23.3.12

BILLY CHILDISH & HIS FAMOUS HEADCOATS : 17% Hendrix Was Not The Only Musician (1998)

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Next, an eleventh hour disencumbering of phlegm from the twilight of Thee Headcoats' esteemed career. Originally released in 1998 in conjunction with Brighton's Slab-O-Concrete press, & accompanied by a slim paperback collection of Billy's poetry, art & school reports, the wryly entitled 17% Hendrix Was Not The Only Musician was also issued - minus booklet - by Sympathy For The Record Industry (in the States) & ReR Megacorp (in Japan), though all 3 editions have been deleted for more than a decade.

Musically, it's business-as-usual - the standard selection of spiky Childish originals & rasping garage punk cover versions. Nevertheless, even a "standard" Childish collection warrants a cursory listen &, typically, 17% Hendrix... is not without it's customary smattering of unkempt gems. Highlights, for me, include the cheeky Stuckist harangue of "Art Or Arse (You Be The Judge)" (complete with a scene-setting cameo by Mad Tracey From Margate), the disheveled careen through The Ramones' "Pinhead" (which sounds like it might've been mastered on duct tape), & Billy's a capella rendition of "You Make Me Die". The bona fide croon he musters up on the latter is quite a treat!

n.b. More to follow, oh yes.

The Rise & Fall of a Double

4 comments:

  1. ive been searching out EARLY childish......

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  2. I'm slowly working my way backwards, so be patient Prof...

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  3. ...no Milkshakes though, they're my least favourite Childish incarnation.

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