C86 Show - Indie Pop
This Poison! with Derek Moir

This Poison! with Derek Moir

October 6, 2022

Derek Moir - This Poison! - in conversation with David Eastaugh

https://preciousrecordingsoflondon.bandcamp.com/album/pre-017-this-poison-john-peel-session-301187

From Perth in Scotland, This Poison! released two classic late 80s singles on the Wedding Present’s Reception Records and that was it. Apart from this stunning Peel session, featuring four songs that never saw the light of day on vinyl during the band’s lifetime. “Rip-roaring stuff!” said John Peel, and he wasn’t wrong. Package also includes download codes, sleeve notes from Derek Moir and a set of postcards – among them one from the great man himself sent to the band, a must for any Peel devotees. 

The Chesterfields special with Simon Barber

The Chesterfields special with Simon Barber

October 3, 2022

Simon Barber - The Chesterfields - in conversation with David Eastaugh 

New album - New Modern Homes

https://thechesterfields.bandcamp.com/album/new-modern-homes-2

The Chesterfields are an English indie pop band from Yeovil, Somerset, England. Hardcore fans tended to refer to them as "The Chesterf!elds", with an exclamation mark replacing the "i", following the example of the band's logo.

The band was formed in summer 1984 by Dave Goldsworthy (vocals, guitar), Simon Barber (bass, vocals), and Dominic Manns (drums), joined in 1985 by Brendan Holden (guitar).[1] Early recordings included contributions to the Golden Pathway tapes, that captured the West Country music scene of the time, such as "Stephanie Adores" and "The Boy Who Sold His Suitcase", the latter with a female lead singer, Sarah.

The Dream Academy special Gilbert Gabriel

The Dream Academy special Gilbert Gabriel

October 2, 2022

Gilbert Gabriel - The Dream Academy - in conversation with David Eastaugh

The Dream Academy were a British band consisting of singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes, multi-instrumentalist (chiefly oboe, cor anglaisplayer) Kate St John, and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. The band is most noted for their 1985 hit singles "Life in a Northern Town", "The Love Parade" and their 1985 cover of the Smiths' song "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", which was featured in the John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986.

Gun with Dante Gizzi

Gun with Dante Gizzi

September 29, 2022

Dante Gizzi - Gun - in conversation with David Eastaugh

Gun are a hard rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band currently consists of brothers Dante Gizzi (lead vocals) and Giuliano "Jools" Gizzi (guitar), along with Paul McManus (drums), Andy Carr (bass) and Tommy Gentry (guitar). Starting in 1989 with Taking on the World, Gun have released seven studio albums, three of which have made the UK Top 20, and had eight UK Top 40 hit singles. The most successful of these was a cover of Cameo's "Word Up!", which reached the top 10 in 1994. 

Band of Susans with Susan Stenger

Band of Susans with Susan Stenger

September 28, 2022

Susan Stenger - Band of Susans - in conversation with David Eastaugh

Band of Susans was an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1986 and active until 1996. It originally consisted of Robert Poss (guitar/vocals), Susan Stenger (bass/vocals), Ron Spitzer (drums), with Susan Lyall (guitar), Susan Tallman (guitar), and Alva Rogers (vocals). The band would undergo several permutations over the years, usually involving three guitarists. Poss, Stenger, and Spitzer were the band's core members throughout its duration. They originated in the New York noise rock scene, but due to their layered guitar sound were sometimes seen as the American counterparts to the UK shoegazing bands and also drew influence from modern experimental composers Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca

Thatcher on Acid - Matt Cornish

Thatcher on Acid - Matt Cornish

September 27, 2022

Matt Cornish- Thatcher on Acid - in conversation with David Eastaugh

Thatcher on Acid were an English anarcho-punk band. They formed in Somerset during 1983. Their name is a satirical reference to former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Ben Corrigan, Bob Butler and Andy Tuck also played in Schwartzeneggar with ex-Crassmember, Steve Ignorant. The band opened the anarcho-punk band Conflict's "Gathering of the 5000" show at Brixton Academy, an event which resulted in many arrests and achieved a degree of infamy.

Neil Taylor - C85 Various Artists - a new compilation on Cherry Red

Neil Taylor - C85 Various Artists - a new compilation on Cherry Red

September 22, 2022

Neil Taylor - C85 a new compilation on Cherry Red - in conversation with David Eastaugh 

3CD collection pre-queling NME’s huge selling C86 compilation. Featuring the best of the burgeoning indie scene from 1985. Including tracks from The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, That Petrol Emotion, The Woodentops, James, Del Amitri, The Housemartins and many more.

Following the success of the three-disc compilation, ‘The Sun Shines Here’ (which documented the roots of Indie Pop from 1980-84), the prequel to C86, C85 combines “name” bands with many obscurities making their debut on CD. Several acts on C85 would eventually feature on that NME’s C86 collection: Primal Scream, The Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops, etc, who all had singles released in 1985.

Zounds with Steve Lake

Zounds with Steve Lake

September 16, 2022

Steve Lake - Zounds - in conversation with David Eastaugh

The band were formed around the nucleus of Steve Lake from Reading, Berkshire and evolved from a number of jamming sessions with other musicians and friends in Oxford, taking in influences from the Velvet Underground to the Sex Pistols. The band began performing gigs in 1977/78 with a line-up of Steve Lake (vocals/bass), Steve Burch (guitar) and Jimmy Lacey (drums), adding Nick Godwin (guitar)[1] at their second gig – adopting the name 'Zounds', chosen from a dictionary by Burch

Lime Spiders - Mick Blood

Lime Spiders - Mick Blood

September 14, 2022

Mick Blood - Lime Spiders - in conversation David Eastaugh

Book - Lime Light

Australian punk rock band which formed in 1979 with Mick Blood on lead vocals. He was later joined by Tony Bambach on bass guitar, Gerard Corben on guitar, Richard Lawson on drums, and David Sparks on guitar. Their debut studio album, The Cave Comes Alive! was released in June 1987 and reached the top 60 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. Their most successful single, "Weirdo Libido", was released in January that year and reached the top 50 on the related Kent Music Report Singles Chart. In April its music video was the first ever shown on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV music series rage. The track was used on the 1988 feature film Young Einstein's soundtrack. The group disbanded in 1990 and in 1999 Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, noted they had provided "raucous sound mixed screaming vocals and wild, fuzz-tone guitar riffs to arrive at a mutant strain of acid punk that bordered on heavy metal". Australian punk rock band which formed in 1979 with Mick Blood on lead vocals. He was later joined by Tony Bambach on bass guitar, Gerard Corben on guitar, Richard Lawson on drums, and David Sparks on guitar. Their debut studio album, The Cave Comes Alive! was released in June 1987 and reached the top 60 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. Their most successful single, "Weirdo Libido", was released in January that year and reached the top 50 on the related Kent Music Report Singles Chart. In April its music video was the first ever shown on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV music series rage. The track was used on the 1988 feature film Young Einstein's soundtrack. The group disbanded in 1990 and in 1999 Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, noted they had provided "raucous sound mixed screaming vocals and wild, fuzz-tone guitar riffs to arrive at a mutant strain of acid punk that bordered on heavy metal". 

Keeley Moss

Keeley Moss

September 7, 2022

Keeley in conversation with David Eastaugh

KEELEY was formed in 2020 by former Session Motts singer, guitarist and songwriter Keeley Moss.

New single - “Where The Monster Lives” is the second single from the album, and continues Keeley’s quest to memorialize Inga-Maria Hauser, the teenage German backpacker who was murdered in Northern Ireland in 1988. Dedicated to Inga-Maria Hauser, the murdered teenage German backpacker that Keeley has steadfastly memorialised in song and spirit for the past five years. 

Read The Keeley Chronicles for more info. 

Dunstan Bruce - Chumbawamba

Dunstan Bruce - Chumbawamba

September 4, 2022

Dunstan Bruce - Chumbawamba - in conversation with David Eastaugh

https://www.aiiy.co.uk

Chumbawamba formed in Burnley in 1982 with an initial line-up of Allan "Boff" Whalley, Danbert Nobacon (born Nigel Hunter), Midge and Tomi, all four previously members of the band Chimp Eats Banana, shortly afterwards joined by Lou Watts

Del Amitri - Justin Currie

Del Amitri - Justin Currie

September 4, 2022

Justin Currie - Del Amitri - in conversation with David Eastaugh

On 2 March 2020, drummer Ash Soan revealed that work on Del Amitri's seventh studio album had begun at Vada Studios, Worcestershire. On 8 April, Justin Currie confirmed that the band finished recording the album "the night before the UK-wide lockdown" began on 24 March

Del Amitri are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Glasgow in 1980. Between 1985 and 2002, the band released six studio albums. Their 1995 single "Roll to Me" reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Five Del Amitri albums have reached the Top 10 in the UK.[6] Globally, Del Amitri have sold six million albums.

Prolapse - Tim Pattison

Prolapse - Tim Pattison

September 2, 2022

Tim Pattison - Prolapse - in conversation with David Eastaugh

https://preciousrecordingsoflondon.bandcamp.com

In 1993 the band released two EPs on Cherry Red Records, Crate and Pull Thru Barker, followed in 1994 by the single "Doorstop Rhythmic Bloc" and album Pointless Walks to Dismal Places, which won critical acclaim. The band gained attention for their live performances, particularly for songs like "Tina This Is Matthew Stone", which depicted a dialogue between two furious partners. The songs were not as much sung as they were acted over a musical accompaniment. After leaving Cherry Red records, they then went on to release a variety of singles and EPs on a number of different labels.

Will Carruthers - Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized

Will Carruthers - Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized

August 31, 2022

Will Carruthers - Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized - in conversation with David Eastaugh

BOOK - Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands

https://willcarruthers.squarespace.com

Will Carruthers is a bassist who has played music with Spacemen 3Spiritualized, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spectrum, and others. 

Bikini Kill & The Real Distractions - Tobi Vail

Bikini Kill & The Real Distractions - Tobi Vail

August 25, 2022

Tobi Vail - Bikini Kill & The Real Distractions - in conversation with David Eastaugh

The Real Distractions is a co-release between Perennial and K this is international pop underground vol. CXLVIII. Featuring Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill, Frumpies, Spider and the Webs and MODs) as well as scene stalwarts Ricky Meyer (Rik and the Pigs), Peter David Connelly (the mona reels, Bangs, Quayde le Hue) and newcomer KT Ballard.

Bikini Kill is an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band pioneered the riot grrrlmovement, with feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997. The band reunited for tours in 2019 and 2022, with Erica Dawn Lyle on guitar in place of Karren.

The Servants - David Westlake

The Servants - David Westlake

August 24, 2022

David Westlake - The Servants - in conversation with David Eastaugh

New album - My Beautiful England - out autumn 2022

David Westlake formed indie band the Servants in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England. The Servants appeared on 1986’s NME-associated C86 compilation, and the band was from 1986 to 1991 the original home of Luke HainesHaines describes David Westlake's first solo album, 1987's Westlake, as "a minor classic".

Westlake's second solo album, 2002's Play Dusty for Me, was released in a limited issue that quickly sold out but was never re-pressed.[5]Captured Tracks reissued Play Dusty for Me in LP format on Black Friday, 2015.

A.R. Kane - Rudy Tambala

A.R. Kane - Rudy Tambala

August 22, 2022

Rudy Tambala - A.R. Kane - with David Eastaugh

British musical duo formed in 1986 by Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala. After releasing two early EPs to critical acclaim, the group topped the UK Independent Chart with their debut album 69 (1988). Their second album, "i"(1989), was also a top 10 hit. They were also part of the one-off collaboration MARRS, whose surprise dance hit "Pump Up the Volume" was released in 1987. Ayuli is believed to have coined the term "dreampop" in the late 1980s to describe their eclectic sound, which blended distorted guitars, drum machines, and dub production.

The group broke up in 1994. Though their work fell into relative obscurity in subsequent years, they have been characterised by critics as among the most innovative and underrated groups of their era, and recognized as an influence on styles such as shoegaze, trip hop, and post-rock. In 2012, One Little Indian released Complete Singles Collection, which compiled the group's single and EP releases.

World of Twist - Gordon King

World of Twist - Gordon King

August 19, 2022

Gordon King  - World of Twist - in conversation with David Eastaugh

New book - When Does The Mind-Bending Start? by Gordon King

 

A short lived 1986 version of World of Twist featured Gordon King (vocalist and co-songwriter), Tony Ogden (co-songwriter), Andy Hobson (Bass, Keyboards), Neil Drabble (visuals).

The 1989 version of World Of Twist featured Ogden (now vocalist and co-songwriter), King (guitar and co-songwriter), and Hobson (synthesisers) joined by Alan Frost (visual effects, synthesisers), Julia aka M.C. Shells (swirls and sea noises) and Angela Reilly (visual effects). Nick Sanderson (drums) joined some time later.

A demo tape (featuring "The Storm", "Blackpool Tower Suite", "The Spring", and "She's a Rainbow") released in early 1990 drew attention to the band, and a recording contract with Circa Records followed. The record label issued the singles "The Storm" (produced by Clif Brigden) that same year with "Sons of the Stage" also (produced by Clif Brigden) and "Sweets" following in 1991. A cover of The Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow", originally issued as the B-side of "The Storm", was reissued with new dance mixes by Fluke in 1992. The original B-side version had been one of the last tracks produced by Martin Hannett, who died in 1991.

Nige Tassell -Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey

Nige Tassell -Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey

August 17, 2022

Nige Tassell -Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey - in conversation with David Eastaugh

In 1986, the NME released a cassette that would shape music for years to come. A collection of twenty-two independently signed guitar-based bands, C86 was the sound and ethos that defined a generation. It was also arguably the point at which 'indie' was born.

But what happened next to all those musical dreamers?

The Monochrome Set - Bid

The Monochrome Set - Bid

August 16, 2022

Bid - The Monochrome Set - in conversation with David Eastaugh 

The Monochrome Set was formed in London in 1978 from the remnants of a college group called The B-Sides, whose members had included Stuart Goddard, later known as Adam Ant. Their first live gig was on 15 Feb 1978, at Westfield College in London. The original line-up consisted of Indian-born lead singer and principal songwriter Bid (real name Ganesh Seshadri), Canadian guitarist Lester Square(real name Thomas W.B. Hardy), drummer John D. Haney (formerly of The Art Attacks) and bass guitarist Charlie X. The band had two more bassists, Jeremy Harrington and Simon Croft, before Andy Warren of the Ants, a childhood friend of Bid, joined in late 1979.

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