Friday, January 30, 2015

The Freshies - Very Very Best Of

Chris Sievey formed this unique band in the mid 70's.  They are characterised by one of their singles: "I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Check-out Desk" (later it was renamed with the word 'Virgin' removed).  He found fame as Frank Sidebottom but that was about it.  Real pity as you will like everything on this compilation (subtitled 'Some Long and Short Titles').  Totally infectious and ignored.  

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Steve Kilby & Rick Maymi - The Wilderness Years

These two muso's teamed up under the pretense of producing an album based on the wilderness years of someone called David Neil.  Who is that you may ask?  Well, doesn't matter - he is fictional.  Steve Kilbey is the frontman for The Church and Rick Maymi is in The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It all makes sense to me if we say that these two guys simply got together to put out an album of music.  And .... it's good.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Suburban Lawns - Collected

What a great band they were.  Only one LP plus a bunch of singles (all collected here) - they pressed all my buttons.  Saw them live one night in Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed the moment.  Famous for their single 'Janitor' which referenced 'my genitals', quirky enough to be in Mr Weird and Wacky but with a tinge of raw punk so that they could be in Mr Wired and Wasted.  But, no dispute, they sit comfortable here in Mr Worthy and Whammo.