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

Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 17

This weeks rockabilly has a distinctly doo-wop 50s pop slant. From 1956 The Dawn Breakers Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses (‘Hey you, the boy with the be-bop glasses, and the suede shoes, come in’) shakes, rattles and rolls, with some lovely doo-wop vox. If you listended to Weatherall’s Double Gone Radio podcast over at Rotters Golf Club you’ll already know it.

I’m writing this well in advance of Friday night, as I’ll be watching England scrape past Algeria/under-perform massively/play like world-beaters (delete as appropriate) and I know Drew gets twitchy if he hasn’t had his Friday night rockabilly action by eight pm. Here’s an idea, for once England, how about you all actually play well?

And yes, I love the advert as well.

Boy With the Be-Bop Glasses.mp3

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.


The Black Balloons

OK, here we go. I’m new to this so bear with me if stuff doesn’t work. I wouldn’t say I’ve been an early adopter with internet things, but about 3 years ago I discovered some of the music blogs. The first ones I remember reading and going back to on a daily basis, and eventually leaving comments at, were Audio.Out and The Vinyl Villain, then Acid Ted, 17 Seconds, The Ghost of Electricity, Song By Toad, Across the Kitchen Table, and in the last year Ripped In Glasgow- all inspirations for finally getting this off the ground. Following a guest post for The Vinyl Villain in May 2009 I began to think about doing a blog more seriously, but it was only in the last few weeks that it began to ferment properly in my mind. I ‘m not sure I’ve got a clear idea yet of what I’m going to post and write about. It won’t all be one type of music, I don’t know yet if it’ll be old or new music, I don’t see much point in posting songs which are widely available but I don’t want to be wilfully obscure. Often though the most interesting music/art is made away from the centre, towards the fringes. What I think is going to happen is I’m going to write about some songs, and hopefully attach some kind of story or justification to each one. I dunno if that’s going to be of interest to anyone but I’m going to have a stab. So, here we go.
I originally stumbled across Audio.Out when I was looking for mp3s of early Andrew Weatherall remixes. STX had posted several on his blog but the links were dead. I left a comment and he kindly obliged. I think I should start this blog by completing a circle from where I started, and featuring someone who I’ve followed for nearly 20 years. Andrew Weatherall records take up a large part of my record collection, his outlook is spot-on, and these days he’s sporting a lovely Victorian-style moustache. I’ve not got set up yet for ripping vinyl, so I’ve scoured my cd’s for a Weatherall track that hasn’t been covered at either Acid Ted or Ripped In Glasgow. From a Rotter’s Golf Club compilation Machine Funk Specialists (2001) Fowler’s End by The Black Balloons, sounds like the kind of thing Weatherall and Tenniswood could knock out in their lunch-hour, but a diverting enough piece of electronic music for 3 minutes and 16 seconds. Fowler’s End- a place, or the last bit of a scouse Premiership footballer? Who knows.

mp3: Fowler’s End