Archive for January, 2008

Silvery Sparklers

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2008 by planetmondo


Hurrah for Silvery. I first picked up on them over at Pileys place (he’s got a tip top Pickwick/Top of the Pops records feature running at the moment too).

Silvery are everything you hope for in a new band. They’re young. They like people I like – Bowie, Sparks, XTC. They’ve got smart jackets and even smarter tunes with all the clang and spangle you could want and they’re playing this Saturday at Blow Up Metro on a double bill with The Bongolian (one of my fave albums of last year). I’ll certainly be there raising a glass and shaking a leg. But until then have a peep at their new single ‘Horrors’, released as a double A side with ‘Orders’ – it’s my single of the year already, and we’re not even out of January yet.

Silvery – Horrors

Silvery – Orders(Demo)

PS – If you’re at the Silvery/Bongolian gig and see a chap in polka dot cravat – do come and say hello. It’ll be me.

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Funky Friday – New Wave Nuggets

Posted in Bootleg remixes, Funky Friday, GHP, go home productions, mark vidler, new wave, Punk on January 25, 2008 by planetmondo

This week on Funky Friday it’s a couple of cheeky New Wave dance routines and two punky based booty remixes.First up ..

Hot Gossip – The Hardest Part

Hot Gossip were always cheeky, funky and futuristic but their romps and routines never quite captured the swish, sparkle or understated ‘oomph’ of Pan’s People.’The Hardest Part’ was a low level hit in the U.S for Blondie – the original vid’ with Debbie Harry strutting like a dark haired dominatrix
is here

Hot Gossip – ‘All stood still’

‘All Stood Still’ is probably the only Ultravox track that’s not too jarring to these ears. The ‘Goss’s video is painfully 80’s( but loaded with some spectacular leg actions) and seems to filmed in the sort of club that would fire up the ‘dry ice’ and ‘laser display’ at 10:30 of an evening.

Go Home Productions/Mark Vidler is the Big Boss of bootleg remixes’, these two Punk/New Wave ‘bastard pop’ pieces are a couple of his obscure but outstanding tasty treats that really should have been huge international hits.

XTC – ‘Making Plans For Nigel’ and Tweet – ‘Oops (Oh My)’ get bunged in the blender for..
Making Plans For Vinyl.mp3

And the Sex Pistols ‘No Feelings’ and Cher’s ‘Believe’ get refitted and recycled as …
No Fun 4 Cher.mp3

Bovver Boots

Posted in Bootleg remixes, mash up, Punk on January 23, 2008 by planetmondo

As I’ve mentioned before I am a mentalist for a mashup. I don’t know what the exact scores on the doors are, but at the last count it was roughly 15 – 20 CDs worth of self compiled booty bounty grabbed from the net.

This trio of terrors are three of the Punky bootleg remixes from the collection. I would give credits – dates, details etc.. to whoever produced these tracks, but like most cyberspace oddities of the time, these were only available online for a few days and the sketchy info below is all I have.

The Lurkers vs Beyonce.mp3

The Buzzcocks vs Madison Avenue.mp3

The Ramones vs The Beastie Boys.mp3

Favourite Shirts – Blackmail Boy

Posted in 80's, clobber, Favourite Shirts, Punk, retromania, Sex Pistols on January 21, 2008 by planetmondo

Inspired by some recent rummage related posings from Davey H (vintage cassettes) and Ally (Postcard Records brochure), here’s my contibution to lovelies from the loft – the BOY mail order catalogue ‘Blackmail’.

When Seditionaries closed in 1980 to be refitted and restyled as swishy, squiggly World’s End, BOY at 153 King’s Road sold off any remaining Seditionaries stock and continued production of a few selected Westwood and McClarens designs along side it’s own BOY and Kitsch 22 togs . These are a few of the items from the 1981 2nd edition catalogue – with titles, prices and (designs by in brackets). Check out the long sleeve muslins for £8.50!! – how much do they go for on ebay now?? I had two and binned them. Whoops!

Nigel Shirt (BOY) – £18.50
Stringy Pullover(BOY) – £15
Long Sleeved Muslin (Seditionaries) – £8.50

Adam and the Ants T shirt (BOY)- £4.50

Striped Jeans and Leopard Jeans (Modzart)- £17.50


Crazy Colour – £3.50
Wraparound shades (BOY) – £3.95

And to continue the theme of New Wave nuggets here’s…..

Sex Pistols – Black Leather.mp3

A post Pistols/pre Professionals period Cook and Jones track recorded but rejected for ‘The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle’.

Adam and The Ants – Ligotage.mp3

An almost XTC’ish ‘Dirk’ era Ants track, only ever recorded as part of a John Peel Session.

X-ray Spex – The Day the World Turned Dayglo (Rough Mix).mp3

Very similar riffing to ‘Black Leather’

Funk Friday – The Right Side of Funky

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, guest blogger, northern soul, Soul on January 18, 2008 by planetmondo

Every week is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo, and this week it’s a guest blog spot from Matt (the Beat Collector) who runs the thumpingly funky blog ‘The Right Side of Funky’ – Matt cracked out one my fave mix sets of 2007, it’s available for download here and includes a couple of proper funky nuggets that were new to me but I’ve been constantly hammering them ever since.

The Spoiler – Eddie Purrell
You Can’t Go – Lonnie Lester (Check the Triple Decker sidebar to hear this tune)

So over to Matt…

I’m gonna use this golden opportunity to drop a few tracks I couldn’t possibly get away with on ‘The Right Side of Funky’ , Big Beat and the early Speed Garage sound was a real moment for me so I’m having a full on reminisce and dropping some funky garage, big beat and a little funky jazz from youtube. Now I do feel old!

‘War’ by The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Gabrielle – Roy Davis Jnr featuring Peven Everett

Laser Sheep Dip Funk – Lo Fidelity All Stars

Devil In A Sports Shirt – Midfield General

Charity Shop Classics Pt. 1 – Impact

Posted in 60's, 70's, charity shop classics, cream cheese, retromania on January 16, 2008 by planetmondo


I’m a bugger for a bargain. Always have been. Piley, Marmite and I were regular rummagers at the charity shops digging for winners and hoping to find some spectacular long lost nugget or buried treasure. None of us bagged any real bargains’ (apart from Piley’s signed cabaret band albums), and typically these ‘digs’ were a sift through the same ol’ smoke stained charity chaff….

Books – ‘Jaws’, the Sixties and Seventies editions of the ‘James Bond’ paperbacks.

Vinyl – variations on the following – The Tijuana Brass, Hammond Dance Party and ‘Geoff Love plays TV Themes’.

But one album had such outstanding saturation that it was often possible to find multiple copies in the racks. ‘Impact’ was the champ of charity shop albums. And what a cracker, recorded at Studio 2 Abbey Road, and loaded with cream of cheesy listening including…

Joe Loss – Wheels.mp3

Manuel and the Music of the Mountains – A Man And A Woman.mp3

Franck Pourcel – Love Is Blue.mp3

I may upload some more of these tunes later, but if your in the mood for more retromania, why not tune in to Channel Mondo for a Public Information Film screening.

For the moment here’s the full track list for ‘Impact’

01 – David Rose – The Stripper
02 – Norrie Paramor – Soul Coaxing
03 – Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
04 – Pepe Jaramillo – Sucu Sucu
05 – Franck Pourcel – Love Is Blue
06 – Ron Goodwin – Legend Of The Glass Mountain
07 – Joe Loss – Wheels
08 – Norman Newell – Live For Life
09 – Basil Henriques – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
10 – Ralph Dollimore – The Fool On The Hill
11 – Manuel And The Music Of The Mountains – A Man And A Woman
12 – Jack Emblow – Ritual Fire Dance

By special request for Axe Victim here is
Ralph Dollimore – The Fool On The Hill.mp3

Rolling Stoner

Posted in 60's, 70's, books, guitar, rock, Rolling Stones on January 14, 2008 by planetmondo


I read the Ron Wood biog’ last week, which is pretty much 350ish pages of drunken stumbles, lucky breaks and bad investments. But it left me thinking what must it be like to be a Rolling Stone? Possibly not too dissimilar to this….

Waiting on a Friend.

*Stoner update – I’ve just found out (via searching Friends Reunited)that I used to go the same Youth Club as Ronnie’s Sister in Law. I knew he’d made a few local appearances attended gigs, been spotted in pubs etc – all makes sense now.*

As an extra here’s a tune I came up with a couple of years ago. Well, it’s not really a tune – it’s a 1 take piece of tat that took 10 minutes to crack out as an experiment in ‘open G’ tuning. Open G is a technique regularly employed by Keith Richards, it’s the heart of the Stones sound and more importantly saves having to faff around remembering endless fancy chord shapes (nice and easy if your feeling a bit ‘relaxed’ of an evening). Tune the guitar to open G and one simple shape fits all frets. Please excuse any clunker notes and blame them on first take nerves.

Stoner.mp3