records rejected during the bands lifetime for “Blasphemous Content”.

The track itself is a six minute slow bass led plodder with some great feedback guitar work from Marco, and a call and response vocal style. And yes, the lyrics might be labelled blasphemous.

The B – side of ‘Entry / Exit’ is a stripped down instrumental version.

I was also sent (of which I am greatly indebted to Mike) the limited edition sleeve version of ‘Entry / Exit’. The record is the same but the artwork for the limited edition is a different design which is screen printed. The quantity of the limited sleeve edition is 50 copies. I was sent number 50 / 50.

The second 12″ single is actually two modernised remixes of the old Rema Rema track ‘Rema Rema’ and is on the band’s record label ‘Le Coq Musique’. Two remixes by Renegade Soundmachine (Soundwave) bringing the track kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Please support these releases if you have any interest in Rema Rema by going to the Inflammable Material website HERE or HERE

*** HERE is the original KYPP post regarding Rema Rema, Defiant Pose and Inflammable Material.

THE DOOR AND THE WINDOW
‘Detailed Twang’
12 track LP only: Label: Overground : Edition of 500
Cat. No. OVER 146LP
Release Date: On sale now

Originally inspired by both the DIY ethic of the punk movement and the likes of Throbbing Gristle and File Under Pop, two friends Nag and Bendle decided to form The Door And The Window in March ’79. Lacking any musical experience, the first thing they did was to book a gig, then set off to a rehearsal studio to record their first single on a cassette recorder.

“Initially we had little interest in making music; we were interested in sound and noise. I had a cheap guitar and a collection of 2nd hand tape recorders, and Nag had a cheap synth. It was an advantage that we couldn’t play anything. When the guy running the rehearsal studio proclaimed that we were the “worst band he had ever heard” we took it as a complement and drunkenly caroled his sentiment back to him and recorded that too.” – Bendle

The first single ‘Don’t Kill Colin’ EP came from the pressing plant in plain white labels and sleeves. The band painstakingly hand-made the labels and sleeves and managed to self-distribute all 1000 copies.

The success led to a distribution deal with Rough Trade. Their next single ‘Production Line’ EP was joint NME ‘Single Of The Week’ with Ian Dury’s ‘(Hit Me With Your) Rhythm Stick’. Inspired by Crass, the ‘Pay No More Than 55p’ on the sleeve caused problems for the distributors, but the single still sold an impressive 2000 copies.

As true exponents of the DIY ethic the band produced a fanzine called ‘Common Knowledge’ devoted to the politics of record reproduction and included the likes of the Desperate Bicycles.

The Door And The Window were becoming more popular and highly respected. They played with the Pop Group, Scritti Politti, Delta Five, Swell Maps and Raincoats.

The line-up of the band was always fluid and sometime members included Fritz (23 Skidoo), Dennis Burns (ATV/Good Missionaries), Grant Showbiz (The Fall) and Giblet (49 Americans). In late 1979, Mark Perry, disillusioned by the constraints and expectations of Alternative TV joined the band as drummer and co-songwriter.

As more bands formed with the same attitude the band toured as part of the ‘Weird Noise’ tour with The Instant Automatons and 012 – a band fronted by Kif Kif and made up of members of that night’s audience.

1980 saw the release of the album ‘Detailed Twang’ which sold 2000 copies at the ridiculously cheap price of £3.00 before the band split up in the summer of ’81, although they’ve reformed on an occasional basis to experiment with new ideas.

The LP replicates the original album but with the bonus of an inner bag featuring a detailed band history and rare photos, limited to just 500 copies making rarer than the highly collectable original!

Track Listing:
Dads/Habits/We Do Scare Each Other/Order And Obey/He Feels Like A Doris/ Part-Time Punks/In The Car/Subculture Fashion Slaves/Sticks And Stones/ Positive/Why Must You Build Walls Around Us?/Detailed Twang

Order from Overground Records directly HERE