The Hidden Library

A reader request today from someone called Boshed who found my Hidden Library post from 2012 and asked if the songs could be re- uploaded. First some background. Back in the early 21st century Andrew Weatherall had a short run of limited 7″ single releases under the name Hidden Library. At the time there was a Rotters Golf Club website with a virtual club house you could explore and poke around in using your mouse and dial up internet connection. In the library there was a secret door which took you through to the hidden library from where a pair of singles could be ordered, limited to 500 copies. They were among the first things I ever bought off the internet and my ineptitude meant that I bought two copies of one of them and couldn’t work out how to change my order. This was in the days when Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood were deep underground, making seriously purist electronic music. Breakbeats via turntables and laptops, abstract electro with a heavy whiff of skunk in the air.

The first single, Hidden Library 001, doesn’t exist. Apparently it was mispressed and binned. Weatherall has said on the radio that he has a couple of OK copies that he’ll sell on the internet when times are hard. The first release was Hidden Library 002. Both sides of the single are untitled but written and produced by Weatherall and Tenniswood.

Hidden Library 002 A

Hidden Library 002 B

Hidden Library 003 was a cover of Hawkwind man Robert Calvert’s 1985 song Lord Of The Hornets. Both sides of the single are credited to Jnr. Poon. Eventually it came to light that Jnr. Poon, who made only these two songs, was Duncan Gray and Jim Wren. Duncan Gray has recently been releasing a slew of excellent, long chuggy monsters, some of which have been posted here and here.

Lord Of The Hornets is a buzzing, wired, electronic killer of a track, worth the price of admission alone.

Lord Of the Hornets

The B- side is scratchy and dusty with a stark drumbeat, sounds a bit like it was recorded in an underpass beneath a dual carriageway at night, and has Weatherall on distorted spoken word vocals. Unfortunately the use of the word ‘retard’ really hasn’t aged well.

My Backward Cousin Mark


Hidden Library

Someone over at Ripped In Glasgow Basefook page has been looking for the Hidden Library 7″ singles that Andrew Weatherall released via the Rotters Golf Club website back in 2002. I posted all four sides two years ago but the links have long expired so I’ll stick these up again. Limited to 500 copies of each these two records were mail order only. As far as I know Hidden Library 001 doesn’t exist (or only existed in a very small run) and was perhaps played on a Two Lone Swordsmen radio show. Hidden Library 002 was two sides of Weatherall/Tenniswood hip-hop influenced electronica, good if inessential.

Hidden Library 2a
Hidden Library 2b

Hidden Library 003 was credited to Jnr Poon. Exactly whose alias this was I’ve never been entirely sure. Buzzy, electric, snarly, catchy; Lord Of The Hornets is a personal favourite, a record I’ve inflicted on paying customers when djing to support a band. It is a cover of a Robert Calvert song, a man barking even by Hawkwind standards. The B-side I don’t really like at all.

Lord Of The Hornets
My Backwards Cousin Mark

Rare Weatherall ‘Hidden Library 003 My Backward Cousin Mark’

Last track in the brief Hidden Library series, the b-side to Hidden Library 003 (yesterday’s great Lord Of The Hornets). To be honest I don’t particularly like this one- the lyric leaves me cold, but perhaps that’s just me. You should have it though for completisms sake.


Rare Weatherall ‘Hidden Library 003 Lord Of The Hornets’

This is Lord Of The Hornets, a cover of the song by former Hawkwind member Robert Calvert. I posted the original back at the start of this blog. Lord Of The Hornets is the second and last Hidden Library single (Hidden Library 003). According to the label on the 7″ this song and the b-side are credited to Jnr Poon, a pseudonym (according to Discogs amongst other sources) for Weatherall and Tenniswood. Released back in 2002 this would make it the first vocal by Weatherall (if it is him singing), sometime before The Double Gone Chapel lp. There was an interview somewhere where AW claimed a Hidden Library single was coming out featuring ‘some mates’ but I’ve no idea if that was this, or if that ever came out. If anyone can clear these matters up a small group of Weatherall anoraks would probably be grateful. Or at least satisfied that a small crumb of knowledge has been added to the file in their brains labelled ‘Weatherall’.

This blew me away when I got hold of it in my early internet shopping days- I played it endlessly. The electro crunchiness, the buzzing hornet noises, the vocals. It took sometime for me to find out it was a cover, and some more time to get hold of the original- ebay 7″, couple of quid, and recently a cd/digital re-release. I seem to remember thinking at the time that if this had proper promotion and a big record company behind it, it could’ve been a massive hit. Listening to it again now I’m not so sure- can’t quite see the British music buying public going for this in large numbers, certainly not the people who buy what Weatherall himself called ‘Top Shop music for Hollyoaks people’ a while back on Lamack’s Roundtable. Regardless, this is one of the gems of the RGC back catalogue, was only manufactured in small quantities (500 copies), and may or may not be Andrew Weatherall, but it deserves to be heard by more people. Enjoy.


Rare Weatherall ‘Hidden Library 002’ B-Side

The b-side to yesterday’s Hidden Library single. This is early Swordsmen style stoned hip hop, with a great distorted guitar line. Very nice.


Rare Weatherall ‘Hidden Library 002’

In 2002 I didn’t have a computer. I knew little of websites, email or mp3’s. Partly this was out of choice. When I got a laptop through work the following year I realised what I was missing. But at some point in 2002 we were at my in-laws, and they had an internet connection and a pc. I started it up, and unsurprisingly one of the first things I searched for was Weatherall. The Rotters Golf Club website in those days was set up like a country golf club, with different rooms (ballroom, lounge, library and so on). In the library there was a secret panel, which led to the Hidden Library. The Hidden Library being a shop for 7″ vinyl only, limited edition releases. They had some copies of one of the singles left. So, being new to the whole online ordering, I ended up accidentally ordering two copies of Hidden Library 003. This single will be posted at some point over the next couple of days. When my vinyl arrived I gave one of the copies to my friend CJ. At some point a year or two later he got hold of two copies of this single- Hidden Library 002, and gave one to me for my birthday. As far as I can tell, there was no Hidden Library 001.

So, this is Hidden Library 002, Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood, released in 2002, limited to 500 7″ singles. The a-side has no name, just Hidden Library 002 a. You’ll get the b-side at some point, and then Hidden Library 003 (Weatherall and Tenniswood as Jnr Poon, covering Robert Calvert’s Lord Of The Hornets, with what may be Weatherall singing. It’s brilliant). I know, calm down, I can see you’re excited, but you’ll just have to wait.