All The Pretty Horses…

Industrial Publishing Is Commodification
April 11, 2007, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Compadres


not long after I queried the absurd market for industrial music and artefacts, John Eden has begun his account of a systematic period of Ebaying, during which he sold (and presumably continues to sell) some of his more esoteric small press stuff – anarchist and occultist fanzines and the like. It dovetails quite nicely with my bit, really, and I enjoyed this:

 Occult means “hidden” and for my purposes here, this boils down to “a large number of customers who are obsessed with collecting things which came out years before they got into it”.

Reading of his mostly successful venture made me realise that a lot of the stuff I’ve amassed and simply couldn’t face getting rid of – a nearly complete run of Deadline comics, a bunch of old political, anarchist and music small press (including, yes, some Green Anarchist issues and more than one item touched by the hand of Eden) – might actually be worth something, and perhaps should go under the bed next to the pile of vinyl which (deep breath) “I wouldn’t want to take down to Record & Tape or wherever because I’d get nothing for it and I’d rather keep it, but if I found the right buyer might be worth a few quid”. IE, Shelleyan Orphan 12″s and a Sonic Boom album with a spinny-sleeve.

 And conveniently, Eden has also settled one small conundrum for me:

 “I worried slightly about being denounced for “recuperating” revolutionary texts for my own personal profit. My conclusion was that the downturn in the class struggle is not because of a lack of availability of 80s newsletters.”


Heavyweight Soundclash Or “Two Bald Men Fighting Over A Comb”
February 18, 2007, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Compadres, Listening

rather than doing something sensible like, I dunno, having an allotment or recreating the battle of Helm’s Deep out of Gummi Bears, the Chuckle Brothers of the UK reggae scene are having a soundclash..

Opening salvos fired by bad bwoy John Eden on his blog, whilst Rankin’ Paul Meme is playing it a little cooler. But it’s a mix of two halves and in the end one tinpan sound is going down – but which?

When the mixes are posted, I’ll let you know. Less Rodigan vs Bass Odyssey, more Big Mountain Vs Ace of Base, but bless ’em for trying!!!

My Man BrokenYolk!
October 2, 2006, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Compadres

very proud to announce that my man Broken Yolk – newly resident in sunny Novia Scotia – has been declared too fucking hardcore to play at his nearest industrial night.

Perhaps he threatened to slay them with his musical potty

I’ve suggested he make it in some way interactive – he could wire it up to his kit in such a way that if somebody takes a really runny shit, it plays Nine Inch Nails or KMFDM, but if it’s a good hefty impressive turd, it hits them with Panacea or DJ Scud..

Bless The Snodster
September 20, 2006, 11:12 am
Filed under: Compadres

Nordy bastard, PROD-cohort, professional bigot and all-round motherfucker The Snodster sent me this for my birthday:

You can learn more about The Snodster here.

Now In Belly-O-Rama
September 18, 2006, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Compadres, Dancing

Hot on the heels of the below post, those rockin’ Actionettes have cropped up on youtube.

Go Girls!!

sadly, it appears to have been shot by a ketaddled belly fetishist, but that just makes it more edgy, innit?

Shake Some Action(ette)…
September 13, 2006, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Compadres, Dancing

I’ve been more than a bit remiss in not giving props (or whatever the early 1960s equivalent would have been down at the Groovy Tomato Club) to the fabulous Actionettes
I’ve been ‘aware of their work’ for a few years, firstly from just seeing them around, then by becoming friends with one of their number, the lovely Kitschenette (above right). In fact, they’ve done their thing (sixties formation go-go dancing, I guess) at one People’s Republic Of Disco night and I’ve played at various events they’ve been at. But recently, Ailsa joined (as Marmosette, above left) so I’m even more obliged to big them up!


Anyway, they’re bloody marvellous and I should have plugged the club they had last week – a Bad Girls Special (pics here). I won’t be so remiss about the next one – it’s a Monster Mash! Horror Special, at Bethnal Green’s retro-paradise The Pleasure Unit, on November 11th. Always a lot of fun..

Hops & Barley
August 17, 2006, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Compadres

for reasons I can’t even begin to fathom, two friends of mine – Richard and Leo – have been given a pub to run. I think they won it in a game of Spin The Plectrum or something. Haven’t had a chance to get there myself yet, but it’s the Sutton Arms (6 Carthusian Street, EC1M 6EB) right next to the Barbican. Sadly, despite the pair of them being virtual behemoths of the London music scene (and even though Richard was once part of the PROD collective), they have no scope for musical silliness as yet, so any plans you might already be hatching for a breakstepcorecore bingo night will need to be shelved for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, go and give them money – Leo’s pants aren’t cheap, you know!