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Famous Mortimer

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They're still going?
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:56:27 PM »
I was playing some Stan Ridgway and Wall of Voodoo on Youtube this morning, and was quite surprised to discover he's still making new albums. They're pretty good too.

And Killing Joke. I popped on their 2010 album "Absolute Dissent" the other day, a good 20 years after I assumed they'd all stopped (I guess Youth still produced things after that point) , and it was again pretty good. Nice to hear a bunch of men significantly older than me still angry.

Ever looked up a band from your youth and realised that they made an album last year, or are appearing in your town next week with new material?

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2019, 01:34:44 PM »
Killing Joke are a good example - they've never really stopped, but the original line-up regrouped in 2008 and the three subsequent albums are very good. Jaz Coleman still absolutely fucking sounds like he means it.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2019, 02:25:42 PM »
This thread idea came to me when I was listening to the radio last night and "Fever For The Flava" by Hot Action Cop came on. It was released in 2003 and I've not heard it since then - I think it was on the soundtrack to an old Need For Speed game? The video features the band as germs who make people and inanimate objects super-horny and feels like a charming relic of a simpler time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAURo0rwt6g

Anyway, this obviously one-hit-wonder sub-sub-Limp Bizkit are still going, and released new material as recently as 2016. Good for them, I guess?

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2019, 10:40:37 PM »
sorting through cds in the cellar I came across all sorts of artists I assumed were lost to time, like Apache Indian who turns out to have made a dozen albums that have passed me by, his first LP No Reservations released in 1992 was/is still good stuff
anyone remember Arranged Marriage

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2019, 10:55:11 PM »
The Magic Numbers are still active on the support-band circuit.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2019, 12:13:24 AM »
Saw The Zombies play at Glastonbury a couple of years ago, including Rod Argent and Colin Bluntstone.  Was on a Sunday, when some of the punters' brain damage becomes more readily apparent.  One bloke was just hoarsely hiccupping the lyrics to She's Not There through every single song that wasn't She's Not There.

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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2019, 12:21:12 AM »
I saw Dodgy tonight. They were terrific.

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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2019, 10:08:06 AM »

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2019, 11:31:38 AM »
i saw 'em, 20 years ago Dr G, and thought 'they're still going?'. Was good fun though.

One of the Sham gigs is a 20 minute walk from me. I am tempted.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2019, 07:57:58 PM »
Mostly unloved indie stalwarts My Life Story and David Devant and His Spirit Wife both released new albums recently, their first in decades too. I haven't bought them but the tracks I've heard seemed likeable enough.

Baby Bird is still going as well, and also released a new album this year.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2019, 12:30:25 PM »
I'm going to see DD&HSW at the Water Rats week after next.

Famous Mortimer

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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2019, 08:22:13 PM »
Ozric Tentacles.

They're a band of my student days (mid 90s), and because they're independent and don't get mentioned in the press all that often, and I don't read the press all that often, I assumed they'd stopped, gone back to doing hippy things. But they're still going, thirty albums deep. I picked a song at random off their first record from 1985 and one from a 1994 album, and couldn't tell the difference. This may be me getting out of the habit of listening to their stuff, or it may be them finding a groove very early on and just sticking with it? It appears my musical tastes have changed quite a bit since I would listen to them all the time, though.


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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2019, 08:53:13 PM »
Terminal Cheesecake have released 2 albums this year

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2019, 09:38:59 PM »
I'm going to see DD&HSW at the Water Rats week after next.

I did hear about that gig and was vaguely tempted, but I'm out the night before and as it's also a week night I feel I'm too old for such escapades when I have to work the next day. Christ, the younger me would have me shot for saying such a thing, and deservedly so. Anyhos, I hope you have a great night though, have you got the new album out of interest, and if so, what did you think of it?

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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2019, 10:49:34 PM »
Terminal Cheesecake have released 2 albums this year

They packed it in for years though. Saw them a couple of times last year, had a great time. Not as great as when I was 18 but I'm not 18.

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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2019, 11:42:52 PM »
Terminal Cheesecake have released 2 albums this year

Just seeing their name makes me feel a bit spaced. Fond memories!

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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2019, 12:55:39 AM »
And Killing Joke. I popped on their 2010 album "Absolute Dissent" the other day, a good 20 years after I assumed they'd all stopped (I guess Youth still produced things after that point) , and it was again pretty good. Nice to hear a bunch of men significantly older than me still angry.

My brother's seen them twice in recent years, a couple of years ago when he greeted Jaz Coleman in the street after and just a few months back. They're playing the Sunstroke festival here next summer.

RE: Stan Ridgeway, he played on at least one Frank Black album a few years back too.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2019, 12:32:07 PM »
Mostly unloved indie stalwarts My Life Story and David Devant and His Spirit Wife both released new albums recently...

Good grief. I'm on MLS/Jake Shillingford's facebook page for some reason (I only know one of their songs, the one that goes ''ba ba ba ba, ba ba BAAAA") but I don't remember seeing anything about a new album, must have not been paying attention. Loved David Devant though, although as you say with mostly-unloved-even-in-their-heyday bands like this, you can't help wondering how they've been paying the bills all these years?

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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2019, 01:10:10 PM »
Loved David Devant though, although as you say with mostly-unloved-even-in-their-heyday bands like this, you can't help wondering how they've been paying the bills all these years?

The Vessel's just become a Doctor of the Arts and teaches, Foz is a graphic designer (they all met at art school I believe). Not sure what the Professor and the Colonel do though I'm in no doubt it's vaguely art related.

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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2019, 01:22:32 PM »
Yeah, I guess most members of bands at that kind of level would have had to get 'real' jobs quite a while ago. You just presume when they resurface with a new album and playing gigs etc. that they must be back doing music full time again but that probably isn't the case at all.

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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2019, 03:00:28 PM »

I was looking through this list of Long Gaps Between Studio Albums (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_longest_gaps_between_studio_albums) and was shocked to see that second division sophisti-pop band Johnny Hates Jazz released their first album for 22 years in 2013.

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2019, 10:12:30 PM »
the Wrens regularly post on facebook about how their finishing off their latest album, been doing it for about a decade now. Seem to hardly ever play any shows and in all likelihood probably only meet to record new bits once or twice a year, but very much still active.

It seems kinda nice tbh, a social hobby sorta like how some podcasts are obviously just an excuse to maintain a friendship. You'd nearly imagine there's a bit of an aversion towards actually finishing it cos you'll have to tour and shit pretty soon after.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2019, 11:26:42 PM »
I love 'I've Made Enough Friends' by The Wrens so fucking much. Worra tune.

dr beat

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2019, 11:54:04 PM »
I did hear about that gig and was vaguely tempted, but I'm out the night before and as it's also a week night I feel I'm too old for such escapades when I have to work the next day. Christ, the younger me would have me shot for saying such a thing, and deservedly so. Anyhos, I hope you have a great night though, have you got the new album out of interest, and if so, what did you think of it?

Cheers thanks I'm really looking forward to it! Yes I'm similarly wary of midweek nights out but I just happen to be down in London for work then and I'm staying a stone's throw from the venue so it should work out. And being the day before the election I might as well get hammered early and hopefully carry on the next day!

Haven't heard the new album yet but I understand they are selling them at the gig so I'll pick one up then.

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Re: They're still going?
« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2019, 03:13:34 PM »
Killing Joke are a good example - they've never really stopped, but the original line-up regrouped in 2008 and the three subsequent albums are very good. Jaz Coleman still absolutely fucking sounds like he means it.

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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2019, 11:27:36 AM »
Paul Weller apparently still at it, I have not heard his stuff for years so was surprised to see a new single coming out on Ghost Box - blimey