From an ad for the Bull & Gate: "The Yummy Fur will beplaying tonight at the Bull & Gate in Kentish Town, London. Support will come from 'The Male Nurse' and 'The Karelia' and it promises to be a stunning gig. The band will also be playing the Roxy Records launch party at the Water Rats in Kings Cross, London on 21 March. Other bands playing at this gig include 'The Family Way' and 'Sportique'. Make sure you are there." If you judge a band by the company they keep this is enough to know they are great. The Yummy Fur are a Scottish band who used to play songs under a minute long. The are known for their particular guitar style, their barked out lyrics, and their pushing of boundaries. Last year they got a keyboard player, and a lot of the most familiar aspects of their sound changed. Their songs got much longer. This is the fist LP after they've changed. It follows up a 7inch ("Shoot The Ridiculant") which is on here. Some of the songs are great, and some songs are just OK. They use a vocoder in several songs. As a whole I like The Yummy Fur as much as ever, and actually applaud their insistance on following their own muse instead of sticking to what we've loved and expected from them.
January 26, 1999
Originally released in 1967. Here's what John Peel says about them in the liner notes: "Mix Dylan with the British Art-School scene of The Pretty Things, the Who, early Stones, Eel-Pie Island, pilled-up Mods rioting, and the emergence of the incredible Chelsea Loon." Mick Farren was like the Seed's Sky Saxon if fueled by London's UFO club and early Pink Floyd instead of whatever demons drove Sky.
Ninian Hawick is a band, not a person. They shared a split single with The Shebrews last year on Grimsey. You can hear it on this CD, where it appears in two versions. This CD is really great, much better than I expected it would be. Some of it sounds like Prolapse, some of it French electronic, and some using treated bagpipe in a pop way. Grimsey is the same label who put out the great LP by The Autumn Leaves (a paisley underground sounding band whose members help out on this disc), and the Lemans CD (the spanish band whose 2 LP's appeared as one CD on Grimsey).
US San Fran based leftfield electronic duo sample & manipulate instruments played by Dave Pajo, members of Acetone, Run On, Cul De Sac, etc. The A-side has 3 songs, and the B-side has the 21 minute title song, which goes through enough changes to easily qualify its length.
Hood play a slow spacy song with vocals, Saddar Bazaar play a great middle Eastern sounding instrumental with slide guitar and citar, Electroscope play a song with female vocals, clarinet, and melodica (the instrument you play by small keyboard while blowing air through a tube to the mouth, that Gang Of Four made famous on their song "It's Her Factory" in 1977) with no drums, and Transparent Thing continue with no drums, playing a guitar and key instumental with a Windy and Carl type female vocal sparsely appearing, eventually climaxing with a male vocal harmony in a subdued climax to the song. This single is very rare. It is supposedly the last release of Wurlitzer Jukebox, and a collaboration with the Earworm label. It has a hand painted sleeve.
This one sided orange vinyl single is the second in a mail order only subscription series of singles Earworm put out. The third in the infrequent series is a Dean Wareham - Cagnee & Lacee split single. The Electroscope song on this single has vocals throughout and continues their famous sound. Mount Vernon Arts Lab have an instrumental filled with echo and sounds backed by a Spacemen 3 style treated guitar feedback echo pulse.
Mount Vernon Arts Lab (MVAL) have a short instrumental ("Window") which sounds a bit like Spiritualized and a UFO taking off sound effect, with an old time record playing low in the mix somewhere in the background. Clockwork build on a guitar strum that provides a Neu-ish beat which slowly builds into a soft drum and a change in progression in the instumental "exp.#2". On the second side Omit have a long instrumental which changes enough to be three songs. Omit is from New Zealand, and had a great collaboration with fellow New Zealander Dust on a 7inch which came out on Fisheye Records in 9/95. Omit's song ("Cold Evolution") has what sounds like someone chopping wood while someone is winding a toy or sanding something all with a low level single tone underneath.
International Strike Force (who used to be called "Golden Starlet" and have many releases out on Slampt Records) play "I'm A Tiger", Taking Pictures (who currently have a single "Fallen Angel" in the WZBC playlist) do "An Understanding", Airport Girl (who had the great "From Delta To Delaware" single playlisted a few months ago) have the song "Airport Girl", and Kooky Monster perform "Ordinary Love Song", a female vocal mod rocker with male harmony vocals, that sounds like the Outlet's song "She Told Me" from their split single with Boy's Life (both are Boston bands from the early 80's).