OK, for various reasons, it’s repost time. First up, a track that up to yesterday, I did not have in any more than the truncated version that JP played: but, thanks to the mighty sun god Eduardo of 17 Seconds, a blog I cannot recommend highly enough, the FULL 7 minute version of a track I know little about, but is none the less enjoyable for that.
Burning Love Jumpsuit, Cheerleader
Secondly, this is the third outing for H Foundation. The first time I posted it, I had only an edited down version from a mixtape: then I posted the full version recorded from the 1994 Festive Fifty, but in mono: and now again, that same version, but remastered by me using Adobe Audition, in glorious stereo. (Let’s hope this is the last time I have to do this…!!!)
H Foundation, Laika
Thirdly, a similar occurrence with Safe Deposit’s You Can’t. The available tapes missed the beginning of the song: now here it is in all its glory. For this and the previous track, I have Brian from the Yahoo Peel group to thank, who very kindly sent me a CD of his own FF recordings, all the way to South Korea.
Safe Deposit, You Can’t
Finally, a careful listening to the 1983 Festive Fifty revealed that two Smiths tracks I posted previously were not the versions played in the show. That omission is now corrected. This Charming Man appeared in what JP called ‘the 12 inch version’, a full glorious 5 and a half minutes. This is also known as the ‘New York vocal version’. Moreover, instead of the LP version of Handsome Devil, he played the only recording then available, the B-side of Hand In Glove, recorded live at the Hacienda on 4 Feb 1983 (RT 131).
Not one, but two, American bands in this post, who both made the Festive Fifty once and once only.
The intriguing Arcwelder have nothing to do with melting metals to make them stick together: in fact, they only decided on this name (taken from an instrumental on their first album) to get out of a lawsuit brought against them by a carnival ride manufacturer (their original name was Tilt-A-Whirl). They come from Minneapolis, and their spiky rocker Favor (FF 1992 #32), notable for its repeated opening stabbing guitar motif and the tidal wave of sound that follows, was taken from their second album, Jacket Made In Canada, on the Big Money Inc. label: the band state that New Order picked it as ‘Punk Rock Single Of The Week’ in the NME. (It also made number 11 in my Best Of The Best Of The Best chart at Christmas.)
A truly co-operative effort, all three members of the group (brothers Rob and Bill Graber and Scott McDonald) share songwriting and singing duties, and they are still playing together to this day. Their sparse but friendly website contains about as much as you want to know.
I can’t seem to find anything much about Burning Love Jumpsuit’s anthemic Cheerleader (FF 2002 #41). The clothing article in the title was a red jumpsuit worn on his 1972 autumn tour by Elvis Presley, but there is no reference to him in the song, the original version of which was on the Greyslate album Please Pull Apart. The song features the eponymous chanters, backed by what appears to be a sample of Feeder’s Buck Rogers. It has been so hard to get hold of that I have ripped from the radio show, at high quality, the track as played by JP, who cut it short after four minutes, stating that in November he had only played it up to that point and that was what had been voted for. It’s still an energetic outing that makes me wish I could hear more by them.