20.6.10

THE NECTARINE NO.9 : Hanging Around (Remodel) (2005)

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The Nectarine No.9 have been back on the playlist 'round here recently, I'm pleased to announce. The brainchild of Fire Engines visionary Davey Henderson, & an understandably laconic reaction to his painful major label tribulations with the massively underrated Win in the late 80s (there's an alternate universe out there somewhere where Win are as gargantuan as U2 y'know), The Nectarine No.9's puzzling commercial failure remains one of the 1990s' great musical anomalies. Initially bankrolled by Alan Horne's Postcard label during it's brief rejuvenation in the mid 90s, & knee-deep in critical plaudits, The Nectarine No.9 seemed like surefire contenders for Official Coolest Band In The World Ever, their V.U. / Van Vliet / Bill Burroughs-instilled art school glam rock deadset - in theory, at least - on satiating both Mr. Mojo Reader & Ms. Artrocker Hipster alike. Sadly, 'twas not to be, & following a decade's worth of often tremendous (but totally ignored) LPs, Henderson & co. finally seemed to lose heart & admit defeat. Their final album, I Love Total Destruction (harumph!), remains one of their finest but limped into the nation's weather beaten record shops almost apologetically (or so it seemed). The band had already ceased to exist by the time "Hanging Around", one of the LPs most accessible songs, had been overhauled & readied for single release. It's projected flip, a rough 'n' ready stagger through a Sun Ra classic, still sounds marvellously deranged. As far as I can surmise, the single only ever existed in promo form, copies of which can occasionally by found on eBay for mere pence (tsk). As a swansong it's surprisingly upbeat & celebratory, & provides a seamless segue into Henderson's current outfit, The Sexual Objects, who are essentially more of the same musically but with a heavier emphasis on Bolan & early Modern Lovers. As with all of Henderson's bands to date, long term collaborators from his Fire Engines, Win & The Nectarine No.9 remain steadfastly on board. The handful of limited edition 7"s they've released to date have all immediately sold out, & supposition suggests that they're preparing an LP as we speak - don't miss out again will you?

P.S. Whatever happened to Jock Scot?

15 comments:

  1. Fat Mafia is probably my personal fave off this one. Love the Mark Stewart track too.

    How come you're outposting me at a rate of four to one?!

    Andy

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  2. Anonymous21.6.10

    looks like a fair proportion of n#9 stuff is available on iDeath.

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  3. Fits & spurts sir, fits & spurts. I've been "off" albums recently, that's all. I've been playing lots of old 7"s instead, & I really like the a/b download format, rather than just putting up an entire CD. Got lots more rubbish in the pipeline too...!

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  4. Hey Anon, N#9 are surprisingly well represented on iDoom (& Amazon), but neither of these tracks appears to be available on there (or anywhere else) at the mo', otherwise I wouldn't have posted 'em. The remodelled "Hanging Around" I've posted is VERY different to the LP version btw - I figured it might act as a handy introduction to the band for folk who might be Nectarine curious...?

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  5. "Whatever happened to Jock Scot?" Weren't he just another fucked up little druggy on the scene?

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  6. Haha, yeah, more than likely... x

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  7. You've seen the Jock Scot/Gareth Sager collaboration on Invada, The Caledonian Blues, no doubt?

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  8. Yeah, it's good, though the accompanying DVD was a bit of an eye-opener! Sager's just reformed The Pop Group hasn't he? I wonder what the chances of him getting Jock in for a cameo are?

    The Scot/#9 collab on Postcard is now out of print by the looks of it - maybe I should upload it?

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  9. UPDATE! Jock Scot appears on the new Vic Godard EP apparently. It's called Blackpool & s available c/o his Myspace page:

    http://www.myspace.com/vicgodard

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  10. Hey...a lonely US Davy Henderson fan here. If you happen to
    know where I might be able to locate a copy of the Hanging Around 7" please let me know! Get me over at Stupefaction - http://theworldsamess.blogspot.com. Thanks!

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  11. Hey Karate, as far as I know, the Hanging Around single never got past the promo stage (which is why I've included it here). Keep an eye on eBay, absurdly cheap CDr copies pop up fairly regularly - mine only cost me a quid...!

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  12. Ah, so no vinyl? No problem then. I have the a-side on the Popism comp anyway. What a great track.

    By the way, whats up with the Creeping Bent website? The news hasn't been updated in over two years?!

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  13. Dunno for certain, but I get the impression that C.Bent has bitten the dust, they haven't released anything for AGES have they? They've been reissuing a few archival odds & ends (Saint Jack, etc) on iTunes as We Can Still Picnic, but that about it by the looks of it...

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  14. I'm sure I've missed the boat on this, but would it be possible to re-up these tracks, or even email them to me? I came to the Nectos late and won't rest until I've heard everything they ever recorded!

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  15. Hey Lewis, new link added - great single (by a great band)! Enjoy, then buy everything else you can lay your hands on c/o Amazon, et al...

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