Releases from 2017

Well, 2017 was a good year for Bauhaus fans, we got several new releases. I just thought to put together a list of my favourites from the last year, so here it is.

David J – Vagabond Songs 2xLP

Stunning new album from David that includes re-recorded / re-worked versions of some of my old favourites like “Feel Like Robert Johnson” and “There’s Room In My Summer For Two”. Demo versions for both that tracks along with “Ascension” appeared on a very limited licensing sampler CD called Demo selection 2003, although  Robert Johnson was an incomplete version there. Most of the album tracks had been previewed in David’s Patreon site before the release, but “Ester” and “Vesivio’s Window” got replaced with different versions on the LP. Released version of Robert Johnson is also a slightly different mix comparing with the Patreon version. Another interesting piece is “A Star Crossed Shipboard Romance” as David had a demo called “Shipboard Romance” back in 1983 which is a different song about the same romance. Order Vagabond songs here.

M.C. Nightshade And The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra – Carpe Noctem CD

Limited edition CD version of Carpe Noctem LP with 4 bonus tracks. Two of them (St. James Infirmary and Bela Lugosi’s Dead) have been released as a limited bonus 7″ with the LP but 2 live covers (Egyptian Fantasy and My Girl’s Pussy) are exclusives for this release. Now sold out. Digital version is available at CDBaby.

Carpe Noctem limited digipack CD.

Lonestation – Dark Matter – limited edition 2 CD metal box set

Great debut album from Glenn Campling and Mark Garner that includes all the 4 EPs that they have already released digitally thru their website in the last two years plus a bonus track. This metal box version is limited to 20 copies, all are sold out now.  Regular CD version will be available soon. Till then, digital version is available at lonestation.co.uk

I also got an extremely limited CD of the first 3 EPs, there are only two in existence.

David J – Kanreki – 2 CDs

This special little gem is a gift for David J to his 60th birthday including versions of his songs covered by friends and collaborators. Just to name a few, Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher) did a great take on ‘Mess Up’, Roger Rideout and David Stretton (band mates from JAM, David’s first band) did their versions of ‘Chauffeur’ and ‘Fingers In The Grease’ and Darwin (David’s manager and partner in crime who put this CD together) did a nice take on ‘Holiday On The Moon’. Most of the CDs went out to friends and collaborators but few copies were available to grab at Patreon. Many thanks to David for putting one aside for me.

David J – Kanreki – front/back sleeve

David J – Kanreki – inner sleeve

Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club featuring David J – The Emperor’s New Clothes 7″

Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club is actually the same band as The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra including Joshua James and all those great jazz musicians. This limited charity single has one exclusive track with David J on vocals while the b-side has a version of “My Girl’s Pussy” (live version of this song is also available on the CD version of Carpe Noctem). Order your copy while the stock lasts.

Poptone – Live album 2017

This 11 track digital album was released via Pledgemusic and still no physical version available. If you missed the campaign, you will have to wait for the upcoming release.

Alan Moore – Mandrillifesto 7″

This is a new release by Alan Moore and Joe Brown. Actually, it is Alan Moore’s second ever 7″ single and his first 7″ in the last 35 years. First one was, of course, the legendary The March Of The Sinister Ducks. Go and order your copy at Bandcamp.

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Daniel Ash – Rare trax compilation – 3rd CD

This is a follow up to my 2 Daniel Ash – Rare trax compilations and unfortunately a little bit more ramshackle than the previous ones due lack of material. I had about 10 leftovers that haven’t found their places on the first 2 CDs and my first intention was to fill the remaining space with Poptone stuff recorded for WFMU radio session and some Daniel Ash songs from an early Love And Rockets rehearsal but it didn’t work well. So I decided to use remixes for filler tracks instead. Some of them are really intriguing as Daniel tends to add extra backing vocals and/or guitars to his remixes. His backing vocals are very obvious in Modern Day Privateers and Young Americans and there is a very Ash-ish guitar bit in I’m Crazy as well, but I’m not sure about the others.  
As for the core tracks, there are few real gems here like 2 versions of The Spider Song by The Exit Girls from ’83. This tracks were recorded at Beck Studios during Bauhaus days. Daniel produced the session and also contributed guitars, his bits later appeared in Tones On Tails songs like Burning Skies, Never Never etc. The Spider Song was released on cassette by Northampton Musicians Collective in ’85, however it was a very low-key release and almost impossible to find a copy now.
Another rare track is called It’s a Dog’s World which is actually an early longer version of Kid 2000 (later appeared on his 3rd self-titled solo album) without spoken-word by Daniel’s nephew.
One song I was pondering about is Demon out. It was floating around the internet about 15 years ago and I’m still not sure if it has anything to do with Daniel. I haven’t found anything about it over the years so any information are welcome.
Please note that Watch Me Burn is just a placeholder here, a little excerpt that will be replaced with the final version when “Love, Ecstasy, Terror” (first solo album by Adam Bravin of She Wants Revenge) comes out.

CD 3

01, The Spider Song 3:44
Exit Girls w/ Daniel Ash, A Nestfull Of Starlings Pt. 31 1983
02, The Spider Song – dub mix 3:47
Exit Girls w/ Daniel Ash, A Nestfull Of Starlings Pt. 31 1983
03, Malediction 3:36
Botanica w/ Daniel Ash, Malediction CD 1999
04, It’s A Dog’s World 4:47
Show Reel licensing sampler CD-R 2001
05, Simultaneous 6:35
Puscifer w/ Daniel Ash, Money $hot 2LP 2015
06, Jealousy 3:35
Demo, remastered and edited 2016
07, Ball of Confusion 6:06
21st Century version, Stripped outtake(?) 2014
08, Malediction 3:35
Bubbleman mix, Botanica w/ Daniel Ash, With All Seven Fingers CD 2002
09, Watch Me Burn 0:14
Excerpt, Adam Bravin w/ Daniel Ash, Love, Ecstasy, Terror
10, Burning Man 6:26
Instrumental, Burning Man 12" 2001
11, Demon Out 5:58
Unknown source (Internet) 2002
12, Nephritis 4:38
Daniel Ash re-mix, Bones Howell - Hair of The Dog limited edition 7" / digital single 2011
13, Modern Day Privateers 3:42
Daniel Ash Thunder Clap Remix w/ additional vocals, bass and guitars, ...And We All Die - Modern Day Privateers digital single 2016
14, I’m Crazy 4:13
PMS-mix, unknown band
15, Razor’s Edge 4:21
Daniel Ash & Magic Crystal Mix, Celebration, Soundcloud 2014
16, Maniera 3:41
Remixed by Daniel Ash, Sukekiyo - Adoratio 2CD/Blu Ray 2017
17, Young Americans 5:09
Daniel Ash re-mix of a David Bowie classic w/ additional vocals, Daniel Ash's MySpace 2009

David J – Tim Newman remixes 2011 – 2017 – 2 CDs

We hooked up with Tim when I had released my David J – Live rarities CDs and he sent me his Pulling Arrows remixes. I was blown away and we discussed about a possible release with David. That never happened (yet) but Tim did lots of David J remixes and collaborations over the years, some of them are already released at David’s Patreon site and his new versions for Feel Like Robert Johnson and Ascension are now available on David’s new Vagabond Songs album. He also contributed to (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes from the LP.
This compilation contains Tim’s takes and remixes of David J songs (except the recent ones)

CD 1
01 – Within Arms Reach 4:11
02 – The Keys To Your Wheels 4:08
03 – The Walking Wounded 3:48
04 – Still Dead 4:41
05 – Told Him Everything 5:02
06 – New Tattoos 5:09
07 – Desoto Bridge 6:03
08 – Eulogy For Jeff Buckley – remix 1 9:41
09 – Eulogy For Jeff Buckley – remix 2 6:29
10 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 1 5:03
11 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 2 5:03
12 – Little Miss Impeccable – remix 3 4:19
13 – Feel Like Robert Johnson At The Three Forks Saloon 5:11
14 – Ascension 5:04

Running time: 01:13:55

Track 01 – 03: 2010/2011. Remixes for Pulling Arrows From Our Heels from Estranged album. We had plans for releasing them on an EP along with David’s original and his KCRW session version and had another plan later for a joint release with Memphis Ghosts remixes as ‘Ghosts And Arrows’ EP. Then David suggested to put it aside for a possible release as a bonus disc with the limited edition 10th year anniversary vinyl re-issue of his Estranged album. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, maybe for the 15th or 20th anniversary…
Track 04 – 07: 2011. Remixes for Memphis Ghosts form Candy On The Cross CD single. Original Memphis Ghosts is a great forgotten gem (with Tony Fitzpatrick’s brilliant poem recited by David) and Tim’s remixes give it justice. Still Dead is my personal favourite of his remixes, bit slower and the most recognizably related to the original. Told Him Everything is a nice transition between Still Dead and New Tattoos which goes more farther from the original while Desoto Bridge is a great dub mix.
Track 08 – 09: 2014. Remixes for Eulogy For Jeff Buckley from Not Long For This World album, “one in a sort of Unkle style, a bit like the main Memphis Ghosts one and another in a neo classical style using lots of strings”.
Track 10 – 12: 2014-2015. Remixes for Little Miss Impeccable from An Eclipse of Ships album.
Track 13: 2015. This is the first mix that released on Patreon (24/07/2015), Vagabond Songs LP contains a slightly different mix. Back in 2014 I did a trade for a rare gem, a licensing sampler/promo CD called Demo selection 2003 that had the incomplete demo version of Robert Johnson. The same incomplete version was streamed on David’s website years ago as part of ‘Tracks from the Attic’ series. I loved that track so I asked David about it. He was kind enough to unearth the full demo for me, and also sent it to Tim to work on it. Tim did wonderful work with it, this track is still my favourite on Vagabond Songs.
Track 14: 2015. Tim’s new version for David’s demo that also appeared on Demo selection 2003. Paired with David’s original this new version was released as a b-side of The Day That David Bowie Died 10″ in 2016 and also appeared on Vagabond Songs.

CD2
01 – Down In The Tenderloin – master version w/ voices 6:02
02 – Down In The Tenderloin – To The Panhandle 8:11
03 – Down In The Tenderloin – master version – no voices 6:02
04 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – 2015/09/20 mix 5:18
05 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – Rain In Her Eyes 3:45
06 – (She’s Got) Chinatown In The Rain In Her Eyes – Year Of The Monkey 3:36.
07 – Albino Dog – Jeffes At Budapest Airport 6:13
08 – Albino Dog – Main mix – long version 14:32
09 – Gimme Some Truth – TN mix 3:43
10 – A Day In The Life Of The One That Got Away – TN version 6:56
11 – His Majesty The Executioner 7:50

Running time : 01:12:13

Track 01, 03: 2015. Re-recorded versions for Down In The Tenderloin, yet another song from the great Demo selection 2003 CD. Because of tuning issues with David’s original, Tim decided to re-record it completely. Track 03 is an instrumental version while Track 01 has some YouTube samples of a woman being interviewed in the Tenderloin and placeholder vocals by Tim.
Track 02 : 2015. An alternate version / remix for Down In The Tenderloin.
Track 04 : 2015. First longer mix of Chinatown. Different shorter mix appeared later on both Patreon (02/08/2016) and Vagabond Songs.
Track 05 : 2015. Alternate version / remix for Chinatown.
Track 06 : 2015. “Lovely ambient remix by the brilliant Tim Newman.” as David said on Patreon (08/03/2016)
Track 07 : 2016. This track had been recorded as part of Albino Dog sessions with a little input from me. Later it was shortened to half and renamed to ‘Trek to Dransdanubia’ by David. Official release is imminent…
Track 08 : 2016. Full length version of Albino Dog main mix. Shorter version will appear on the upcoming record.
Track 09 : 2016. Tim’s unreleased mix for Gimme Some Truth.
Track 10 : 2017. Tim’s contribution to David’s 60th birthday present CD called Kanreki! Vocals by Sarah Newman. Demo version of this song was released as a bonus track on the 2006 Plain Records reissue of Crocodile Tears album.
Track 11 : 2017. This song just appeared on Patreon (21/08/2017) recently. Piano bits have been transferred from David’s home tapes by me. Additional music by Tim, vocals by David J. You can hear it live on his ongoing Vagabond tour.

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.

 

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.

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