Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Postcard 'Factory Sit-In'

Featured above is a very interesting Postcard Records artifact.
It's a handprinted, limited-edition poster for Aztec Camera’s first gig outside Scotland. Gig which took place at Manchester De Ville’s in August 1981.
This image was sent to me courtesy of John Ashton who's selling it on eBay as well as an original Postcard brochure and a fanzine. Items which Postcard sumpremo Alan Horne sent to him 1981. Includes a handwritten cover note by Horne written on the back of a torn off brown Postcard Records record sleeve.

Anyone interested in these items can make a bid at the links below:

Aztec Camera / Jazzateers poster

Postcard Records brochure / fanzine

Image ©John Ashton



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Edwyn & Paul - Record Mirror, 1984

Two Swamplands era, young lads make the cover of Record Mirror in the july 28th issue 1984. World Class Quiffs, boys.
Big Brother is Watching You.

Image courtesy of and ©Nippy Sweetie

Monday, 13 October 2014

Josef K and Aztec Camera - Valentino's, Edinburgh concert flyer

The Only Fun In Town From Psychotic Reaction.
Josef K and Aztec Camera - Valentino's, Edinburgh August 16th 1981.

Flyer image courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig 
Original flyer image ©Kevin Law

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happening Right Then

Image: ©Paul Groovy

Photo of Alex Taylor (shop Assistants) from Paul Groovy's forthcoming 'Happening Right Then' a150+ page hardback book. An exciting publication featuring over 200 colour and black & white photographs taken at  iconic venues such as The Living Room, Room At The Top and The Big Twang between 1983-1985 with many original photos of the Scottish music scene taken by the author himself.

Anyone who wants to help fund Paul's book can do so at IndieGo.

Many thanks to Paul for providing me with a copy of the Alex Taylor photo to illustrate this post.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Stephen 'n' Eugene

 Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines) playing live with The Pastels, circa 1988. Eugene appears on their 1989 album “Sittin’ Pretty” singing backing vocals on “Baby You’re Just You” and “Swerve”. He also appeared on their “Comin’ Through” EP in 1987, playing the autoharp and doing backing vocals.

Source :Teenage Jesus Superstars
Image : Not credited ©unknown

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Vaselines : 'V for Vaselines' acoutic in-store gig

 An exciting moment at Monorail in Glasgow this afternoon where The Vaselines did an acoustic in-store gig for their soon-to-be-released new album; V For Vaselines
Available on LP, CD, Download, and Cassette. Pre-order now!

Special thanks to Colin Clark and Lazer Guided Melody for images and info.

Image : Courtesy of & ©Colin Clark

Paul Groovy : Happening Right Then

Image: Stephen Pastel, The Living Room, July 1984 - ©Paul Groovy

Marcel Duchamp once said: "Everybody hates it nowadays but forty years from now everyone will love it." Or something like that. I think. Anyway, this could be said for a good few of the bands that came about back in the dark ages.* Particularly for some outfits like Josef K, Fire Engines, Scars, The Vaselines, Shop Assistants, who appear to be more famous now than they ever were in their -shortlived- heyday. It's really quite amazing how some bands / people /events are revered nowadays. I imagine it's mostly down to nostalgia for a good few folks but often, this adulation, is from kids who might well be young enough to be any original fan's grandchildren. Just take a browse through Tumblr. There you'll find; besides the prodigious amount of pornography that fills up a lot of space, lots of photos or scans of diverse documents either relating to C81 or C86 and the bands that were featured on those two tapes as well as lots of bands like the ones mentioned above. A major setback, however, as with most posts on Tumblr, is that a lot of photos and documents are endlessly reblogged with neither any information attached to them nor any credits nor source details. Luckily though; for anyone really interested in this period in rock/pop/punk/post-rock/twee's back pages; and particularly for those who want to know more about all the great Scottish bands from back then, there are people like Simon Goddard, Simon Reynolds, Richard King, and Sam Knee. All of them have either written about Postcard Records, Josef K, Orange Juice, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Pastels, et al or documented the various scenes, labels, etc. Sam Knee's book, A Scene In Between, is particularly good for lots of original and unseen photos.
Anyhow, another couple of very interesting books are to be published in early 2015. The first one is Neil Taylor's 'C86 & All That: Indie 1983-86 A History' and Paul Groovy's 'Happening Right Then' which will feature, as well as some text, original photos taken by the author himself.

I'll let Paul Groovy fill you in on the details of his must have, forthcoming book:

"The Kickstarter campaign for "Happening Right Then!" starts next week, with the finished book being published Spring 2015.
It will be a hardback book with 150+ pages of my photos, with comments/recollections by many of the bands/people featured, along with a foreword by Alan Mcgee
It starts with The Pastels from the Spontaneous Happening at The Venue, Glasgow in May 83,and ends with The Pastels at The Room At The Top in Dec 85. Inbetween there will be photos of TV Personalities, Shop Assistants, The Times, Direct Hits, Nikki Sudden, Jasmine Minks(their 1st gig),Primal Scream (their 1st gig!),and a whole lot more.
Publication will tie in with Neil Taylors "C86 & All That" book (one of my pics is being used as the cover, and some more are to be included inside),and the launch for that book will take place at the original Living Room at the Adams Arms. An exhibition of my photos will also be part of the launch for Neil's book."

Anyone who wants to help fund Paul's book can do so at Kickstarter. I'll post a link to his page as soon as it's up.

Many thanks to Paul for providing me with a copy of the Stephen Pastel photo to illustrate this post.

Image: courtesy of & ©Paul Groovy
Paul Groovy @ Twitter

*Margaret Thatcher's era - 1979-1990

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vaselines : Straight of Yr Girlfriends Stomach (Press Releases)

 A couple of rather interesting documents relating to the first release by The Vaselines in May 1987 on the Scottish record label, 53rd&3rd. Label founded in 1985 by Stephen Pastel, Sandy McLean and David Keegan.
These are scans of the press releases that came with test pressings of their debut single "Son of a Gun" -though at that time it was still known as "Straight of Yr Girlfriends Stomach". For some unknown reason the title was changed before the actual release date of the 14th August, 1987.
Interesting to note that the Vaselines twosome, Frances and Eugene, are being sold as "fun lovin', normal, healthy, fuck-obsessed adolescents".
Artwork is by Annabel Wright (Aggi) of The Pastels.

Original scans ©FireEscapeTalking
Via Jenny Rollo

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Jazzateers : Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy

Jazzateers live at the Spaghetti Factory, Glasgow (circa 1981).
Image courtesy of & ©Douglas MacIntyre

As I'm back at work I'm going to have a lot less time to post at SoYS. Managed to update a few older posts and photos but still have a fair amount to do. In the meantime there's some good news from Cherry Red with the release of the
Jazzateers : Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy. An album that features most of their unreleased recordings from 1981-1982.
This release includes the long-thought-lost sessions for Postcard Records, combining nearly two albums and overseen by Postcard supremo and Jazzateers’ manager Alan Horne.  One of the tracks, Wasted, was scheduled to be the final Postcard single (81-14) and was produced by Orange Juice’s Edwyn Collins. Unfortunately, like a few other scheduled releases; Wasted was shelved when the label fell apart.
Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy is a must have recording for any Postcard Records fan.

A big thanks to Jazzateer, Douglas MacIntyre for providing me with a copy of the above photograph to illustrate this post.

Jazzateers line-up (1980-1981)
Alison Gourlay (vocals)
Ian Burgoyne (guitar)
Keith Band (bass)
Colin Auld (drums)

"Several tracks were recorded for singles and for a debut album, all unreleased as yet. Some tracks were produced by Edwyn Collins, including a version of Donna Summers' "Wasted" which was scheduled to be a single." (Wikipedia)

Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy is available now from Cherry Red

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Aztec Camera talk about doing a bit of rehearsing.

Excellent document from Smash Hits, August 30th 1984. Features several band shots and a run down on their time in Manchester recording the 'Knife' album. An article also in which Roddy Frame reckons that Aztec Camera "don't really fit in with anything" and that he "can't be bothered with the pop star life-style."
Smashing stuff indeed.

Words: Kimberley Leston
Images : ©uncredited

Documents courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey

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Images ©Brian McCloskey

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Family Tree

A rather interesting document from the New Musical Express, 15  September 1990. Pages 20-21 of that week's issue featured a Jesus And Mary Chain family tree compiled by Paul Barber. Fascinating stuff where you'll find a complete rundown of all the Mary Chain line-ups (as well as those of Bobby Gillespie's Primal Scream) from the band's inception to the 'Automatic' tour of '89.

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Source & Image ©Fremsley

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Some Cat Was Laying Down Some Rock 'n' Roll...

Some Cat Was Laying Down Some Rock 'n' Roll...

Orange Juice
Lovesick / Blueboy (reissue)
Postcard Records (1993)
DUBH 934

Vinyl reissue of Orange Juice's finest Postcard single. Reissued at the same time as 'The Heather's on Fire" compilation. This single features the same artwork on the label as on the compilation sleeve.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Paul Haig : Heaven Sent (poster)

Poster for Paul Haig's 'Heaven Sent' release from1983.
This was a UK release on Island Records only; you can see the Island Records logo in the bottom right corner. However, Les Disques du Crépuscule allocated it's own internal Cat. N° for it : TWI 149.
The back sleeve of the original vinyl features photography by Sheila Rock but there's no mention of who did the artwork on the front cover -as featured on this poster. I have the Les Disques de Crépuscule/Ariola version (Cat. N°600 817) and the artwork isn't credited on it either.

Poster image: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Blue Hoops & Leather Breeks

Up For A Bit

A seemingly gobsmaked Stephen Pastel in fetching blue-hooped sweater and leather breeks.
Circa 1984-1985.

Source: Tim Sliwinski
Image: ©Paul Groovy (apparently)

The Wake : Testament (Best Of)

Forthcoming release from the recently revived Factory Benelux label is a highly-desirable Best-Of from The Wake. A must have for any fan of this very fine Glasgow band which will be available in early September.
See the release sheet below, provided by Les Disques du Crépuscule / Factory Benelux, for more details.

TESTAMENT (BEST OF) - CD / vinyl LP + bonus CD - FBN 95 CD / FBN 95 - 8 September 2014

"Factory Benelux presents Testament, a comprehensive ‘best of’ collection by influential Scottish group The Wake, including tracks recorded for cult labels Factory and Sarah Records.
The Wake formed in Glasgow in early 1981 after singer/guitarist Caesar left future pop stars Altered Images. Joined by Carolyn Allen (keyboards), Steven Allen (drums) and Bobby Gillespie (bass), the band joined Factory the following year, recording debut mini album Harmony at Strawberry Studios in Stockport and subsequently hailed as the missing indiepop link between Factory and Postcard Records. After Gillespie departed for Primal Scream and the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Wake issued second album Here Comes Everybody in 1985, with standout track O Pamela later covered by artful French ensemble Nouvelle Vague.

After leaving Factory the group joined cult Bristol imprint Sarah Records, releasing a brace of indiepop singles and albums in the Nineties before going on hiatus. Caesar and Carolyn reconvened as The Wake in 2009, releasing fifth album A Light Far Out three years later, with more new material due in 2015.

Testament combines key album tracks with popular singles including On Our Honeymoon, Something Outside, Talk About the Past, Of the Matter and Crush the Flowers. Also included are a previously unreleased 7” edit of Pale Spectre, and (on the CD only) 2012 outtake Clouds Disco. The vinyl edition includes a 54 minute bonus CD featuring 21 early live and demo recordings from 1981/82, preserved in the tape archive of Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton. Among these priceless lost recordings are 7 songs never before heard even on bootlegs.

The artwork for Testament is based on the artwork for an unreleased cassette edition of Here Comes Everybody, designed by Peter Saville."  (Text courtesy of Factory Benelux)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Boy Hairdressers : Golden Shower (label detail)

The Boy Hairdressers
Golden Shower (label detail)
53rd & 3rd (1987)

- Golden Shower
- Tidalwave
- The Assumption As An Elevator

Artwork by Jim Lambie.

A bit of a rarity this 3-track EP by The Boy Hairdressers on Stephen Pastel's 53rd & 3rd label. From the ashes of this band rose the mighty and fabulous Teenage Fanclub. World-renowned, contemporary visual artist, Jim Lambie, was also a member of this short-lived outfit. Lambie's most recent installation is 'The Album Pathway'; created as part of the commission for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme. In total more than 2000 bands are referenced in the work.
I've already featured this disc in a previous post but this one is a shot of the label on the actual vinyl. I've also updated the photo of the cover art at my Flickr page.

Will be back soon with some news on the upcoming Testament release; a comprehensive 'best of' collection by The Wake on Factory Benelux.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Some of the interesting things you'll see on a long-distance flight.

Dialogue North/South Tour, 1982

Flyer from a Les Disques du Crépuscule show at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels in 1982. Paul Haig heads the bill on a night that also featured Richard Jobson (former lead singer with the Skids and later TV presenter and film director), The Names (who would records some really fine discs with Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule), and Winston Tong from Tuxedomoon. This show was part of a tour that played 14 or so dates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. The tour "centered around a flexible core of The Durutti Column, Richard Jobson, The Names and Paul Haig. Also playing at various dates were Antena, Marine, Isolation Ward, and Tuxedomoon regulars Blaine Reininger, Steven Brown and Winston Tong."

A cassette tape live recording of the "Dialogue North/South" tour appeared later that year under the title of 'Some of the interesting things you'll see on a long distance flight' (TWI 081) and featured 5 tracks from Paul Haig as well as several from Richard Jobson and Tuxedomoon, The Durutti Column, etc. (see full tracklist here).

The tape is a valuable document from the golden era of Les Disques du Crépuscule and a must have for anyone who likes Paul Haig's music.

Flyer image: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig 
Cassette image : ©japanese forms

'Some of the interesting things you'll see on a long-distance flight' is available in CD format It includes a deluxe booklet with liner notes, archive images and facsimile tour programme plus several tracks by The Names not on the original cassette release. Download also available.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Jim Reid : Fuck Fuck Fuck

Making a wee break form the recent flow of Paul Haig posts; Some more up soon. Here we have a pic of the youthful Jim Reid entertaining the punters at some JAMC show in 1984. Looks very much like a homemade-stencilled shirt there. Unless, of course, it was a shirt made by some overestimated, overpayed fashion designer cashing in like they all do nowadays. Doubtful. Fuck, fuck, fuck, indeed, Jim.
Love that so-awestruck-I-have-to-scratch-my-arm look on the (then) kid in the Joy Division tee.

Source : Suicidewatch
No idea who took or has © to this shot.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Please, welcome this information.

Press information for the Seaside Festival held at belgian coastal resort, De Panne in August 1984. Apart from Paul Haig and New Order; Shriekback, Fad Gadget, and Echo & The Bunnymen also played this festival.

Image: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bernard Sumnner & Paul Haig, Tokyo 1985.

A somewhat startled Bernard Sumner (New Order), a blonde-bequiffed Paul Haig, and someone's bottom as guest star, chilling in Tokyo.
This was probably taken during the Les Disques du Crépuscule package tour of Japan in May 1985. Other Crépuscule label artists on this tour were: Anna Domino, Wim Mertens, Alan Rankine, Steven Brown, and Blaine L. Reininger.
Image: Courtesy of ROL UK/PaulHaig
Image : ©Sunny Lee

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Paul Haig : Master Bag

A very juvenile looking Paul Haig makes the cover of Master Bag circa his Les disques du crépuscule 'Heaven Sent' release. We're almost submerged by that giant blonde wave in his hair!

Image: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig
Original photo : ©unknown

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Postcard Records Hope To Update The Whole Velvet Underground

Postcard Records Hope To Update The Whole Velvet Underground

Now this is really an interesting document. Have never seen this before. Apparently it's a press release dating from around mid-1980 with Postcard (Alan Horne) presenting the label's three latest and what they hoped would be their forthcoming releases for January 1981. Unfortunately, the Josef K album never saw the light of day; the first vinyl issue of their debut album was finally released in November 2012 on LTM Recordings. Neither did the "new discoveries" Altered Images or Fire Engines singles ever appear on the label but that's another story. A story you can read about in Simon Goddard's recent 'Simply Thrilled:The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records' book.

Once again I'd like to thank Paul Haig (Josef K) for providing me with copies of such great documents.

Image: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig

Monday, 14 July 2014

Return To Sender : Postcard Records

I've just been given access to some exciting documents by Paul Haig (Josef K). I'll be posting a few here over the next few days I imagine and would sincerely like to thank Paul for giving permission to do so. A good few of these documents are pretty rare; I don't recall ever seeing some of them before. First up we have a scan of a page of a Stuart Maconie article which dates back to the early 90s I imagine. There's no mention of which magazine it is but it might be from the NME, Select or Mojo. Includes the full Postcard Discography (released/unreleased) which I've reproduced in a larger format below.

Images: Courtesy of & ©ROL UK/Paul Haig
Original magazine images : ©David Corio & ©Robert Sharp

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"Josef K should never ever get back together."

Update on this previous post on the Paul Haig / Josef K feature in Mojo 249 / August 2014.
If you want to read the article; buy the magazine.
Post title refers to Malcolm Ross's opinion on the possibility of the band ever reforming.

Image: ©japanese forms
Original images : ©Tom Sheehan

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Aztec Camera : NME / Rough Trade C81 Owner’s Manual
Aztec Camera: We Could Send Letters
NME / Rough Trade C81 Owner’s Manual (page 9)
NME/Rough Trade Cassette, 1981.

This is the third and final of three posts featuring the Postcard Records illustrations to be found in NME / Rough Trade C81 Owner’s Manual. Previous posts feature Orange Juice and Josef K.

Photo : ©japanese forms