Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Behind The Magnolia Curtain - Fan Club Records LP FC 029

Yaha! I thought I'd done this. In an attempt to get something, anything posted, I've upped some half-finished drafts 'behind the scenes' here at Camp All I Want. Here's Tav Falco's debut LP, an early reissue on France's part-revered, part-reviled Fan Club Records. Tav's been having a bit of a renaissance of late. Look out for him, he may be playing a town near you. There's a touch of the Chaplins about Tav in that picture. Anyhow, if you like your Memphis-style rock and roll you'll probably like this one. This one is for Anonymous. Enjoy.

Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Behind The Magnolia Curtain - Fan Club Records LP FC 029.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Thee Headcoats - Heavens To Murgatroyd, Even! It's Thee Headcoats! (Already). Sub Pop Germany LP SP 6/119.


Billy Childish's fourth 'proper band' (preceded by Pop Rivits, Milkshakes, Mighty Caesars) and possibly his most prolific. It was certainly a busy time for the Medway-based Renaissance man with singles being released at wallet-sapping speed from all four corners of the globe. According to their Wiki page, this was their fifth LP release out of around 26. Grunnen Rocks makes it Long Player number four. Not that any of it matters, of course. This was the band's first release on the Sub Pop label and there was even a la-di-da video made for Girl of Matches (actually, it was appropriately-low budget), alongside this specially-commissioned Daniel Clowes cover. It's Billy and the boys at their garage rock finest. This one is for Anonymous. Enjoy. (Oh, and if anybody cares to share the awful dance record made by Steve Fisk which either featured or sampled Mr. Childish please get in touch. I've not heard it since it permanently split my sides one painful day in Eastern Bloc records).

Thee Headcoats - Heavens To Murgatroyd, Even! It's Thee Headcoats! (Already). Sub Pop Germany LP SP 6/119.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Captain 9's & the Knickerbocker Trio - Scum of the Earth. Rip Off LP. Rip Off #12.


I have no idea what Greg Lowery was thinking when he released this mix of early out-of-print material and unreleased cuts from Captain 9's. The sound at times resembles 80s shambling bands, at other times, badly-recorded amateurish punk. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. The record itself is too schizophrenic to hold together as a coherent twelve-incher. This one is for industrialnorth. Enjoy.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Oblivians - Blow Their Cool - Estrus Records 7" ES756.



If I were following the script I'd have posted the Captain 9's LP, but I need to have a proper listen to them and decide what I'm going to write. Instead, I've jumped forward to this upload for Phil Gordon. It's topical, anyway. Oblivians have a new record out on In The Red. It's called Desperation and has been in the works for about a billion years, if not more. I suggest you buy it. It's good. Especially the cover of Stephanie McDee's bonkers Zydeco track, Call The Police.

What we have here is the band's Estrus Crust release from 1994. From what I can work out, the songs on this release were never reissued and have never appeared on CD. If that's wrong I'm sure one of you smart-arse fuckers will soon put me right. Coming next, Captain 9's & The Knickerbocker Trio. In the meantime, enjoy.

Oblivians - Blow Their Cool - Estrus Records 7" ES756.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Supersuckers - Like A Big Fucking Train. Sub Pop Records 7". SP125.


Our fourth Supersuckers upload and their earliest release on Sub Pop features them at their fastest. This EP features five tracks: Luck, I Say Fuck, Caliente, Retarded Bill and Four Stroke. Each is catchy enough to have supported a single on their own. This one is for badfoot9. Enjoy.

Supersuckers - Like A Big Fucking Train. Sub Pop Records 7". SP125.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Mortals - Disintegration - Estrus Records 7" - ES719.


A way back when Estrus release. The Mortals fitted into the early Estrus taste for big, powerful, MC5-influenced rockers. They released three long players on Estrus, the first of which, Ritual Dimensions of Sound is likely to turn up here at some point. This one's for 'Anonymous'. Enjoy.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

The Rip-Offs - Make Up Your Mind - Rip Off Records 7" #004.


Second single from The Rip-Offs and Greg Lowery had decided to spring for a printed back cover this time.  Flip side 'Wild Jane' is the undoubted star of this release. This one is for Matt. Enjoy.

The Rip-Offs - Make Up Your Mind - Rip Off Records 7" #004.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Impala - Play R&B Favorites - Estrus Records EP - ES793.


So, who was to know that Mad Mummies March would be followed by Apathetic April? Not me. Anyhow, many things conspired to keep me away from this blog, (none of them worth mentioning), but I'm now back in the saddle and raring to go.
Impala are one of the very few bands I never saw live who I dearly would have loved to. Right from back in the day when they shared a split cassette release with The Oblivians (Come on, somebody out there must have made a digital copy of that. I know The Oblivians side had a limited release on Goner, but radio silence on the Impala front) they've been quality. If you've not heard them before they play great, non-surf instrumentals. The type of swinging beat favoured by 'groovy' teens in early, garishly-coloured US sitcoms. Actually, that makes them sound more cliched than they actually are. They're a great listen. Enjoy.

Impala - Play R&B Favorites - Estrus Records EP - ES793.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Saturn V featuring Orbit - Behind Closed Doors At A Recording Studio - Big Ben Records EP BB-500.



Hey! Hey! Hey! Blogger chums, here's a single by the Saturn V featuring Orbit. Pretty good stuff if you like your rock to be frat, a la Fortune and Maltese. This was one of four 7" singles they released. I'll hopefully share them all with you over the passage of time. The biggest shame about this combo, which featured Johnny Bartlett from The Phantom Surfers and The King of Power Pop, Chris Von Sneidern, along with our titular hero, Orbit (whose real name is lost to the mists of time), is that they never issued a proper vinyl LP. There were two unique CD-released long players from Big Ben Records, as well as a mini-CDR jobby that compiled the singles and was sold at gigs, but no vinyl.

As with all the truly great records, there's plenty for you to read - the insert and the back sleeve are festooned with some of my very favourite words placed in a mind-bogglingly unique sequence. The back cover also features the band posing on what should, going by the thrust of the sleeve notes and the concept of the release, be a street in Swinging London. Except it's not, it's somewhere much more special.

Enjoy.

The Saturn V featuring Orbit - Behind Closed Doors At A Recording Studio - Big Ben Records EP BB-500.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Mummies - Running On Empty - Volume One. Estrus LP ES 94016.



It's March 31st, so this is the final upload for Mad Mummies March. I didn't quite get to the end of the Mummies-related uploads, so there will be other Mummies uploads as and when. For now, here's an after the fact 'Greatest Hits Volume One'. Side Two is a live recording and as with other live recordings on vinyl I've left it as one track. If you want to separate it out into its individual components then go ahead, I promise I won't tell. Back to the usual mix up in April. In the meantime... Enjoy.

The Mummies - Running On Empty - Volume One. Estrus LP ES 94016.

Friday, 29 March 2013

The Mummies - Out Of Our Tree - Estrus 7". ES79.



From the time The Mummies put some thought into what they were issuing. Putting out a limited release on a Tacoma Washington label? Then look no further than two respectful but appropriate covers of a much feted local act. Here, they record two hits by The Wailers. The first, Out Of Our Tree, is a typical garage stomper. It's flip, Tall Cool One, an instrumental. Great stuff. Mad Mummies March is almost over; final release will be on Sunday night. Enjoy.

The Mummies - Out Of Our Tree - Estrus 7". ES79.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Die Mummies - Party At Steve's House - Pin-Up Records LP Pin Up 94012.


The most blatant manifestation of the 'Euro Mummies', this LP on Germany's Pin-Up Records has never been released on CD or made available for official download. It's by no means perfect. The band sound bored, louche even, and the choice of covers is as poor as the decision to try to make this sound like a live LP by dubbing in crowd sounds between each track.

The introduction of saxaphone on some tracks provides a new spin on The Mummies' schtick, but it's undermined by the overall laziness of this release. Compare this with Never Been Caught to see what I mean.

Enjoy.

Die Mummies - Party At Steve's House - Pin-Up Records LP Pin Up 94012.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Mummies - Never Been Caught - Telstar LP TR005.


Upwards and onwards with Mad Mummies March. If you've never heard this before WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? This is one of my 'Desert Island Discs' records, great songs, great 'shitty' production and a sleeve that would draw in even the most jaded of hipsters. What can I say? If you bought the terrible CD remaster, do yourself a favour. Throw it away and download this instead. The Mummies as they were meant to be heard. More every day now until the end of the month. Enjoy.

The Mummies - Never Been Caught - Telstar LP TR005.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Various - Supercharger & The Mummies - Demolition Derby 7 - DERBI 001.



The second time these two teamed up to fight evil. This time with two tracks recorded live on the tour detailed on the sleeve of yesterday's flexi-disc. Unlike yesterday's release, The Mummies track, What Can I Do?, was never reissued. According to many accounts both The Mummies and Supercharger were unhappy when Demolition Derby boss, Kris Verreth, kept repressing the disc, having exceeded what was apparently meant to be an initial limited run of 500. It's far from great - The Supercharger track is particularly forgettable, but it's better than most. Happy Mad Mummies March. More soon. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Fortune & Maltese and The Phabulous Pallbearers - Konquer Kampus - Hillsdale Records LP HLP 103.


It's only a few days since I accused The Lustorama of being Winkle Picker Rock and here I am uploading a full LP of frat rock vampirism. Except I think Fortune & Maltese have decent tunes and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour which lifts them above pastiche. I do, I really do. Them, The Untamed Youth and The Saturn V featuring Orbit. This is a great record. Enjoy.

Fortune & Maltese and The Phabulous Pallbearers - Konquer Kampus - Hillsdale Records LP HLP 103.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Mummies - (You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet Of The Apes - Sympathy For The Record Industry 7". SFTRI 196.


Upwards and onwards with Mad Mummies March. Probably the easiest of all The Mummies' singles to find. There's a something-I-can't-quite-put-my-finger-on anachronism about the title track. The subject matter is, in a way, too obvious, too easy, for a band as awkward as The Mummies to bother with. I can't quite work out why, but it does sit uneasily with the bulk of their oeuvre. Other tracks are more in keeping. Whitecaps pt.I/pt.II is an instrumental split over the two sides of the record and I'm Down is a Beatles cover. Yes, a Beatles cover. Which is pretty, er... fab, to be fair. It's a song from when the Merseysiders were a savage young boy band. Enjoy.

The Mummies - (You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet Of The Apes - Sympathy For The Record Industry 7". SFTRI 196.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Shitbirds - Oh Joy! Sympathy For The Record Industry 10". SFTRI 193.




Now, what can I tell you about The Shitbirds? Pretty much fuck all, to be honest. You can find out more here. They were April March's band before she was April March. And April March covered Moody by E.S.G. alongside The Bassholes. So, that's recommendation enough. It's fast, it's short, it's poppy. Enjoy.

Shitbirds - Oh Joy! Sympathy For The Record Industry 10". SFTRI 193.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Mummies - Gwendolyn - Pin-Up Records 94014


The continuing adventures of Mad Mummies March brings us this single released on Germany's Pin-Up Records. A 7" back-up to that record's more mature, honking sax sound, the A-side was a Mummies original, the flip side was a ripped from the LP cover of The Tidal Waves' Big Boy Pete. As with the rest of the Party At Steve's House LP this has never been officially released on the crappy CD format.

The Mummies - Gwendolyn - Pin-Up Records 94014.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Mummies - Play Their Own Records! Estrus Records LP. ES94015.


It's Mad Mummies March! Let's see how many Mummies discs I can upload. (I don't have everything). This Estrus compilation is meant to be them playing all their then current and out-of-print releases on one side with some unreleased material on the flip. It would interrupt the mixtape vibe if I were to separate out the individual tracks, so here are sides one and two presented uncut.

Side One has That Girl / Test Drive / I'm Bigger Than You / Dirty Robber / Food, Sickles and Girls, / One By One / Out Of Our Tree / Tall Cool One / A Girl Like You / That's Mighty Childish / (Doin') The Kirk.

Side Two features Die! / Mashi / The Fly / The House On The Hill (The latter two taken from the 16mm feature 'Go Baby Go! Or Go To Hell!'. A film by Michael A. Lucas).

Sleeve Notes:

"None of you can imagine how pleased I was when I first got wind of the Mummies breaking up. It was about time y'know. Three years I think it was. And toward the end there, it got really sick. Every Tom, Dick and Harry was talking about them. ''What gives?'', thought I. If the Mummies were so great, why aren't there more bands like them? You would think that all these so-called ''fans'' would catch on after a while.But no one did. Everybody flocked to the live show 'cause they heard the Mummies were wild on stage. I guess it brought back memories to these forty year old cunts with their arty farty attidudes, that like maybe the Mummies could possibly be the next Kiss or something. But on the contrary, it was the other way 'round.The Mummies were not cool in any way, shape or form. They made complete asses out of themselves on stage, and were never even bothered by it. They were even banned from here and there for little things, like the wrecking and thieving of club equipment. But still, they always seemed to get booked by some sucker who thought he could make a quick buck off of them.Just like all those fucking record lables (sic). Sheesh! Every little lable wanted to get their dirty hands on the Mummies. Five of them did. But Sub Pop didn't. The idiots at Sub Pop must of thought that every band would jump at the chance to be on their lable. But not the Mummies. They happily declined Sub Pop's stinking offer. I mean really...who wants to be associated with a bunch of stoner twats such as Sub Pop? And as far as all those 45's the Mummies put out over their existence, just about all of them were like the lowest of quality. You see, they didn't want to sound like all them other high-tech bands. Most of their recordings were done by themselves on like the cheapest vintage equipment they could get their hands on, ensuring the most primitive sound quality possible. Just ask any so-called Mummies fan about what he thinks of any of their 45's and most likely he'll cringe and clutch onto his portable C.D Walkman for security.And speaking of C.D's, you won't find any of the Mummies releases on compact disk, and that's just the way it is, babe. 'Cause in the long run, the Mummies sound is purely budget rock. Nothing up the sleeves. No matter what lable pressed a Mummies single, it was always guaranteed to sound like shit. This was good for ruining the respectability of independent record lables.All in all, the Mummies timing was right. They broke up just as they were starting to get real popular amongst the blind masses. Wow! Not bad for a band that averaged about forty-five watts of power on stage. And to all the so-called Mummies fans and die-hard record collectors, here's a big F-U-C-K Y-O-U!!! Popularity always takes the piss out of good things.
Shane White, Pure Filth Magazine, March '92."
Hey! Hey! It's The Mummies! Enjoy.

The Mummies - Play Their Own Records! Estrus Records LP. ES94015.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Man From Del Monte - My Love Is Like A Gift (You Can't Return) Bop Cassettes 12" BIP 701.




The Man From Del Monte was a Manchester band which featured nobody from Manchester. They played jangly, melodic guitar pop, sometimes employing that constant arbiter of 80s indie melody, the trumpet. This was their final single and was released on Bop Cassettes as both a cassette and 7” and 12” vinyl releases. They never released a ‘proper’ LP; a recording of them playing live at Manchester’s The Boardwalk was issued by Bop as a cassette and a vinyl 12” and a compilation, Catholic Boys on Mobilettes made it only onto a C60 cassette until Vinyl Japan reissued it on the moribund and pointless CD format.

It’s very jolly, the title track was originally going to be released under the name of Deborah Anne Turner, but it is believed she vetoed this before the record reached the shops. Enjoy.

The Man From Del Monte - My Love Is Like A Gift (You Can't Return) Bop Cassettes 12" BIP 701. MP3 320

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Lustorama - The Dark Side E.P. - Estrus Records 7" ES738.


The Lustorama sound exactly like they look in that picture above. Take a gander at those winkle-pickers. They speak louder than words. Winkle-picker rock. Enjoy.

The Lustorama - The Dark Side E.P. - Estrus Records 7" ES738.

Friday, 8 March 2013

The Mummies - Tales From The Crypt (Bootleg LP).



As promised last August (!)  here's Tales From The Crypt, the vinyl bootleg of The Mummies' recording sessions with Mike Mariconda which were meant to make up the band’s debut LP (to be released on Crypt). The story is that The Mummies had wanted Billy Childish to produce but when that proved impossible, for unknown reasons, label boss Tim Warren sent his friend, Mariconda (ex of The Raunch Hands). This didn’t go down well with the band and they weren’t happy with the results. Neither, it seems, was Tim Warren, as he shelved the tapes.

Eventually they leaked. Initially on the Fuck The Mummies CD (a Long Gone John project from which the band never saw any cash) and on this vinyl release (an unofficial Get Hip release from which they did pick up some cash). (For the full story, have a read of Eric Davidson’s garage punk book, We Never Learn).

There’s no doubt that Never Been Caught made a much better debut than this would have done; this is too clean, but it is definitely worth listening to. If there’s enough interest in this, I’ll call a Mad Mummies March event and upload some more of their stuff.


The Mummies - Tales From The Crypt (Bootleg LP).

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Silencers - Cyclerific Sounds - Total Energy Records LP NER 3002



Here’s a fuzz-heavy instrumental beast which sounds like the grinding of teeth fed through a fuzz box and speeded up. It’s so buzzy it verges on parody. It’s Napalm Death to Davie Allan’s Black Sabbath. The same kind of thing but twisted, stretched and morphed into something substantially different.

It’s produced by fellow Detroiter Mick Collins, who cranks up the treble and kicks in the bass bins. It’s precisely That Kind Of Thing. No surprises, no shocks, just good solid instrumental mush. Enjoy.


The Silencers - Cyclerific Sounds - Total Energy Records LP NER 3002.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Jack O'Fire - 6 Super Shock Soul Songs. Estrus Records 10". ES 102








Well, here's a post with lots and lots of inserts for you to read. That was one of the great things about Jack O'Fire, their commitment to the written word. Releases usually came with the latest ramblings of Big Daddy Soul, self-appointed and inspirational leader of the Young Lions Conspiracy. Bands have played at the creating a gang / cult things over the years with various degrees of success including The Nation of Ulysses (good), Psychic TV (scary) and WU LYF (massively naive), but the best of all were the words which skipped from the fingers of Big Daddy Soul onto his manual type-writer.

The music's not half bad as well... Enjoy.

Jack O'Fire - 6 Super Shock Soul Songs. Estrus Records 10". ES 102.