VIVIEN GOLDMAN : Dirty Washing EP
Finally! Yesyesyes, it's easy enough to find Vivien Goldman's fantastic "Launderette" these days (I downloaded it c/o i-Tunes a couple of years ago & the MP3 is rather cheekily mastered from very crackly vinyl!) but t'other side, "Private Armies", is a trickier proposition. Fortunately for me & thee I've found an upload of the entire Dirty Washing EP over at Egg City Radio - it's the U.S. 12" repress on coolasfeck 99 Records with an additional track (an On-U dub of the b-side that originally saw service on the first New Age Steppers LP apparently). Better still, it transpires that "Private Armies" is a great song as well.
For the record: Goldman was a well connected London-based journalist who wrote extensively (for all three major music papers!) about the punk & post-punk scenes in the late 70s / early 80s. Employing Keith Levene, John Lydon, Adrian Sherwood, Robert Wyatt (who also appeared on an Epic Soundtracks 7" 'roundabout this time!) & Steve Beresford (amongst others), she self-released the original "Launderette" 7" on her own Window label in 1981. It was reputedly recorded on the sly during PiL's Flower Of Romance sessions at Virgin's Manor Studios which is how Lydon collared his co-production credit. On a subsequent trip to NYC, she dropped off a cassette copy at Ed Bahlman's 99 Records store (it's pronouced "nine nine" btw) who loved it & ultimtely re-released it as the Dirty Washing 12" with alternate artwork plus that additional dub. Disappointingly, it remains Goldman's only solo release though she's collaborated with other artists (The Flying Lizards & Massive Attack for instance) since.