Wednesday, July 16, 2014

the painted word - lovelife cd5 1988

this 4-track cd was released in germany as a promotional item for the band's upcoming full-length album "lovelife" in 1989 on bmg, rca records. pretty neat looking little thing that's housed in a colourful tri-fold cardboard case... contains two of the best songs from the album, yeeuh! a little bit funky and a little groovy, (the eighties way) that's the genius of alan mccusker-thompson whose second release "universal"came just six years later, which i think was a step back.

that's the reason i'm alive...

worldwide...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

top - buzzin 7' 1991

british indie outfit born to paul cavanagh with two legendary musicians in joseph fearon, bass(bringing home the ashes album) and alan wills, drums(circa revolutionary spirit, peel sessions era) both from the incomparable "wild swans" or "the wild swans".
possibly the third single from the band's debut album in 1991, real dreamy yet upbeat track, its got a little bit of that manchester flavor to it, no offense to any liverpudlians out there.

buzzin'(seven)...

ode to love (pt. eleven)...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

cornershop - born disco; died heavy metal bonus 7" 1994

cornershop, a british indie band hailing from leicester where all four original members met in 1991. the band's name comes from a stereotype referring to easterners in general as corner shop owners, made sense. prior to their mainstream success brothers tjinder and avtar singh, ben ayers and david chambers had two albums under wiija records and several singles mixing indian vibes with indie/britpop influences. their commercial success came next with a single from their third album "when i was born for the 7th time". 1997 saw the release of 'brimful of asha' that charted number 60 in the uk singles chart, a year later with help from norman cook's remixed version and radio airplays the song was re-released and reached number one in the uk chart.
born disco was the band's fourth, this is a remixed bonus double-a side single promo 7" housed in a plain white paper sleeve that came with their first album, enjoy.

born disco: died heavy metal (the andy green big on cheese mix)...

england's dreaming (the andy green fight - we don't want to mix)...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

botany five - nature boy 7" 1991

last track off the only album this threesome ever released, nature boy is somehow.. with its 90s houselike rhythm influences, this synth-driven song could very well describe one certain musical pop-based genre from the nineties as it gradually developed into what is now a more fast and edgy dance beat aka progressive house. songwriter gordon kerr, jason robertson and steven christie better known as botany 5 released all of their other singles thru virgin records from 1990-'91 before disappearing in the airwaves completely.

nature boy...

nature boy (7" italia edit)...


Saturday, April 19, 2014

working for a nuclear free city - s//t 2006

so much to write about this uk underground four-some from manchester... and you wonder why they sound so freaking funky melodic. like many great bands from the groove city, their tunes are a cross between , or a mixture of  ian brown's solo project and manchester's indie rocker "doves". i am sure that's not what the quartet intended to do.. or was it?? four lads trying to make music the way they wanted to, led and produced  by a guy named dekko with ed hulme, gary mcclure, jon and philip kay... wait that's more than four members. hmm.. anyway, this was the band's debut album, released under melodic record label. they went on and released two more albums after this, one in '07 and another in '10. they definitely get a thumbs up from me, what say you?? randy, uder?!!

dead fingers talking...

trouble son...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

seashells - sunshine eyes e.p. 1993

first and only single from these swedes on marsh-marigold, an independent record label based in germany. hailing from umea, the quartet had two albums in the nineties, both are pop-tastic! and that is all she wrote. if you like acid house kings, love dance and such then this would be nothing less than a treat for you.

beatrice...

wallpaper whispers...

Friday, March 28, 2014

in heaven - aquanova e.p. 1992

so you think you've heard it all! seen it all before, been there, done that... well, might as well call me a rookie. as my latest pick up just proved that, released in 1992.. shoegaze scene was at its peak, quietly amongst other popular scenes, i.e. britpop, madchester, house and grunge  here in the u.s. for me this single is up there with the rest of the top sounding noisepop/experimental outfit (as other freshies might address them) of the nineties. from meller welle produkte same label that brought us balloon farm, dan dare, lovelies and a few more. three-track 7" single ripped using the free audacity sw, but did no enhancement to it so we can experience the rawness as it was meant to be.

seen it all before...

it'll keep awhile...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

noname - fashion 12" 1989

sole single from the this trio who i think were from germany(not to be confused with the italian techno/dance duo of the same name). later founded the electronic synth act dark distance spaces. "fashion", a single released thru zyx records.. not an easy thing to find and when you do it's usually pricey but not unusual to this kind of music, listen on and you'll see what i mean. i hear cetu javu vocals cross with perhaps secession's programmings.

fashion (club mix)...

fashion (single mix)...

Friday, March 7, 2014

ecstasy of saint theresa - susurrate cd 1992

czech indie band with one very mbv-like album in 1992 and an ep in '91 that's very reminiscent to the sound of "the charlottes", any way you look at it... it's absolute shoegaze. but eost sound was never the same after this release(thanx to clairerecords for re-releasing this album in 1999, 2000).

pistaccio places...

sweet abyss...

Monday, February 24, 2014

propaganda - duel 2x7" 1985

the band's sophomore single released in 1985, a shorter version of the song previously unavailable elsewhere but on this double seven(until the 2002 comp., outside world, ztt records) which includes two very harmoniously crafted synthpop b-sides. the german quartet from dusseldorf also just released 'the best of' cd, a must-have compilation in 2013 on metro select and ztt records.
the roofy leak?? only because i've learned that "indiefference" does not really scream unnoticed anymore, will explain later.

duel...

lied...