Lost links & Re-ups

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Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

07 October 2016


After the breakup of Head, "Sager didn’t spend all the 90’s hoovering and changing nappies," according to Bristol Archives.  “HEY DAD WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE 90’s?” one of Sager's sons asked.  “EAT TRIPE HOP AND EXCRETE BRIT PLOP, SON,” he replied.  Massive Attack and Portishead had set sail from Bristol, and Brittania's airwaves were ruled by the "lad rock" of Oasis.   

Sager produced and played on a 1990 Rough Trade release by singer/songwriter Craig Davies called Groovin' On A Shaft Cycle, along with Head guitarist Nick Sheppard and RR&P drummer Steve Noble (who has since become a prolific jazz drummer). 

Sager adopted the name CC Sager for a 1991 EP called "Fats Hustles The Pros and Cons".   Bristol Archives later included that track on a digital CC Sager collection called Hey, Dad What Do Poets Eat For Tea?  Pork and Opium Son, Pork and Opium.  Dave Hunter played bass, and Steve Noble manned the drums.  Head's Rich Beale sings two of the songs.

A second CC Sager set on Bristol Archives, called Prophylactic Fingertips, Cherry Lips & Other Unsung Songs, is less bluesy and more introspective than What Do Poets Eat For Tea

The Creeping Bent label released the third CC Sager album, The Last Second Of Normal Time, on CD in 2003.  Susie Hug of the band Katydids sang on the album.  She was married to Katydids/CC Sager bassist Dave Hunter.  

In 2006, Creeping Bent issued a digital album (under Gareth Sager's own name) called Slack Slack Music.  Davy Henderson sings three of the songs, and the spirit of Beefheart is at play.  The final track on this compilation ("So Fired Up") sounds like a classic Head song of drunken celebration.

tracklist –

01 Fats Hustles The Pros and Cons
02 I Took It As Gospel
03 Hey Freaky Don't Paint It Blue
04 Roman Rust On the Out of Town Bus
05 Drive After Midnight
06 Keeping The Dancefloor Warm
07 Blown Bridges Blues – from Hey, Dad What Do Poets Eat For Tea?

08 Coming Out Of The Fifteenth Round
09 Beyond My Fathers Charms
10 Deathbed Lullaby – from Prophylactic Fingertips, Cherry Lips and Other Unsung Songs

11 The Johnny Bristol Flu
12 Honeypot Swarm
13 Hanging Lo With The Hi Waisters
14 Dumping My Roller Once The Ashtrays Are Full – from The Last Second of Normal Time

15 King Tubby In His Kitchen
16 Me The Broken Stink And The Piccadilly Kid
17 Hot Hits Vol. 27
18 So Fired Up – from Slack Slack Music


03 October 2016

Mish Mash

First off, by request…

Alvarius B & Cerberus Shoal – The Vim & Vigour of…, North East Indie NEI0027, 2002.
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tracklist –
Blood Baby
Viking Christmas – Alvarius B

Blood Baby
Viking Christmas
The Real Ding – Cerberus Shoal

A couple alternate versions of Leaving Rome (side two here) by Two Badcard that were not on the Hustling Ability release…

Two Badcard – Leaving Rome, On-U Sound ON-U DP 33, 1995

Side One –
Leaving Rome (vocal version)
Leaving Rome (trumpet version)

Side Two –
Leaving Rome (Dennis Alcapone DJ version)
Leaving Rome (melodica version)

Also, from Aston 'Family Man' Barrett…

Side A –
Family Man Skank

Side B –
Dub Combination

Lastly, after a revival in 2013, Chron Gen are back at it, touring & rippin’ it up. Search out this disc & purchase it for yourself. Their first in 28 years. Here’s a taste:

From Chron Gen – This is the Age

Ready to Overreact

bonus –

Chron Gen – Puppets of War 45rpm EP, Fresh Records FRESH 36, 1981.

Side A –
Mindless Few
Chronic Generation

Side B –
Puppets of War


30 September 2016


After The Pop Group broke up, Gareth Sager and Pop Group drummer Bruce Smith formed Rip Rig & Panic with bassist Sean Oliver and pianist Mark Springer.  Neneh Cherry, Ari Up, and Sean Oliver's sister Andrea sang with RR&P.  Neneh Cherry and Bruce Smith married and had a daughter. Gareth Sager married Jeannette Lee (PiL), and they too started a family. Sean Oliver (who was mentioned in my Keith Levene post) had a daughter with Tessa Pollitt from the Slits.  

RR&P broke up after three LP's, but soon regrouped under a new name, Float Up CP, and recorded a 1984 album (Kill Me In The Morning) .  The following year, Neneh Cherry, Sean Oliver, and Bruce Smith (along with RRP saxman Dave Wright) made a one-off single without Gareth Sager called "Foot On The Rock" under the band name God Mother & Country (a nod to Rip Rig & Panic?)

Sager started a new band with guitarist Nick Sheppard (ex-Cortinas), and singer Rich Beale.  Beale had done the sleeve art for the Pop Group's single "We Are All Prostitutes" and the album Y.  They named their new group Head, and its members adopted pseudonyms:  Nick Sheppard became Candy Horsebreath (and sported a pair of assless chaps on the album cover).  Sager became Hank Sinclair. Rich Beale took the name of a Bristol landmark, Clevedon Pier.  On the next Head album, Clevedon Pier became Bertie Beale; Sager's new alias was Hamilton MacAdemical; and Sheppard was rechristened Chopper Harris.  

The port city of Bristol and the traditional songs of its sailors and fishermen were elemental to Head's music.   Head's debut album opens with a quote from "Molly Malone".  Mark Stewart from the Pop Group recalled in a recent interview, "As much as my punk roots, I grew up in blues dances and stuff, where people would just get on the mike and start shouting out nursery rhymes and sea shanties."   Head was a rock band, unlike Bristol's strident and abrasive Pop Group, or the wildly eclectic Rip Rig & Panic.   Big guitars, rock rhythms, and shout-along choruses, which were unabashedly silly, drunken and lusty. 
The first track on this compilation is a Float Up CP song that suggests where Sager was Headed. He sings,"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, come here baby and give me some."  On the second track, "Rockin' Rich" Beale introduces each Head member by name (including bassist S.M.T. and drummer Plastic Bag).   Tracks 2 through 5 are from Head's 1987 debut,  A Snog On The Rocks.  Tracks 6 and 7 are demos (released in 2009 on Bottled Vintage XXX).  Tracks 8-14 are from 1988's Tales Of Ordinary Madness (1988).

Tracks 13-16 are from the last Head album (1989's Intoxicator), which was recorded with Michael Jonzun of the electrofunk Jonzun Crew.  The songs were accessible but unspirited.  Virgin Records didn't promote Intoxicator, and Head disbanded. "Head were a hard-living band, and if we hadn't split up, there would probably have been some funerals," Sager later told Melody Maker, "Towards the end of the group, one or two of us were very, er, ill."

Nick Sheppard was called up by Joe Strummer and Paul Simenon for The Clash's anticlimactic Cut The Crap.  Rich Beale formed a band called Apache Dropout. The adventures of Gareth Sager will continue in our next chapter.

tracklist –

M.A.D. –  Float Up CP
Crackers (Fer Yer Knackers)
The Captain, The Sailor & The Dirty Heartbreaker
Don't Wash Your Hair About It
I Can't Stop
Johnny Pulled On His Motorbike Boots (demo)
OK Brutus Sta-Pressed Power (demo)
Car's Outside (Joy-Ride Remix)
Get Fishy
Cheeky Little Monkey
Jesus Ain't Got A Daddy
Tiger Tiger
B'Goode or Be Gone
All The Boyz At War
Under The Influence of Books – Head
Tiger Tiger (cover version) – Paul Quinn and The Nectarine No. 9:


19 September 2016

Couldn’t Look at those Two Hawky Honkies any Longer

Ladies Love Chest Rockwell (w/ Prince Paul – vocals)
Pit Stop (Take me Home)
Anger Management
Everyone has a Summer (w/ Kid Koala)
To Catch a Thief
Lies & Alibis
Herbs, Good Hygiene, & Socks (w/ Afrika Bambaataa – vocals)
Book of the Month
Strangers on a Train
Lovage (Love that Lovage, Baby) [w/Damon Albarn – vocals)
Sex (I’m A)
Koala’s Lament (w/ Kid Koala)
Tea Time with Maseo (featuring Trugoy)
Stroker Ace
Archie & Veronica

Lovage are Dan the Automator (under his pseudonym "Nathaniel Merriweather") teamed up with Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, Kid Koala & a cast of others: Brandon "Astacio the Nudist" Arnovick – guitar; SweetP – harpschord & nose flute; & Daniel Spils – keyboards.



10 September 2016

This Sunday’s Special Served by the King

Dub to the Rescue

King Tubby – Hometown Hi-Fi (Dubplate Specials 1975 – 1979),
Jamaican Recordings JRCD051, 2013.
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tracklist –

Dub of Rights
Higher Ranking
A Stalawatt Version
King Tubby’s in Fine Style
African Sounds
Channel One Under Heavy Manners
Channel get Knockout
The Champion Version
Stealing Version
Satta Dread Dub
Crazy Dub
Dreada Version
No Love Version
Hold Them in Dub
Step it Up in Dub
Dub with a View
Dub to the Rescue
A Rougher Version


29 August 2016

Trapping 50,000 Rastas at the Ghost Mall in One Fell Swoop

Byron Black / Living Objects – The Unexpected, Broken Records BR777, 1982.
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Top Side –

Bazootie Land
Micro Macro In-Between
Meetings with Remarkable Chicks
Youth in Asia

Outré Side –

Car Don’t Work
The Unexpected
50,000 Rastas
Car Pool Love with Trudy Lee
Ghost Mall


21 August 2016

Lawrence called it “the Dark Side of the 80s”

The 700 Club – Smash the State of the Art, Slithering Disc Records SDLP002, 1986.
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Side 1 –
What’s News
Crazy Money
Apres Moi le Deluge

Side 2 –
Put on a Happy Face
Servant of Love
Exit 1 Mile

Ride the Nova-X-Press,

17 August 2016

Hope is the Purpose iN Life

Two years ago, I shared a Keith Levene compilation here called Beyond Pil.  I recently realized that Levene didn't actually play on some of the songs.   A new comp is in order, both to rectify my mistakes and to bring us up to date with Keith's newest music.  He has been busy during these past two years creating music, film, paintings, and books.  

The guitar playing that sounded like Levene to my ears on Playgroup's Epic Sound Battles was mostly the work of Sean "Hogg" Oliver (e.g., "Hoggs Might Fly" and "Machine Gun Hogg").   The late Sean Oliver was a member of Rip Rig & Panic, Float Up CP, and Crucial.  Crucial backed Judy Nylon on her Pal Judy album.  Crucial members included "Crucial Tony" Phillips, George Oban, and Nick Plytas (all of whom were in Playgroup with Sean Oliver).   

Sean Oliver was a great guitarist, and he cowrote Terence Trent D'Arby's hit "Wishing Well".  Kendall Ernest and the Pop Group's John Waddington also played guitar on Playgroup's two LP's, but (as with many On-U productions) it's not really clear who did what.  

"Recording with Creation Rebel down at The Manor was nothing short of surreal sometimes, pure madness," Levene recalled in an interview. "The credits on the sleeves were often wrong as well -- quite a few of the tunes I played on and worked on I wasn't credited for on the sleeve notes."

Levene definitely played guitar on the On-U albums Threat To Creation and War Of Words, and he played keyboards on Tunes from The Missing Channel and End of the Century Party.  Though he wasn't on Epic Sound Battles, Levene borrowed a drum track from Playgroup for his song "Back Too Black".  

This new collection only includes songs where Keef is credited.  With the addition of more recent tracks, it spans 35 years of recordings.  Levene has released two albums in the past two years: Search for Absolute Zero and the crowdfunded CZ2014.  He has also written two books about his punk years, I Was A Teenage Guitarist For The Clash and Meeting Joe.   

Levene has a youtube channel called Teenageguitarist76 with videos about his books, his film "London 1976" and his ambitious (but unrealized) plans for a young artists' education program called the London 1976 Institute.  Levene remains to this day an innovative and visionary multi-instrumentalist who never abandoned his ideals to achieve mainstream success, and whose guitar style has influenced innumerable players during the past four decades.

 tracklist   –

Cowboys International - Wish
Positive Noise - Darkness Visible (edit)
Vivien Goldman - Launderette
New Age Steppers - Nuclear Zulu (edit)
Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers - Last Sane Dream
Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers - Chemical Specialist
Jah Wobble - Not Another
Public Image Ltd. - Chant
Public Image Ltd. - Go Back
Public Image Ltd. - Lou Reed, Pt. 2
Keith Levene - Back Too Black
Keith Levene's Murder Global - Aztek Dubd
Jah Wobble & Keith Levene - Back On The Block
Jah Wobble & Julie Campbell - Phantasms Rise
Mark Stewart feat. Keith Levene - Stereotype
bentcousin feat. Keith Levene - Widening The Vision
Keith Levene - Call It A Day
Keith Levene - Til Dawn Then Another Area
Keith Levene - Original Flow
Keith Levene - Bits Of Prague

Widening your vision,

15 August 2016


This morning, The New York Times reported evidence of $12.7 million in off-the-books cash payments in Ukraine. The bags of cash were designated for Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Sure, Manafort worked as a consultant in Ukraine for years, but off-the-books money suggests corruption. & this now bleeds into our elections as Manafort is Trump's main advisor.

Trump’s campaign is run by thugs (think Trump's fake "university") & inspired by thugs (remember Trump's hero-worship of Vladmir Putin). Can we really afford to find out what else Trump & his crew are hiding if we let them take over the White House?

14 August 2016

You Can Never Have Enough Smegma

I posted Smegma's Pig for Lepers on my previous AbsoluteEquinox Surrealist megapost.
Thought I'd deposit a bit more Smegma. This is a bit fresher than the last batch.

The CD was enhanced!!! It contained the following "Rails" Quicktime video.

This time, contributing their Smegma: Amazon Bambi; Borneo Jimmy; Burned Mind; Conroy; Dr. Id; John Logman; Ju Suk Reet Meate; Mark E.; Myrtle Tichnor; Oblivia; & Zazou Kazoo.

Smegma – Rumblings, Hanson Records HN122, 2005.
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Tracklist –

Oops #1
Johnny No!
In an Ornamental Garden
Rails (Uncoupled)
Fool for Your…
Oops #2
Oops #3


08 August 2016

Eat it...Eat it Raw!

After more than half a century as a vegetarian, I’m trying something new. My daughter is a life-long vegetarian & several years back she went vegan. She’s always giving me the business about it. We used to dine at a raw joint called The Green Boheme (they recently moved to Roseville & we haven’t made it to their new location). They always challenged everyone to go raw for a month. Well, I decided I’d one up Lao & go raw.

Now, I’m a Taurus & as bull-headed as they come, so sticking to something I start is no big deal. But man oh man…all I do now-a-days is dream about food, whether I’m awake or sleeping. Now it’s started creeping into my musick. See what you think of RAW!!!

Portion Control – Dining on the Fresh C10 cassette & flexi-disc,
In Phase Records POR CON 004, 1981.
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Side A –
Better Place
Wippy Dippy Dappy Do!

Side B –
Sweet Julia (new version)

Flexi Disc
Side 1 –
Across the Fence

Side 2 –
All of My Time
Minimal Man - Hunger is All She has Ever Known, Play it Again Sam Records BIAS71LP, 1988.

Side 1 –
A Little Surrender
Christine Says
Run, Devil, Run

Side 2 –
I Want You to Know
Dead Tired
I Heard

Bruce Gilbert – Music for Fruit, Mute STUMM77, 1991.

Side A –
Music for Fruit (edited)

Side B –
You Might be Called

Sun City Girls –Kaliflower, Abduction ABDT001, 1994.

Side One –
X + Y = Fuck You
Dead Chick in the River
& So the Dead Tongue Sang
Cigar Shaped the Moonlight
Archaeoptryx in the Slammer

Side Two –
The Venerable Uncle Tompa
I Knew a Jew Named Frankenstein

Tommy Guerrero – Soul Food Taqueria, Mo Wax MWR158CD, 2003.

Tracklist –
(intro) ‘lectric Chile Goat
Thank You (MK)
(interlude) Train of Thought
It Gets Heavy (featuring Gresham Taylor)
Thin Brown Layer
(interlude) So Many Years Ago / Terra Unfirma
Getting it Together (featuring Lyrics Born)
Another Brother Gone
Broken Blood
(interlude) & the Day Goes By
Lost Unfound
The Color of Life
Falling Awake

Tracklist –
Reason to Hide In
Weird Ideas at Work
Animal Sounds
By the Time I get Home There Won’t be Much of a Place for Me
Cut by the Brakes
Going to Switch the Lights On
New Space to Throw
Joker & clown
Close Approximation
Pack All the Things You Need
Part of a Corner

Pleasant dining,

31 July 2016

What the H?

A year ago last August I decided to brave the Wilds & started going through a folder I have called "Musick that Needs Work". That meant anything from cleaning up the sound to fixing the tags to getting the art work, whatever.

I officially launched this mess with the Art Phag post although the previous post of American Taboo was really the beginning. I decided I’d just keep on in alphawhatical order for a while longer (until boredom set in or my attention span was maxed). I made it as far as F (Fatima Mansions – The Loyaliser CD single) by the end of that year.

I didn’t get back to this ball-buster until March of this year. I slipped one in unannounced (Garbage Collector – 1988). Then I mentioned the return on March 27th this year with Good Horsey  & followed up with the GTOs.

Since then the project's been on the back burner ATS. Moving it up to the hot fire, something for today, from the letter H…how about Heat-Ray???

Heat-Ray – LOVEALLOVER, Pop Echo Records POP0011, 2009.
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Tracklist –

Come Closer
Oooh Yeah
If Love is the Drug
C’mom C’mon C’mon
Take it Down
Music from Yer Heart
Make Me
Heaven Is
Burn (Doubt)
Vampire Blues Part 2

…how about Hula???

Hula – Cut from Inside, Red Rhino Records RED35, 1983.

Side 1 –

Flesh Metal
Mother Courage
Church Juice
Murder in the Clean States

Side 2 –

Release the Grip
Dirt Talk
Stretch the Attitude

…how about Haujobb???

Haujobb – Homes & Gardens, Pendragon Records PENDRAGON REC-100, 1994.

Tracklist –

Haujobb’s State
Maternal Instinct
Eye over You
Final Race
Kilo-cycle Respirator
The Flood
Homes & Gardens (MY-1)
Skull Fission XXX
Homes & Gardens (Optimized V1.2)
Skull Fission (Not Silent)

Glad I got that mokey off my back,

29 July 2016

May Day Delivers a Sixth Flooding Victim in Palestine, TX

The Dead Texan – The Dead Texan, Kranky KRANK072, 2004.
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Tracklist –
The 6 Million Dollar Sandwich
Glen’s Goo
A Chronicle of Early Failures Pt. One
A Chronicle of Early Failures Pt. Two
Taco Me Manque
Aegina Airlines
When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help but Think of You
Girth Rides A (Horse)+
La Ballade d’Alain Georges
Beatrice Pt. One
The Struggle

Keep your head up,

25 July 2016

Musicians & Friends Again

Side A –
Selassie Dub
Fine & Confine
Ivory Coast Dub
Revolution Dub

Side B –
Motherland Dub
Riding West Dub
Dancing Dub
Corner Stone Dub

Myal Dub, Sight?

Exilee Goes Out

In the past I have delved extensively into No Wave music, one of my favorite American musick genres. Ikue Mori & Arto Lindsay of band DNA, James Chance / White / Black, Lydia Lunch / Teenage Jesus…these are some creative souls that have enriched my musical life a great deal.

No Wave was born in the lofts & walk-ups of late 70s / early 80s downtown New York City. The name came about as reaction to the term new wave. At the tail end of the 70s the record industry was trying to rebrand punk & labeled the more pop-punk bands that came in the aftermath of punk as new wave. The No Wave bands wanted to reject this pop side but they also felt no affinity to punk. They were committed to tearing down convention in the rift between sound, music, & art. One band I never posted before (but am remedying right now) is the great UT.

UT (pronounced Oot) formed in 1978, after Peter Gordon introduced Sally Young & Jacqui Ham to ex-Gynaecologists / ex-Dark Day member Nina Canal. The female presence in No Wave was never that rare. There were very few No Wave bands that represented the standard-issue 'guys/guitars' formula of rock music. However, an all-girl outfit was a slightly rarer proposition. But then, UT are an exceptional band. They really came into their own as the survivors of the original scene, the torch-bearers who took the original discordant aggressive attack onward to the next generation, especially on Griller, which was engineered by Steve Albini.

UT developed a distinctly dark sound based on free improvisation & spontaneous song writing. As with many No Wave bands, UT lacked a strong grounding in musical training, which they intentionally accentuated by changing instrumentation on each song. These methodological approaches channeled the raw energy of UT's song writing process into their live performances & finished songs (example: on "Confidential" Sally sings & plays guitar, Jacqui plays guitar, & Nina plays drums; on "Phoenix" Sally sings & plays guitar, Nina plays guitar, & Jacqui plays drums; & on "Absent Farmer Jacqui sings & plays guitar, Nina plays guitar, & Sally plays drums...& that's just in the first four songs!!!).

UT left the US in 1981 to tour with The Fall & eventually settled in London, releasing a number of albums, playing & recording until they disbanded in 1990. After a pause from 1991 to 2010, UT is back doing live dates.

UT - Conviction, Out Records OUT R03, 1985.
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Side 1 –
Absent Farmer

Side 2 –
Kcahsmahs (Spare Coconut)
Mouse Sleep
Bonus track – shamshacK (Tunococ Eraps)

UT - Early Live Life, Blast First BFFP12, 1987.

Side 1 –
Fire in Philadelphia
Brink over Chicken
Ampheta Speak
While I Wait
Mouse Sleep
Sharp’s Loose

Side 2 –
This Bliss
No Manifesto

UT - In Gut’s House 2x45rpm LP, Blast First BFFP17, 1987.

Side 1 –

Side 2 –
Big Wing

Side 3 –
Shut Fog

Side 4 –
Mosquito Botticelli
Dirty Net

UT – Griller, Blast First BFFP36LP, 1989. 
Side One –
Safe Burning
How it Goes
Posse Necks

Side Two –
Dr. No