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.

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” I say, I don’t much like the sound of that Holmes”

Comment by Earl

Great mix! Hadn’t listened to Childish for ages and you inspired me to do a mix of my own (mostly older stuff that you didn’t cover) and start a thread on the great man over at Dissensus. the mix is here…


Headcoats on!

Comment by Benny

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