The latest album by ...AND THE NATIVE HIPSTERS
MP3 versions of a couple of the
tracks from the album released 2012
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...another painting by Blatt
which features on the cover.
Both paintings are Oil on Canvas,
and are 5ft Square
...a photo of the Hipsters from 1982
( taken by Andrew Muggleton )
William working on the new album
The actual cover - with the writing on and all
Arts Desk review 09/05/12
A juicy treat for fans of the extremely bizarre
by Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
One of my formative musical experiences, small but important, was tuning into John Peel’s late night Radio 1 show, early in the Eighties, and hearing …and the Native Hipsters’ “There Goes Concorde Again”. It was, quite simply, the weirdest “pop music” I’d ever heard – lo-fi, abstract and deranged, most of it consisting of a female voice, sounding funny-farm pie-eyed, repeatedly announcing, “Ooh look, there goes Concorde again”. It had a whiff of actual madness and, setting aside Guardian-style agonising over pop revelling in mental illness, to my junior self this was thrilling. It was also, in some very, very odd way, hugely listenable, and still is.
In the Eighties …and the Native Hipsters only released a few EPs, then vamoosed, but since 2001, a couple of albums featuring new and old material have appeared. This third volume sees emphasis on the new. The band are William Wilding – who occasionally pops up at festivals as vinyl-smashing cabaret lunatic Woody Bop Muddy – and visual artist Nanette “Blatt” Greenblatt. Original Copy, happily, is business as usual, which is to say, it’s not usual in any sense.
Original Copy is the polar opposite of predictable
With an Ivor Cutler-esque sense of the surreal, tinted with the deadpan absurdism of I Ludicrous, they can be funny as on “A Drink With The Girls”, a Mike Leigh-meets-Luis Buñuel dating duet, but more often they’re simply fascinatingly strange, Blatt’s faintly Northern tones ruminating on whether to run off with a dog that buys ecological washing powder, and suchlike. The music is equally offbeat, running the gamut from caustic free jazz to Bontempi cheese in a single song, but also containing enough melody to boost the likes of ecological parable “Goodbye To Everything”. There is an unlikely cover of Grinderman’s “No Pussy Blues” featuring, of all people, David Bowie producer Tony Visconti on a recorder solo. Yes, Original Copy is the polar opposite of predictable. You never know what’s going to happen next - surely a small sign of greatness?
Business as usual - which is to say, it’s not usual in any sense
The album cover is a painting by Blatt
There are a total of 15 songs
and a bonus soundscape on
the album. The total track
listing is as follows...
1. FRIENDS OF THE EARTH (Wilding) 4:23.
2 . NO PUSSY BLUES (Cave) 4:51. by NICK CAVE from ‘GRINDERMAN’. Keyboards / SIMON DAVISON. Recorder solo by TONY VISCONTI (recorded in a hotel room somewhere in Texas). The first ever Hipster cover version released. We have recorded others, and may post a few MP3's in the coming months. The music on this track is also a copy of a track on the last CD. First person to email and say which one gets a free copy of both ( this comp now won by Eddie George who gets the CDs and the kudos).
3. TRAFFIC SUCKING ROBOTS. (Wilding/Vittorini) 5:29. Original Music ‘Fanfare’ by SEBASTIAN VITTORINI.
4. LONG DISTANCE RUNNING (Wilding) 4:20. Electric Guitar / TONY VISCONTI. Acoustic Guitar / PETE HAYWARD. Violin / BEN HALL. Drums / DAN JOJAW. Bass / WILDING.
5. 7ft JIM AND THE BEST DRESSED LADIES (Wilding) 4:50. Original - Salvaged from a cassette tape found abandoned in a cake tin. Recorded sometime in 1979ish. Noisy end lifted off of ‘THE BISHOP IS IN THE FRIDGE’ 7” by The Patterns from 1980, with Robert Cubitt and Tom Fawcett going hell for leather on all manner of instruments.
6. I CAN CHANGE MY MIND (Wilding) 2:51. Guitar / PETE HAYWARD. Violin / BEN HALL
7. NO VIOLENT PACING (Wilding/Vittorini) 3:07. Original music ‘Dr Chang Special Agent’ by SEBASTIAN VITTORINI. A version from a section of the B side of the Concorde single 1980 ‘STILL STANDS THE BUILDING’.
8. A DRINK WITH THE GIRLS (Wilding) 3:29. Original version recorded in the Rex-O-Matic kitchen by MICK REDDISH. Guitar / DERMOT CARMODY (Bobby Charlton Remix). Drums / ROB DAVID
9. THE HOUSE IS UPSIDE DOWN (Wilding/Vittorini) 5:00. Original music ‘What the Thunder Said’ by SEBASTIAN VITTORINI. Chickens Pecking Up Grain Guitars recorded in that hotel room in Texas by TONY VISCONTI
10. HANG TEN (Wilding/Blatt) 3:21. Originally released on the ‘Tenderly Hurt Me’ 12” 1982. Left off the ‘Concorde’ Album of 2001 in a grave error of judgement.
11. CROSSOVER (Wilding/Vittorini) 5:50. Original music ‘Ambi-ant’ by SEBASTIAN VITTORINI. Copy/version of a song first released on the ‘WILDINGS’ 1978 LP ‘WHY DID I BUY THOSE BLUE PYJAMAS’, re-recorded on the Patterns 7” EP ‘THE BISHOP IN THE FRIDGE’ release 1980. Guitar / ANDREW CUNNINGHAM (another of God’s little jokes)
12. GOODBYE TO EVERYTHING (Wilding) 2:20. Copy. Radio friendly version of the track from the ‘SONGS TO PROTEST ABOUT’ Album 2006. With musical backing supplied by ‘THE SNEAKERS’, Guitars / MATT PULLUM, Drums / NICK MCLEOD, Double Bass / DAVID TWOMLOW.
13. FOLK CLUB RUNNING (Trad – arranged Wilding) 4:25. Copy. Acoustic version of ‘LONG DISTANCE RUNNING’ with extra chorus. Extra vocals by Hank from ‘Hats Galore’
14. CLONE THE PANDAS (Wilding) 3:26. Mrs Mop refuses to clone the pandas. No mention what so ever of pandas in the song.
14. CLONE THE PANDAS (Wilding) 3:26. Mrs Mop refuses to clone the pandas. Music by Roger Dunn. Originally recorded for the Concorde album 2001 but set aside through lack of space. End Guitar / Andrew Cunningham. Some words copied off the Patterns ‘BISHOP’ EP.
15. YOU SLEEP I DANCE (Wilding) 2:55. Original organ / DAVE HOLLAND. Drums recorded in the Rex-O-Matic Kitchen 1992.
16. CAGED 433 10:33. ( Wilding). Two cats, Maedhbh and Polly, silently watch a parrot in a cage ( John ), for four minutes and thirty three seconds. Then up hops David Bunny (NOT THAT SONG AGAIN) with a Joy Division album under his arm. Ooh look, cardboard guitars again!. David's Concorde rip off from 1981 ish. What spins around, comes around.
Bonus Afterthought - HIDE BEHIND THE TREES!
A prototype soundscape looking forward to
the next album.
NB;- these trees are two thin to hide behind.
Plus its winter and you will get cold.
Ad Hoc Review
…And The Native Hipsters have been mining a musical vein as curious and abstruse as their ass-backward band name since their inception in the late '70s. Long a point of adored obsession or consternation in their native Britain, where John Peel terrorized an unsuspecting nation of pop fans with their deliriously recursive and unhinged sounding paen to obsessive subjectivity, There Goes Concorde Again, the duo of William Wilding and Nanette "Blatt" Greenblatt have continued to persevere against the fickle whims of public taste, despite all odds.
As evidenced by the track at hand, culled from their new CD "Original Copy", the muse that they've followed is singular enough that some 33 years later, their effortless melange of droll off-hand gestures and unexpected sophistication still exists on an idiomatic island that's solely their own. On Long Distance Running, they're joined by none other than production mega-legend Tony Visconti (Bowie, T. Rex, Gentle Giant), whose presence is a telling testament to the extent of their hold on Britain's imagination via Peel's campaign, whipping up a rich lather of arch-ironic, acid rock guitar masturbation as Blatt spills her proprietary blend of sing-song sprechtstimme and cheerful non sequiturs. (via Mutant Sounds)