It’s bloody hot, I haven’t been anywhere in my five days’ holiday and just spent my time killing cockroaches.
Notwithstanding, and in repsonse to a delightful request from a reader of the last post of this name, here are three more one-shot Peel Sessions for you, this time all from 1998-9, and with grateful thanks to the worthy Andrew at the Yahoo Peel Mailing List for providing the source material.
‘Much better than Alvin & The Chipmunks’ is how Flossie And The Unicorns have been described. No, ‘Hurricane’ is not the Neil Young song, but it is a short, chuntering effusion of indescribable electronica. As is the rest of the session, adding a dark and somewhat unsettling footnote to Lesley Gore’s ‘You Don’t Own Me’ and culminating in the genuinely original and baffling ‘Queen Bee’. They delighted Peel, who loved the thought of people being sent away after his programme thinking, ‘What on earth was that?’ Signed to Hanson Records, the band’s first collection of songs, ‘Cassingle’, was limited to 30 copies (a brilliant marketing ploy). Well, when I say ‘band’. they were actually a group of puppets controlled by ‘Miss Pussycat’, and their names were Stuffy, Snicklefitz and Princess Pandora. Obviously, their move to the more widely known Skin Graft Records enabled them to produce two albums, with meomorable titles like ‘Free Guitar Lessons For Animals, and ‘Chewing Gum From Outer Space’. Unique.
Flossie And The Unicorns, Peel Session 1999-04-18
Hurricane/You Don’t Own Me/Thundercloud/Queen Bee
Motor Life Co.’s initial output appeared as a free 7 inch with Fractal Press magazine, and this contained three of the titles you see here. Far more conventional than Miss Pussycat and her gang, the group make a sound that leaps from the stomping urgency of ‘A Bleached Flag & A Peace Badge’ to the sub-Pavement soundscape of ‘Long Hours Gone’. One session track is still AWOL, but what remains is well worth listening to. Personnel: Ben Ellis (bass/vocals), Matt Gilfeather (guitar/vocals), Sean Guthrie (guitar/vocals), and Chris Grove (drums).
Motor Life Co., Peel Session 1998-11-15
Angles/Long Hours Gone/A Bleached Flag & A Peace Badge
Finally, 10 5 Neuton give us five titles of post rock that hold no great surprises, but there’s promise and professionalism aplenty. They even turn in a lovely tribute to the man who gave them airplay, ‘Thanks John’. It appears that despite being signed to the Effortless label, their recording career was anything but, as I cannot find an LP to their name (unless anybody out there knows better). And I suspect Jon Weeks, Andrew Martin and Gaz Donnelly would have made a truly inspiring one.
10 5 Neuton, Peel Session 1999-03-09
Their Signature/Entrance To Exit/Identify The Driver/Opportune/Thanks John