Kevin Haskins compilation CD

Being inspired by the current Poptone (Kevin Haskins / Daniel Ash) tour I decided to finish my Kevin Haskins compilation CD I had been trying to put together for years. Track selection has been made out of 10+ hours of various songs, music library tracks and film / TV soundtracks made by Kevin Haskins (mostly with his partner-in-crime Doug DeAngelis under the name Messy). This compilation contains only my personal favourites.

01, The Entrance (01:02)
02, Ascension (03:37)
03, Long Cold Silencevocal version (03:04) (*)
04, In Cruel Mirrorslong version (04:26)
05, Party City (02:19)
06, Exile (03:27) (*)
07, I See Through Itshort version (02:16)
08, I Want That (06:32) (*)
09, Cliff Hanger (02:02)
10, Dub Dealer (02:12)
11, The Sun’s Gonna Shine (02:12) (*)
12, Waiting In Vain (02:08)
13, Make You Believe (04:26) (*)
14, One Hundred Reasons (02:38)
15, The Hunt (02:12)
16, Heavy Manners (02:08)
17, Highervocal version (05:45) (*)
18, Sonar (02:09)
19, A System For Shutting Everything Out (02:49) (*)
20, X Theme (02:07)
21, I’m Slipping Awayvocal version (03:10) (*)
22, Crystal Blue (03:30)
23, The Bridge (02:32)
24, Wishing Well (02:03)
25, Breathevocal version (03:18) (*)
26, Doing Time (02:03)
27, Leaving (02:19)

(*) – includes vocals

All tracks by Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis except
Track 03, 25: Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis / Richard Harris
TracK 05, 14: Kevin Haskins
Track 06: Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis / Jack Wall, vocals by Cindy Wall
Track 08: Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis / Flea
Track 13: Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis / Jessicka
Track 19: Kevin Haskins / Doug DeAngelis / Flea / John Frusciante / Josh Klinghoffer

Roger Rideout – Dangerous Age

Roger Rideout began playing lead guitar and singing in a local Northampton band ‘Jam’ in 1973 (not to be confused by a Woking outfit fronted by Paul Weller some years later during the burgeoning punk rock movement).
His bandmates were school friends Chris Day (rhythm guitar) and siblings David (bass) and Kevin Haskins (drums). With Day shortly to be replaced by another local lad, guitarist David Stretton, ‘Jam’ began playing the local club and pub circuit and built up a sizeable following.

A change in musical climate however, promoted a change in direction for ‘Jam’ which ultimately led to its demise. The Haskins brothers would initially continue to work together as ‘Grab A Shadow’(with Stretton) before joining forces with guitarist Daniel Ash and vocalist Peter Murphy to create Northampton’s most famous export the glam / goth pioneers BAUHAUS.

Roger’s musical journey took a back seat to some degree whilst he created a very successful furniture business, but he continued when he could so much so that he became sound engineer for Northampton band August Bank Holiday. He also had stints in Ignition and Memory Lane until 1983 when he was approached by midlands band and highly acclaimed Beatles Tribute act Accrington Stanley, whom he is still playing with today.

We (Accrington Stanley) are best known as a Beatles tribute act and me being left handed was perfect as a bass player in a Beatles band!

Roger Rideout

The band have appeared on BBC and ITV television as well as radio playing both their own material and Beatles covers, Roger was invited by an American band and assorted session musicians to play bass and keys on a series of Beatles covers in Abbey Road studios, London, in studio two in fact where The Beatles recorded most of their Abbey Road output. In the late ‘80’s Roger set up his own recording studio, initially a very basic affair but this is now a fully equipped hi-tech studio that he uses to write and record, amongst other projects he has recorded and engineered tracks for Hank Marvin for his Songs From Evita set.

Of late Roger, David Stretton and their original bass player David J (Haskins) were re-united (the first time they had played together in 40 years!) briefly when they played a faithful rendition of The Kinks Lola together at The Clissold Arms (birthplace of The Kinks) in London and most recently Roger and David Stretton have collaborated to record covers of their former bandmate’s (David J) I’ll Be Your Chauffeur and Fingers In The Grease both tracks appear on the just released Kanreki a 60th birthday celebratory album for their original composer.

A lifelong Beatles aficionado, (It was Roger who brought This Boy to ’Jam’ resplendently (with David Stretton) recreating Lennon and McCartney’s trademark harmonies) he recently fulfilled his dream by playing in Liverpool’s prestigious Cavern Club.

With Dangerous Age, Roger has produced the ultimate driving record, an obvious tip of the hat to the 1960’s but with a 21 century twist.

Dangerous Age fuses lush harmonies with rock guitars, swathing keys, subtle Hammond motifs and classy lead hooks. This eleven track album contains all original material, as well as self-producing the record, Roger plays every instrument, sings every lead and every harmony. So open up your heart and as he says on Always On My Mind…let him in.

Dangerous Age is available now from rideout-music.com

 

© Andrew J Brooksbank May 2017

Dangerous Age

Dangerous Age

To get your copy please send your inquiries to Andrew Brooksbank.

 

David J – Radio Sessions CD 3

This is a follow-up to my David J radio sessions compilation CDs including several recent sessions to promote his great upcoming double album Vagabond Songs and few leftovers from An Eclipse of Ships era and a real rarity from 1990.

01, Little Star 2:04
02, National Anthem Of Nowhere
4:07
03, Hot Sheet Hotel
3:49
04, The You Of Yesteryear
5:00
05, Hot Sheet Hotel
2:57
06, Almost a Menage a Trois
2:38
07, The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
4:17
08, Almost a Menage a Trois – conclusion
0:52
09, Goth Girls In Southern California
4:47
10, In The Wake Of Lady Blue
2:58
11, The Day That David Bowie Died
5:05
12, The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
w/ Johnette Napolitano 5:37
13, Tower Of Song
w/ Johnette Napolitano 4:45
14, The Day That David Bowie Died
4:59
15, In The Wake Of Lady Blue
2:58
16, Vezuvio’s Window
3:48
17, The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
5:13
18, In The Wake Of Lady Blue
3:05
19, The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
5:06
20, The Day That David Bowie Died
– incomplete 2:22

Total running time : 01:16:51

Track 01-02 : 1990 KCRW Snap
Track 03-04 : 2014-05-01 Sirius Xm
Track 05-08 : 2014-05-24 Afternoon Delight, 90.9 FM KRCL
Track 09-13 : 2017-04-17 The Mint, Hunnypot Radio
Track 14-17 : 2017-04-27 Where the music matters, KEXP-ORG 90-3FM
Track 18-20 : 2017-05-03 Music Middays w/ Doug Jayne, Studio A, KRCB Radio

The Happening – 1984

The Happening zine

September: (1st) David displays self-made collages as his contribution to ‘The Happening’ a multi-media event created by Barry Hale and Mitch Jenkins held once again at The Derngate in Northampton as well as playing a set with The Jazz Butcher Group. Kevin Haskins and Daniel Ash contribute proto-Bubblemen wall paintings. David additionally contributes (along with Alan Moore) three pages to the events associated fanzine. Also included with the pages of the zine is a feature written by The Wigmore Society…aka The Jazz Butcher.
David J Timeline (c) Andrew J Brooksbank

‘The Happening’ art magazine was limited to 100 copies, each copy had been numbered individually and came in a large A4 sized envelope. Contributors to the magazine were Alex Novak, Terence Walpole, Barry Hale, Pat Fish, Tim Perkins, Mitch Jenkins, David J and Alan Moore.

  • Alex Novak had 3 promo pages about his band Religious Overdose and Attrition (including a detailed Attrition discography).
  • Terence Walpole had 2 pages with drawings and a poem called ‘In Time All Must Return To The One’
  • Barry Hale had 3 pages including one with title ‘The Doris Day Story’ and another with stills from ‘Jesus Sutcliffe’ – one of a series of 5 second films from CSAWZA
  • Mitch Jenkins had a pages with a photo entitled ‘Homme Fatale’ and series of photos entitled ‘For The Love of Tea’.
  • David J had 3 pages of ‘Sabotaged Sheets’ cuttings / collages.  Some of his ‘Sabotaged Sheets’ were shown recently at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco as part of Wall of Sound exhibition.
  • Alan Moore contributed with 2 pages of an otherwise unavailable piece called ‘An Excerpt From Alan Moore’s America – An Impossibly Rich Celebrity’s Guide’. This piece describes his way back to Kennedy airport on the last day of his American visit.  There was an article published with same title, ‘An Impossibly Rich Celebrity’s Guide’ in Escape Magazine #6 the same year which had just a few lines about the events described here in detail.
  • Tim Perkins contributed one (or two) page(s) to the zine. He also did music score for a thematic Audio6-Visual6 series, one 2 min. video piece entitled “Facade part 7” that had been screened at the event. Score comprised songs like “Sticky Buns from Hell“, “Perverse Chick”, “Death of a Nation” and “Drug store sex”.
  • The Jazz Butcher (Pat Fish) also contributed a 2 pages piece called ‘Soviet Intelligence And The Secrets Of Invisibility – from the current concerns desk of the Wigmore Organisation’. (Thanks to Andrew J Brooksbank for information)
  • The Happening envelope also contains a copy of Time Devours / Stranded In The City 7″ by Trance

It’s pretty interesting to see how  contributors crossed paths after ‘The Happening’ event, see later Emperors of Ice Cream (Alan Moore and Tim Perkins), The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels (Alan Moore, David J, Tim Perkins), Show Pieces (Alan Moore / Mitch Jenkins), recordings of London/Trampling Tokyo (Alan Moore / Pat Fish), various photo sessions for David J / Love And Rockets / The Jazz Butcher  albums by Mitch Jenkins, production of Love and Rockets video ‘ The Haunted Fish Tank’ by Barry Hale etc.

The Sinister Ducks (1979-1983)

Edited 05/27/2017

1979

„We’d been doing things, working together, when Bauhaus was going. There used to be an event called the Deadly Fun Hippodrome that he was partly behind. It was a little like a mad anarchic surrealist cabaret. There’s another guy called Pickle who was heavily involved in that, who later formed a band called the Mystery Guests. All the eccentric artists in Northampton would crawl out of the woodwork and turn up for this event. It’d be great. A lot of cross-fertilization going on. It was held in an old Edwardian pavilion in the middle of the Northampton race course, the old racetrack. It was an ideal old haunted ballroom.”
David J, LA Weekly interview w/ Jay Babcock

The DFH was held on Saturday lunchtimes at the Racecourse Pavilion in Northampton. There were Super 8 cartoons every week and a couple of bands. I think Bauhaus did the first one and then got too big to play for the zero pounds guaranteed fee i was able to offer. As Alan says, most of my promotions at this time were financial suicide. But then so was Woodstock! The whole series ended suddenly when a water pipe burst during one of the gigs and caused flooding damage in the tens of thousands.
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

1979 summer

Critters article – page 1

„The Sinister Ducks first waddled into the limelight early one Saturday afternoon in the Summer of 1979. Local new wave compoposer, entrepreneur, and Adolf Hitler lookalike Mr. Liquorice had arranged a number of lunchtime cabaret sessions which were held in a crumbling Edwardian pavilion when the sun was at its highest and the audience figures at their lowest. Combining local New Wave or Hardcore bands with vintage Augie Dawgie cartoons, this venture operated under the alluring title of „The Deadly Fun Hippodrome”, and over the single summer of its brief duration it built up a loyal audience of, literally, dozens. One one particular occasion, when the support for the band The Shapes had failed to turn up, Mr. Liquorice asked me if I could possibly form a super-group and be on stage int en minutes time. Being pretty drunk, this seemed to me a viable proposition. If I took four minutes carefully hand-picking the correct musical personnel and two minutes writing a modest twenty-minute set, this would allow almost a full one hundred and twenty seconds for rehersal. I agreed, and ten minutes later the Sinister Ducks took the stage. Other than myself, these included Bauhaus bassist David J., saxophonist Max Akropolis from the ska band ARMY, and singer-guitarist Grant Series of Birmingham’s D-Go-Tees. The audience, muddled by glue fumes though they were, were roused to a slouching ovation by a tight and professional set that included David J. reading extracts from that morning’s paper and a heart-breaking rendition of the incomprehensible ’Debbie’s Gloss’ by Grant Series on a bass guitar and half an amplifier. Reeling from this fabulous reception and concerned lest we should peak too soon we did nothing for the next two years.”
Critter #23, Animals Rock n Roll – Alan Moore, Northampton 1987

After reading the account of the Sinister Ducks outing, I can safely say that whenever they played, it wasn’t with us. Im pretty sure we would have remembered that !
Garet Holder (The Shapes)

I was at the Deadly Fun Hippodrome but don’t remember whether they played or not. I was playing with my band the De-Go-Tees and may well have been backstage at the time. Debbie’s Gloss was one of my songs for the De-GoTees (Grant Series being my alter-ego at the time). I may have a demo of it somewhere, but the main lyric was: ’I’m mad about the motion of Debbie’s Gloss.’ I certainly don’t recall the Ducks ever playing it … the line up was: Grant Series (Gtr, vocs), Alex Green (sax) David Hunt (BS) Geoff Webb (drs). We were supporting Bauhaus 1919.
Glyn Bush

„Around 1979 Mr. Liquorice started an afternoon venue for live music and old Augie Dawgie cartoons, known picturesquely as the Deadly Fun Hippodrome. Financially it was utter suicide, but we had a lot of fun. It lasted until one of the visiting punk bands ripped out all the water pipes in the ladies’ toilets, presumably as some sort of protest against the dehumanising futility of contemporary society. Anyway, during the Hippodrome’s existence the level of organization had a kind of freewheeling Marx Brothers tendency. I suppose this was our ‘Cavern’ period. That first line-up included myself, saxophonist Max Akropolis, Dave J. from Bauhaus and Glynn Bush from Birmingham’s D-Go-Tees, who happened to be passing through town that particular lunch hour. After this first half-hour performance, we decided to follow the proven example of David Bowie and maintain an aloof, inaccessible silence. This period of withdrawal from the public eye lasted for about two years, during which we didn’t rehearse or even speak to each other. „
Alan Moore, Zig Zag article (Jun 84)

„Even though Bauhaus took up most of his time, J still found time for external collaborations. He worked with one of the original Bauhaus artists, Rene Halkett and an accident led to forming a ramshackle outfit with Moore called the Sinister Ducks. “We put them together on the spot,” recalls Moore. “There was a string of gigs at a local Victorian Pavilion that a very eccentric and brilliant musician Dr Liquorice had decided to put on at Saturday lunchtime. There would be punk bands, local bands and vintage cartoons that he would show. It had a playschool air about it that was quite interesting. Anyway, one of these particular days the main band had not shown up so he asked me and David and a couple of other musicians if we could put something together in ten minutes and do a set. We quite liked the challenge, so I did a piece of reading with music in the background.”
Ian Shirley: Can Rock & Roll Save the World?: An Illustrated History of Music and Comics, 2005

„Surprisingly enough, things were to improve. In the summer of 79, Licquorice became an Impressario and undertook the production of several curious entertainments staged in a run-down Edwardian pavillion known as the Deadly Fun Hippodrome. During the venue’s tragically stunted lifespan it was to play host to such notables as the Shapes, Bauhaus, The D-Go-Tees and the seminal new-wave skiffle combo known as the Sinister Ducks. The cream of local Bohemia would gather on those distant, golden afternoons and gaze in childish rapture at the vintage Augie Dawgie and Daffy Duck cartoons projected during the intermissions. Sadly, this idyll was shattered by a ruptured waterpipe. Those of you who have experienced the surreal enormity of a flash flood on the upper floor of a two-storey Edwardian building will appreciate the trauma entailed in such an event. The bubble had burst. There were slugs in the lettuce of our salad days. Looking back, it seems somehow inevitable.”
Alan Moore, Sounds article, Mystery and Abomination”, 1981-08-08

1981-04-18 – Roadmender Club, Northampton

„April 18th 1981 and David has booked himself into Beck studios in Wellingborough to set two of the poems; Nothing and Armour to music he had recently composed… With the session completed he literally walked out of Beck and into Northampton’s Roadmender Club on Lady’s Lane to perform at a multi media event promoted by the enigmatic Mr Liquorice ‘The Summer Shock Special’. With Bauhaus currently on a brief hiatus having recently returned from a lengthy tour of the United States David played at this event as a member of another band. The Sinister Ducks was a part time project featuring David, comic writer Alan Moore and saxophonist Alex Green with ‘floating’ members like Glyn Bush and Bridget Enever.”
Sleeve notes for David J: Etiquette of Violance reissue CD by Andrew J. Brooksbank

„Sinister Ducks consisted of Alan, myself and Alex Green, a saxophonist. Also there was a floating member,(no pun intended!) Glynn Bush, who now is with Rockers Hi-Fi. We did two performances. Alan’s role was chief provocatueur. He came on dressed like a head waiter — penguin suit — and heavy leather motorcycle gloves. We performed the two pieces that’d we recorded, March of the Sinister Ducks and Old Gangsters Never Die. Old Gangsters Never Die being a precis of a play Alan had written right around the time of the Hippodrome. They put on plays as well. … I played guitar in a quite unconventional manner, Alex honked away upon the sax, one song the entire vocal was, we used those dolls where you pull out the string and get them to talk. We put the doll to the mike and put it through effects. That would be the vocal. Alan would stare at it with malicious intent. Experimental!”
David J, LA Weekly interview w/ Jay Babcock

Critters article – page 2

„The Sinister Ducks’ first reunion performance happened at another financially doomed venture carried out under the auspices of the enterprising Liquorice, this being a one-day event known as ’Summer Shock Day’. The Duck’s lineup, expanded to include D-Go-Tee saxophonist Bridget (who used to go out with Hunt Emerson), also included a plastic Minnie Mouse doll that provided the vocal upon at least one number, the immortal ’Plastic Man Goes Nuts’. The doll’s head was detachable from its body save for a length of retractable string, which, when jerked savagely, would cause the hideous toy to utter one of six cute catch-phrases at random in between bursts of jazz so freeform that it might be better described as completely boneless.”
Critter #23, Animals Rock n Roll – Alan Moore, Northampton 1987

„In 1981 we held a reunion performance and decided we’d take longer over this one, in an effort to get everything absolutely right. Most of the material was written as far in advance as the night before, and it showed in the performance. It was that much more polished and professional. In ’83 we recorded a single, and Dave took it to the people at Beggar’s Banquet. They decided to bring it out on their Situation Two label so that nobody would know they were responsible if there was any trouble.” In addition to the Sinister Ducks, Moore and David J. have also been working together on a single based on the ‘V For Vendetta’ strip. “I’ve not actually had much to do with it save for the writing, but Dave’s kept tee in touch with developments throughout, and the test pressing sounds excellent.””
Alan Moore, Zig Zag article (Jun 84)

I can only remember one or possibly two concerts – definitely the Roadmender when they did Old Gangsters Never Die. Debbie’s Gloss was one of my songs for the De-GoTees […] I think I did it solo at the Roadmender along with some tunes where I was playing a Bontempi organ.
Glyn Bush

The second Sinister Ducks’ gig was at an event i promoted called ‘The Summer Shock Special’ at the Roadmender which utilised nearly all the rooms in the building for various events and performances. Red and green food and snacks were on sale. Was also my solo debut as Mr Liquorice. Also on the bill were The Sinister Ducks,The D-Go-tees,a performance group called Living Room
Pickle (Mr. Licquorice)

I’m afraid I have a very hazy recollection of the gig. I remember the toy being played held up to the microphone, but then there was a bit of a fad for clockwork toy noises incorporated into stage events at the time. I’m not sure whether John Dowie was involved somewhere, with ‘Big Girls Blouse’, but that was possibly another occasion. Setlist? What makes you think we were that well organised?? Or rehearsed?? More go with the flow…. As for myself, I joined in with and improvised with just about anybody in those days without any prior knowledge of the content – just used my ears! Still do…
Bridget Enever

1982

Bauhaus Information Club newsletter, 1982

Bauhaus Information Club newsletter, 1982

„Although Dave J has no definite release plans, amongst other projects he plans to ‘conduct’ (ha ha) a local gig, on a local bus, to „whoever happens to be on the damn thing at the time”. He’s doing it with his spare time superstars called the „SINISTER DUCKS” who feature a stunning sinister prose vocalist who goes by the delightful name of Brilburnlouge (see MASK sleeve notes). Who is this you may ask? Little do we know, except for anonymous breathtaking phone calls received from the above, reciting „old gangsters never die” to which the sinister quadruplets back up. This being a possible single on release on 4AD.”
Bauhaus Information Club newsletter, 1982

Tranks to Flavio

‘Transport of Delight’ article. Thanks to Flavio.

The Sinister Ducks 7" RARE test pressing

The Sinister Ducks 7″ RARE test pressing

1983-07-19 – on a narrow boat, Northampton

„July  1983 the celebration of another birthday, this time his brother Kevin’s 23rd. An unusual setting for a party, aboard a canal barge on the river Nene, the primary water  in Northampton that eventually feeds into The Wash in East Anglia. Amongst those providing the entertainment that day (19th July) are a duo; The Jazz Butcher and King Rolo (the latter would shortly form The Woodentops) and The Sinister Ducks who also play a couple of numbers and it’s this performance, their third and final, that prompts David to approach his record company with the idea of The Ducks recording a single. Incidentally following this “birthday show” Kevin made a surprise appearance at Kensington’s Ad-Lib club on the 25th playing drums for The Jazz Butcher.”
Sleeve notes for David J: Etiquette of Violance reissue CD by Andrew J. Brooksbank

„…the Ducks rose to the challenge by performing for the glitterati at the birthday celebration of Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins, on a corroded barge sailing down the river Nene int he middle of the night.” „…they provided a cursory runthrough of their hit single ([…]) before breaking up over irreconcilable musical differences on their way back to the bar at the rear of the barge.”
Critter #23, Animals Rock n Roll – Alan Moore, Northampton 1987

It must have been a really good party as I have no recollection of it! It may have happened or it may have been confused with my wedding reception which took place on a narrow boat, on the canals surrounding Northampton. The boat was called the Saucy Sue and we had a costume wedding (all guests in fancy dress). Now Alex Green along with Pat Fish were the wedding band! So there is a connection there with Alex. But it wasn’t a Sinister Ducks performance.
Kevin Haskins

Sinister Ducks Press pack

Sinister Ducks Press pack
Thanks to Andrew J. Brooksbank

„The Single was recorded at Beck Studios in Northampton (Wellingborough). ‘March Of The Sinister Ducks’ was built up in layers on top of a basic structure of Dave’s guitar and piano. The cabaret saxophones on the choruses were augmented with kazoos played by Alan and myself. Vocals and duck effect came later. ‘Old Gangsters Never Die‘ was recorded live with us all together in the same room, I seem to recall that the version released was the third take.”
Alex Green, Apollox, 1995

„Created in 1981 by Peter Kent (initially one half of 4AD with Ivo-Watts Russel) as an alternate to Beggars Banquet and to create appeal to an ever growing indie audience Situation Two funded a Sinister Ducks single; March Of The Sinister Ducks and Old Gangsters Never Die. Built largely around David’s guitar and Alex’s piano, the saxophones were augmented by Kazoos for the chorus, played by all three with vocals and assorted duck noises for March Of… added post production. Old Gangsters Never Die was originally a soliloquy in the surrealist play Another Suburban Romance written by Alan Moore and Jamie Delano. Issued in  a special fold out sleeve with stunning artwork from Edwin Pouncy better known of course as comic scribbler Savage Pencil augmented by contributions from another comic artist Kevin O’Neil. Also included within the package was a short band member biography, albeit under pseudonyms; The Translucia Baboon for example was Alan Moore, Alex Green as Max Acropolis whilst David appears as Captain Jose De Silva. The single was released by Situation Two on the 26th of August. There were vague plans for a second e.p. but this eventually came to nothing.”
Sleeve notes for David J: Etiquette of Violance reissue CD by Andrew J. Brooksbank

„The Sinister Ducks did a few concerts and it was obvious to J that they should record a single. “It was easy. We went to Beck Studios where we did all of our Bauhaus stuff and Alan wrote the words. The ‘B’ Side – “Old Gangsters Never Die” – was part of a play that he had written that dated back to the Arts Lab before I had met him. He resurrected it and made it into a pop song and me and Alan put some music to it.” The Sinister Ducks single was released in 1983 and received some intriguing reviews. Due to Moore’s appearance, the single is quite colleetable today not only for the music – uh the lyrics go “quack, quack!” – but the delightful fine art packaging. ‘It was two way traflic — comics and music.” recalls Moore. “It has got a Kevin O’Neill cover on it. There is a rare comic strip version of Old Gangsters Never Die done by Lloyd Thatcher. There is a Savage Pencil graphic on the back, which Sav was telling me was the first time that he had drawn his subsequently popular Dirty Duck character. He got the idea fiom the Sinister Ducks.” The Sinister Ducks even performed on water at Bauhaus drummer Kevin Hawkins’ birthday party on a canal barge.”
Ian Shirley: Can Rock & Roll Save the World?: An Illustrated History of Music and Comics, 2005

Sinister Ducks promo badges

Sinister Ducks promo badges
Thanks to Andrew J. Brooksbank

Discography

The March of The Sinister Ducks 7″ single
SIT 25, Situation Two, 1983

Fully signed 7″. Thanks to Andrew J. Brooksbank

Tracklist:

Suiside: March of The Sinister Ducks

Homiside: Old Gangsters Never Die

 

Critters #23 flexi disc
1033161ABX, F.B.I. Music & Noise, 1986
Tracklist:
Round Side: Teddy Payne & The Bluebears – Right To The Blues
Flat Side : The Sinister Ducks – March Of The Sinister Ducks

Critters Flexi disc

A Compilation Of Songs And Performances By Alan Moore And Friends CD
Universal / ILEX, 2011
CD accompanies the book, Alan Moore: Storyteller
Tracklist:
02, The Sinister Ducks – March Of The Sinister Ducks [2:42]
Also includes tracks by Satanic Nurses, The Emperors of Ice Cream, Alan Moore / Pat Fish etc.

David J : Etiquette of Violance reissue CD
CDBRED604, Cherry Red, 2013
Tracklist:
CD 2 / 16 : Old Gangster Never Die (remastered) [6:42]
CD 2 / 17 : March Of The Sinister Ducks (remastered) [2:41]

England Their England : Monsters Maniacs And Moore
Central TV documentary, 1987
Tracklist:
March Of The Sinister Ducks (ducks video, see below @1:30)
Old Gangster Never Die (excerpt, lip-synched performance by Alan Moore, see below @8:12)

Song list

The March of The Sinister Ducks
An original song with lyrics & lead vocals by Alan Moore. Released on 7″ single and played live.
Old Gangster Never Die
An original song with lyrics & lead vocals by Alan Moore. Released on 7″ single and played live.
Debbie’s Gloss
Regarding the Critters article it was played live at the very first Ducks gig by Grant Series (although he has no recollection of it). Also played live by the D-Go-Tees.
Plastic Man Goes Nuts
Also mentioned in the Critters article by Alan Moore. It could be an original song.
Nightflyers
An original song with lyrics & lead vocals by Alan Moore.
Last Night
An original song with lyrics & lead vocals by David J.
Poem
A spoken word piece by David J.
I Get A Kick Out Of You
An (almost) acapella cover of Frank Sinatra’s classic with lead vocals by Alan Moore.

M.C. Nightshade And The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra

Carpe Noctem is available on CD now!

Carpe Noctem

My Carpe Noctem collection

  • Deluxe LP edition (limited to 100 copies)
    • Numbered limited edition print, signed by John Dunivant
    • LP, numbered & signed by David J, John Dunivant and Joshua James
    • Bela Lugosi’s Dead / St. James Infirmary 7″ single
  • Try your luck LP edition (limited to 400 copies)
    • LP, numbered & signed by David J and Joshua James
    • Bela Lugosi’s Dead / St. James Infirmary 7″ single
  • CD – Indiego edition
    • CD album, signed by David J
    • Thank-you card signed by David J
  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead / St. James Infirmary 7″ single
  • Theatre Bizarre 2015 promo card signed by David J
  • Theatre Bizarre 2016 promo card

The Dandelion Set – A Thousand Strands 1975-2015

Glyn Bush (Rockers Hi Fi, The D-Go-Tees) and PK (aka Mr. Liquorice) played together in bands like Carnelian and Stanton Walgrave and wrote music for Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance in the ’70s. Now they are together again under the name of The Dandelion Set (also featuring Sam Coppen on clarinet, alto sax and vocals) and their debut album is available to pre-order from Buried Treasure.

The longplayer has tracks from their 2013 EP, some new tunes and never-heard-before music from Another Suburban Romance play. This tracks were recorded from the original sheet music with lyrics provided by Alan Moore who also wrote sleeve notes and featured in ‘Judy Switched Off the TV’.

 

Live version of ‘Dark Doorway Launderettes’ (aka The Whore’s Poem) from the very first The Dandelion Set gig.

 

 

David J – Online tracks compiltion

Here is a list of David J tracks I have collected from (mostly) online sources over the years.

Various rarities

01, Gospel According To Fear – Extended 1983
taken from ‘Bethel’ tape 1983
02, Can’t Get Used to Losing You – demo 1978
taken from Dreams And Desires tape 1984
03, Fear Is A Mans Best Friend – Kingston Poly 1983
audio taken from live video from http://davidjonline.com
04, Falling In Love Again – Missives From The Burning Stage
taken from David J’s Myspace page
05, Straight To Hell – Live 2007
taken from David J’s Myspace page
06, Men Leave (featuring Anthony) WNYU radio (better quality) 2002
taken from David J’s Myspace page
07, Strange Attractor – Sleaze – The Unperceived Image 7″ 2007
taken from David J Myspace page
08, Spalding Gray Can’t Swimm – George Sarah – Who Sleep The Sleep Of Peace CD 2012
taken from David J’s Myspace page 2007
09, Evocations – Extended
taken from Three Myspace page
10, See Saw Sky – Unreleased
taken from Three Myspace page
11, Phantom Quartz – Unreleased – Gem Hall sessions for the Sonic Scenery event
taken from Three Myspace page
12, Being Boring – Very Introspective, Actually: A Tribute To The Pet Shop Boys CD 2001
13, Pilgrims, Martyres And Saints – KXLU 2002
taken from http://davidjonline.com
14, I’ll Be Your Chauffeur – KXLU 2002
taken from http://davidjonline.com
15, My Life In Art – KXLU 2002
taken from http://davidjonline.com
16, Angel David – Jarboe – The Men Album 2005
17, Boulvard Of Broken Dreams – Live 2009
taken from David J’s Myspace page
18, Who Killed Mr Moonlight (with The Upsidedown) – Live on 2004-08-14 at the Ohm in Portland, Oregon
audio taken from live video from http://www.theupsidedown.com
19, The Moog – The Passion of Lovers (with David J)
taken from You Raised A Vampire 7″ 2009
20, Time – Live – The Epicentre, San Diego, CA 2006-04-18
audio taken from live video from http://davidjonline.com
21, The Trees In Silence Sing
taken from http://davidjonline.com
22, Empathy
taken from http://davidjonline.com
23, Journey To The End of Faith
taken from http://davidjonline.com
24, Crocodile Tears And Velvet Cosh – Live – 2001-05-23 – Garage, London, England, UK
audio taken from live video from http://davidjonline.com
25, The Bottle, The Book or The Dollar Bill – David J & The Glossines – The Bottle, The Book or The Dollar Bill 7″
taken from David J’s Myspace page
26, 2000 Light Years From Gold Street – Demo
taken from Dodgem Logic bonus CD – Nation Of Saints – 50 Years Of Northampton Music 2008
27, Girl On Fire – Demo 2007
taken from http://davidjonline.com (www.myspace.com/ediegirlonfire, http://www.edienation.com)
28, Silver For Gold – Demo 2007
taken from Silver For Gold Myspace page
29, Memphis Ghosts – Candy On The Cross B-Side 1992
taken from David J’s Myspace page
30, This Town – Fingers In The Greese Promo 1990
31, Holiday On The Moon – Live – 2002-02-26 – Goldfingers, Los Angeles, CA, US
audio taken from (low quality) ‘Direct your own David J video’ application from http://davidjonline.com 2002
32, Fingers In The Grease – Remix – Fingers In The Greese Promo 1990
taken from http://davidjonline.com
33, Devils Muse – demo 2005
34, Black Dahlia Theme – instrumental 2005
35, Dagger In The Well – Home demo – “Recorded live, one mic, one take” 2004
taken from http://davidjonline.com
36, Who Killed Mr Moonlight – Live – 2001-05-23 – Garage, London, England, UK
audio taken from Estranged preview / Upstairs London 2001 DVD from http://davidjonline.com
37, Guitar Man – Instrumental part
audio taken from Estranged preview / Upstairs London 2001 DVD from http://davidjonline.com
38, Golden Hair (with Vinsantos) – A Light Awake Inside CD 2008
39, Hank Williams To The Angels Of Death w/Marcelo Radulovich – digital single 2008
taken from David J’s Myspace page
40, Bloodsucker Blues – Blood Sucker Blues 7″ 2010
a – pre-release radio premiere – incomplete – 2010-01-05 – Neat Neat Noise radio show
b – full pre-release version taken from Shok’s Soundcloud page
https://soundcloud.com/fdaallday/sets/david-j-shok-tidal-wave-bloodsucker-ep-2010-oct-2nd
41, Tidal Wave of Blood – Blood Sucker Blues 7″ 2010
pre-release version taken from Shok’s Soundcloud page
42, Take You Deep – Tres Vampires (Johnette Napolitano, David J. & Shok)
taken from Tres Vampires MySpace page
43, Time – .2 Contamination: A Tribute To David Bowie
44, Babai – Clorofila (backing vocal by David J) – Corridos Urbanos CD 2010
45, Loraca’s Death – Not Long For This World (Vinyl Version) 2011
46, Mexican Drugstore (unreleased mix) – Panóptica – Ahora Yo a Ti 2005
47, Desierto – David J & Pepe Mogt 2008
taken from Pepe Mogt’s Soundcloud page
48, New York I Love You But You Bringing Me Down – Mix 1 – LCD Soundsystem cover 2009
taken from David J’s Myspace page
49, Don’t Block My View – Grab A Shadow – acetate 1975
taken from David J’s Myspace page
50, Song To The Siren – Tim Buckley cover
taken from David J’s ReverbNation page 2014
51, All The Girls I Never Kissed – Frank Sinatra cover
taken from David J’s Bandcamp page 2014
52, Ghosts Are People Too – Five Beats One EP 2011
taken from 2011-10-07 – Scream For Peace radio show
53, Blood Bound – Tres Vampires(Johnette Napolitano, David J. & Shok)
taken from Shok’s Soundcloud page 2014
54, New York Telephone Conversation – Lou Reed cover
taken from David J’s ReverbNation page 2014
55, Blue Hour In Berlin – demo Dortmund 2014
Kickstarter download
56, Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Undead is Forever) 2013
digital download
57, Almost a Menage a Trois 2014
digital download from David J’s Bandcamp page
58, Who Killed Mr Moonlight – acoustic 2014
taken from David J’s Bandcamp page
59, The Corridor – Strange Attractor (feat. David J)

Tracks from the attic
Outakes, demos & rarities (1985 – 2005)

01 – The Carnival Is In Town (1985)
02 – The Shadow (1985)
03 – The Letting Of The Blood (1985)
04 – Endless Sleep (1987)
05 – Vincent In The Flames (1988)
06 – The Man In the Moon (KCRW radio session) (1989)
07 – Bomber’s Moon (1990)
08 – Loner (1990)
09 – The Bottle, The Book And The Dollar Bill (demo)(1990)
10 – Some Big City (demo) (1990)
11 – South Side Blues Blues (out take) (1990)
12 – Some Things Last A Long Time (cassette demo)(1990)
13 – Shelf Life (demo) (1990)
14 – Playboy Mansion (demo) (1990)
15 – Saint Petersburg, October ‘69 (out take)(1990)
16 – Spaceball Ricochet (1990)
17 – Before Positive Was Negative (demo)(1990)
18 – The Most Beautiful Girls In The World (demo) (1991)
19 – Metaphorical Love Song (1991)
20 – A Passport And No Tears (1991)
21 – Oh No, Not Another Song Writer! (demo) (1991)
22 – The Song Is Dead (demo) (1991)
23 – Betty’s Diner (1993)
24 – 2000 Light Years From Gold Street ( cassette demo ) ( 1998 )
25 – Y.S.L. ( 1993 )
26 – California ( Have A Nice Apocalypse! ) ( 1994 )
27 – Out Of Saint Petersburg ( demo for a movie ) ( 2002 )
28 – Stole From The Storm ( demo for a movie ) ( 2002 )
29 – At This Kind Of Wedding ( demo for a movie ) ( 2002 )
30 – Men Leave ( WNYU radio session ) ( 2002 )
31 – Mickey Rourke Blues ( WNYU radio session ) ( 2002 )
32 – Damascus ( 2003 )
33 – Albino Dog (2003)
34 – ‘Feel Like Robert Johnson (2003)
35 – Albino Dog (demo)(2003)
36 – Cure For Pain ( 2007 )
37 – Dagger In The Well ( For Elliot Smith ) ( 2003 )
38 – Ascension ( 2003 )
39 – Pseudo 17 ( demo ) ( 2004 )
40 – Smashed Princess ( demo ) ( 1990 )
41 – Life In Laralay ( 2007 )