Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Fuck



The inside the of JAMC 'Fuck' sleeve features 'The John Lennon Lost Tapes' and includes a nice, family album snapshot of John, Cynthia, and baby Julian.


Next up should have been a wee post on the Associates 'Sulk' album but I haven't got round to it yet. It's been a busy week workwise. *sigh*
Anyhow, the other day while raking through my vinyl I came across this Jesus and Mary Chain 'Fuck' bootleg that I've had for years. I recall posting a photo at Flickr -which I recently updated with the one included here. The disc was released on the shady, Italian, El Topo label. Label based apparently in Milan if you go by the address on the back of the sleeve. Half the tracks are from a show at Birmingham NEC; from the mid 80s, I imagine, but am not sure. The other half are from early John Peel Sessions by the band in 1984 & 1985. The vinyl is the sort of marbled purple colour you would get if you overdose on Vimto and Greggs' sausage rolls then throw up. The sound quality, to say the least, is appalling.

In fact, the only thing remotely interesting about this disc is the sleeve. The front cover features a photo of the band; lounging on some beach in Portugal apparently -or so I've been informed. Jim and William, wearing their mandatory leather breeks, in the forefront and Douglas Hart and Bobbie Gillespie a few feet behind them. William and Douglas strumming their guitars while Jim and Bobbie look as if they've just been forced to drink a pint of vinegar. Each.

What's most interesting about the sleeve though is that it's made from a recycled "The Lost Lennon Tapes" cover. Sleeve that's been turned inside out to print the JAMC one on the other side! Looking inside the cover will give you more pleasure than listening to this absolutely dreadful recording.

 Apparently, 'Fuck' has also been released as "The Genius of The Jesus And Mary Chain" (sic) on the same label with the same catalogue number. Probably with the same sleeve as well.

Strictly for die-hard fans only.




Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Associates - The Affectionate Punch Remix Album

A couple of years after the initial release of the Associates 'The Affectionate Punch' album, a new "remixed" version album arrived in the shops. Apparently the band's new record company, Warner Bros., was dissatisfied with the original mix and wanted it beefed up a bit for re-release. All of the tracks were kept but more of an 80s production model was demanded by WB. New sythesizers and re-recorded vocals by Billy McKenzie were thrown in to boost the original recording. Some record company executive probably thought this was necessary but McKenzie and Rankine's viewpoint somewhat differed. Both are said to have been unhappy and more than annoyed with the result. Frankly, I don't see the point in re-recording this album at all. The original album is fine.

Also, the artwork was completely different from the original (See previous post). This time the cover features portraits by Alan MacDonald of Rankine (front) and McKenzie (back) shot and lit up by some porn-district red light effect -supposedly to give them some sort of seedy appearance, I imagine. The portraits take up 2/3rds of the cover on each side. The band name and album title appearing on the large black horizontal band that covers the top tier of the side with Rankine. Flipside this black band is placed vertically to the right of McKenzie; the album title remains horizontal, stopping short of the singer's face. Boths pics are rather fetching; McKenzie with a sullen, bored-to-tears look whereas Rankine has what appears to be the onset of a wry smile.
The back sleeve is also upside down. Both sides might have been intended as the front cover though I've really no idea if this was indeed the case. Besides this, the album cover has no track listing; this is printed on the inner sleeve along with the production, sleeve design, and photography credits. For the anecdote; the insert lists the tracks in the correct order but on the wrong sides.

Original recording, Morgan Studios, London 1980.
Re-recording and Remixing: Basing Street & Odyssey Studios, London 1982
Remixed and Produced by Associates / Mark Arthurworrey
Sleeve is credited to Billy McKenzie, Alan MacDonald and Baillie Walsh.

Fiction Records FIXD5
Fiction Records 2383 585

A third version: a mix of the original and the remix version, with about half the tracks from the original album and the rest from the remix one, was also released in 1983.
Reissued as a mid-price album with the same cover as the remix version but with tracks listed on the back sleeve. Once again the tracks are in the correct order but on the wrong sides.

Fiction SPELP 33

Remixed versions of "A Matter of Gender" and "A" were also released as singles in 1982.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Boys Keep Swinging - The Associates (Reissues)



When I first read/heard about The Associates it was a review their debut single in the NME; a cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging"; released June 1979, just a few weeks after Bowie's version hit the UK Top 10 in April of the same year.
This cover version of a track from Bowie's 'Lodger' -third album in what's become known as the 'Berlin Trilogy'- was indeed intriguing. I never got to find a copy of this single, unfortunately, but I picked up an import copy of their debut album, 'The Affectionate Punch' (Fiction Records, 1980) as soon as it became available. My copy has "Special Price Limited Edition £2•99" embossed in gold on the front cover as well as an (horrendous) importation directe Fnac sticker; which I've never dared peel off for fear of ruining the sleeve.

For the anecdote I didn't pay £2•99 for it but almost the double at 55 french francs -more or less £5•50 at that time (August, 1980). I immediately liked the album and from then on I bought everything I could find by the band up until Alan Rankine left The Associates in 1982. Personally, I consider the 'Sulk' album as the highpoint of their career albumwise but they released some really fabulous singles. Singles which, for some unknown reason, I could never find in the 7-inch format but only in the 12-inch ones! My all time favourite Associates track being the hauntingly beautiful, 'White Car in Germany'. A single graced by it's superb Antoine Giacomani cover photograph of the lads immersed in a blue pool. Photograph from the same photo shoot as the cover of the 1981 Situation Two singles collection, 'Fourth Drawer Down.'

The band had formed in 1976. At first, Billy McKenzie and Alan Rankine had called themselves The Ascorbic Ones. Name was later changed to Mental Torture before finally becoming The Associates in 1979. From then on, for the next three years or so, The Associates were among my favourite bands. In my mind, those years were undoubetdly the band's best as well as being the period when they released their finest recordings.

After the departure of Rankine my interest in them began to wane though I did pick up a few of their later releases. MacKenzie continued to work under the name for several years before eventually going "solo" in the early 90s.

From what I've read or heard of it, Rankine leaving the band prior to the Sulk tour proved to be disastrous for the band's career. Apparently, at the time, the band was being courted by Seymour Stein of Sire Records -which could have really helped them make some impact in the USA- but with Rankine leaving and Mackenzie's unwillingness to tour, Stein lost interest in them.
The Associates joined the ranks of those great bands that never quite made it. Nor did the band make any records as good as the ones recorded between 1979 & 1982. I have to admit though that I am rather fond of later releases such as 'Waiting For The Love Boat' and their cover of Blondie's 'Heart of Glass'
Music journalist, critic, and author, Simon Reynolds, in his book 'Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984,' called The Associates the "great should-have-beens of British pop." Contenders but never quite champions.

In 1993, Rankine and McKenzie began working on new material together but this never came to anything and they split for good. Sadly to say, we'll never get to hear McKenzie's distinctive high tenor voice again as a few years later, suffering from clinical depression, he committed suicide in 1997 at the desperately young age of 39.
Rankine meanwhile established himself as a producer, working with artists such as Paul Haig, Cocteau Twins, and The Pale Fountains. Also continuing his career in music with Les Disques du Crépuscule -releasing four albums and five singles on the Belgian label. He later worked as a lecturer in music at Stow College in Glasgow and with Belle and Sebastian on their 1996 debut album, Tigermilk. Rankine also appears in 'Big Gold Dream (The Sound Of Young Scotland 1977 – 1985)' documentary by cinematographer and director Grant Mcphee which was released last year.
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The Associates albums; The Affectionate Punch, Sulk, and Fourth Drawer Down are to be reissued as two-CD deluxe editions, on May 20th.
All three include 28 page booklets featuring in-depth liner notes, unpublished photographs, original promotional material and unseen memorabilia from The Associates’ archive.

Sulk is also available on vinyl.

Also available a new double-disc anthology: ‘The Very Best of the Associates’ which includes their biggest hits “Party Fears Two” and "Club Country" as well as 3 previously unreleased tracks.

All available from any good record store or from the usual suspects online.



Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Pipsqueaks Rip It Up !

Thirty-three years ago today Orange Juice on the cover and featured in a two-page spread by Adrian Thrills in New Musical Express. Here's the cover with a lovely Kevin Cummins pic of Zeke & Edwyn.

"It takes the juice of four musicians to put the sparkle in the refreshing pop tango of Orange Juice. Adrian Thrills unpeels the skin to discover ten segments of success. Pop-pix by Kevin Cummins." 

New Musical Express 23rd April 1983


Document via & courtesy of aly


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Yummy Fur : Plastic Cowboy



The Yummy Fur

3-track fold-out sleeve

Plastic Cowboy / Flapy Clown Disco / Chinese Bookie

Guided Missile (1996)

GUIDE 12

Artwork :John McKeown
Materials - Pritt Stick, the photocopier at Lost in Music *

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"If anyone is gonna lick Steve Lamarq's arse...
They should lick Steve Steve Lamarq's arse like me! "
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What is wrong with vulgar PLASTIC COWBOY melody? asks the above before old Wyndham Lewis arrives dressed as a girl and (mouth covered) selling left-wing fascist pamphlets at the FLAPY CLOWN DISCO
"I say it's hip to be alive" claimed Bowie (circa '75) and so does the CHINESE BOOKIE Featuring Tony B and the Pogroms on backing vocals and heroin. ***

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*Artwork information courtesy of Brian Beadie

** Engraved in the run out grooves sides A&B

*** Text as printed on the record label






Saturday, 2 April 2016

Two Postcards From Glasgow



Some more from Brian McCloskey's excellent Smash Hits archives series that he faithfully posts every fortnight at Like Punk Never Happened.
This time we have Red Starr's review from April '81 of Postcard Records' lastest releases: Orange Juice's 'Poor Old Soul' featuring Edwyn's "distinctive quavery vocals" and Aztec Camera's "amazingly mature debut," 'Just Like Gold.'
Includes a nice pic of the Aztec boys by Paul Slattery.

From Smash Hits, April 2nd, 1981
Document courtesy of a ©BrianTV


Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Yummy Fur - Policeman

The Yummy Fur

3-track, fold-out sleeve

Policeman / 70's / Car Crash

Guided Missile (1997)

GUIDE 13

Artwork : Mark Gibbons (The Yummy Fur)

"You Indie-Kids Are Fucking Monkeys"


Back with a wee change from the usual Postcard Records-Orange Juice-Josef K etc.stuff that I've been posting recently. More from that front up soon as I've been accumulating various documents and photos from my usual sources but just haven't had any time to concentrate on doing anything with them.

Anyhow, The Yummy Fur were an indie-rock band from Glasgow, formed in 1992, who had a few years of fame (infamy?) with various line-ups up until they finally split in 1999. Leader, John McKeown went on to form the 1990s.
The band released two albums, one 10" EP and several singles -including the one featured here.

Described on some occasions as Scotland's answer to The Fall, Bogshed or a psychedelic Half-Man Half Biscuit; The Yummy Fur never quite made the big time but were fun while they lasted. More soon.



Policeman review from NME 29th March 1997:
The Yummy Fur are ace, partly because they release new records for different labels every other week, each featuring the latest phase in their ongoing quest to become the psychedelic Half Man Half Biscuit. 'Policeman' posits a valid dilemma for today's counter-culturally aware youth: when junkies are forced by their marginalisation from scoiety to steal video recorders and televisions which serve to educate and enlighten the good people, where do one's sympathies lie? Is the man in blue really always the enemy? Never fear, Da Fur decide: "Oh policeman, I'd love to spend an evening/Snorting cocaine off the stomach of your girlfriend".


Policeman review from Melody Maker 5th April 1997:
Have The Yummy Fur discovered dope? This is very laid-back for them, almost "lazy-beat" - the Bogshed door has finally been closed. "Policeman" is another brilliantly funny product of warped madman/genius John McKeown's fucked-up brain and it's as charmingly erratic as he is.
 

 P.S. The band's name was taken from the comic book Yummy Fur by Chester Brown.







Friday, 19 February 2016

Greetings Comrades!







Greetings Comrades!


Review of The Fire Engines' "Lubricate Your Living Room" on Pop:Aural, by Red Starr (aka Ian Cranna, possibly) just back from a trip behind the Iron Curtain where "a fine, friendly people suffer from Boney M mania and Abba ailments."

Not so in the UK, where such afflictions were not altogether unheard of, but fortunately could be cured by music by the likes of these Edinburgh lads.

Not only an album "executed with refreshing vigour and a distinct lack of posing" but also one "well worth the £2.49" the punters would be paying for this priceless gem of a disc.


From Smash Hits, 19th of February, 1981


Document courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey


Monday, 15 February 2016

Kilty Pleasures : Scottish Post-Punk




Kilty Pleasures


Scottish Post-Punk
6-page spread on all things SoYS in Record Collector issue N°449

(January 2016).

Allan Glen tells the story of Scotland's post punk scene. From Postcard Records' Orange Juice and Josef K to The Jesus And Mary Chain via Fast Product, Skids, The Revillos-Rezillos, Simple Minds.

Not one to miss!


Document courtesy of
Scottish Post-Punk




Friday, 12 February 2016

People these days just aren't smiling as much as they should be.





Another gem from Andy at Birmingham_81's treasure trove of artifacts and photographs.

This time we have a poster for an Orange Juice concert at Scamps nightclub, Oxford in May 1981. Andy and a friend also interviewed the band the same evening.


Also, Orange Juice played another show at Scamps in March, '82. Lucky devils they were those Oxford lads and lassies.


Imagine paying £1.75 today. To see any band!

Image courtesy of & ©Andy@Birmingham_81



Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Orange Juice : Simply Thrilled Honey promo & press sheet


Some more rather interesting artifacts from Postcard Records that turned up recently on eBay. This time we have a promo copy Orange Juice's 'Simply Thrilled Honey' (Postcard 80/6) and a press release sheet (see below) that went with it.
I can't imagine that there are many of these about so it's easy to imagine that it's a pretty rare item. Not sure how much it went for (I never look at eBay myself); I'm sure that Scottish Post-Punk informed me but I've forgotten exactly how much £££ were paid for them. Bought by some Greek collector/dealer apparently.

Documents courtesy of Scottish Post-Punk







Sunday, 7 February 2016

Orange Juice : Birmingham, 1982


Some exciting photographs of early Orange Juice courtesy of Andy at Birmingham_81. Here we have three pics of the band on stage at the Imperial Cinema, Birmingham, 19th Feb. 1982, and a wee peek at Edwyn and Dave backstage. This would be shortly before the release of the You Can't Hide Your Love Forever album which was released the following month in march '82. Edwyn sporting a snazzy cravat and his usual top class quiff whereas Malcolm looks like he's off to a wedding.

Photographs courtesy of & ©Andy@Birmingham_81


Monday, 1 February 2016

Josef K : It’s Kinda Funny, a vinyl-only collection



Les Disques du Crépuscule presents It’s Kinda Funny, a vinyl-only collection of classic singles by iconic Scottish post-punk guitar group Josef K issued between 1979 and 1982.

As well as the three legendary 45s on Postcard Records (Radio Drill Time, It’s Kinda Funny and Chance Meeting), the album also includes both Crépuscule singles (Sorry For Laughing, Missionary) as well as the original Absolute version of Chance Meeting from 1979. B-side tracks are also included, plus a digital download coupon.

Cover art by Jean-Francois Octave. Outer sleeve printed on matt reverse board. Inner bag features liner notes and archive images by Simon Clegg.

"Josef K were The Sound of Young Scotland, together with Orange Juice, whose guitars were also radiant and brittle, whose rhythms were also scrubbed and blunt, whose vocals were also proud and serious, but who sounded like another group entirely." (Paul Morley)

"Josef K was about the heroic Outsider suavely surfing across the fraught surface of their albino funk fracas. Haig sounds high on anxiety, finding an odd, giddy euphoria in doubt." (Simon Reynolds)




Vinyl LP + download coupon 
Cat No: TWI 022  (13 tracks)
Released: 6 May 2016

LP tracklist:

Side 1:
1. Romance
2. Radio Trill Time
3. It’s Kinda Funny
4. Sorry For Laughing
5. Chance Meeting
6. The Missionary

Side 2:
1. Heaven Sent
2. Revelation
3. Crazy to Exist
4. The Angle
5. Pictures (of Cindy)
6. Final Request
7. Chance Meeting (Absolute version)

Friday, 8 January 2016

Exciting Records From Trendy Places


A wee round up on the exciting releases coming out of Scotland on this day (8th of January) in 1981. A short tour of the burgeoning Scottish music scene with the one and only release by the Australian band, The Go-Betweens on Glasgow's Postcard Records, via Greenock and the Cuban Heels to Edinburgh with the wonderous 'Get Up And Use Me' by Fire Engines and the latest single from Another Pretty Face on the Chicken Jazz label.

Source: Smash Hits, Jan. 8th 1981

Courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Orange Juice - Postcard Records promo pic


As promised another wonderful item sent to me by Scottish Post-Punk. This time we have a Postcard Records promo shot for Orange Juice. Not at all sure who took the photograph so maybe someone out there could advise me. Item acquired by Scottish Post-Punk from Akiko Hada who appears to have been a keen collector of Postcard Records artifacts.



Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sound of Young Scotland



Been a bit busy over the past few weeks and haven't had much time to take care of business here at SoYS. Will have a couple of new posts up soon.
Promise!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Singalong with Orange Juice





Poor Old Soul by Orange Juice on Postcard Records.

Another excellent clipping which comes by way of Steve MacNamee's collection of memorabilia, press cuttings, and other tasty artifacts from the Postcard Records era.

This clipping features a photograph of the band by Harry Papadopoulos and the lyrics to the 1981 'Poor Old Soul' single.

Not quite sure where this from: could be Record Mirror, or Sounds, or any one of the numerous music papers that existed back then.
Maybe someone can fill me in?*

Anyhow, thanks, once again to Steve MacNamee for this document. More fom his treasure chest up soon.

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*I'd like to thank Peter Clark for letting me know (via comments) that this is from Smash Hits 61 issued on the 2nd of April 1981



Friday, 20 November 2015

The Spottiest Group in Rock


An interesting snippet to read on the recent 30th anniversary release of this landmark album. Review of The Jesus And Mry Chain's 'Psycho Candy' by William Shaw in Smash Hits, 20th of November, 1985.
Spotty, noisy, Scottish brats, indeed!

Image courtesy & ©Brian McCloskey



Thursday, 12 November 2015

Josef K : Postcard Records promo pic


Another wonderful item sent to me by Scottish Post-Punk. This time we have a Postcard Records promo shot for Josef K. Photograph by Harry Papadopoulos. This item, like the one beforehand (Postcard Records 1981 press release ), was acquired by Scottish Post-Punk from Akiko Hada who lived in London in the early 80's and was a friend of the late Annick Honoré (co-founder of Les Disques Du Crepuscule and Factory Benelux). Akiko appears to have been a keen collector of Postcard Records artifacts by the look of it.

Next up will be an Orange Juice Postcard Records promo shot from the same era.

Image & ©Scottish Post-Punk




Friday, 6 November 2015

Postcard Records 1981 press release



Yet another Postcard Records artefact sees the light of day once more. This time it's a press release from 1981 for the release of Josef K's 'Chance Meeting' single.

Alos includes an 'Other Happenings' section which fills us in on all that is, ahem, happening on the Postcard front.

Highly amusing last paragraph.

All the above is true.


Source:
Akiko Hada who lived in London in the early 80's and was a friend of the late Annick Honoré (co-founder of Les Disques Du Crepuscule and Factory Benelux).

via:
Scottish Post-Punk
@Kiltr 



Image : ©Scottish Post-Punk


Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Pastels : Slow Dazzle N°5


The Pastels feature as cover stars on the stapled-together fanzine Slow Dazzle. A magazine named after a John Cale song and which you could acquire all for the princely sum of 30pence! An excellent fanzine put together by Chris Davidson. This is the cover of the 5th and penultimate edition of the Greenock based fanzine



You can see this as well as lots of other previously unseen photographs in 'The Bag I'm in: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990'. Sam Knee's follow-up book to the excellent, 'A Scene In Between' .
Available now.


Monday, 19 October 2015

Sam Knee : The Bag I’m In


Bobby Gillespie of The Jesus and Mary Chain / Primal Scream in a 60’s patterned anorak in 1985. Photo taken by and ©Chris Davidson.

Following up on the excellent A Scene In Between and the sartorial treasures of an era covering Postcard Records, Creation, C86, etc. Sam Knee has curated another collection of unseen photographs from fans and band members for his new book The Bag I'm In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990

Get it down on your shopping list now!

Read more about this forthcoming book at Glasgow Music City Tours 

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Paul Haig : Les Disques du Crépuscule tapes


Well yesterday was once more Cassette Store Day. Not nearly as big as event as Record Store Day has become but one than seems to be gaining impetus as the format (doomed to disappear completely) makes a (sort of) comeback. Anyhow, I didn't pick up any tapes myself but was glad to receive the above pic which Postcard aficionado, Graeme McNay sent me. I don't recall ever having seen a Paul Haig tape but Graeme has managed to acquire two of them.
The 5-track 'The Only Truth' tape was released on Island/Les Disques Du Crépuscule in 1984; whereas the 'Warp of Pure Fun' tape, which appears to be pretty rare (it isn't listed at Discogs), was released apparently only in Belgium in late 1985 at the same time as the vinyl version.

Wouldn't mind at all if the recently revived Les Disques du Crépuscule reissued these tapes.






Sunday, 11 October 2015

Orange Juice : I wish I was a Postcard


Orange Juice's 'Felicity' flexidisc.

One-sided flexidisc originally given away with the first 1000 copies of the debut Orange Juice single ("Falling and Laughing" Postcard 80-1) but also available separately from Postcard. Some copies were also given away with the Ten Commandments fanzine. Plain white sleeve hand-stamped with Postcard's drumming kitten logo.
Recorded, like the 'The Felicity' Flexi Session tape, by Malcolm Ross on a cassette at one of the band's early shows at Teviot Row Edinburgh on April 21st 1979.

From the Steve McNamee collection. Image courtesy of & ©Steve McNamee

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Orange Juice : Original artwork (1)


Some very exciting images of orignal artwork for a few Orange Juice releases have been forwarded to me by Scots post-punk. they belong to one Steve McNamee who picked them up for a song (indeed!) an an auction a few years ago. This one features the artwork for the 'Two Hearts Together / Hokoyo" single that was released in 1982. Artwork by Pete Watson.

More up soon.