Speakers Push Air

Billy B Childish
February 23, 2010, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Mixes

The lengthy Wild Billy Childish post below sent me into a prolonged bout of listening, and that in turn led to the inevitable “best of Billy” mix. I’m not going to dwell on the different outfits (Childish changes the name of a band when a member leaves, “out of respect”, but usually works with people again, leading to a kind of “if it’s Tuesday, that must be Wolf drumming” mindset), and I’m no expert on the earlier stuff with the Pop Rivets, Milkshakes, Caesars, so this concentrates mostly on his Headcoats (garage punk), Buff Medways (antiquarian Kinks punk) and Musicians Of The British Empire (snarling 7os punk) releases, alongside the two sister groups – the Headcoatees and the Buffets – and some solo releases and poetry.

Moan about the sound quality and miss the point.

Unknowable But Certain – A Tribute To Wild Billy Childish (110mb)

  1. Thee Headcoats – Troubled Times
  2. The Buff Medways – Medway Wheelers
  3. The Chatham Singers – I’m A Queen Bee
  4. Thee Headcoats – My Dear Watson
  5. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire – Joe Strummer’s Grave
  6. Wild Billy Childish & The Black Hands – Mister Hitler (live)
  7. The Buff Medways – Dawn Said
  8. Thee Headcoats – Earl Of Suave
  9. Billy Childish – The Bitter Cup
  10. Thee Headcoats – Art Or Arse?
  11. Thee Headcoatees – Billy B Childish
  12. Billy Childish & The Singing Loins – Brimful Of Hate
  13. Thee Headcoats – I’ve Been Fucking Your Daughters & Pissing On Your Lawns
  14. The Buff Medways – Saucy Jack
  15. The Buffets – Saucy Jack
  16. Thee Headcoats – Hog’s Jaw
  17. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire -Thatcher’s Children
  18. Thee Headcoats – We Hate The Fuckin’ NME
  19. Billy Childish – A Contented Life
  20. Thee Headcoats – Cowboys Are Square
  21. Thee Headcoats – Pokerhuntus Was Her Name
  22. Thee Headcoatees – Davey Crockett
  23. Thee Headcoats – Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot
  24. Billy Childish – I Am The Strange Hero Of Hunger

Let’s pause only to reflect that surely only Wild Billy Childish could take Robert Johnson’s dread “Hellhound On My Tail” and turn it into a Holmesian intrigue, as on My Dear Watson.

Unknowable But Certain
February 21, 2010, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Billy Childish At The ICA 17th February – 18 April 2010

Man On A Snowy Street (2009)

i am the strange hero of hunger

my girlfreind lives
on the otherside of the world
crime and punishment
by fydor dostoyevski

– do you recognise the main charicter?
i ask her excitedly
– dosnt he remind you of me?

– ive only just begun
she ansewers
whats his name?

– rodya
but all the charicters
have about 3 diffrent names
i always get confussed
cant tell who is who
becouse im dislexic and dont make sounds for the names but rodya is for short
his sister is called dunya
isnt dunya a butiful name?
if little huddie had been born a girl
we would of named her

when i talk of the buti
of girls names
or the strange bravery
of artists
or see
the lite change
over sea
and sky
every second impossable showers of
turning to terrible hues of purple
hart rate quickens
i am amongst

i am
the hero of all my favorite novels
i live in them
and they
live in me
i am arturo bandini
on angels flight
swearing at a butiful dark haired girl
in tattered shoes
i am rodya
guilty of a terrible and senceless murder
on the streets of st petersburg
i am the strange hero of hunger
starving to spite myself in chrsitiana am johan nagel
tormentor of the midget
and suiside
i am ishmail
knocker off of tall hats

i am every novelist
every charicter ever dreamed
i am everyone of my favorite artists
i feel myself not one jot less
but equell to all of them

naturally i have no heros
i am my heros
i am my brothers
and sisters
i feel myself joined by the soul
with all buti
my hart sings with every brave endevor
with the strange wings of impossable butterflys
with every rock that breaths life into the world

i stand shoulder to shoulder with
all denoucers of meaness
i honour spirit and faith
and i uphold the glorious amiture
i am in love with desperate men
with desperate hands
walking in 2nd hand shoes
serching for god
hearing god
and hating god
i am a desperate man buckled with fear
i am a desperate man who demands to be listend to
who demands to connect
i am a desperate man who denouces the dullness of
and status
i am a desperate man will not bow down to acolayed or
i am a desperate man who loves the simplisity of
and hates gallarys and white walls and the dealers in
who loves unreasonableness
and hot headedness
who loves contradiction
hates publishing houses
also i am vincent van gough
and every living breathing artist
who dares to draw god
on this planet

Wild Billy Childish

Steam tug John H Amos off Rochester (2008)

British Art Resistance Poster

British Art Resistance

Rose (2009)

The L-13 Light Industrial Workshop and Private Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club for Art, Leisure and the Disruptive Betterment of Culture

So, a really excellent exhibition which managed to almost sum up a very elusive character. Some very impressive, Van Gogh-influenced large canvases. Some excellent British Art Resistance polemic and a brave attempt to capture, through music, video and album sleeve, his absurdly sprawling musical career (although that’s a bit like trying to catch lightning in a bottle). The supporting catalogue (and an excellent book on sale called Billy Childish: A Short Study) manage to reveal rather than obscure, which makes a change for art catalogues, and go some way to examing Childish’s religious leanings.

Best enjoyed on a cold Sunday and followed up by a large latte into which you’ve snuck a tot of Sailor Jerry.

and there’s no sea deeper than the piss of the bottle
and none speaks the truth like a drunk
whiskey runs through me like a sorrowful river
I’m down on my knees and I’m sunk

Billy Childish – Is It Art Or Is It Arse? (Demo)

Are You Drinking With Me, Jesus?
February 17, 2010, 2:17 pm
Filed under: Mixes

Brothers and Sisters

It’s been a long, hard year now since Brother Randy Hickey fell from grace – grace in this instance being a ladder – and there were times when his suffering knew no limit. Was the Lord testing our brother? Or was he just a clumsy twat?

But a miracle has happened, friends. Last night, almost exactly a year from his fall, Brother Randy walked without assistance – no crutch, no stick – other than the assistance that the Lord surely gave him.

This can’t go unacknowledged and so Brother Randy has put together a righteous collection of good Christian country music for all y’all.


Brother Randy Hickey – Are You Drinking With Me, Jesus? (109mb)

1. Hank Williams – Dust On The Bible
2. Roy Acuff – I Saw The Light
3. Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers – Shine On Me
4. Bobby Bare – Dropkick Me Jesus
5. The York Country Boys – I’m Using My Bible For A Roadmap
6. Porter Wagoner – What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House?)
7. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – Family Bible
8. Gillian Welch – By The Mark
9. The Carter Family – No Telephone In Heaven
10. George Jones – The Old Rugged Cross
11. Gillian Welch & Allison Krauss – I’ll Fly Away
12. The Louvin Brothers – A Higher Power
13. Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
14. Hank Thompson – This Train
15. Gram Parsons – The Christian Life
16. George Jones & Tammy Wynette – God’s Gonna Getcha For That
17. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – God & Man
18. Redd Harper – Christian Cowboy
19. Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon – Are You Drinking With Me, Jesus?
20. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – Born Again, Again

R.I.P. Iain Burgess
February 16, 2010, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Straight outta Weymouth and one of the greatest producers ever.

I Forgot The Punchline..
February 11, 2010, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

How much? THREE QUID.

In. Your. Face.

REALLY Strange Records: Have I Won?
February 11, 2010, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Some people go to TK Maxx and come home with a pair of new edition Vans trainers, a Dickies shirt and a Rolex for 50p. All I ever find is brown’n’cream coloured y-fronts and a tshirt with Super Sport Panda Boy printed on the front in a vaguely Oriental font.

Likewise junk shops, charity shops and secondhand record shops. Sure, I find lots of stuff I want, but I rarely hit real paydirt, either in terms of bargains OR obscurities. But things have changed, dear reader. Weird records are now my bitch.

I give you Coriolanus: The Explosive Personality, no.4 in the Shakespeare & Psychiatry series.

Housed in a lurid pink box, this fucking GEM is a recording of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus by The Shakespeare Society, interspersing a panel discussion featuring Sir Anthony Quayle, no less, alongside a senior psychiatrist from Illinois and a Director of English Studies from Philadelphia regarding the mental problems which plagued Coriolanus, concluding that he was in fact “an explosive personality subject to uncontrollable fits of rage and with unremitting self-destructive tendencies”.

And why do we need to know this? Well, because Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (you know, the acid people) want doctors to appreciate that Coriolanus would have had no such mental anguish if only he’d been prescribed Serentil (“a major new tranquilizer that reduces the anxiety and tension often associated with the psychoneurotic manifestations of many personality disorders”).

Inside – in perfect condition, despite being easily 35 years old (there’s no date anywhere on the packaging but I’m guessing early 70s by a few date clues) – is a letter (signed, in ink) from Sandoz’s head of medicine to an unnamed GP introducing this new tranquilizer with, on the reverse, the full technical spec for the medication and its prescription details.

This, my friends, is a BEAUTY. One day, I might actually listen to it. Right now, I’m happy to sit, stare and giggle.

(apologies for the poor image quality, my scanner is old and small. I’ll get some better shots when I can. But click on the images and you’ll get a bigger version)

February 11, 2010, 1:20 am
Filed under: Gigs!


Cabaret Bobbie Belleve
February 10, 2010, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Gigs!

it’s a bloody privilege to be involved in this:

a simply stunning line-up for this Cabaret Bobbie Belleve, a benefit for a little girl called Roberta who has childhood leukemia.

Appearing on the night:

Music from your DJS:
Natty Bo (Top Cats)
Penny Metal (mad Baltic sounds)
Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club (all the best rockabilly, soul, country and jazz)

A full cabaret bill including contortionism, belly dancing, clowning, magic, comedy and more, including performers from Cirque Du Soleil

Carnival Sideshows – including PIE THROWING – and walkabout performance.

All this for just SIX QUID!! ALL for the cause.

The night is at The Grosvenor on the Brixton / Stockwell borders (17 Sidney St, to be precise) and runs from 8pm till 2am.

It’s going to be a fantastic night for a very important cause, so please do come and please do pass this on to everyone you know.

click the flyer for a full size version, facebook page here