Monday 19 October 2015

Times Up - Said John Maher (No, really he did)

Before the internet the only way I'd ever be lucky enough to get to hear about my fave band from the eyes of any of its members would be either word of mouth, a music magazine interview, TV/radio broadcast or if I was really lucky a face to face chat before or after a gig.

Today we have Social Media and Networking and often band members will have their own profiles on Facebook, Twitter or similar and will be a lot more interactive with fans than we'd previously be afforded.

John Maher, Buzzcocks drummer needs no introduction from me but I’m really very grateful and pleased that he has allowed me to reproduce his comments and thoughts on his work with Buzzcocks and in particular the Times Up recordings.

here’s what John had to say.

On this day... October 18th 1976: Buzzcocks record their best album. This was our first ever visit to a recording studio. I met Howard, Pete and Steve at Piccadilly bus station in the centre of Manchester. We got the 192 bus to Stockport. We were on our way to Revolution - a small 4 track studio, crammed into the loft space of a residential house on Bramhall Lane. We recorded 12 songs i.e. everything we knew, including a couple of cover versions: I Can't Control Myself (The Troggs) and I Love You, You Big Dummy (Captain Beefheart). 4 hours and £45 later we were done. I used the studio drum kit, which was crammed into an airing cupboard style recess off the main room.

We were each given a Memorex cassette of the results - I've probably still got mine somewhere. I'd never been in a studio before. It's still my favourite Buzzcocks album. It's rough around the edges. Mistakes weren't corrected. By accident or design, studio owner/engineer Andy McPherson did a brilliant job. The Revolution session sounds a whole lot better than the Spiral Scratch recordings we did with Martin Hannett a couple of months later.

A couple of years later, bootleg copies entitled 'Time's Up' started appearing. Pete Shelley's brother, Gary, swiped a tape and put the bootleg into production. From memory, the bootleg was based on a tape that faded out the end of 'I Love You, You Big Dummy', whereas my personal tape had the full version, complete with falling down the stairs drum roll and shambolic ending.

Over the years, this set of recordings has been released in various forms - official and unofficial. The first 12" vinyl bootleg came in a flimsy red sleeve featuring a picture of Howard and Pete on the cover. Later versions had the Phil Mason shot of us on the steps of St Boniface church hall with some of the local kids. Phil Diggle (Steve's brother) has one of his artworks on the cover of a later official release.

The original Time's Up! bootleg cover

Official release of Time's Up! featuring Phil Mason's photo of us on the steps of St. Boniface church hall with some of the local youths.

 Another bootleg copy of the Revolution recordings

Phil Diggle's artwork for an official vinyl release of Time's Up.

And finally this one that John didn't include in his review which is the Belgian release of Times Up on Raven label.

Sunday 18 October 2015

The Sensimilla Buzzcocks Bootleg tape

The French Bootleg Buzzcocks Demo Tape.

© Sensimilia Tapes
Pay no more than 1,5 £
Ne payez pas plus de 15 F

Track List

A1           Boredom            
A2           Orgasm Addict 
A3           You Tear Me Up              
A4           I Can't Control Myself   
A5           Breakdown        
A6           Drop In The Ocean Friends Of Mine        
B1           Drop In The Ocean         
B2           I Love You, You Big Dummy        
B3           Boredom            
B4           Love Battery     
B5           Breakdown        
B6            Time's Up

Friday 2 October 2015

Magazine - Promo Photo Slide Negatives

I just picked up these rare early promo slide negatives of Magazine which came from London Features photo agency.

These are obviously from the same photo shoot and would have been used by the picture agency to promote them.  

On close inspection there are marks on one of the negatives it has a mark like a line across it and the back of the negative appears a bit mottled but the other one is fine. This is only noticeable if you hold at an angle and move it around in the light.  The cardboard surround measures x 7cm.

This is the kind of item I look out for as a collector of Magazine so if you have anything you think I might be interested in buying please let me know.

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Wow! Mountford Hall Liverpool 1979

What I love more than anything about collecting and the internet is finding another item that I need to add to my collection.

Sadly these are not going in my collection anytime soon but a huge thank you to Keith Sands for uploading the images and letting me share them.  And I'm on first refusal if he does sell them so no trying to gazump me or else ;-)

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Magazine - Erics, Liverpool

Wow, seconds after seeing the Sheffield Photos from 1979 I am amazed to see these fantastic photographs of Magazine onstage at Liverpool Erics.  The Photographer David Bailey has kindly allowed me to repost this, my utmost thanks to him because this is one hell of a brilliant photo of Howard Devoto and they don't come along often.

The third image below is from the Royal Iris.

Magazine Sheffield 1979

Two fabulous Magazine Photographs posted on the Official Magazine Facebook Page here both photographs belong to John Bentley.

Monday 10 August 2015

Thursday 23 July 2015

Dave Formula & The Finks - Live Fink Funk Album Available Now

Sometimes all that you need for a chill out evening is the right Formula. With that in mind you really should buy the new Dave Formula & The Finks, Live Fink Funk album from Wire-Sound it's finkstatsic.  But hey, don't take my word for it.

No actually, do take my word for it, seeing as I'm an expert in great music ;-)

Order it here from Wire-Sound
While you're at it check out the Wire-Sound You Tube Channel

And make sure you like the Dave Formula and the Finks Facebook page

Oh and one final thing, there's even an 'official'

Magazine - Barcelona

Dave Formula wrote a brief summary of events around this TV appearance they did in Barcelona back in 1980 which I thought was worth sharing, especially for those Magazine fans who don't use Facebook and have probably never seen this.

Dave Formula - Magazine;

"This was filmed in a TV studio in Barcelona. We must have been made to rerun it at least ten times. The tv crew kept screwing up and we were getting more and more pissed off. Note Howard and my reactions at the end. Also the hilarious keyboards they supplied for me. A genuinely surreal day. It was almost enjoyable."

Sunday 19 July 2015

Magazine Autographs

Thanks to Laura Garvie for allowing me to share her prized Magazine autographs from their Liverpool Empire gig in October 1978

Thursday 25 June 2015

I Am Angry and now Skint

Yes, my Magazine obsession is turning into a financial nightmare as I buy yet another item for the old collection.

Wanted this at the time but missed getting one, until today that is.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Howard Sketch

The hand drawn sketch of Howard Devoto, by Scottish artist Colin Dunbar has arrived and I am Well pleased with it. I Just need a suitable frame for it now

Sunday 17 May 2015

Magazine Official Merchandise

Looking for some great Magazine merchandise? Well get it from the only official Magazine outlet.  Here is the newly designed Magazine merchandise shop over at Wire-Sound here.

I've bought virtually every item from the shop a while back and sadly before the great price discounts currently offered.  

Worth every penny.

Saturday 16 May 2015

Alternate Btes on Facebook

If interested I have a page on Facebook called Alternate Bites - To share music and pics etc.

Please join or send me a friends request on Facebook - you'll see my personal profile in Alternate Bites

Thursday 30 April 2015

Buzzcocks Bootleg - 12 Reasons Bootleg

12 Reasons - Bootleg

Back in the day I bought two mint copies of this double album and stupidly sold both.  Trying to get a near mint copy again.

Vinyl 2 x 12 inch 45 LP's, Centrifugal Records, 12CENT-09

It comes in a green cover (pic1) with the Spiral Scratch EP pic that has been modified.

Track List;

01. Boredom (1st Take)
02. Orgasm Addict
03. You Tear Me Up
04. I Can't Control Myself
05. Breakdown (1st Take)
06. Friends Of Mine
07. Drop In The Ocean
08. Big Dummy
09. Boredom (3rd Take)
10. Love Battery
11. Breakdown (3rd Take)

12. Time's Up (1st Take)

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Buzzcocks - Screen On The Green, Anarchy Tour, 29 August 1976

My thanks to the brilliant Cindy Stern for kindly allowing me to share with you a photo that Cindy took of the Buzzcocks supporting the Sex Pistols at the Screen on the Green, London Anarchy Tour 29 August 1976.

To see photo's back then is extremely rare as often most in attendance didn't have a camera.  Fortunately Cindy did and captured some amazing, raw images of that period.

Wonderful - Thank you Cindy from Buzzcocks fans the world over.