>Temporary Close Down


Over a week ago a reader, John Medd, commented that there have been too many Jesus And Mary Chain references here recently. Bagging Area is happy to take constructive criticism but time is up on the JAMC ban. In 1991 punk trumpeter Terry Edwards released a cracking e.p. called Terry Edwards Plays The Music Of Jim And William Reid, four trumpet led covers of Mary Chain songs. I posted Never Understand not long after this blog started. This track is Terry’s version of The Hardest Walk, where he finds more melody in Jim Reid’s vocal lines than anyone knew existed.

Long term readers will know that Mrs Swiss and I are the parents of a disabled child. He has a rare genetic disease, Hurler’s Syndrome, one of the MPS set of diseases, which has left him needing two bone marrow transplants before the age of two to keep him alive, various skeletal problems (and major surgery on his back and knees), severe learning difficulties and loads more besides. I.T., twelve now, is having his umpteenth operation on Monday to have a cochlear implant fitted. Born partially deaf in both ears any hearing he had in his left ear was destroyed by meningitis in 2008. The cochlear implant sends digital signals to the brain, a new type of hearing. If the op doesn’t work, he’s not lost anything really and if it does we may go ahead and do the same in his right ear where he still has some hearing, but copes with severe loss using hearing aids and lip reading. A cochlear implant has to destroy any natural hearing that’s left so we can’t take the risk of him losing everything by doing the right and the left ears in one go and it not working. They won’t switch the implant on for a few weeks, so it’s going to be a while before we know whether it’s worked or not, and then repeated trips to get the implant sorted and working properly. He’ll probably deal with it all fine- he usually bounces back pretty quickly after operations, and while getting used to the implant and a new way of hearing may take some time he’ll get to grips with it. It certainly won’t stop him talking. It’s the rest of us who get battered by these experiences, operations, hospital stays, new proceedures and equipment to get to grips with. Brain surgery obviously carries some risks also.

The Hardest Walk? It might not be the absolute hardest, but the walk from ward to operating theatre with a child who doesn’t want to go and is increasingly anxious, hates being anaesthetised and can’t fully understand what’s happening is far from the easiest walk, and neither is the walk out of the theatre afterwards leaving the anaesthetised boy behind who was kicking and screaming seconds earlier. No matter how many times I’ve done it, and it’s over thirty now, it gets no easier.

So, there won’t be much going on round here for a short while. Enjoy Terry Edwards, and see you in a few days.

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>They May Say Those Were The Days


I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing, as the Pet Shop Boys once said. Jane’s Addiction weren’t really my cup of tea, certainly not when Ritual De Lo Habitual came out in 1990, and look at the way they dressed. You wouldn’t do that in the north of England in 1990, even if you secretly wanted to. I do remember seeing the video for Been Caught Stealing and thinking it sounded good. I didn’t get the album until many years later and was surprised that there was quite a lot I liked. Been Caught Stealing for one, the ten minute sex and drugs epic Three Days for another, and this song Classic Girl. If Jane’s Addiction are as wikipedia says an alternative rock band, then this song emphasises the alternative rather than the rock, no squeeling guitar solos or Led Zep drum and bass breakdowns here, just really cool phased guitar and a yearning quality, for a classic girl. The lyric which made my ears prick up was the verse that goes-

‘They may say ‘Those were the days’
But in a way, you know for us
These are the days
Yes, for us these are the days’

Which sounded like a pretty good rejection of nostalgia (presumably the 60s or 70s) and embracing our times. Of course now those lines are twenty years old and I regularly feature songs from those days which maybe is partly me saying ‘those were the days’ but I hope this isn’t entirely a place for nostalgia, if at all. Are these the days? For us, and the kids listening to their music, I suppose these are still the days.

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>The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 4


OFSTED eh? They come in, crawl all over you, scrutinise everything you do, watch you work and comment on it, make a load of judgements and then leave. The sun still comes up the next day. For the record, we did pretty well and don’t expect to see them again until 2013/14. Relief is the main feeling I think, and knackeredness. Open a bottle of something Mrs Swiss.

This is Gene Maltais, whose Raging Sea we rocked to a few weeks ago when this series crawled out of the grave. Gene has a crazy baby. Hope she doesn’t steal hubcaps on her way home from school.

crazy baby.mp3

And Yes, Yes, Y’all Was The Siren Call

Scritti Politti have got their first career spanning compilation out soon and there’s good article to promote it in the latest issue of Mojo. Back in 2006 Green Gartside released a homemade Scritti album, White Bread Black Beer, containing some beautifully sung songs with guitar and drum machine backing. This was the opening song- The Boom Boom Bap, a lovely tribute to and lament for the old school hip hop Green fell for in the 80s. Not that it sounds anything like old school hip hop. He manages to sweetly sing lines borrowed from those early records and make them sound like something else entirely – the boom boom bap, the tap a tap tap, the big beat drum, the yes yes y’all and the siren’s call, hard times, sucker mcs, Jay’s game, the Brewski point, the beat of my heart, wake up , Hollis crew, rock box, it’s like that, juice joint Jane, hooks can kill, jinging dollar dollar bill, I love you still… I always will.

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Save Me From Me

I’ve never been entirely sure about Pavement or Stephen Malkmus, I liked some stuff and thought some was close to rubbish, a bit too clever by half. This track Pencil Rot was free with a magazine covermount cd, and I loved it. It was the first song on his 2005 solo album Face The Truth so I bought the album cheap from ebay- couldn’t tell you anything about any of the rest of it, the track titles ring no bells at all. Pencil Rot is fantastic though- it’s a riot of synths, fuzzy detuned guitars, with an urgent, driving rhythm and lyrics about a villain in his head giving him shocks, leather bound poison, secondhand weakness, privilege, spikes on your feet, dancing to the top of the human shit pile, unmade beds, ghosts, more poison and pencil rot. I don’t know what it’s about. Maybe it doesn’t matter.

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Version Francoise

Ed Ball co-formed Television Personalities with Dan Treacy during the punk period, set about Bill Grundy, Part Time Punks, Syd Barratt amongst others and set up their own record label. Ball also formed The Times who released records regularly between 1980 and 1999. While finding a home at Creation in the 80s and 90s Ball found the time to record various (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) celebrations of acid house, drug culture and Manchester/London at the time. This is Lundi Bleu, his version of New Order’s Blue Monday with Bernard Sumner’s lyrics translated into French. It’s a post-acid house, 8 minute monster which finds time to turn into Neil Young’s After The Goldrush at the end. Very lovely and very of it’s time. Art Dept IAMT, currently in Nuremburg, this one’s for you.

The Times – Lundi Bleu (Man New Age Mod Mix).mp3

A Equals Action

We got a phonecall at work yesterday which makes this an important week for us. Mark Perry and ATV didn’t have the Office For Standards In Education in mind when they wrote Action Time Vision but it fits quite well. I don’t know how much blogging I’ll manage over the next few days. If I don’t post much before Friday, it’s because I’m a little busy. See you on the other side.


I Left My Bag In Newport Pagnell

The Freemans Catalogue in the mid-80s featured a little known indie boys section. Our models-Craig, Johnny, Andy, Steve and Mike- show off the summer range. Shoes and sunglasses models own.

This version of Is It Really So Strange came to light on the Unreleased Demos album, recently leaked on the net. It’s not so much a demo, more a full but unreleased version. Recorded during the 1986 sessions for the Ask single, it was shelved and when the band needed a B-side for Sheila Takes A Bow they used the Peel Session version of this song instead. The guitar playing on this track shimmers and shines, truly brilliant, and Morrissey delivers his lines about the north, the south, lost luggage and killing a horse. Then you think, ‘they rejected this, it wasn’t good enough’.

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While The City Was Busy We Wanted A Rest

Mercury Rev recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studio in 1999 for a Peel Session, with a lovely laidback cover of Captain Beefheart’s Observatory Crest, perfect for this time on a Sunday when the light’s gone, and ‘Monday’s coming like a jail on wheels’.

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Marching Orders

In 1999 Jason Pierce sacked three members of Spiritualized, the bassist, guitarist and drummer no less (leaving Spiriutalized with only a gospel choir, brass section and strings for rehearsals I guess). Sean Cook, Mike Mooney and Damon Reece retreated to Bristol to lick their wounds and then formed Lupine Howl. In 2000 they released their debut single Vaporizer, impressive psych-rock. I didn’t buy anything else by them other than this single in the end though.

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