Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The crowd in Lund was great, at least the people standing up front (who were the only ones I could see). Some people recognised the songs and were really enthusiastic. I think you could say Lund is where we most fans, even though most of us live in Malmo now. Here's what it must have looked like (not a very good picture either as you can't see our drummer Svante or Martin who sings a bit and plays lead guitar...):
Our setlist was, I think: The Boy I Wish I Never Met, Book Cover, One-Night Wonder, Pebbles, A Little Late to Be Polite, My Bunny's Back, Then I Felt Your Cheek and Dream Lover (a Bobby Darin cover). An encore was requested but we didn't have any more songs rehearsed. In fact I missed the rehearsal because of snow holding up the trains from Gothenburg on Thursday. The weather was actually quite bad, and it felt weird coming from Glasgow where it's virtually spring! But it was nice to be there all the same. I was playing records too, so there were lots of friends there I felt I didn't have time to talk to... Me and Lisa played these records, more or less:
Bulldozer Crash – Sarah Said
Camera Obscura – I Don't Do Crowds
The Choo Choo Train – Wishing On a Star
Hunky Dory – We're Through
The Dovers – She's Not Just Anybody
The Wake – Of the Matter
Biff, Bang, Pow! – If I Die
Cats On Fire – Higher Grounds
The Revolving Paint Dream – (Burn This House) Down to the Ground
Au Revoir Simone – The Disco Song
Majestic – Bub
The Primitives – You Are the Way
Slipslide – The World Can Wait
McCarthy – Now's the Time For an Iron Hand
Brighter – Next Summer
The Carousel – Handmedown Green
The Primitives – Laughing Up My Sleeve
East Village – Strawberry Window
Love Parade – Life
Pipas – Book Launch
Denim – Bubblehead
Saint Etienne – Mario's Café
Aberdeen – Emma's House
The Field Mice – You're Kidding Aren't You?
St. Christopher – Even the Sky Seems Blue
The Flatmates – Trust Me
The Smiths – Jeane
Cats On Fire – Draw In the Reins
Bob Relf – Blowing My Mind to Pieces
The Primitves – Spacehead
The Hoods – You Keep On Lyin'
Manhattan Love Suicides – Indian Summer
The Rainyard – Town I Won't Recall
The Wolfhounds – Feeling So Strange Again
Reserve – The Sun Slid Down Behind the Tower
Eux Autres – The Other Girls
Primal Scream – Crystal Crescent (Peel Session)
The Darling Buds – Pretty Girl
The Wild Swans – Crowning Glory
The Sea Urchins – Summershine
Felt – Don't Die On My Doorstep
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken
They Go Boom!! – Body
The Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle With Me
Liechtenstein – Stalking Skills
Cats On Fire – I Am the White-Mantled King
Kicker – Since You Left
Saturday Looks Good to Me – Hiding
Belle & Sebastian – Your Secrets
The Flatmates – Shimmer
Math & Physics Club – April Showers
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
St. Christopher – Say Yes to Everything
Butcher Boy – Girls Make Me Sick
Another Sunny Day – Can't You Tell It's True?
Diane Lewis – Keep a Hold On Me
Saint Etienne – He's On the Phone
BMX Bandits – I Wanna Fall In Love
The Popguns – Still a World Away
1000 Violins – Start Digging My Grave Sugar
Bubblegum Lemonade – Tyler
The Suede Crocodiles – Stop the Rain
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
14 Iced Bears – Balloon Song
Friends – You'll Never See That Summertime Again
The Angels – My Boyfriend's Back
Girls At Our Best! – Pleasure
Sid Barnes – You'll Always Be In Style
The Field Mice – If You Need Someone
The Poets – There Are Some
Fat Tulips – Clumsy
Tullycraft – Twee
Strawberry Switchblade – Let Her Go
The Parcels – I Could Be a Dinosaur
Saturday Looks Good to Me – Lift Me Up
The Lucksmiths – Adolescent Song of Mindless Devotion
Tiger Trap – My Broken Heart
The Man From Delmonte – Sun Serious
This Poison! – Question Mark
The Chesterf!elds – Twintown
The Brilliant Corners – Arlington Villas (session)
The Field Mice – The End of the Affair
Lots of unwholesome requests as usual (Arctic Monkeys, Libertines etc) but it was heart-warming to hear Oscar asking for Remember Fun. Too bad I didn't bring "Apple of My Eye". And one guy actually came up say we were great!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Here's another song I thought of in conjunction with the él programme, and something to hurry the spring along. Before, Three Berry Icecream was just a band that had shared a split-7" with The Fairways to me. But now I've actually heard them! They're from Japan where the legacy of él records has always been more important than in Europe. (It might have something to do with Momus moving there in the 80's...) It was a big influence for the emergence of j-pop and the creation of artists like Kahimi Karie. The band is essentially Mayumi Ikemizu, who was formerly in Bridge. This song is from a cdep called Apricot from 2000. There's also a song called "A Sunny Spring Day" on it, but this one has vocals too!
Three Berry Icecream - A Towering Cloud In the Summer
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Arcadians – Write Your Letter
The Postmarks – Know Which Way the Wind Blows
Aztec Camera – The Bugle Sounds Again
Wall of Orchids – Come Back to Me
The Action – Wasn't It You?
The Majestics – (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me
Majestic – Say Dee La
Eggstone – Dreamer
Marden Hill – Oh Constance
Would-Be-Goods – Whitsun Bride
The Monochrome Set – Cast a Long Shadow
Always – Dreams of Leaving
Rosemary's Children – Southern Fields
Bad Dream Fancy Dress – The Supremes
Anthony Adverse – Imperial Violets
The French Impressionists - Castles In the Air
Blue Roofs of Isaphan
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Feb 23th A Smile and a Ribbon + Days @ Indigo, Lund.
Doors open at 10 pm as usual. Student card required, entry is usually around 70 SEK, or less for members.
Feb 25th A Smile and a Ribbon + G.O.O.F. @ Cafe Glassfabriken, Malmo.
Open all day, but be there around 4 pm to get a seat. No entry!
I have to say I'm not absolutely certain about Goof supporting us, but he's agreed to do it earlier. I just hope Glassfabriken asked him! See you soon.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Amanda Humphrey - Power of Love
Friday, February 16, 2007
Why change the name from POPGUN to The Suede Crocodiles?
-"Because we've got a single coming out and The Suede Crocodiles is cool!"
The fact was that Popgun fitted Popgun and The Suede Crocodiles fitted The Suede Crocodiles - do you get my drift? Let me explain...
When I first came across Popgun they were playing the legendary Glasgow club called "The Venue" in 1982. It was packed, the band were cookin' and one fan jumped on stage after a storming version of "Happiness Sound" screaming "If four ugly guys frae Liverpool called The Battles or something can make it, then these guys can". That was it, the band consisting of Kevin McDermott (vocals/guitar), Roddy Johnson (vocals/guitar), Ross Drummond (bass/vocals) and David McCormick (drums), were on their way.
There was a buzz about music in Glasgow at that time, Postcard Records had opened some doors for Scottish bands like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera, and Nostrings was about to launch some new groups onto the scene. Popgun were pure pop, but The Suede Crocodiles were pop with an edge. The 'Crocs' core featured the songwriting talents of Kevin McDermott and Roddy Johnson, batting riffs and harmonies back and forth across the stage. The reaction to The Suede Crocodiles was instant and their Nostrings Recods release "Stop the Rain/Pleasant Dreamer" followed the label's first release del Amitri's "Sense Sickness/The Difference Is" onto radio playlists across the UK,
In 1983 one of the band's biggest admirers, ex-Haircut 100 frontman, Nick Heyward invited them to support him on his UK tour. The band gathered new fans wherever they went and after the second sellout gig at the London Dominion Theatre the audience erupted when The Crocs encored with "Stop the Rain", this version is featured on this album. The band were now being mobbed by fans and they loved it!
The following year David McCormick was replaced by Alan Cruickshank on drums and the band went into the studio to record "Paint Yourself a Rainbow", "Walking In the Light", "Perhaps Maybe (The Indecisive Song)", and the epic "Great Expectations". A second single "Paint Yourself a Rainbow" was planned but never released as the band split up due to internal tensions. The result was two bands, both called The Suede Crocodiles which continued for a few months, confusing or what! Roddy Johnson and Russ Drummond eventually formed 'The Fourth Room' named after that place one arrives at during a drug fuelled trip. Unfortunately for them they never got out of that Fourth Room and disappeared,
Kevin McDermott went solo and explored the world as an acoustic troubadour, releasing the much sought after "Suffocation Blues" LP, also for Nostrings. Then he formed the Kevin McDermott Orchestra releasing five albums to date, the latest "For Those In Peril From the Sea" available on TULA RECORDS in Scotland. A reworking of The Suede Crocodiles' "Walking In the Light" turned up on the 1991 album Glasgow.
Nick Low (Nostrings Records)
That's it. You can expect more from this record as soon as I've converted into digital format! Actually, as it turns out, Accident (who released the comp) is not a Japanese label. It's just that the Japanese are the only ones who cared about it! The guy I bought it from on eBay is the person who ran the label, so it's based in England. And also, he hasn't given up yet! He's planning some new releases, including a cd reissue of the Trixie's Big Red Motorbike comp. Can't read about it anywhere as of yet, but a MySpace page has been promised.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The Parcels - Lobster Kids
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
The Fire Engines – Hungry Beat
The Big Gun – Heard About Love
The Crabapples – London Belongs to Me (Pt. 2)
Black Tambourine – We Can't Be Friends
Bella Vista – Run and Hide
G.O.O.F. – Just Friends
The Haywains – Surfin' In My Sleep
The Groove Farm – Surfin’ Into Your Heart
The Hoodwinks – Josephine
Robby Lawson – Burning Sensation
Mickey & the Milkshakes – Please Don't Tell My Baby
Fun Patrol – No Concern of Mine
The Bedtime Stories – Cinderella's Boots
Second-Hand Furniture – This Town Is Killing Me
Go Sailor – Blue Sky
The Darling Buds – Burst
The Rosehips – Shouldn't Have to Say
Snowbirds – Day After Day
The Church Grims – Seen It All
The Faintest Ideas – Mountain of Tics
The Scars – Adult/ery
The Syndicats – Crawdaddy Simone
Make a Racket
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
- So there's a new band on Matinée huh?
On the film front I recently saw Une femme est une femme by Godard (1961), and I enjoyed it immensely. It's really funny you know. Thanks to the Film & TV Department I also got to see one of Michelangelo Antonioni's older Italian films. This one was called La Notte (also from 1961) was a sort of post neo-realist work starring Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni. That's not her in the picture though, but it is a still from that film. Like Look Back In Anger and Une femme est une femme it's about the problems of a heterosexual couple and the near breakdown of their relationship. Not very cheerful, that is. Quite similar to Blow-Up in it's virtual lack of plot, so if you liked that one I can recommend La Notte too.
Monday, February 05, 2007
The Waltones – Special 20
The Corn Dollies – Forever Steven
East Village – Back Between Places
The Sinners – Barbed Wire Heart
The Enormous Room – I Don’t Need You
Johnny Johnson – What Went Wrong This Time?
The Popguns – All About Him (demo)
The Go-Betweens – A Bad Debt Follows You
Hurrah! – Who’d Have Thought
The Rain – These Feelings Will Pass
The Vipers – Cheated and Lied
Dee Irwin – I Only Get This Feeling
The Long Ryders – And She Rides
The Summer Suns – All Away
The Raw Herbs – Hopelessly
The Honeydrips – I Wouldn’t Know What to Do
Sister Rain – Burt Reynolds
Oh, and the extra one at the end (that IS included in the file) is "Kymri" by The Apple Moths.
All About Strength
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Close Lobsters - In Spite of These Times