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Splatter colour vinyl. The Coterie was an ephemeral folk group from Dimnagh, a southern suburb of Dublin, with hippy and psych touches from the late 60s. They were signed by Emerald at around the age of 18. This label, which released folk music among other genres, had a distribution relationship with Decca until shortly before the latter was taken over by Polygram. Emerald released a single and the group's debut and only LP, "A Swing to Folk", a captivating record with simple instrumentation, beautiful vocals and harmonies that transport us to pastoral surroundings full of calm, peace and love. The record has 11 tracks, most of them cover versions (including songs by the Beatles, Phil Ochs and Judy Collins/Leonard Cohen) and a couple of traditional folk arrangements. All the songs are performed in a simple, candid style that makes listening to them an almost mystical experience, supported by gentle guitars and keyboards in the background. Lack of promotion and slow sales of the record meant that The Coterie did not accomplish everything they deserved, and the group disbanded and fell into oblivion until now! "A Swing to Folk" returns to life, to envelop us with the warmth, gentle simplicity and beguiling melodies of its tracks. Reissued now for the first time, over 52 years after its original release.
At the time, surf music (or surf culture in general) was on its first steps: surf boards, flirting with the girls, dancing in the ballrooms, the love of cars, cruising the boulevards... Instrumental music fusing early rock & roll with Middle Eastern, Mexican and Hawaiian rootsy touches was the order of the day. Playing melodic fast scales and dealing closely with the use of reverb, it was a truly innovative sound. Artists such as Dick Dale, The Ventures and Duane Eddy hit the venues and airwaves.
In this context, in the first months of 1960, the two school kids Eddie Bertrand and Paul Johnson were giving birth to their trademark dual guitar sound and propelling each other’s instruments in rhythm and dialogue. Creating a unique sound to make their strings “reverberate”, the duo composed their first songs.
The band signed with a label called Arvee, which put out the superb single ‘Mr Moto’ in 1961, an instrumental surf rock song with a flamenco-inspired intro backed by ‘Little Brown Jug’, a jazzy-rock & roller-swing marked by reverbing guitars on the flip side. Their sound didn’t have – at least during their first phase – a bass player. For one reason or another, the bass-less structure worked very well in their favour, giving a special character to all the guitar nuances. They also considered using vocals, but it never happened properly.
Their short and successful career (not exactly in terms of ground-breaking sales but in opening all doors for other surf sound groups and packing up venues up to their roof) was destined to produce only one more official single, however with a different line up. Their second 45, ‘Volcanic Action’ / ‘Runaway’ (included here), was not even officially released – apart from a number of promotional copies. Then, the band had some line-up changes, including – for the first time – a bass player named Steve Lotto, and new members like the drummer Dickie Dodd and the guitarist Art Fisher.
The LP includes four tracks from a recording session at Gold Star studios in Hollywood which took place while The Belairs were without a record label. Songs like the propulsive ‘Chiflado’ (featuring the services of bass player Steve Lotto and lovely sax flourishes by Chaz Stuart), the very danceable rock & roll ‘Duck Waddle’, the swinging jazzy ‘The Shimmy’ and the hypnotic ‘Squad Car’ (with fantastic “siren” counterpoints made by Chaz blowing his saxophone mouthpiece) prove the quality of the band’s repertoire.
Then, late in ‘63, the instrumental fever gave its way to the explosion of the vocal surf music and the glories and success of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Trashmen, The Rivieras, The Challengers (who featured Paul Johnson plus Richard Delvy and Art Fisher, two other Belairs) and even more popsters such as Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Fabian mixing the surf aura in a more pop and commercial approach.
Curiously, Johnson was invited to be part of The Beach Boys, but he declined the offer. He stayed firm with his convictions and unique sound surf waves. In a short reflection he concludes: “It is very gratifying to be remembered for my tunes and performances, etc. I am also very happy to see that the genre carries on with so many excellent new bands, and that the music is continuing to evolve”.
1 Mr Moto
2 Little Brown Jug
7 Duck Waddle
8 Squad Car
9 The Shimmy
11 Rockin’ Pants
13 Volcanic Action
14 Davy Crockett Meets Mickey Mouse
New volume of Mattin's "Songbook" series, one of the most interesting works in the current experimental, improv and noise field. Layers of avant-garde tradition culminate into a set of songs that go beyond themselves. In times of increasing desperation here emerges a strange record: a disintegrated manifesto exploring the truth of disagreement.
"Songbook #7" digs into some of the most important issues today: dissolution and disappointment of the social fabric, the rise of fascism, lack of coherence in a collective vision for the future and the shortcomings of democracy in a capitalist system. These times feel like being stuck in a gif, and here the response is to look for different understandings of time and history. If you want some musical references you can imagine one of those collaborations between Red Crayola and Art and Language if it was produced by Roberta Settels.
RSD 2014 exclusive.
First vinyl reissue of the recordings of Teenage Filmstars, one of the early bands of maverick pop artisan Ed Ball, also a member of 'O' Level, Television Personalities and The Times.
Munster Records presents, in a co-release with Discos Alehop!, the three official singles of the British band Teenage Film Stars reissued on vinyl for the first time: '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' (Clockwork Records), 'The Odd Man Out' (Wessex Records/Blueprint Records) and 'I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape' (Fab Listening Records). After self-releasing two records with his band 'O' Level, in 1979 Ed Ball continued the path of 60s-influenced new wave pop already present in that band's 'The Malcolm EP' (1978), now under the name Teenage Filmstars. In this new adventure he was accompanied by his school friends Dan Treacy and Joe Foster (both members of Television Personalities). With their help Ball released a first single inSeptember 1979 featuring two songs: the A side is taken by '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' (a tremendous chorus-song ) and the B side contained 'Sometimes Good Guys Don't Follow Trends' (a comment on youth culture). The song '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' received support by John Peel and reached certain fame in the UK and the United States, where it was interpreted as an homage to John Lennon.
This compilation also includes two tracks never released on vinyl until now which were recorded in April 1979, in the style of 'O' Level: 'He's A Professional' (antimilitary punk-pop) and the folk-punk anthem 'The John Peel March', dedicated to the legendary BBC radio host and great supporter of new bands. This retrospective is completed with a recording session dated in November 1980 which produced three tracks ('Storybook Beginnings', 'Dressing Up For The Cameras' and 'The Sun Never Sets') which further explore the power pop-mod sound that Ed Ball would develop in his next band The Times.
It had been close to a year since they had gotten together to play music. The Nightmares set up in Danny's garage and pressed record. Danny had a couple of ideas for songs. After those were played through, a few more songs came forth. When the music was over and they listened to play-back, they realized they had recorded a core of songs to constitute a new album. Never knowing which end of the compass they might bend in any particular night of playing, Danny and the Nightmares recorded everything. Over the years they recorded on micro-cassettes, reel to reel, boom boxes, and a four track recorder. This time they had recorded on a digital machine. Over those years they had kept it close. They played and recorded at the Haunted House, or in Danny's garage. With snickers and grins, they knew they had a strong enough set of songs to elaborate on what they had recorded. They toted the machine to a string quartet. As they stood outside, they smiled while listening to the strings layering the songs.
Danny and the Nightmares then returned to a couple of unfinished songs that weren't sitting still in the balance when they had submitted what was to become "Freak Brain". With the capacities of the new machine, they also decided to rework a couple of songs that had already been released, and struck in the excitement, recorded a couple more new numbers. In more spells of revelry came another album, the "Death of Satan".
It has been five years since the album was completed. Daniel has mentioned it in interviews while promoting his solo career, stoking the curiosity of some his fans. The distracters claim that Danny and the Nightmares are not good for Daniel's image. Conversely, some fans have claimed that what he does with Danny and the Nightmares is like an 'alter ego' to his other work. It is tough to argue with his lyrics, "My friends really are the best in me." That is pretty much what it is, three friends that Rock 'N' Rolled when they could. If the album is good enough for them, well, they are obliged to share it. Danny and the Nightmares is "dead". The Death of Satan is their third and final full length album
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