Eleven

We are camping in the Lakes tonight, for child number two our daughter ET. It is her eleventh birthday. Somehow we have managed to combine going to a campsite on top of a hill with England’s first game in the world cup (at eleven pm). Hopefully we will find a pub nearish to the campsite. Otherwise it’s everyone round a small transistor radio annoying any campers who want to get to sleep.

This rather good electronic song by Sean Johnston’s Hardway Bros came out on a compilation called Correspondent a few months back. I’m guessing the title refers to when it was recorded, a year ago today.

14.6.13 here

Today is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Bunnyman and Sex God Pete de Freitas, killed on his motorbike in Staffordshire. His last public appearance was in the video of this Julian Cope song. There’s a very good article in the latest Mojo magazine about him. He was one of a kind.

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Revolutionary

There’s something about this song, The Revolutionary Spirit by The Wild Swans, that could somehow only have been made in Liverpool in 1982, something essentially early 80s scouse about it. The Wild Swans were the baby of Paul Simpson (pictured above with flat cap, neckerchief and Telecaster). Paul’s led three different line ups of The Wild Swans over the years but there’s something really special about the first line up. Isn’t it often that way? The Revolutionary Spirit was paid for, produced (in mono) and drummed on by Bunnyman Pete de Freitas and is a yearning, heart felt, uplifting, post-punk masterpiece. It was also the last record released by legendary Liverpudlian independent label Zoo.

The lyrics are a mini-epic in themselves, starting with these opening lines… ‘Lost in the delta of Venus, lost in a welter of shame’… and a chorus that takes it further still… ‘All is quiet where angels fear, Oh my blood relations the revolutionary spirit is here’. William Blake eat your heart out.

Label owner Bill Drummond reckoned it was the best thing Zoo put out and he might be right. Bill Drummond often is.

The Revolutionary Spirit