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.