Happy Friday to you all! A few bits for you this week including a heads up on our first release for 2014, a 22-track compilation from Helen & The Horns. Also some Christmas stuff from Goldblade & Poly Styrene, and Billy Childish. Oh and we also have some ace T-shirts back in stock for Hangman Records, Billy Childish and Talulah Gosh. Christmas gifts for that special someone (or even yourself!) Read on!
Helen & The Horns - Footsteps At My Door - BBC Sessions & More (CD/digi)
HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK’s BAND AFTER THE CHEFS SPLIT UP
RARE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS
After The Chefs split in the early 1980s, Helen McCookerybook (former bass player and vocalist) retired briefly from playing. She was introduced to Lester Square, who had just left The Monochrome Set, and they started working on her new songs, which were Western-inspired. Rehearsals with a full band proved too expensive and Helen resorted to rehearsing on guitar, with the sax and trombone players from the new band. In this form, they supported The Monochrome Set at Kingston University and went down so well that they decided to keep the format. John Peel’s producer phoned to ask what Helen was up to, and their first Peel session ensued. They went on to tour the UK and Holland, recording two more Peel sessions and playing every type of gig from pogoing punks in the Midlands to a graduation ball with waltzing students at London’s Café Royale. They have remained in contact, and the band and Helen are delighted to be able to release their archive of sessions plus an album they recorded on their own label, on Damaged Goods.
Goldblade feat. Poly Styrene - City Of Christmas Ghosts (7"/digi)
A classic DG Christmas release from a few years ago, all the more poignant since Poly passed away. This 7" is available on a choice of red or green vinyl, or digitally via all the usual outlets. The Daily Mirror have given this a great write-up this very morning.
Wild Billy Chyldish & The Musicians Of The British Empire (DBL 7" + DVD)
This is a limted edition set of the two original 7” singles, one Red vinyl, the other Green which came out in Christmas 2007 plus a new DVD featuring a short Christmas film by Billy.
The DVD: Christmas 1979 is a short film made by Billy Chyldish on his sons camera and features his 3 year old daughters toy nativity that she added her toys African wild dogs and foxes too. The song, Christmas 1979, is a true story of a not very Merry Christmas at the punk rock end time. Yet it displays wit and charm which will make it a perfect stocking filler for loved ones and people of an open joyous disposition.
The package comes in a 7” mailer, which is rubber stamped and numbered.
T-shirts from Talulah Gosh, Hangman Records & Billy Childish!
Recently back in stock due to popular demand - Some great Talulah Gosh T-shirts and badge sets for all the indie-kids, with Billy Childish and Hangman Records for the more garage-inclined. Various sizes including kids' on some of the Talulah Gosh ones. Click on any pic for the merch section of our online shop.