CTMF (The Chatham Forts) was the first group name Billy came up with for a group whilst he was Head of Research for The Medway Military Research Group - investigating the Medway Fortifications (as well as being an Apprentice Stonemason at Chatham Dockyard, Kent, 1976). It wasn't until 2013 that Billy got around to utilising the name. CTMF features his wife Julie on bass/vocals and Wolf Howard on drums (both playing with Billy in previous incarnations over the years). Described by Billy as 'the epitome of modern: the sound of yesterday, tomorrow!', CTMF have released ten albums and over thirty singles/EPs.
This four-track 7" EP includes four song versions recorded for broadcast on Marc Riley's show on BBC6 Music on the evening of 31st August 2022. Opening up with a take on Richard Hell's 'Love Comes In Spurts', (endorsed by Richard himself), followed by 'Failure Not Success', a track that showcases Billy at his poetic best. Both are alternative takes from February 2023's LP release 'Failure Not Success'. The tracks that follow are 'Petrol In A Cup', and 'Love Can Lose'.
"This will be much like the way we do things, and hopefully it'll be in accord with your expectation, but not necessarily" (Billy Childish - July '19).
1. Love Comes In Spurts (alt)
2. Failure Not Success (alt)
1. Petrol In Cup
2. Love Can Lose
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: The always prolific Childish returns for another storming LP of fuzzed-out punk and jilted rock and/or roll. Screaming guitars segue into jangling rhythmic sections, brilliantly epitomising the melodic duality of this hugely influential character.
1 – Where The Wild Purple Iris Grows
2 – Mystery Song
3 – Ballad Of Hollis Brown
4 – She Was Wearing Tangerine
5 – Pluma Dorada
6 – Come Into My Life
7 – Train Kept A Rollin'
8 – You Can't Capture Time (Slight Return)
9 – You Say That You Love Me
10 – Tunnel Of Love
11 – Mouldy Fig
12 – The Same Tree
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