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SOME KIND OF HERO
Newsletter Snippets - Issue No.5/January 1998
Published with friendly permission of editor Alan Grundy.
I hope you've all now recovered from the excesses of Christmas and the
New Year and are waiting with bated breath for the first issue of '98 of
everyone's favourite bed-time read S.K.O.H.!
For any new readers out there, the newsletter service is free on receipt of a S.A.E. or I.R.C. and is issued quarterly (or thereabouts).
Thanks to everyone who have sent photos, press cuttings etc. etc. or even just kind comments throughout the last twelve months.
Unfortunately, due to technical problems beyond anyone's control, the promised features on Norman's and Sav's careers have been delayed - hey, it wouldn't be S.K.O.H. if things ran smoothly! Hopefully next issue. Which by the way will be available in April. There's also no further news on the proposed album release although now everyone's back at work after the holidays, things should progress.
On the live front, there's plenty of dates around the country hope you get to see the band at one of them. Sav recently got married (I'm sure we all wish him and his wife 'All The Best') and Steve Monti (from the Blockheads) deputised for him at the Putney Half Moon gig in December as he was away on honeymoon. Photos from this gig appearing by kind permission of Ron Bartlett (Photos in printed issue only! Gabi).
searching for, the bands backcatalogue will be interested to know that
'Revolution' (P.O. Box 4545, Milton Keynes, MK88ZS, UK) do have listed
in their latest catalogue the Japanese release of 'Don't Let Your Daddy
Know' as well as the 'London Session vols 1& 2' CDs by Makoto Ayukawa
- write with a S.A.E. for details! (Alan Grundy, 11 Darley Avenue,
Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 7RU, England)
I have also managed to track down a VERY limited number of the 'Call It What You Want' CD which features live tracks from the current band and various studio tracks. Anyone interested should drop me a line at the newsletter address and I'll put all the names in 'the hat'. The cost is £ 12.00 in the UK, add a couple of extra quid for postage anywhere else.
The recording in Sweden for the compilation C.D. mentioned last issue didn't actually take place due to a complicated tale involving a mad Swede and a smelly dog - the full story of which will probably come out when Wilko writes his auto-biography!
I am frequently asked for information about other bands. The Pirates have a retrospective double CD just out, 'Out Of Their Skulls' West Side Records WESD 201 - which features virtually all the tracks from their first three albums with the 'classic' line-up. The package is sequenced to give a 'studio' disc and a 'live' disc the latter adding some 'rarities' and unreleased stuff.
Another artist who is (perhaps) surprisingly prominent in enquiries is Eric Goulden (Wreckless Eric as was) and as a long-time fan myself, I managed to track him down and was pleased to find that he has recently released a CD on his own record label - 'Karaoke' on 'Silo' records which is available by mail-order. The CD is billed as 'half an album for half the price of an album' and is a bit of a bargain at only £ 6.00/ 60 French francs/ 18 German marks, cash, cheques or money orders payable to Eric Goulden c/o 'Silo', 1, Rue du Cormier, 28270 Laons, France. The price includes postage in the U.K. & Europe, add a couple of quid for elsewhere. This quirky little nugget may come as a surprise to anyone unfamiliar with Eric's work post Stiff records but it completes a trio of excellent recent releases from one of Britain's (or France's now) most under-rated song writers. There is hope of some U.K. dates later this year and hopefully I'll be able to furnish details. Until then, check out the Eric feature this issue including Website details (Note by Gabi: In printed issue only! But there is a link to the Eric Goulden a.k.a. Wreckless Eric Website at my "Music Links" page.)
offered a number of copies of the 'All Night Garage Service' LP which of
course features a Wilko track, without the original sleeves and am toying
with the idea of offering them with an issue of S.K.O.H. The price including
postage etc. and of course an issue of S.K.O.H. shouldn't exceed a fiver
so what do you think?
Feedback would be much appreciated.
Aprils issue of S.K.O.H. should include an up date on the discography so if you've got any additions, let me have them with your S.A.E.!
PIRATES: Out Of Their Skulls - Westside WESD 201
(Review by SID GRIFFIN in "Q" February 1998)
70s compilation from band who first formed in 1959 to back Johnny Kidd.
Nearly two-and-a-half hours of madman rockin' music from the late Johnny Kidd's backing band, dating from their successful resurrection in 1976 at the behest to faithful disciple Wilko Johnson. Including all three reunion albums as well as several rare singles and previously unissued material, this is ear-opening stuff for the most part. A generation older than their punk contemporaries, legendary Mick Green and his men make most of that breed sound like pretenders. Listen to All In It Together and you hear a great single. Listen to Please Don't Touch or Something Very Strange and you hear where Dr Feelgood got their act. Though bassist Johnny Spence's vocals sometimes flirt with blackface this is largely ace stuff, perfect to accompany that sixth pint. **
BACK IN THE PRESS
The Wilko Johnson Band this week inked a long-term recording contract with Virgin Records. A single from the band will be released shortly, and material for their debut album is currently under consideration. The band - comprising the ex-Feelgood guitarist and vocalist Wilko Johnson, John Potter (piano and vocals), Alan Platt (drums) and Stevie Lewins (bass) - are likely to be playing a series of one-nighters in the near future with a major tour being considered for May.
of Record Mirror? - March 1978)
PARTS OF THIS ISSUE
was a Wilko report out of Record Mirror, February 25, 1978 and an
Wilko interview of Zig Zag Magazine, Issue 83, April/May 1978
will maybe become published at the Wilko Special Pages (if I can force me to type it out).
Newsletter Issue 6/May 1998 was not added.
to next newsletter Issue 7/September 1998
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