Bo Diddley ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover’

I found this picture of the great Bo Diddley, and realised I needed to post a song to accompany it. On this occasion, you can judge a book by it’s cover.

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Sons Of Slough ‘Snares & Temptations’

Sons Of Slough (not Andrew and Ian Weatherall apparently, but Ian Weatherall and Duncan Gray) from the Haywire compilation cd I wrote about yesterday. I remember a while back when Weatherall did one of his 6 Mix shows he played a version of Liar With Wings (from his excellent solo lp A Pox On The Pioneers released last year) that Ian Weatherall had remixed. That’s the sum total of my knowledge about Ian Weatherall’s musical contributions, although Discogs lists various Sons Of Slough singles, an lp and a few remixes.
The photo? Slough bus station. Beautiful isn’t it.

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Teenage Fanclub ‘Don’t Look Back’

Teenage Fanclub, like Sonic Youth, saddled themselves with a name that looks slightly more daft each decade they survive. They have recorded some great and beautiful songs, this one Don’t Look Back being one of them. There is nothing wrong with this song at all, it’s perfect- wistful, wise, romantic, great vocals and lovely guitars, melancholic and uplifting. Somewhere I’ve got a 7″ e.p. Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It, where they did acoustic versions of four of their songs, with old organs and shakers and stuff, which I need to go and dig out.


Two Lone Swordsmen ‘Felt Under Pressure’

More rare Weatherall, this time from a Firewire compilation cd called Audiophiles 1.1. that cropped up on ebay a few years back and had to have. Firewire is the mulitmedia division of Haywire, a dj booking agency, who handled TLS back in the late 90s and onwards. This compilation was released in 1999, and someone at Discogs has it valued at 40 euros (I don’t have a euro symbol on my keyboard). The cd also has Sons Of Slough (Weatherall and his brother Ian’s alias I believe), Silicon Scally, Slick & Flash, Fictional Characters, Grain, Cold Dust and Patrick C on it. I’ll post the Sons Of Slough track at some point- I can’t remember anything about the other tracks, and apart from Silicon Scally I don’t think I’ve heard of any of the rest. I’m sure some of the techno heads out there can advise. This is 7 minutes and 14 seconds of TLS beats, buzzes and funny noises. Click to download if you like the sound of that.

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La Dusseldorf ‘Silver Cloud’

If the thought of dragging your weary self into work tomorrow is bringing you down this Sunday evening, perhaps this lovely, dreamy slice of post-Krautrock (don’t let that word put you off) will ease the pain slightly. La Dusseldorf were Klaus Dinger from NEU!, Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe and this is off their 1976 debut album Dusseldorf, a pristine 1976 pressing of which I snaffled on ebay a while back. Quite lovely this Silver Cloud.


Sabres Of Paradise ‘Theme III’

There have been a lot of guitars round Bagging Area recently so maybe at the official start of British Summer Time it’s time to (in the language mangling style of the brass hats at work) ‘refocus on our core business’- the provision of rarer tracks by Andrew Weatherall. Sabres Of Paradise released the mighty Theme as a 12″ single back in 1994. It came backed with two fantastic dub influenced B-Sides, Edge 6 and Return Of Carter, and all three got hammered on my stereo for several months/years. More recently I chanced upon the cd single in a second hand shop which had a as a fourth cd single-only track- Theme III. Theme 6 appeared on a free cassette with Select Magazine, which was posted a week or two ago somewhere (Weekender possibly). Theme’s II, and V to the best of my knowledge haven’t been released, but I’m ready to stand corrected (and I can’t be bothered trawling through a Sabres back catalogue list right now).
Edit: Drew at Across The Kitchen Table has pointed out that Theme IV was on the Haunted Dancehall album, and blast my eyes for not remembering that and being made to look like a Weatherall anorak amateur.

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The Vermin Poets ‘Spartan Dreg’

Billy Childish has another new band, The Vermin Poets, with Billy writing the songs, playing guitar and doing backing vox, his wife Juju on bass, MBE’s drummer Wolf Howard, and Neil Palmer from Fire Department on vocals and lyre (!). This one is of a poetical bent but with super-sharp mid-60s mod-op-art music. If you like Childish you’ll love this. He’s had a run of really good albums over the last few years, has a exhibition of paintings on in London, and was on Radio 4 this week. If you don’t like him, you should give it a go. Steady the buffs.
Billy is modelling a First World War general issue British army shirt RB620. Just so you know.