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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

and it hurts...

The Lotus Eaters was the name of a 1980s New Wave band from Liverpool, England, whose single "The First Picture of You," from their debut album, No Sense of Sin (1984), became a hit in the UK.

The Lotus Eaters formed in 1982, and were mistakenly included in the New Romantic movement when they first appeared. However, although Peter Coyle (vocals), Jeremy Kelly (guitar), Mike Dempsey (bass guitar), and Stephen Creese (drums) had the elegant attire, and fashionable haircuts of New Romantic bands, their music was more understated and folksy than the synthesized Euro disco of Japan, Visage and Duran Duran. The Lotus Eaters toured extensively throughout Japan, despite arguments with their record label over there.

In 1998, The First Picture of You, a compilation of the Lotus eaters' BBC Radio 1 sessions, was released, and the No Sense of Sin album was reissued on CD with bonus tracks.

In 2002, The Lotus Eaters, reduced to the duo of Peter Coyle (vocalist) (born 25 January 1962, Liverpool) and Jeremy Kelly (guitarist - formerly with The Wild Swans) (born 8 April 1962, Liverpool), reformed after almost two decades, to record and release a new album, entitled Silentspace.

Article taken from Wikipedia.org


posted by blogger at 8/15/2007 09:02:00 PM 1 comments

Sunday, August 12, 2007


C81 was a cassette that was obtained through the British magazine New Musical Express in 1981 (hence (C)assette 81) and released in conjunction with the record label Rough Trade. Intended to mark the first 5 years of the independent label movement in the UK record industry and Rough Trade itself, it was the first in a series of many cassette releases from the paper. Probably the best known (and derided) was the C86 compliation. Publishing a tape was also an acknowledgment of the flourishing self published cassette culture of the time that the NME had been supporting in its short lived Garageland column.

C81 was compiled by NME journalist Roy Carr, and Christopher Rose, who worked in public relations for Rough Trade. To get a copy, NME readers had to collect two coupons from the newspaper and send off £1.50. The 15,000 orders were sold out within a month.

The tape contained a set of 24 diverse tracks ranging from jazz (James Blood Ulmer), poetry (John Cooper Clarke), ska (The Beat), and the folksy 'Canterbury Scene' (Robert Wyatt). British music writer Simon Reynolds called it "post punk's swan song", noting the appearance of three acts from Scottish independent label Postcard Records, and the emerging new pop tendency of bands such as Linx and Scritti Politti.

* Scritti Politti - The "Sweetest Girl"
* The Beat - Twist and Crawl Dub
* Pere Ubu - Misery Goats
* Wah! Heat - 7,000 Names of Wah!
* Orange Juice - Blue Boy
* Cabaret Voltaire - Raising the Count
* D.A.F - Kebab Traume (Live)
* Furious Pig - Bare Pork
* The Specials - Raquel
* Buzzcocks - I Look Alone
* Essential Logic - Fanfare in the Garden
* Robert Wyatt - Born Again Cretin
* The Raincoats - Shouting Out Loud
* Josef K - Endless Soul
* The Blue Orchids - Low Profile
* Virgin Prunes - Red Nettle
* Aztec Camera - We Could Send Letters
* Red Crayola - Milkmaid
* Linx - Don't Get in My Way
* The Massed Carnaby St John Copper Clarks - The Day My Pad Went Mad
* James Blood Ulmer - Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher
* Ian Dury - Close to Home
* Gist - Greener Grass
* Subway Sect - Parallel Lines
* John Cooper Clarke - 81 Minutes


C86 is the name of a celebrated cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licenced from independent labels of the time. As a phrase it quickly evolved into shorthand for a musical genre best remembered for its devotion to Byrdsy guitars and fey melodies even though other musical styles were represented on the tape. Almost a term of abuse on release, and criticised for its associations with tweeness and underachievement many now argue that it represents a pivotal moment for independent music in the UK.

The tape was a belated follow up to C81, a more diverse collection of new bands, released by NME in 1981 in conjunction with the label Rough Trade. C86 was similarly designed to reflect the new music scene of the time and compiled by NME writers; Roy Carr, Neil Taylor and Adrian Thrills who licenced tracks from labels such as Creation, Pink, and Ron Johnson. Readers had to pay for the tape via mail order although an LP was subsequently released on Rough Trade in 1987. The UK music press, in this period, was extremely competitive with 3 weekly papers documenting new bands and trends and the grouping of bands, often artificially, with an overarching label to heighten interest or sell copies was commonplace. NME journalists of the period now agree that C86 was a typical example but also a byproduct of NME's "hip hop wars"; a schism on the paper (and amongst readers) between enthusiasts of the contemporary progressive black music such as Public Enemy and Mantronix and the fans of traditional white rock.

This was the 23rd NME tape although its catalogue number was NME022, C81 had been dubbed COPY001. The rest of the tapes were compilations promoting labels' back catalogues and dedicated to R&B, Northern Soul, Jazz or Reggae. C86 was followed up with a Billie Holiday compilation; Holiday Romance. The title of the tape, like its predecessor C81, was a play on the labelling and length of blank compact cassettes that were sold in the 80s such as C60, C90 and C120s and obviously the year in which the tape was released.

The C86 tape, despite its subsequent association with a genre of the same name, had a much harder punkier shambling sound featuring early tracks from as many as 5 bands from the Ron Johnson label; The Shrubs, A Witness, Stump, bIG fLAME and The Mackenzies. Their loud quirkiness was completely at odds with the Byrdsy guitars and fey melodies of what came to be known as 'C86' bands. NME promoted it in conjunction with London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, who staged a week of gigs in July 1986 which featured most of the acts on the compilation.

* Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
* The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
* The Soup Dragons - Pleasantly Surprised
* The Wolfhounds - Feeling So Strange Again
* The Bodines - Therese
* Mighty Mighty - Law
* Stump - Buffalo
* Bogshed - Run To The Temple
* A Witness - Sharpened Sticks
* The Pastels - Breaking Lines
* The Age Of Chance - From Now On, This Will Be Your God
* Shop Assistants - It's Up To You
* The Close Lobsters
* Miaow - Sport Most Loyal
* Half Man Half Biscuit - I Hate Nerys Hughes
* The Servants - Transparent
* MacKenzies - Big Jim
* Big Flame - New Way
* We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It - Console Me
* McCarthy - Celestial City
* The Shrubs - Bullfighter's Bones
* The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait


Info taken from: wikipedia.org


posted by blogger at 8/12/2007 08:59:00 PM 0 comments

Soup of the day...

CREATION RECORDS Creation Soup (Rare 1991 Set of Five Volumes of the Creation Soup Compilation LP's pressed for fans who were unable to obtain the 1000 only deleted singles from their early catalogue. A treasure trove of classic artists including Pastels, The Loft, The Legend, Biff Bang Pow, Primal Scream, Felt, Weather Prophets, Nikki Sudden, Momus, Bill Dummond [KLF], House Of Love and Emily. This little seen collection of 101 tracks covers debut singles from influential bands like Primal Scream, & Biff Bang Pow. No indie collection is complete without these albums).



* The Legend - 73 in 83
* The Legend - You Were Glamorous

* The Legend - Melt The Guns

* Revolving Paint Dream - Flowers In The Sky

* Revolving Paint Dream - In The Afternoon

* Biff Bang Pow - Fifty Years Of Fun

* Biff Bang Pow - Then When I Scream

* Jasmine Minks - Think

* Jasmine Minks - Work For Nothing

* The Pastels - Something's Going On

* The Pastels - Stay With Me 'til Morning

* X-Men - Do The Ghost

* X-Men - Talk

* Biff Bang Pow - There Must Be A Better Life

* Biff Bang Pow - Chocolate Elephant Man

* Jasmine Minks - Where The Traffic Goes

* Jasmine Minks - Mr Magic

* The Loft - Why Does The Rain

* The Loft - Like

* The Legend - Sings The Blues

* The Legend - Arrogant Bastards




* The Pastels - Million Tears

* The Pastels - Surprise Me

* The Pastels - Baby Honey
* X-Men - Spiral Girl

* X-Men - Bad Girl

* Les Zarjaz - One Charming Night

* Les Zarjaz - My Baby Owns A Fallout Zone

* The Loft - Up The Hill & Down The Slope

* The Loft - Tuesday

* The Bodines - God Bless

* The Bodines - Paradise

* Primal Scream - All Fall Down

* Primal Scream - It Happens

* Jasmine Minks - What's Happening

* Jasmine Minks - Black & Blue

* Slaughter Joe - I'll Follow You Down

* Slaughter Joe - Napalm Girl

* Meat Whiplash - Don't Slip Up

* Meat Whiplash - Here It Comes




* Five Go Down To The Sea - Aunt Nelly

* Five Go Down To The Sea - Silk Brain Worm

* Five Go Down To The Sea - Women

* The Pastels - I'm Alright With You

* The Pastels - For What it's Worth

* The Pastels - Couldn't Care Less

* The Moodists - Justice & Money Too

* The Moodists - You've Got Your Story

* The Moodists - Take Us All Home

* Biff Bang Pow - Love's Going Out Of Fashion

* Biff Bang Pow - It Happens All The Time

* Jasmine Minks - Cold Heart

* Jasmine Minks - World's No Place

* Primal Scream - Crystal Crescent

* Primal Scream - Velocity Girl

* Felt - Ballad Of The Band

* Felt - I Didn't Mean To Hurt You

* Weather Prophets - Almsot Prayed

* Weather Prophets - Your Heartbeat Breathes The Life Into Me




* The Weather Prophets - Naked As The Day You Were Born

* The Weather Prophets - In My Room

* Felt - Rain Of Crystal Spires

* Felt - I Will Die With My Head In Flames

* Nikki Sudden - Jangle Town

* Nikki Sudden - The Last Bandit

* Biff Bang Pow - Someone Stole My Wheels

* Biff Bang Pow - It Makes You Scared

Slaughter Joe - She's Out Of Touch

* Slaughter Joe - See My Rider

* Phil Wilson - Waiting For A Change

* Phil Wilson - Even Now

* Momus - Murderers, The Hope Of Women

* Momus - Eleven Executioners

* Momus - What Will Death Be Like

* Biff Bang Pow - Everythin's Turning Brouchard

* Biff Bang Pow - The Death Of England

* Bill Drummond - King Of Joy

* Nikki Sudden & Rowland Howard - Wedding Hotel

* Nikki Sudden & Rowland Howard - Girl With No Name

* Nikki Sudden & Rowland Howard - Hello Wolf




* Baby Amphetamine - Chernobyl Baby

* Baby Amphetamine - Cheque It Out

* The House Of Love - Shine On

* The House Of Love - Love

* The House Of Love - Flow

* The House Of Love - Real Animal

* The House Of Love - Plastic

* The House Of Love - Nothing To Me

* Blow-Up - Good To Me

* Blow-Up - To You

* Phil Wilson - Ten Miles

* Phil Wilson - A Jingle

* Felt - The Final Resting Of The Ark

* Felt - Autumn

* Blow Up - Pool Valley

* Blow Up - Smile

* Emily - Mad Dogs

* Emily - Reflect On Rye

* Emily - What The Fool Said

* Emily - Old Stone Bridge


posted by blogger at 8/12/2007 08:29:00 PM 3 comments

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Lover Speaks

The Lover Speaks was the new wave duo of David Freeman (vocals), and Joseph Hughes (arranger, composer). They sang the original version of the song "No More I Love You's," which became a huge hit for Annie Lennox in 1995.

Freeman and Hughes formed The Lover Speaks (deriving the name from Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse) in 1985, after working together in the punk outfit the Flys. Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics got the duo a record deal with A&M Records, and their self-titled debut was released the following year. Freeman's vocals received praise, but the album never really took off. "No More I Love You's", the first single fell off the British charts after rising to #58. They opened for the Eurythmics during the 1986 tour.

They returned to the studio and recorded another album, The Big Lie some time later, only to face a hostile A&M Records, which refused to release it. The duo then split; Freeman went on to release a few solo albums in the 1990s.

Annie Lennox covered the song No More I Love You's in 1995 on her Medusa album, taking it to #2 on the UK.


* Every Lover's Sign
* No More 'I Love You's'
* Never To Forget You
* Face Me And Smile
* Absent One
* Love Is 'I Gave You Everything'
* This Can't Go On
* Still Faking This Art Of Love
* Tremble Dancing Of Tears
* Of Tears

posted by blogger at 8/11/2007 08:37:00 PM 2 comments