Graham Day and his compadres Wolf Howard and Allan Crockford have been part of the fabric of British garage rock for decades now. Yet, unless you’re a fan of the Medway sound via Billy Childish, you probably haven’t heard of them. You’ve been missing out, but fear not! This reissue with three extra tracks is an ideal starting point.

 

From The Prisoners to The Senior Service, Day has quietly been carving a career in quality tunes, be they of a garage, mod or psychedelic flavour. You can rely on him to come up with the goods. Put simply, he’s as good as Weller thinks he is.

 

From the opening title track, it doesn’t disappoint. ‘Mary’ has the immediacy of Steve Marriott fronting The Who, especially with the fluid bass line. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind’ brings out the wah-wah and flailing drums, while ‘I Am The Fisherman’ has a melody and harmonies worthy of The Flamin’ Groovies.

 

‘Sitar Spangled Banner’ is one of Day’s favoured instrumentals, complete with Hammond. Of the extras, ‘Love Me Lies’ sees Graham flex his fingers, some far out solos, as does Hendrix cover ‘Freedom’, an equally groovy hip-shaker, and ’30-60-90’ is another instrumental which The Fuzztones and The Morlocks should be fighting over.

 

Most tracks are live, with vocals recorded in one take, and all the better for it. If you love your garage rock, this is the perfect introduction to Graham Day’s back catalogue. While gigs are rare, on 26th May, The Forefathers play Margate Mod and 60s Festival.

Buy ‘Good Things’ Here

 

Author: Martin Chamarette

 

 

 

This one is a beauty! Celebrating 41 years of Billy Childish, a double CD or triple gatefold LP.

It’s out on May 24th and is available for pre-order now. Click on the pic to reserve a copy on the format of your choice. 

The Billy Childish Story 1977-2018

Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot – 2CD/3LP – (Release date 24/5/19)

41 Years of Childish!   Career-spanning compilation!

Triple Gatefold Vinyl!  Double gatefold CD

Sleevenotes by Stewart Lee!

How did Billy come to be? Holed away in the distant inter tidal marshland of mid-Seventies Kent, breaking rocks in the hot sun as a teenage dockland stonemason, undiagnosed dyslexia and general insubordination denying him the educational path he might have taken, Childish took the punk gospel Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols preached in 1976 as revealed scriptural truth.

Forty-two years later Childish is the last man standing, the most enduring, uncorrupted and prolific of the class of ‘77. And some heroic fool has now tried to sum him up in a mere forty-eight songs, from the thousand or so he has recorded.

This compilation provides tiny tasters of each of Childish’s phases, and some snippets of short-lived side-projects too. Administered correctly, it will make an addict of you. You have been warned. Here’s a field guide to the many faces of Billy Childish.

TRACKLISTING
A1
1 Whatcha Gonna Do About It (Live) The Pop Rivets
2 Kray Twins (Demo) The Pop Rivets
3 Love Can Lose The Milkshakes
4 I’m Out of Control The Milkshakes
5 You Make Me Die Thee Mighty Caesars
6 The Double Axe Thee Mighty Caesars
7 Come Into My Life Thee Mighty Caesars
8 Cowboys are Square Thee Mighty Caesars
9 I feel Like Giving In The Delmonas
10 Brimful Of Hate Jack Ketch And The Crowmen
A2
1 Davey Crocket Thee Headcoatees
2 Girl From ’62 Thee Headcoats
3 All My Feelings Denied Thee Headcoats
4 Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot Thee Headcoats
5 An Image of You Thee Headcoats
6 Evil Thing Thee Headcoatees
7 Wild Man Thee Headcoatees
8 Hurt Me Thee Headcoatees
9 I’m Hurtin’ Thee Headcoats
B1
1 Step Out Billy Childish and Holly Golightly
2 Upside Mine Billy Childish and Holly Golightly
3 I Don’t Like The Man I Am Billy Childish And The Singing Loins
4 Muscle Horse Billy Childish and Sexton Ming
5 This Wondrous Day Kyra
6 Rum and Coca Cola Wild Billy Childish And The Blackhands
7 Mr Hitler Wild Billy Childish And The Blackhands
B2
1 Archive from 1959 The Buff Medways
2 Troubled Mind The Buff Medways
3 Unable to See the Good The Buff Medways
4 Strood Lights The Buff Medways
5 The Man with The Gallows Eyes The Chatham Singers
6 The Angel of Death The Chatham Singers
7 Medway Wheelers The Buff Medways
8 You Piss Me Off The Buffets
C1
1 Joe Strummer’s Grave The Musicians of the British Empire
2 Snack Crack The Musicians of the British Empire
3 Christmas 1979 The Musicians of the British Empire
4 Polygraph Test The Guy Hamper Trio
5 We Spartan Dreggs (Be Fine) The Spartan Dreggs
6 Headlong Fly the Achaeans The Spartan Dreggs
7 A Shropshire Lad The Spartan Dreggs
C2
1 A Song For Kylie Minogue CTMF
2 In A Parallel World CTMF
3 Something’s Missing Inside CTMF
4 All Our Forts Are With You CTMF
5 Cadillac The Dear Watsons
6 It’s so Hard to be Happy The Shall I Say Quois
7 CTMF CTMF

Definitely Nicht Tot!

 

Damaged Goods are also very excited to announce the release date of the new JOHNNY MOPED album…

It’s called ‘LURRIGATE YOUR MIND’ and it’s on LP/CD/Digital and it’s out on the 24th May 2019

Time flies! It’s three years since the band’s last album, It’s A Real Cool Baby, but the band have been busy in the meantime. Following the amicable departure of founding member Dave Berk, they welcomed Marty Love as their new drummer.

Since then the band have had successful tours of the UK, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. They’ve had prestigious slots at Blackpool’s famous Rebellion Festival, recorded two radio sessions for Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music Show, and played a storming set at Damaged Goods 30th Anniversary show at London’s Koko last September. Plus they played with longtime friends, The Damned on their 2018 tour and finished the year with a headline Christmas show at The Lexington.

A biography of the band is currently being written. More details to follow on that nearer to publication date. There’s even talk of gigs in the US and Japan in the not too distant future. Fingers crossed eh!

So what can we tell you about the new LP? Well, it has 14 tracks including recently sold out single ‘Catatonic’. There’s a guest appearance from Captain Sensible, a longtime friend and Ex-moped of course and the now found Xerxes. It was recorded at Panther Studios, Reigate and produced by longtime associate Dick Crippen.

LURRIGATE YOUR MIND – VINYL OPTIONS…THE BIG LURRIGATED BUNDLE – £40 (VERY LIMITED!)

This includes the following

LURRIGATE YOUR MIND – SPLIT RED/BLUE VINYL LP (ONLY AVAILABLE WITH THIS BUNDLE)

HI TOMCATS SCARF

SLIPMAT

SET OF 4 BUTTON BADGES

ENAMEL BADGE

BEERMAT

All for £40 (plus shipping)

IT will also be available on CD and Red or Blue vinyl clocking in at a very reasonable £13.99 for the vinyl and £9.99 for the CD  – Get ordering Here!