Smokebelch, smokebelch, smokebelch.

This isn’t the original 12″ with it’s 10 minute Entry and Exit mixes, or the legendary beatless version, or the drumming majorettes and piano breakdown David Holmes remix. This is a curious one- off a triple cd dj mix box-set, in a PiL Metal Box style tin, called Cut The Crap, released by/in connection with Back To Basics, the Leeds nightclub. Weatherall mixes cd 3 (cds 1 and 2? Ralph Lawson and someone else, can’t be bothered to go downstairs and check, sorry). This version of Smokebelch is credited to Two Lone Swordsmen not The Sabres Of Paradise, and on the tracklist is titled Smokebelch (For Ali). Alistair Cook was B2B’s co-founder and dj who died in car crash in 1993, and this version of Smokebelch is a suitably sombre affair and tribute, all deep cello and bass. It’s a wonderful version of the greatest tune of the 1990s.

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This came out a couple of months before the pair of Two Lone Swordmen Wrong Meeting albums in 2007. It was a pretty big signpost for where Weatherall and Tenniswood were heading. They took a house track by X-Press 2 and replaced the housey stuff with guitars and live drums. This song soundtracked a drive to mid-Wales and short holiday in a log cabin near Aberystwyth, along with Sister Vanilla (on the cd I mean, not sharing the cabin with us). I thought Weatherall going scuzzy garage rock was a cool move. I still do. His Pox On The Pioneers lp from last year was on heavy rotation round these parts.

Witchi Tai To was originally a hit for a Native American jazz musician, Jim Pepper, back in the 70s. He based it on a Native American chant he’d learnt as a child. X-Press 2 (Junior Boys Own, hit single Lazy with David Byrne) got the bloke out of Polyphonic Spree to sing on their version. Weatherall duffed it up. Result- a totally unexpected TLS remix.