Vicious British Boyfriend

King of The Slums, a much talked about but ultimately not much heard mid-to-late 80s Manchester band. The electric violin prevented them from being an easy listen, setting them apart from their contemporaries and the songs seemed to be powered by speed rather than E. They had tunes to spare and a frontman who had something to say, who also had a winning way with song and album titles- Vicious British Boyfriend, Barbarous English Fayre, Fanciable Headcase, Bombs Away On Harpurhey, Once A Prefect and Unfit Mother to name a few (while the group’s original name was Slum Cathedral User). Mark E Smith may have been an influence. This clip is from BBC2’s Snub TV, shot live in Manchester and causing mayhem.

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Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson, formerly bass player for Magazine and currently a Bad Seed, has a back catalogue I’ve never really explored enough. This song from his Oedipus Schmoedipus album has Jarvis Cocker in full on ‘sexy’ mode and is rather good. The album takes in everything from film John Barry style soundtracks to jazz, dub, soul and electronic stuff. Worth looking out for.

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis

Barry Adamson, formerly bass player for Magazine and currently a Bad Seed, has a back catalogue I’ve never really explored enough. This song from his Oedipus Schmoedipus album has Jarvis Cocker in full on ‘sexy’ mode and is rather good. The album takes in everything from film John Barry style soundtracks to jazz, dub, soul and electronic stuff. Worth looking out for.

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis

Moss Side Story was a film noir soundtrack and homage to the streets he grew up in, released back in 1988 and found Barry a slot on Snub TV…

Snubbed Four

An ace New Order interview just after the release of Technique with a very fresh faced Bernard, a less fresh faced Hooky and Stephen. Vaguely stroppy throughout regarding Top Of The Pops, videos, the re-release of Atmosphere, marketing Ian Curtis and a certain Irish frontman…’It’s all pretty hypocritical and it’s a false ideology, I mean U2 are supposed to be Christians right and a big Christian belief is that thou shall not become a false messiah, right, and that Bongo guy, right, he’s having a good stab at it isn’t he?’

Snubbed Three

Loop, recently reformed feedback fans, and some very late 80s interview clips along the lines of ‘we make music for ourselves and if anyone else likes it it’s a bonus’. For the record, I do like the music, so that’s the bonus. To be honest, Wooden Shjips don’t sound a million miles from these chaps do they? There’s something very mid-to-late 80s about the mixture of guitar noise, 60s visuals and Home Counties accents.

Snubbed Again

The KLF- I don’t remember this interview so I must have missed this episode. I used to have a lot of them taped on VHS but they went the way of all tape and are probably landfill now. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, neither the easiest man to live with I reckon, made some fantastic records, provided a gateway to dance music for NME readers, had a good play around with notions of what it was to be a pop star and a musician, machine gunned the Brit awards, drove around the M25 for 25 hours and burnt a substantial sum of money. Bill Drummond continues to write thought provoking and interesting books. Jimmy Cauty has a vitriolic and slightly unsettling blog. All good fun.

Snubbed

I broke my Boxnet bandwidth for the month. Or rather, you lot did. Mediafire causes some people problems with the d/ls and they’re quite trigger happy with my files too. So for this week I will be making use of Youtube and Soundcloud in order to keep this thing going as we approach December. Having put two clips up from the long lost BBC 2 show Snub TV recently I thought we could dig into their archives a bit.

First up The Jesus And Mary Chain, who were in danger of looking a little obsolete in 1989. Here they are ‘promoting’ Automatic, along with the video for Kill Surf City, some snippets of interviews and a couple of live clips.

‘We’re up against the music business. We’re nothing’.

If you’ve got a spare £130 you could buy all their albums in one vinyl box at the moment.

Vamos

Snub TV, 1988. Mind duly blown.

Francis goes something like ‘We’ll have our sons, they will be all well hung, your daddy’s rich, your Mama’s a pretty thing, we’ll go to  California, something about lesbians…. etc etc (with a load of Spanish too)’ and there’s a throat-wrenching bit of  ‘Aaaghhhh!’

Kim goes duh-duh-duh-dum. Enthusiastically.
Dave goes rattatatatatatatatat, on and on, faster.
Joey gets more beautiful noise out of a guitar and a beer can than seems possible.

Still haven’t bothered to see what their new stuff is like.