Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Sugar Shack - You Don't Mean Shit To Me. Estrus Records 7". ES770.


Another furious garage stomper from Estrus and a band who'd been around the block a few times by the time this record, seemingly their final single, was released. I don't really have anything else to say. Enjoy.

Sugar Shack - You Don't Mean Shit To Me. Estrus Records 7". ES770.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Various Artists - Bum vs. Teengenerate. Lance Rock Records 2x7". LRR 013.



Canada vs. Japan. Bum cover Don't Come Close To Me by Teengenerate, Teengenerate cover A Promise Is A Promise by Bum and both bands cough up a version of one of their own songs. This double 7" was released by Lance Rock Records in 1994. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Bum vs. Teengenerate. Lance Rock Records 2x7". LRR 013.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Mono Men - Live At Tom's Strip 'n Bowl. Estrus Records 10" ES 108.


We've not had a 10" on here since... the last Mono Men upload. If you're going to have a stag do then a good move would be to have it in a bowling alley, with live music from The Mono Men. Good work, Tom. So much classier than acting like a twat in whichever European city is accessible via the arse-end of bargain airline flights.

This is totally different to the CD release as I made my own, random, decisions about when and where to cut the tracks. Always an interesting decision with live recordings. This is, without doubt, much better than the CD release, which sounds like a lamb vomiting. Additionally, you can pop the bowling pins out of the cover of this release (the shrink wrap is holding them in). I bet you didn't get that when you wasted your money on the CD release. Enjoy.

The Mono Men - Live At Tom's Strip 'n Bowl. Estrus Records 10" ES 108.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

McCarthy - Get A Knife Between Your Teeth EP. Midnight Music - Dong 61

Having already declared my undying, unshakeable love for McCarthy elsewhere on the blog, there's not a lot more to say about them*. There's a bare bones webpage here, which hasn't been updated in a long while,  but has some useful snippets, including a discography with comments from Malcolm Eden. Here's what he had to say about the tracks on this, their final single release. Enjoy.

Get A Knife Between Your Teeth
"The title comes from anti-Bolshevik propaganda. The Bolsheviks were represented by their opponent as rabid barbarians with a knife between their teeth. You can see an example of this propaganda on the cover of our compilation album, That's all very well but. This was an attempt at a dancey number, but I'm not sure it came off. At the time we also recorded a song that sounded like Rick Astley, but it never got released."
Nobody Could Care Less About Your Private Life
"I gradually moved away from a psychological point of view towards a political one. This song sums up this process. I quite like the song because it's slow without being laborious. Originally the drums were there all the way through the song, but during the mix we decided to bring them in half way through, which means the song builds up quite nicely."
With One Eye On Getting Their Pay
"Here's a song I'd completely forgotten about, that I had to play again. We recorded the songs about this time in Midnight Records' studios, and Nick Ralph, Midnight's manager, gave us all the time we wanted. I don't suppose he made much money for his trouble because Midnight went bankrupt a few years later. But anyway we had plenty of time to work on drum and guitar sounds, etc. I think that's why our later songs generally sound better. Plus we were working with Kevin Harris, a producer and engineer who we got on very well with. He was good at getting the sounds we were aiming at. We also started adding keyboards, which is surprising because none of us could play. Here I think I did the solo, which sounds relatively difficult, so I must have had about two hundred stabs at it."
Can The Haves Use Their Brains
" This song is very derivative - a mixture of the Byrds and the Smiths - but still quite pleasant, I think."


McCarthy - Get A Knife Between Your Teeth EP. Midnight Music 12". Dong 61.

* There is. I'm just being lazy.