December 2020

Limited Number Of Coloured Vinyl “Greatest Hits” avails now!

When the travel restrictions were lifted recently we were able to access our storage facility in London and managed to retrieve a lot of shirts and…….the few remaining copies of THE GREATEST HITS ON COLOURED VINYL!! These are the original covers ‘Abbey Road’ Session lps!! They will not be autographed on the cover but will include an autographed sticker for you to use as you see fit!!! Once these coloured vinyl are gone they are gone!!! We will not be pressing any more coloured vinyl now.

All these items are now up on the website shop.

ORDER NOW!!!

Happy Xmas & Happy New Year!

Ok gang, just getting ready to shut up shop here for another year. As you all know this year didn’t really pan out the way anyone expected and we sincerely hope you and your loved ones have come through it ok thus far.

From a band point of view we were thankful we could mark our 30 anniversary (in a more scaled down way) with a re-recorded “Greatest Hits” release and of course the recent biography “So Much For The 30 Year Plan”. You supported those releases brilliantly and everyone seemed to enjoy checking them out. The album actually gave us our first UK Top 40 chart position for quite some years and the book far exceeded expectations with the 1st pressing selling out during the pre-orders.

BUY “SO MUCH FOR THE 30 YEAR PLAN”

A big thanks to the teams at Marshall Records and Jawbone Press, who all pushed ahead with the releases despite disruption/extra hassle with production and distribution.

BUY LIMITED COLOURED VINYL HERE (only a few left)

Though we haven’t been able to meet up in person we managed to get a bit of a system going to record some lock-down performances to keep ourselves and (hopefully!) you entertained. This was a new challenge (the main problem was that all our gear/demo set-up was stuck in London in our lock-up which we had no access to for most of the year) and also a lot of fun. Anyway, between what basic gear we had at home plus a few well chosen purchases we we’re able to make some decent sounding and looking videos.

We’ve also being using this process to demo some new material ‘remotely’ and that’s been a good way to keep active and creative.

Also a massive thanks to everyone with all their patience with regard to the re-scheduling of the ’30th Anniversary’ shows…we know there has been uncertainty and disappointment with the shows getting moved and pushed back but i think everyone had the same idea of waiting until it was safe and sensible to play again. And a huge thanks to our manager, our agent, the many promoters and venues who have worked so hard to help re-schedule our tour dates, not once, not twice but three times. It’s been a logistical nightmare but hopefully our touring at the end of 2021 and start of 2022 will go ahead as planned (plus Neil has a lot of birthdays to catch up on!).

So that’s all for now, adiós 2020…bring on 2021 and hopefully a more ‘normal’ feeling year. We couldn’t have got through this tricky year without all your good will, good humour & good grace so thanks to each and everyone of you for your ongoing support. Have a lovely festive time, take care, look out for one another and remember…those mince pies ain’t gonna eat themselves..stay happy!

Andy-Michael-Neil Therapy? 2020

Band Favourites of 2020

Here’s what’s kept us (mostly) sane in 2020…

ANDY CAIRNS

Listening:

  • Luminous Bodies – Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh
  • Deafbrick – Deafbrick
  • KLÄMP- Hate You
  • Arvo Party-Inheritance
  • Special Interest – The Passion of….
  • Mummise Guns – Mummise Guns
  • Clipping – Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  • Hey Colossus- Dances/Curses
  • Robyn G Shiels & Steve Nolan-Sky Drew Near
  • The Shits – Punishment
  • Blóm – Flower Violence
  • Eye Flys – Tub of Lard
  • Casual Nun – Resort For Dead Desires
  • Shifting – It Was Good
  • Lalalar- Ceketini Al Yoluna Bak 
  • Heavy Harvest- Scream
  • James Dean Bradfield – Even In Exile
  • Ricky Warwick – Fighting Heart
  • Charles Webster – The Spell (Burial mix)
  • Fugazi A-Z podcast
  • Final Girls podcast
  • Straight Outta Cobham podcast
  • Diamond Dave Total Rock Radio
  • In Our Time BBC 4 podcast

Reading:

  • Theodore Zeldin – An Intimate History of Humanity (thanks to JDB for the recommendation)
  • Robert Kolker- A Cinema of Loneliness
  • Mark Worrall – When Skies Are Grey
  • Mark Worrall – The Liquidator
  • Tim Rolls – Stamford Bridge is Falling Down
  • Harry Harris – The Boss
  • David Johnstone – Tales of the Chelsea Unexpected 
  • Daniel Spicer – The Turkish Psychedelic Music Explosion 
  • Sight & Sound Magazine
  • Wire Magazine
  • The Quietus website
  • Louder Than War website

Watching:

  • Saint Maud
  • Relic
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Im Thinking of Ending Things
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Queens Gambit
  • The Painted Bird
  • She Dies Tomorrow
  • The Color Out of Space
  • Possessor 
  • Prodigal Son
  • Mudhoney – I’m Now
  • Tad- Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears
  • Chelsea FC 

MICHAEL McKEEGAN

Listening:

  • Entropy-Liminal
  • Special Request-Offworld
  • Napalm Death-Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
  • Rancher-Pummeler
  • Metallica-S&M
  • Geld-Beyond The Floor
  • Hellripper-Affair Of The Poisons
  • Arvo Party-Love Above All/Inheritance
  • Warwound-WWIII
  • Exhalants-Atonement
  • Hum-Inlet
  • Sepultura-Quadra
  • Vampire-Rex
  • James Dean Bradfield-Even In Exile
  • Gulch-Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress
  • Thin Lizzy-Rock Legends
  • UFO-Strangers In The Night (deluxe)
  • Motorhead-Ace Of Spades (40th anniversary edition)
  • Voivod-Lost Machines live
  • Jucifer-Nazm
  • King Creature-Set The World On Fire
  • Paradise Lost-Obsidian
  • Oranssi Pazuzu-Mestarin Kynsi

Reading:

  • Alex North-The Whisper Man
  • Danny Goldberg-Serve The Servants
  • Nick De Semlyen-Wild And Crazy Guys
  • Sam Lloyd-Memory Wood
  • Pete Way-A Fast Ride Out Of here
  • Lucy Foley-Guestlist
  • Rob Halford-Confess
  • Mark Lanegan-Sing Backwards And Weep
  • Hanna Jameson-The Fall
  • Rachel Foley-The Guest List
  • Adrian McKinty-The Chain
  • Paul Tremblay-Survivor Song
  • cursedzine.com

Watching:

  • The Queens Gambit
  • Mank
  • Knives Out
  • Bosch
  • Schitts Creek
  • Testament/Exodus/Death Angel-Dublin March 2020

NEIL COOPER

Listening:

  • Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
  • Wilma Archer – Cheater (feat Sudan Archives)
  • Disq – Collector
  • Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Hotel
  • Park Hye Jin – How Can I
  • AC/DC – Power Up
  • Katy J Pearson – Take Back The Radio
  • Testament – Titans Of Creation
  • Eye Flys – Tub Of Lard
  • Arvo Party – Inheritance
  • Public Image Ltd. – Album
  • Queen Latifah – Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children
  • Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink
  • Gangstarr – Daily Operation
  • Holy Fuck – Deleter
  • Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots
  • Lalalar – ‘The Singles

Reading:

  • Nick De Semlyen – Wild and Crazy Guys
  • Gary Younge – Another Day In The Death Of America
  • Peter Geoghegan – Democracy For Sale
  • Kristin Lawless – Formerly Known As Food
  • Alexandre Dumas – The Count Of Monte Cristo

Watching:

  • Host
  • One Cut Of The Dead
  • The Battery
  • Uncut Gems
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Midnight Cowboy (after reading ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ !!)
  • Blues Brothers
  • Trading Places
  • Sleaford Mods and Billy Nomates (0nline gig)