Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Now this is very exciting, as I've just got the fantastic reissue of Suede's debut album - 2 CDs and a DVD packed full of goodies to remind you how essential the band were. It's been remastered and no doubt some people will say that it sounds far better than the previous versions, but I'll leave that judgement to others. I liked the sound of it first time round...

Anyway, it still stands as one of THE great debut albums; a flawed classic, which now comes packed with plenty of goodies - all the associated b-sides, which at times surpass many of the tracks that made it onto the album. To The Birds, My Insatiable One, The Big Time etc. are some of the strongest songs they ever did. You also get some serviceable demos and unreleased songs to pad out the two CDs.

Best of all (for me at least) is contained on the DVD - amongst other things is a newly discovered film of the incredible Leadmill concert from February 1993. If I was one to list my top fives then this would be in my top five gigs of all time. Rescheduled from the postponed date in late 1992, the gig took place a few days after Animal Nitrate was released and caught the band just as everything started going a bit crazy and top 10 - I remember queuing up from mid afternoon outside the Leadmill in the freezing snow to make sure we got in and the whole gig just blew me away. The band are wired, the crowd are wired and Brett Anderson had to perform most of the gig topless after his shirt (blouse?) was torn to shreds some fans (not me!)

Anyway, buy it, listen to it and watch it!

One a similar note, I've also got hold of the Dog Man Star reissue, which follows the same format and approach, and contains the stunning full length (7+ minutes) version of The Wild Ones - worth the entry fee alone.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Hungover on Chorlton FM

So, Chorlton FM ends for another year and it's been a lot of fun to be involved with it. DJing at the launch party was a good, if stressful, experience (why does the equipment never work as you want it to?) and being the "producer" for a couple of That Morning Thing shows with Jonathan Darwin was another good experience - (Producer: (n) a person who does the occasional bit of tech op-ing, makes brews for guests and chats to the DJ during songs to give him something else to talk about when he's on air).

Anyway, the highlight was, naturally, the two shows that I presented...

Hungover with Accident and Emergency (10am; 22 May 2011)
Asked to put together a set of my own music (the station is all about promoting local "talent" after all), I elected to play a selection of tracks by the A+E men - Brooksoid, Radiator Boy (that's me) and Spott.

Radiator Boy - Cumin In Your Ears (early version)
Brooksoid - Don’t Be Afraid (Organ Tune)
Spott - Ode to Gin
Radiator Boy - Someday
Brooksoid - Comfortable Holes
Radiator Boy - The Drop (Parts i, ii and iv)
Spott - Niblits
Brooksoid - BestFriend
Radiator Boy - Direct Cut
Spott - LV
Radiator Boy - Heavens Above
Brooksoid - Oranje-Boom
Spott - 1888
Spott - Tilted
Radiator Boy - Pearl
Brooksoid - We Are Observing Your Earth

"Cumin In Your Ears" was an experiment with Ableton software - improvised and recorded in about 5 minutes shortly before I did the show, hence the rough and ready feel to the track. I may come back to it at some point...

Hungover with Tim Wright (10am; 29 May 2011)
Allowed back for another session, this was focussed more on music by other people, but including three of my favourites from the A+E show. Also includes my ramblings and an ident courtesy of my daughter.

David Bowie - Fantastic Voyage
Meanderthals - Kunst or Ars
Bibio - Lover's Carvings
Radiator Boy - Pearl
Bill Drummond - Julian Cope is Dead
Julian Cope - Robert Mitchum
Can - I'm So Green
Spott - Ode to Gin
Lambchop - This Corrosion
Balanescu Quartet - The Model
Brooksoid - We Are Observing Your Earth
Fujiya and Miyagi - Collarbone
Caribou - Melody Day (Four Tet Remix)
The Flaming Lips - Phoebe Battles The Pink Robots
Steve Mason - Am I Just a Man
The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside
Brian Eno - On Some Faraway Beach