Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Gibson Bros - Dedicated Fool. Homestead Records LP. HMS 141-1 (237)

It's the end of the month and once again I've failed to get into double figures for records shared. It's not that I've not been busy; the list of discs digitised gets longer, but editing audacity files and tagging the damned things takes time. And when that's done I don't always feel like trying to find something interesting and/or entertaining to say about a record or band. Moan moan moan.

So here's a great and, relatively, rare release from Ohio's Gibson Bros. For the uninitiated, Gibson Bros are one of the great missing link bands of the past twenty years. Their most easily available record, Memphis Sol Today on Sympathy, muddies the waters by having Jon Spencer on it. There's an interesting piece about them here which further explains that.

Members went on to form additionally influential acts 68 Comeback and Bassholes. Enjoy.

Gibson Bros - Dedicated Fool. Homestead Records LP. HMS 141-1 (237).

Monday, 30 July 2012

14 Iced Bears - Inside. Frank Records 7". Coppola 101.


One of the first of the C86 bands which were inspired by that 'scene' but who pre-dated the cassette itself, Brighton's 14 Iced Bears first presented their catchy, DIY pop aesthetic on this single from the Hove-based Frank Records label. Frank was run by Mark Flunder, ex-Television Personality and later-to-be of The McTells and (more importantly for this blog) Cee Bee Beaumont. I think the last time I saw him was on stage making up part of a pick-up version of The Count Backwards supporting The Mummies at The Fratshack in Euston Station.
14 Iced Bears went on to earn the ultimate badge of C86 acceptance, a single on Sarah Records. I used to have it but, unlike this release, it had no sentimental value so it was released back into the wild. 14 Iced Bears still play out occasionally, and were recently spotted at Indietracks. Enjoy.

14 Iced Bears - Inside. Frank Records 7". Coppola 101.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Fells - Amped - Westworld 10" WW-8.


This is a record that has sat on my shelves for a long, long time. I was originally sent it by the band. Or their label. Or some mysterious third party. There was no covering letter. Just a few press clippings and this ten-inch sparkler. Sadly, it arrived at the point at which I was least prepared or able to be arsed with yet another band-waggon-jumping car-themed garage record. How wrong I was. Still, they got on fine without my input, later releasing a full-lengther on Estrus and murdering Buzzocks' E.S.P. Enjoy.

The Fells - Amped - Westworld 10" WW-8.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Redskins - Keep On Keepin' On! Decca Records 7". F1.


The Redskins were a politically-motivated late 80s pop band. Led by NME journalist Chris Dean (he wrote under the nom-de-plume X. Moore for no apparent reason) and favouring a skinhead look and brass-heavy, Dexys-like, Northern Soulish sound, they had a couple of very minor hits (this included). It's a catchy, pleasant enough compilation-tape filler. It came bundled with a free 12" which I'll eventually add. Enjoy.

The Redskins - Keep On Keepin' On! Decca Records 7". F1

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Mummies - Fuck C.D.s! It's ... The Mummies. Hangman Records LP. Hang47-Up. 1992.

Well, oops. It wasn't meant to be such a long time between updates. Things got a bit bogged down when I decided to run Mad Mummies March. That didn't happen but my head was turned by Mad Mummies May. Which also didn't happen, but I have at least now digitised all my Mummies vinyl. In celebration here's the legendary Fuck C.D.s! It's ... The Mummies on Wild Billy Childish's old Hangman label. This is proper budget rock as it's essentially Never Been Caught with three fewer tracks. Sterling marketing, there, Billy. Nice one.
Anyhow, you know how this sounds. It's The Mummies. There may be differences in the mastering between this and the Telstar-released LP, but how would I know. I'm just a tone deaf lunk who loves the sound of amateur hour. There will be more. Enjoy.