Friday, June 20, 2008


This was a double 7" compilation released on Duophonic in 1993 in a limited edition of 1200.  Also on the comp were Stereolab, Colm & Darlin.  This release is really rare and I wouldn't want to battle Stereolab fans on an auction site for it.  These tracks are bedroom quality experiments in poetry, noise, and song.  The answering machine sample mentions the Hickey Underworld, something I remember Nation Of Ulyssess referencing in their radical surreal manifestos.  I got these from a fan years ago who made a rare Huggy Bear CDR.  I don't have the tracks from the other bands.

1 - Trafalger Square
2 - Godziller
3 - More Music From Bells
4 - Snow White/Rose Red


This is a one-sided 33rpm 7" self released in 1993.  It was given away at a show on Valentine's Day 1993.  The version of February 14 is different from the one on the split with Bikini Kill.  The version of  Into The Mission was taken from the We Bitched demo tape. These are very lo-fi but still a rare and interesting treat.

1 - February 14
2 - Into The Mission


The debut 7" from Huggy Bear released by Wiija in 1992. This was mainly sold at shows and the Rough Trade store.   This material wasn't re-released on the 10" of early singles or anything else.

1 - Katholic Kunt
2 - High Street Jupitor Super*Cone
3 - Snail Messenger Lost

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Recorded live in Assembly Room, Derby, 12.07.83.

Here is a slightly edited version of accounts from

Tickets for this concert were free, John Peel announced the ticket giveaway on his show.  It was a very wild gig, the crowd was very energetic and constantly shouting requests.  It all ended in chaos.   After shushing the audience, Pretty Girls Make Graves was introduced with "A little quirk... a little quirk friends... pretty girls make!" In What Difference Does It Make?, he changed a line to "I think i can rely on me."
At some point during Miserable Lie, Morrissey was hit in the eye by a flower, dropped his microphone to the floor and left the stage.  The band finished the song mostly as an instrumental.   Morrissey came back on stage on time for the ending of "I need advice, I need advice", adding at the end "and so do you!" for the rowdy audience.  Johnny Marr said in the 1985 programme for the Meat Is Murder tour, that this concert was his 'greatest embarrassment'.
Just before This Night Has Opened My Eyes which came next, Morrissey shushed the audience again and shouted "No! This!" In the song Morrissey changed a few lines, like "this night has opened my eyes and I will never see again", "The dream has gone, the crying is real" and "And I'm never happy and I'm never sad." After These Things Take Time, Morrissey just shouted "Goodbye! Stay handsome... goodbye..." and the band left.
They were soon welcomed back by a big collective cheer.  They launched into You've Got Everything Now but it wasn't long before the stage became crowded with fans.  Band members disappeared from view and Morrissey could barely sing his lines.  The stage got filled with as many fans as was physically possible.  It was one of the Smiths' first major stage invasions (including a small child!).   This concert was recorded for The Old Grey Whistle Test and first broadcast the following Friday and Saturday.  Some later rebroadcasts were shortened to seven songs, leaving out amongst others, the near-instrumental Miserable Lie.

1 - Handsome Devil
2 - Still Ill
3 - This Charming Man
4 - Pretty Girls Make Graves
5 - Reel Around The Fountain
6 - What Difference Does It Make?
7 - Miserable Lie
8 - This Night Has Opened My Eyes
9 - Hand In Glove
10 - These Things Take Time
11 - You've Got Everything Now


I'm not sure when or where this show was from.   I'm guessing it is sometime after Desertshore (1970) and before The End (1974). Possibly 1972?   If anybody knows the source of these recordings please let me know.
A little bit of trivia I came across: According to the wikipedia, on December 13, 1974, Nico was the support act at Tangerine Dream's infamous concert at Reims Cathedral in north-east France.  The promoter had so greatly oversold the capacity of the venue that attendees could not move or reach the outside, eventually resulting in some fans urinating inside the cathedral hall.  As a result, the Roman Catholic Church denounced these actions, ordered the rededication of the cathedral and banned future gigs on church property.

1 - Femme Fatale
2 - No One Is There
3 - Frozen Warnings
4 - Janitor Of Lunacy
5 - I’ll Be Your Mirror

Monday, June 16, 2008

SKINNY PUPPY - Cleveland, Ohio, 1992

Skinny Puppy - Cleveland, Ohio, 5.29.1992

This is a fairly decent recording from the Last Rights tour.   Left Handshake is the infamous track that was deleted from Last Rights due to copyright issues.  I believe there is a Timothy Leary sample in there.   I think this was the last tour to feature Dwayne Goettel.  They had to cancel a European part of the tour because of an injury Ogre had. He probably slipped on a pool of fake blood. 

Disc One:
1 - Intro
2 - Addiction
3 - Love In Vein
4 - The Choke
5 - Harsh Stone White
6 - Improv
7 - Tin Omen
8 - Worlock
9 - Knowhere?
10 - Anger

Disc Two:
1- Improv
2- VX Gas Attack
3- Second Tooth
4- Killing Game
5- Circustance
6- Left Handshake
7- Testure

Sunday, June 1, 2008

NICO - Live 1983

I'm not sure when or where this was except that it was 1983 and in Europe. The interview in the beginning is hilarious. The questions and answers are very disjointed. She plays three of her songs, three Velvet Underground tunes, and a Bowie cover.

All Tomorrow's Parties
I'm Waiting For My Man
Femme Fatale

Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express (german version)

This is the german version of Trans Europa Express. Released May 1977. I haven't listened to these albums back to back (english vs. german) but I feel like these are entirely different sessions. The synthesizers all sound slightly different and louder. Rumor has it there is also a french version of the song Showroom Dummies entitled Le Mannequins.

Europa Endlos(Europe Endless)
Spiegelsaal(The Hall of Mirrors)
Schaufensterpuppen(Showroom Dummies)
Trans Europa Express
Metall auf Metall(Metal on Metal)
Franz Schubert
Endlos Endlos(Endless Endless)