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Give it away give it away give it away now

Posted in freebies, new music, perfect pop, the stranglers, The Wolfmen on November 18, 2008 by planetmondo

How do they do it? How (and why) do pedigree performers manage to give their goodies away on the the freemans? I wouldn’t want to get wrapped up in the fuss, and faff of writing, recording, mixing and mastering – only to have knocked myself out for literally nothing! Well whatever my head-scratching take on it is – it happens.

The Wolfmen have come up with yet another new fruity tune, perhaps more muted and minor modal than the regular glam-garagerocking-pop but an absolute peachy treat that’s almost Roxy Music meets Goldfrappish. Not only is it one of the strongest ear ticklers of the year – but it’s available for free – that’s right F.R.E.E – you can grab it by zipping over to the Wolfmen’s HQ and just clicking on the Wolf’s head

The Wolfmen – ‘Nothing To Say To You’


Hugh Cornwell – ‘Going To The City’

And, ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwell is offering one full album’s worth of new tunes for a big fat nothing – yes, really! You can get your get hand’s on Hugh’s ‘Hooverdam’ and it will cost you not one Earth penny – s’available right here

How is it that long-serving proto-punks like these can have put in thirty years of songwriting service and still deliver top drawer tunes, while so many Indie kids and contemporary clangers fold or stick to a safe-bet formula after just a few samey albums?

The Company Of Wolves Part 1

Posted in glam, new music, perfect pop, Punk, Questions and Answers, The Wolfmen on September 29, 2008 by planetmondo

How long have I been howling about The Wolfmen now ? Oh, almost one full year – and in a years of worth hearing the singles, flips sides and Myspace oddities I’ve never become numb-eared to any of Wolfies tunes.

I finally got my paws on the album a couple of weeks ago and it is wall-to-wall wallop all the way, not so much an album more a bespoke collection of killer could-be singles and potential heavyweight hits (staggeringly several tracks were recorded live in the studio) – It’s as close you’ll get to Slade stomping through The Supremes songbook , The Sonics singing ‘Sugar Sugar’ or ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ re-jigged by Georgio Moroder with splashes and swatches of Roxy, solo Bryan Ferry, T Rex and the Sex Pistols all glazed with an electro pop gloss – but don’t just take my word for it. How about an exclusive track by track guide from the Wolf-gang themselves….

Needles In The Camel’s Eye

Chris Constantinou
We both love the song (‘Needles’ is the opening track from Eno’s ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’). We were trying to come up with something based around it and thought bollox – let’s just do it. We did a decent demo, then worked with Chris Hughes (ex-Ants drummer) who put the drums on – Steve Musters and finally Alan Moulder mixed it.

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While London Sleeps

Marco Pirroni
Another tune left over from our ‘Jack the ripper” musical idea (which
we stole from Spinal Tap), the title’s also stolen from the Rin Tin Tin silent movie which’ll come as a surprise to Chris as I told him I thought of it.

CC
Lyrically and vocally it’s a mixture of stuff – I think it’s pretty obvious what it’s about 🙂 I get to play harp at the end – we have 3 demo versions of this, all totally different!

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Love Is A Dog

CC
Another one started at mine and Marco’s , then worked on with Steve
Musters at Raezor and finally mixed by Alan Moulder ..
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Up All Nighter

MP
You will find this hard to believe, but this started as our take on
Northern Soul, it didn’t end up as anything that you could have played
at Wigan Casino but these things happen in the creative process. But maybe we will get round to finishing the Wolfmen 20 great lost soul classics album one day.

CC
This one started off as a demo from me and Marco’s place – we worked on it at Chris Hughes studio who put the drums on it …
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Better Days

MP
I frown heavily on songs with an optimistic feel and on positive thinking in general,but I like this and it’s going to be our next single.

CC
I had these lyrics for years, and even used to play a version of this with Jackie Onassid …but this has been totally transformed into a new song and BRILLIANCE by Marco ! The guys in the band did a great job with it … check the surf video out on youtube .. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..
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Buzz Me Kate

MP
I’m told I know who this is about…but I honestly have no idea ask Chris

CC
Hmm …. I think it’s obvious what this is about lyrically. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..

Side 2 of the ‘The Company Of Wolves’ is right here

To check out all the dates details and new tracks – beam on over to…
The Wolfmen’s Myspace site

I Quite Like Silvery

Posted in glam, new music, perfect pop, silvery on August 5, 2008 by planetmondo

I’ve been getting in a fizz and a froth about Silvery and their Sparks/XTC hurdy-gurdy style jiggery-poppery for some while now, and it all seems to be coming together for them as speedily as quicksilver. Here’s the news – and it’s all good…

They’ve been played on Radcliffe and Maconie

Steve Lamacq’s been raving about them in his Blog – and had them in session on his show.

The new album ‘Thunderer & Excelsior’ is out on the 11th, and will be featured as 6 Music’s Album Of The Day on the 12th ( the’Devil In The Detail’ single was also the winner of a recent 6 music Round Table )

The band have been invited to play at Rough Trade East’s first Birthday Celebrations on August 15th

So if you are in the Brick Lane area on the 15th why not pop along and have a peep? The Silvery surfers always put on a fast and furious live set – it’s like a gig, only on fast forward – where you’ll be able to lend an ear and shake a leg to tunes like…

‘Orders’

Horrors

All the dates, details and Silvery whispers are right here…

Silvery – MySpace Site

Pop Goes The Summer

Posted in new music, perfect pop, Pop Goes The Summer, retromania, Summer sounds on July 14, 2008 by planetmondo

The Good News
My Indiana Jones ‘Raiders of the Lost Archives’ quest to gather up golden nuggets, summer sweeties and snap crackle and pop tunes, has led me to possibly the hookiest band heard since Jellyfish – The Sonic Executive Sessions “Just 3 mates using some studio downtime to share their love for all things easy on the ear” is how they describe themselves – peddling peachy treats and marshmallow melters drizzled with hypnotic harmonies is how I’d describe them

The Bad News
There’s no record deal, Sonic Exec’s CDs or downloads available ( except for a cover of ‘Hello’ on the Jellyfish tribute album ‘Sensory Lullabies’)

The Happy Ending
But, being the thoroughly pleasant bunch of chaps they are, TSES have made one their tunes available for streaming right here – ’17 (over you)’, which spins and whips a pick ‘n’ mix blend of Beach Boys, Jellyfish, Ben Folds and late 70s singer songwriters like Andrew Gould and Gerard Kenny into a candyfloss confection of all things pop shaped and bubblegum coloured. Even good ol’ Willy Wonka couldn’t create treats as sweet as these.

The Sonic Executive Sessions ’17 (over you)’

I’d also recommend taste testing ‘Make Do’ featuring Alessi over at The Sonic Executive Sessions MySpace site.

The Sonic Executive Sessions ‘Hello’
TSES’s cover of unreleased an Jellyfish tune, recorded for ‘Sensory Lullabies’

The Quinn Martin Style Epilogue
I’ve been lending an ear to the Beach Boys ‘Holland’ and ‘Sunflower’ as suggested – ‘Sunflower’ is nosing ahead at the moment – mainly because of the ol’ blab and jabber on ‘Mount Vernon and Fairway’!

Laugh Cry Live Die

Posted in electronic music, new music, tronic youth on June 9, 2008 by planetmondo

Occaisonally you may notice my brother’s name Tronik Youth popping up in the Mondo cyberspace scrapbook – well, as if he’s not busy enough with gigging all over the globe and reworking and remixing tunes like this for The Gossip, The Rakes, and New Young Pony Club – the ol’ clever clogs has also found time to clonk out his own shiny new single, ‘Laugh Cry Live Die’ it’s out now (and available on iTunes from this week)- so why not try before you buy below…

Then perhaps check his MySpace site for mixes,live dates and details of a new piece of electrickery he’s working on with Midfield General.

Also watch out for out for more Tronik related treats over on Roman Empress soon..

Following on from RE’s tip off – here is Yoav ‘Beautiful Lie’ (Tronik Youth Mix)

It’s The Wolf – It’s The Wolf

Posted in glam, live bands, new music, Punk, The Wolfmen on June 2, 2008 by planetmondo

The 333 Mother Club is not in anyway your typical run of the mill rock venue. The DJ picks ‘n’ mixes hits and obscurities from Johnny Ray belters to Mark Vidler booties. There’s no stage. The room seems to be scattered with lost property oddities – umbrellas, dress maker’s mannequins, Chestfield chairs and has the buzz of a bordello disco set dressed by The Munsters – all of which make it the perfect prowling ground for The Wolfmen.

After Molloy’s electropoppingindiedisco(more on them soon) and Space Age sitar from Bishi , The Wolfmen were up and at ’em, flooring it from the off and coming at the crowd like greyhounds out of a trap – ripping straight into ‘Needles In The Camel’s Eye’, ‘Jackie Says’ ,’Cecile’ and showing off shiny new tunes like ‘Better Days’ (a ready made summer single if ever there was one) and ‘Whack That Bass’ from the due soon album ‘Modernity Killed Everynight’. Aside from Eno’s ‘Needles’, other covers included a pre Velvet’s Lou Reed track ‘Do The Ostrich’ (as featured in The Word recently) and a Bollywood Burlesque meets Biker Bar remake/remodel of ‘Silver Machine’ when Bishi joined The Wolfmen to add some slinky sitar trims to the Space Rock classic.

Despite a monthly residency I haven’t seen The Wolfmen in action since their debut gig last November, and this experience was more of an all out ‘needles in the red’ rocker than the Wolf Gang’s first show, with a fistful tunes that compounded the stomp of Glam, the power of Punk and the sugary hooks of Hitsville U.S.A into a bundle as tight and tough as Bruce Lee’s ‘one inch punch’.

So, see you there next month – same Wolf-time same Wolf-channel.

The Wolfmen – ‘Do the Ostritch’

The Wolfmen – ‘Cecilie’

Recommended Reading…

The Wolfmen Official Site

The Wolfmen on MySpace

Something Old – Something New

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, new music, new wave, retromania on May 27, 2008 by planetmondo



Something New

Tronik and myself went to see Big Boss Man at Metro last week (unfortunately BBM didn’t play due to the drummer’s Tonsillitis) but we did manage to catch Silvery’s high speed, high energy Victoriana vampings as well as shiny new Swedish band Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck’s debut UK gig – MWML seem to specialize in songs sketched in the neat clean lines of Scandanavian designs, blended with the muted toots of trumpets, trombones and the jolly melancholy of Nick Drake on a sunny day all finished off with a polite pop polish. But don’t just take my word for it – why not taste test one of their Scanda-pops below? Or check out their Myspace site

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck – Let’s Watch The Sunrise

Something Old

Bank holiday Sunday saw me shaking a leg and raising a glass at the Crocs 80-85 reunion along with assorted other ex Goths, Punks, Psychobillies and Blitz Kids (sort of fiends reunited – and on the Sabbath too!) How good was it to hear all the Crocs classics at club volume – as well as these period pieces I’d completely forgotten about…

Don Armando – I’m An Indian Too.

Tuxedo Moon – No Tears

Blue Rondo a La Turk – Klacto Vee Sedstein