Paul Weller - part of Forestry Commission’s Forest Live 2014
Paul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country.
It’s been thirty years since Paul Weller first exploded onto the music scene, suited and booted, and armed with statement tunes in The Jam. Blending the best of British with his love of Motown, Weller crafted a new landscape in the UK music scene thanks to an impressive portfolio of work including amongst others, Stanley Road, Illumination, 22 Dreams and 2013’s Sonik Kicks all hitting Number One. A significant figure in popular music for the past three generations, he remains a cultural icon.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife.
Following on from two sold out Forest Live dates last summer, Paul said of the 2014 shows, “It’s a favourite summer jaunt for me so I look forward to performing in a few of the forests that I haven’t played in a good while.”
Paul Weller plus special guests will be performing:
Saturday 14 June: Sherwood Pines Forest, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Notts.
In 1978 Spizzoil released two lo-fi EP singles 6,000 Crazy and Cold City on Rough Trade Records following a John Peel Session in August 1978. In the great tradition of punk / post punk pseudonyms, the duet was known simply as Pete Petrol & Spizz. The Cold City EP included the wonderfully playful Platform 3, my favourite song of all-time to include vocals, guitar and kazoo.
In 1979 the two went their separate ways and Spizz (Kenneth Spiers) formed Spizzenergi, a full group that provided a better outlet for his songwriting skills. The first Spizzenergi single was the brilliant Soldier, Soldier with a great cover version of Roxy Music’s Virginia Plain on the b-side. The single received the coveted NME Single Of The Week. They toured with the likes of Siouxsie & the Banshees and with the release of their second single, Where’s Captain Kirk? (which also received Single of The Week in Melody Maker), looked poised to become the latest new wave band to crossover from cult indie status to find riches and fame with commercial success.
Where’s Captain Kirk is a perfect indie pop song and was released in December 1979. A great infectious tune, witty well written lyrics and a catchy title that hasn’t dated at all. But probably due to the lack of marketing and promotions afforded by Rough Trade, the single didn’t provide Spizz with his big break. Instead it became a new wave cult classic, was the first ever #1 in January 1980 in the newly formed UK Indie Singles Charts; and was apparently described by John Peel as “… the best Star Trek associated song.”
Spizz kept to his word that he would change the name of the band every year, and in doing so Spizzenergi changed their name to Athletico Spizz 80. They released just one single, No Room / Spock’s Missing in June 1980, before signing a major deal with A&M and releasing Hot Deserts just one month later. Again, the expectation for commercial success loomed big for Spizz. But their debut album, Do A Runner peaked at #27 in the UK Album Charts and with it the window of commercial stardom appeared to close. The following year, still signed to A&M, the name was changed to Spizzles; and by 1982 Spizz had appeared to run out of energy and good ideas as he returned to Rough Trade in the guise of Spizzenergi 2.
Good ideas aren’t always good marketing ideas. Everyone appears to err towards Spizzenergi when talking about the wonderfully gifted Kenneth. It’s by far the best name, in my opinion, and the two singles and 1979 Peel Session probably captured the very best of Spizz. He is once again performing live as Spizzenergi and there are rumours of a new album studio album in 2014.
Cherry Red Records compilation Where’s Captain Kirk? – the Very Best of Spizz is a great compilation mostly made up of the best tracks from those early singles including Spizzenergi b-sides, Virginia Plain & Amnesia. But unfortunately doesn’t include Platform 3 or any other songs except for the title tracks of the two Spizzoil singles. This compilation includes 20 tracks, all but four come from the period 1979 – 1982.
Where’s Captain Kirk? – the Very Best of Spizz
1. WHERE’S CAPTAIN KIRK?
2. NO ROOM
3. SOLDIER SOLDIER
4. SPOCK’S MISSING
6. MEGA CITY 3
7. JUNGLE FEVER
8. CENTRAL PARK
9. RED & BLACK
10. THE MODEL
11. THE SUN NEVER SETS…
12. HOT DESERTS
13. RHYTHM INSIDE
15. VIRGINIA PLAIN
16. 6000 CRAZY
17. COLD CITY
19. ON MY OWN
20. WHERE’S CAPTAIN KIRK? (ENHANCED LIVE FOOTAGE)
Where’s Captain Kirk? was also released as a fan club only Christmas single in 1992 by R.E.M.
Michael Nyman published an influential book in 1974 on experimental music called Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. John Cage and other avant garde and experimental composers had a significant influence on Michael Nyman who is best known as a composer in his own right. He released his self-titled debut album in 1981. But is best known for his beautiful film scores.
David J is best known as the bass player for goth rock group, Bauhaus. He then went on to form Love & Rockets with ex-Bauhaus members (and younger brother) Kevin Haskins & guitarist Daniel Ash. Between the two groups, he released his solo debut album, Etiquette of Violence in 1983 and has not been available since the original CD issue in 1990.
The album includes the single Joe Orton’s Wedding
Cherry Red have released an expanded edition of the album that includes a newly mastered version of the album from original tapes plus a bonus disc of home demos from 1979 and rare b-sides with new sleeve notes by Andrew Brooksbank, rare photos and memorabilia.
David J – Etiquette of Violence: Expanded Edition
DISC ONE: 1. I HEAR ONLY SILENCE NOW 2. NO ONES SENDING ROSES 3. THE FUGITIVE 4. BETRAYAL 5. JOE ORTON’S WEDDING 6. THE PROMISED LAND 7. WITH THE INDIANS PERMANENT 8. SAY UNCLE 9. DISEASE 10. ROULETTE 11.SAINT JACKIE
DISC TWO: 1. DIAMONDS FROM ROME TO MILAN – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED OUTTAKE FROM ETIQUETTE SESSIONS 2. SAINT JACKIE – ALTERNATE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SINGLE MIX 3. A SEDUCER, A DOCTOR, A CARD YOU CANNOT TRUST – ALTERNATE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIX OF SINGLE B SIDE 4. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FEAR – FULL LENGTH UNEDITED VERSION PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (EDIT FROM JOE ORTONS WEDDING SINGLE B SIDE) 5. ALTERNATIVE 2 – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 6. LIMBO LAND – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 7. THE FACE OF DON REPO – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 8. THE LOOK – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 9. THE YES MAN WHO SAID ‘NO’ – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 10. NOTHING – 1981 SITUATION TWO SINGLE 11. ARMOUR – 1981 SITUATION TWO SINGLE 12. DESTINY – 1979 HOME DEMO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED13. WITH THE INDIANS PERMANENT (1983 DEMO) 14. REQUIEM FOR JOE (SINGLE B SIDE) 15. POINT OF DEPARTURE (SINGLE B SIDE) 16. OLD GANGSTERS NEVER DIE (SINGLE A SIDE) 17. MARCH OF THE SINISTER DUCKS (SINGLE AA SIDE) (NEVER BEFORE ON CD)
The Inspiral Carpets are pleased to announce that they have signed to Cherry Red Records, with a new album and a reissue both planned for 2014.
Ever since the return of original singer Stephen Holt in 2011, The Inspiral Carpets have been keeping busy with tours in the UK and abroad, as well as releasing two great new singles – ‘You’re So Good For Me’ in 2012 on their own Cow label and ‘Fix Your Smile’ in 2013 on Tim Burgess’s O Genesis imprint.
This year, the band will finally unveil their first studio album in twenty years, which will boast both singles plus ten new compositions.
“Since 2011, we’ve steadied the ship and we’re sailing on,” explains guitarist Graham Lambert. “It’s been a breath of fresh air creating new songs with Stephen – his input has given us a fresh impetus. There was no sane logic why we didn’t do it a decade ago. Getting home from rehearsals and playing back a new song in the middle of the night is such a thrill. A new album seemed impossible a couple of years ago: now it’s a reality!”
The band’s new album – which will be entitled simply Inspiral Carpets – is tentatively scheduled for September 2014. Most of the tracks have already been recorded at Airtight Studios in Chorlton, south Manchester, but the band will be finishing it off in the coming weeks.
As a precursor to this, Cherry Red will be reissuing the Inspirals’ legendary demo tape, Dung 4, for the first time on vinyl and CD. The vinyl version will be a limited edition available for Record Store Day on 19 April. It will contain all eleven original tracks, remastered from the original master tapes, with a bonus 7” EP of the band’s earlier four-track Cow demo from May 1987. All tracks will also appear on the CD edition.
Although the session was recorded in December 1987, what became known as Dung 4 wasn’t issued until May 1989, and only on cassette, the same month as the band’s third single ‘Joe’, in a bid to combat the bootleggers and as a thank you to their fans. The cassette included the original demo version of ‘Joe’, featuring Stephen Holt on vocals, which had previously graced the compilation LP Manchester,North of England.
Stephen remembers that seminal early period:
“After years of playing local gigs and recording several demo tapes, which gradually improved each time, we seemed to be on the rise in Manchester and our name also seemed to be spreading around the country. We recorded Dung 4 when we had built a strong batch of tunes and had perfected our own sound, different to anything else in Manchester at the time. It felt like we were recording our debut album and something special.”
Clint Boon: “We recorded and mixed the Dung 4 session at my little studio in the Guide Mill on South Street, Ashton Under Lyne. It cost nothing to make. We all had jobs at the time. This is what we did after work. We were a garage band. I knew this recording session was a very important moment for the band. To me, Dung 4 is our debut album. Listening to the original master tapes for the first time in 27 years was the most goosebump-inducing moment I’ve had in my time with the Inspirals.”
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