Tuesday, July 27, 2010

INDIETRACKS---I want to live in an Indietracks world

The Indietracks weekend started for us on Thursday. We surged past Nottingham, briefly stopping at a few charity shops on Mansfield Road as a filip for our dismay at Anarchy Records being closed, before chugging on to Sheffield. There we partook of refreshment at our friend Jeanette's house. She has just completed a book on acid/psych folk and looked rather exhausted. Itching to finger dusty old records I excused myself and rushed off to Record Collector before it shut. Friday saw us depart Sheffield, a few records heavier as Jeanette had kindly given me some of her unwanted singles, Bunnygrunt, Rondelles, Comet Gain etc. We turned up at the Premier Inn to be terrorized by a giant cutout of Lenny Henry and an armada of Spanish indiepop types.

We arrived on site as the sun kindly threw a few chipped rays of light over the festival. Veronica Falls kicked off the weekend quite quietly due to a few sound problems but soon delivered several punchy tunes. Allo Darlin' bestrode the stage like a gentle behometh, Silver Dollars sounding like the song of the festival already. Headliners Everybody Was In The French Resistance....Now had front man Eddie Argos laughing at his own wonderfulness but had me wondering why he wasn't propping up the bill. Funny men in pop are as rare as coppers with a sense of humour, that lot from the Wirral can do it and so can M J Hibbet, Mr.Argos has as heavy a touch as one of his catalogues.

Post bands we hauled our weary bodies to Offbeat in the shed. Scuppered by poor sound we still shuffled our inept feet to a few indie classics. For a change of scene we wandered over to Come Out 2Nite in the marquee. Ever danced on nuggets of coal before? Maybe we were tenderizing them for the hungry steam trains. Dancing on stony ground to Johnny Boy's You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes seemed entirely appropriate especially the line "And you get what you deserve." Entirely inappropriate was Madonna's Into The Groove. It's an indie disco, no need to pander to the ignorant majority who don't know their Field Mice from their Field Trip.

Saturday started off awash with sunshine and then July mimicked October. Somehow we missed The Hillfields and most of Red Shoe Diaries but could they have bettered The Felt Tips? These Scottish lads were surely going to be the champions of the festival with their achingly arch songs about sex and Morrissey. But then along came The Cavalcade with their songs of rain-rinsed days in forsaken towns, of souls tortured by a captivity they've created for themselves to seek some twisted comfort. Outside clouds came to listen. But that was sunday, saturday still had several delights in the shape of the untamed energy of Betty & The Werewolves and The Give It Ups, boldly ramshackle and unformed. The Just Joans had yet another swipe at Morrissey, what is this fascination Scottish bands have with the old queen? Missed the Smittens, no doubt all glee and twee, but did mostly enjoy the leisurely pop of The Orchids; sometimes their sound is a little too sedate, like a supper club band for nonagenarians. Ballboy we heard from the car as we tried to remind ourselves what it was like to be warm. Even from afar they sounded good. Hurried back for Tender Trap but apart from Oh Katrina and the new single they failed to make me sway or swoon. Forgive me Amelia, it can't be you, it must be me. Rounded the day off with a dose of The Primitives, Tracy Tracy looking like an unsoiled Brix Smith. Not entirely engaged until I heard a succession of hits and Nothing Left. A quick shimmy to some shiny tunes spun by the very capable Astrogirl and then back to the menacing cardboard Lenny Henry.

The Indietracks train was inexorably approaching the terminus and parts of my brain were already anticipating the anti-climax of monday morning. No shabby sunshine, all blue skies, but the day would darken, mirroring the growing gloom in me as I knew this fabulous weekend was soon to end. We wandered among the buses and the trains, locating bits of my lost childhood, shreds of it coagulating into a confused whole, before heading back for the quiz. This meant missing the splendid M J Hibbett, perhaps a mistake as our quiz performance would have brought the wrath of Ann Robinson down upon us, "White Town had the highest chart position of any Indietracks band, not The Primitives, who can't tell the difference between his no.1's and his no.2's?" Cloaked in the rags of defeat we cheered ourselves up with the spectacular beauty of The Cavalcade who spun webs of shimmering melody in the church. Most of our remaining hours were spent getting ever chillier under the wasp tree watching The Loves and their buxom dancers, the criminally under-attended Cannanes, the splendid Standard Fare, the shrill Shrag who seemed incapable of introducing songs without foul imprecations, the two children sitting near us loved them. Missed Slow Club, by all accounts a mistake, but did turn up with the Swansea collective to see The Pooh Sticks, a band I've sort of overlooked for years, but with their homemade placards displaying song titles and their recruitment of Amelia they passed the time. It was when they played On Tape that they suddenly won me over. Shame it was their last song. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart closed the festival and they sounded better live than on record. The new material was as uplifting and vital as the older stuff. They kicked off with This Love Is Fucking Right and I knew my love for them was right too. I felt an errant tear stroll down my cheek as I knew these ecstatic days in Derbyshire were coming to an end. We delayed the inevitable comedown dancing to Joy Division and Talking Heads but we knew when the dull spectre of Bruce Springsteen haunted the decks that the real world, that icy world of a celebrity-saturated media, the Simon Cowell corporate leviathan and R & B sludge silting up the charts, was soon to impinge on our little village-like idyll.

Goodbye Indietracks-till next year.


1 M J Hibbett And The Validators : Do The Indie Kid
2 Walking Floors : No Next Time
3 Tender Trap : Do You Want A Boyfriend?
4 Tunnelrunners : Plastic Land
5 Math And Physics Club : Jimmy Had A Polaroid
6 Really 3rds : Everyday Everyway
7 Liechtenstein : This Must Be Heaven
8 Tunnelrunners : Forever Crying At Love
9 Bubblegum Lemonade : Caroline's Radio
10 Felt Tips : Lifeskills
11 Dubious Brothers : South America Welcomes The Nazis
12 Plastics : Robot
13 Plastics : Copy
14 Single Factor : Fresh On Her Lips
15 Faraway Stars : Jealous
16 Ethnobabes : Television Song
17 Bluetrain : Land Of Gold
18 Escorts : Bingo
19 Rogers Sisters : Les Fantaisies Sont Bien
20 Velocette : Get Yourself Together

Green numbers indicate new entries.

EYE ON EBAY-----Remouldy old dough

According to 45 Revs the Robert And The Remoulds single has a catchy powerpopper on one side and a strange electronic effort in the mould of Tubeway Army on the other. Caught between two styles in an attempt to snag the zeitgeist it appears. Sold for £90.88.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010


1 Math And Physics Club : Jimmy Had A Polaroid
2 Tender Trap : Do You Want A Boyfriend?
3 M J Hibbett & The Validators : Do The Indie Kid
4 Walking Floors : No Next Time
5 Plastics : Copy
6 Dubious Brothers : South America Welcomes The Nazis
7 Really 3rds : Everyday Everyway
8 Plastics : Robot
9 Tunnelrunners : Plastic Land
10 Ethnobabes : Television Song
11 Single Factor : Fresh On Her Lips
12 Tunnelrunners : Forever Crying At Love Songs
13 Bubblegum Lemonade : Caroline's Radio
14 Rogers Sisters : Les Fantaisies Sont Bien
15 Bluetrain : Land Of Gold
16 Velocette : Get Yourself Together
17 Liechtenstein : This Must Be Heaven
18 Orange : Judy Over The Rainbow
19 Felt Tips : Lifeskills
20 Escorts : Bingo

Green numbers indicate new entries.

EYE ON EBAY-----Shizzzzzzzz

Shit or any other expletive you wish to employ. Here we have the first release on the Tuzmadoner label, the wonderfully oblique Shish ep featuring Royston and The Different Eyes. I managed to persuade the girlfriend that this was an essential purchase at a record fair last year; that it would make a fine christmas present and at £100 would also be a bargain. She stumped up the cash, I purchased the record and then watched it leap from its sleeve and roll hurriedly across the floor. It was a mirthless moment until I retrieved it and found it unscathed. Don't think she was convinced it was a bargain but now look at this, Hypstr66 sells it for £163.


EYE ON EBAY------Most expensive postcard

I can remember when the Zoot Alors single used to tickle the heels of a hundred pound bill, these days it barely hurdles over a fifty pound note, this copy sold by Tinker-belle 16 grew tired at £56.19.


EYE ON EBAY----Most expensive cinema

My information on the Odeons is zero. It's on Ellie Jay though which ensures it a reasonably high level of interest. Couple that with the fact that Modboy is selling it and any hopes of a bargain soon evaporate. Has sold for £51 in the past, this time it sells for £83.


EYE ON EBAY----Wake up computer

The computer fell asleep when I tried to bid on the Sleepers single. Immortalized on Teenage Treats with Angel In A Raincoat, one of the tracks on this four track ep, seller Modboy hauled in a grand total of £122.99. This has often sold for half that so perhaps I should be grateful for my lazy computer in those final crucial seconds.


Friday, July 16, 2010


1 Math And Physics Club : Jimmy Had A Polaroid
2 Tender Trap : Do You Want A Boyfriend?
3 Plastics : Robot
4 Plastics : Copy
5 Walking Floors : No Next Time
6 Ethnobabes : Television Song
7 Dubious Brothers : South America Welcomes The Nazis
8 Bluetrain : Land Of Gold
9 M J Hibbett And The Validators : Do The Indie Kid
10 Roger Sisters : Les Fantaisies Sont Bien
11 Orange : Judy Over The Rainbow
12 Fascinators : Monochrome Moan
13 Velocette : Get Yourself Together
14 Jumprope : Sarah Wishes
15 Fascinators : Blue Movies
16 Blue Smarties : Sloop Buffy D
17 Single Factor : Fresh Upon Her Lips
18 Really 3rds : Everyday Everyway
19 Escorts : Bingo
20 Deep Freeze Mice : Neuron Music

Green numbers indicate new entries.

EYE ON EBAY----Fuck,fuck,fuck,fuck,fuck,fuck..........

Fucking Frazers single comes up on ebay as a Buy It Now and it's gone at 04.36 this morning which probably means someone in Japan has it for the bargain price of £11.99.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Turntable Revolution Record Collection 29

EYE ON EBAY-----Oooooh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh

Seller claims to have rescued this Obtainers single from Crawley tip. (I remember buying my copy in a long defunct record shop in Putney on the strength of a favourable review in the NME). Quite what he or she was doing scrambling around in such an environment one can only wonder though perhaps this will encourage legions of record collectors to get down and dirty in their local waste. I'd advise against it as there are enough wee-smelling sorts ambling around record fairs, my stamina for stinky obsessives can only extend so far; what is it with some collectors, are they afraid of soap? Anyway despite last month's Record Collector featuring this single with a price tag of £1000 the Crawley-tip crawler secures under half that, £454.


EYE ON EBAY-----Never had a haircut in his favourite shirt

Mr.Boogaloo sells some interesting private pressings. Despite spending two hours coating my fingers in stubborn dust whilst rooting through his unloved boxes of indie/powerpop singles this single by Nick Haward, Grey Day/Watching Through My Window, evaded capture. Obviously he has a secret chamber where he keeps his more interesting stuff. Nick appears to have originated from the Southwold area of Suffolk; I suspect there's a junk shop in the vicinity that's overflowing with gently crushed copies of Nick's single. Sold for £42.89, possibly because bidders confused Mr Haward with his near namesake Nick Heyward.



1 Plastics : Robot
2 Bluetrain : Land Of Gold
3 Orange : Judy Over The Rainbow
4 Blue Smarties : Sloop Buffy D
5 Velocette : Get Yourself Together
6 Fascinators : Monochrome Moan
7 Ethnobabes : Television Song
8 Fascinators : Blue Movies
9 Jumprope : Sarah Wishes
10 Tender Trap : Do You Want A Boyfriend?
11 Rogers Sisters : Les Fantaisies Sont Bien
12 Bluetrain : Because Of The Dollars
13 Deep Freeze Mice : Neuron Music
14 Vampire Weekend : Giving Up The Gun
15 Walking Floors : No Next Time
16 Gits : Too Many People
17 Escorts : Bingo
18 Playing For Time : With My Heart
19 Cavalcade : Meet You In The Rain
20 Blood Red Shoes : You Bring Me Down

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Friday, July 9, 2010

EYE ON EBAY-------Homepride man's brief musical career.

Fred, an obscure synth outfit on the Tyger label, cooked up this recipe which I have never tasted. But cold wave/dark wave/minimal synth/either sounds like Depeche Mode or the Human League music is in vogue at the moment. That being said this sold for a modest £48.77.


EYE ON EBAY-----Seminal release

I doubted the existence of this despite it featuring in the estimable 45 Revs. A spoof, and a gloriously tasteless one at that. But I've been assured the Morning Spunk single does it exist; a copy sold on ebay about a year ago. Apparently the funsters behind this were not an offshoot of the Pork Dukes but former members of the Renegades, a British beat/R&B band who, failing to win hearts in the UK, did what so many other ignored British bands did, hawked their wares around Europe, wowing the Scandinavians before pitching up in Italy where they became stars by rousing the natives with some 50's R'n'R revival. If that didn't alarm the San Remo types their cash-in incarnation cover of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll certainly left them incensed and probably inspired a youngish Silvio Berlusconi. The single flopped; somehow the snotty snobby Italians were unimpressed and scurried back to their opera seats. Sold for £41.77. And I won it.