Liverpool – Eric’s Club

8 06 2008

I’ve been cocking an ear to this BBC radio documentary about Eric’s Club and the Liverpool Music scene in the late 70’s and Early 80’s. It’s one of those oft-overlooked scenes, responsible for introducing the world to the likes of Teardrop Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD, Pete Wylie and his various Wah! incarnations, Holly Johnson, Ian Broudie, Pete Burns, Bill Drummond amongst others. Apparently, there was a recent TV documentary about Eric’s Club on BBC Four (I think) which I unfortunately missed – though there was a Rock Family Tree episode about it in the late nineties. Also, Julian Cope’s ‘Head On’ book goes into great detail about that period which seemed to mainly consist of a load of gobby fuckers, pretty much all of whom hate Julian Cope. His book is a wonderful read, by the way, which along with the sequel ‘Repossessed’ are a fascinating insight into something – probably just the mad world of Julian Cope’s head rather than any musical insight-type shit. And if you ever geta chance to read Bill Drummond of The KLF’s book, 45, it’s another damn good read and he also tells some amusing stories about those times.

The Teardrops and The Bunnymen are my favourites of all those Liverpudlian groups (though OMD’s ‘Dazzle Ships’ is a terriffic record). Click here to listen to the BBC radio documentary and I’ve included three videos below – one of The Teardrop Explodes doing ‘Ha, Ha I’m Drowning’, a Tube-version of ‘The Bunnymen doing The Killing Moon’ featuring Ian McCullough with an extremely dodgy haircut and one of OMD reminiscing about Eric’s.

Weakling & King

27 01 2008

                                                                                   Weakling & King

Last week, I discovered a brilliant album called ‘Is Dead’ by an Irish electronica artist who goes by the name of Weakling & King. The album is reminiscent of the kind of glitchy electronica that City Centre Offices and Morr Music put out. But there’s lots of clever touches and a sense of humour that is matched with an ‘under the duvet’-style melencholia. It also includes some magnificent cover versions including Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman’, Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’, OMD’s ‘Of All of the Things We’ve Made’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’.

After doing some detective work, it seems that Weakling & King is a pseudonym for Phil Porter who is also a member of Dry County.  You can certainly see the similarities between the two acts but there is less of a rock element to Weakling & King than is sometimes present with Dry Countyand also veers into more ambient areas than them. What you will be happy to hear, I’m sure, is that not only can you hear it now but you can also download it now for free from here along with some other material. And as much as I’m glad I was able to download the album for free, I do think it’s a shame that it’s not available as a legitimate tangible release. Hopefully, it will be at some stage.