Once I Had A Secret Love……….

Luis Drayton/Toska Wilde

Glamoflage

Bandcamp

20th August 2012

It crossed my mind that this little artefact – which has had some considerable airplay on both the radio and the pod has not, as yet, been accessible in this nice little package (embedded below) as of yet. Plus the recent release of a remix version adds grist to the mill as it were……

What is interesting and new to me is the  bits and pieces that have emerged in between some of the tracks with Luis opining on a range of matters…..almost  a “Central Scrutiniser” role for you Zappa-philes out there.

Notable of course for guest appearances from Messrs Moss and Get and Ms Middleton and of course the universally loved remix of IAKK by AAAK……

This is as camp as a slender jar of chicory essence but marvellous fun and in the title track a bit of a modern electronic classic I would venture.

tw and tm
Beard and Wilde plus fan

And there is also of course the  rather fascinating remix album ….

The Last Aural Delights – 31st October 2012

To finish after three years and six months on the steam radio our Reverbnation Artist of the Week for this week and last week  and a selection of my favourite artists.

Notable by their absence are Moff Skellington, Danny Short and Fall Fan Dave & The Lap Top Dancers who will in all likelyhood be the subject of a special podcast  in the not too distant future.

Listen to the show here…..

  • The Happy Fallen – Ultrawave – a new track from the ever productive Mr Neale James
  • Easter – Damp Patch – a track from one of the albums of the year “Innocence Man”
  • The Gin Circle – Sinderella Story – our reverbnation artist of the week , a trio from Leicester
  • Factory Star – Incorruptible – one of the best bands around at the moment from the “New Sacral” release
  • AAAK – Regenerate – another one of the best bands around at the moment – stunning at Salford Music Festival – from “Totalitarian Tip Toe” and featuring another particular favourite – Kin.
  • Neuron No – Limonchik – from the “Little Lemon EP” – a band who never fail to amaze me with their musical abilities….
  • Taser Puppets – Wasp – yet another one of the best bands around at the moment – great songs and a great attitude……
  • We Could Be Astronauts – Loose Lips – were our Reverbnation Artist of the Week last week but I neglected to play them – and being a man of my word I am rectifying that omission.
  • The Gin Circle – Lost To Be Found – as above
  • Da Mutts – Albion Summer – an abiding love for this band and their song-crafting skills…..
  • Kit B – Hulmenoid – Danny Cusick is one of our best song writers and here is another example of his abilities
  • Positronik – Don’t Come Crying – this should be in the charts not that tedious N-Dubz crap
  • Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton – Glamoflage – so should this…..
  • Kill Pretty – The Year of 13 Moons – best tune of the year for me, so I thought I would go out on a high

Thanks for listening – Aural Delights will be back in podcast form in about two weeks on – http://www.mixcloud.com/BobonSCR/……

Salford Music Scene – 28th August 2012

On this show I start a four week series of previews of the forthcoming Salford Music Festival…….i’ve also got the new Mr Heart album to play as well! Listen here….

1 Dirty Money Start All Over Demo
2 Mr Heart Amber The Unspeakable Mr Heart
3 Veladrome Boys 33 Demo
4 Dislocation Dance I Stop Breathing The Ruins of Manchester
5 The Distractions 100 times The End of the Pier
6 The June Brides Cloud Single
7 Factory Star Olympian New Sacral
8 West Coast Sick Line Blank Holiday Demo
9 Whipcord Dread Stop Bop Whipcord
10 Veladrome Die Neue Demo
11 Mr Heart Devolution The Unspeakable Mr Heart
12 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton feat Moet Lullabye Glamoflage
13 Moral Panic Rubiks Demo
14 The Fall Life Just Bounces White Lightning EP

Aural Delights Radio Show – 22nd August 2012

On this show…. listen here…..just for clarity the Andy T album is called Life At Tethers End……not as announced on the show…..

1 Phil Davis and the Ninja Smoke Bombs All Mixed Up Single
2 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton Glamoflage Glamoflage
3 Led Er Est Divided Parallel The Diver
4 Bacchanal Party Champagne Lifestyle, Buckfast Wages Single
5 The Stagger Rats Fuzzy Fuzzy EP
6 Factory Acts Fantasy Fantasy
7 Six Organs of Admittance One Thousand Birds Ascent
8 Nuclear Death Terror Crisis Chaos Reigns
9 Moff Skellington Goodbye Changeless Town of Attics Eddodi
10 Dead Sea Apes Dead Fingers Talk Astral House
11 Andy T Wooden Curtains Life at Tethers End
12 Factory Acts Stock Exchange Fantasy
13 The Go-Betweens Twin Layers of Lightning Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express

Salford Music Scene – 21st August 2012

On this show…..listen here

1 Danny Short Reputation Reputation
2 Cheap Cuts Misery Guts Misery Guts
3 Factory Star Super Real New Sacral
4 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton Helmets for Men Glamoflage
5 Mount Fabric R.O.C. Threads
6 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
7 The Fierce and the Dead On VHS On VHS
8 The Distractions Too Late to Change The End of the Pier
9 Da Mutts Hear to Die Demo
10 Nine of Clubs Lazy Toad Clubbed Up
11 Social Aneurysm 1984 It’s Time Demo
12 The Outreach Project Twisted Persona The Outreach Project On Heat
13 Veladrome Duke Demo
14 Taser Puppets Wasp Twisted Pop
15 Kill Pretty Breakdown Man Dark Heart
16 The Fall Mod Mock Goth (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas

Aural Delights Radio Show – August 1st 2012

As with last nights Salford Music Scene I am previewing the “Music Under The Tree” Festival which takes place this weekend – all the details are on the post about that……

Plus lots of new stuff to get your ears around – listen here….

1 Duncan Reid Too Late Little Big Head
2 My Juliet To Explode The Last Eight Months
3 Craig Lee Telling Lies Where Do We Go From Here
4 Kill Pretty Emperors New Clothes Pre-release
5 Kill for Company Tongue Tattoo Greenhouse
6 Loaded Message On The Run Demo
7 The Outreach Project Pack Up Demo
8 Atomic League Be There Demo
9 Correatown Valparaiso Pleiades
10 Dan Solan Crumbling By Noon Demo
11 Daz Nez Northern Song (All Together Again) Demo
12 Miniature Dinosaurs Lemonade Single (Radio Edit)
13 Moff Skellington The Story Of My Other Shoe Thorny Conduits
14 Wooderson Deluxe Let the Man Speak
15 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton feat Tamsin A She’s My Beard Glamoflague
16 The Louche Salt Single

Salford Music Scene 10th July 2012 – AAAK Special

At the end of the 80’s the duo known as As Able As Kane(AAAK)  first stalked the streets of the NW, bullying audiences with their Buildingscape Beats – a mutant offspring of the Electronic Body Music scene.

They  took their name from a song by Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel and their influences from European acts like Laibach, The Young Gods and Front 242, as well as Essex’s Nitzer Ebb.

At the time, Manchester was in the midst of Stone Roses and Happy Monday madness (how history repeats itself)  and so the hard-edged industrial sound of AAAK appealed to only a handful [of special] people. The band signed 2 record deals and 2 albums were released back then.

Photograph by Chris Power from AAAKs most recent gig at the Kings Arms

John Peel liked them and so it seemed did the Europeans. The second album in the recently released John Peel on-line album collection happens to be a AAAK release…..

In 1992 the band split and it seemed like they were quickly forgotten. Ding, the music man in the outfit, continued a career in music, building up a recording studio and finding himself playing bass for the likes of The Fall , PJ Harvey and Frank Black over the years. More recently he played with Bobbie Peru and Kin.

Then, in 2009, Ding was approached by Electric Tremor records about having these earlier works re-released, an idea which quickly escalated into them being re-recorded and the band reforming after tracking down the band’s singer, Paul R.

A 2CD release entitled ‘The Collection’ was released in June 2010, with the band returning to the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years too. There were showcases in hometown Salford (at Sacred Trinity Church)  and over in Germany & Belgium .Performances were incredibly well received, with the band employing the use of video, lighting and circuit-bent technology to put the shows together. AAAK continue to go out of their way to be as awkward and ill-placed as they were 20 years ago by doing nothing like the norm.


Throughout 2011 they combined playing further live shows with the writing of a new LP. This is now out and entitled “Totalitarian Tip-Toe” – you can find my review here. Ding and Paul have expanded the line up of the band with guitarist Neil Rowbotham of The Words (“a much better guitarist than me” says Ding), and Tamsin A lead chanteuse and guitarist with Mr Heart. Special guests on the album were Kim F and Howard J from Kin. In the most recent live appearance the band was a five piece with Neil, Howard and Tamsin joining Paul and Ding on stage.

In April 2012 the band set up their own website where their early work is now available for free download. The website contains free downloads of the bands first two releases which Ding has remastered – plus other rare material.

www.aaak.co.uk

The show – which you can listen to here – contains the following tracks:

1 AAAK Sharpshooter The Collection
2 AAAK Outland Demo Version
3 AAAK Kingpin Totalitarian Tip-Toe
4 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby (AAAK Remix) I Am Kathy Kirby EP
5 AAAK Sleep Freeze The Collection
6 AAAK Get In The Real World Totalitarian Tip-Toe
7  AAAK Train to the West Big Fist
8 The Hired Help Perfect Society Exclusive Track
9 Kin Army of Ruined Buildings Flickering
10 AAAK We Fall Alone The Collection
11 The Fall Recovery Kit #2 We Wish You A Protein Xmas
12 AAAK Better Off Dead Totalitarian Tip-Toe
13 AAAK Sharpshooter (2012 – Shadow of Progress Remix) Exclusive Track

Aural Delights Radio Show – May 2nd 2012

A slight departure from the norm for this edition of the show with a continuation of the preview of some of the acts playing at the various gigs in Salford this week – however there is also lots of new music to tittilate the ossicles, plus some classic tracks…listen here:

1 The Three Johns The World of the Workers Do The Square Thing
2 John Hyatt and Periscope Machine Machine
3 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
4 The Blimp 50CC No Silencer Curse Curse Bang Bang
5 Toska Wilde I Am Your Temptation Cindy Darling
6 Luis Drayton Sex Junk Nazi Furs Pretty Sick/Dub Sick
7 Sinister Chuckles I Wanna Be Batman Blitzkreig Mop
8 Sinister Chuckles Dorian Gray Blitzkreig Mop
9 Sinister Chuckles The Ghost of Marilyn  Monroe Blitzkreig Mop
10 Tuxedomoon In The Name of Talent Desire
11 Doctrines Climbing Yggdrasil-Everybody Loves Ray Kay Bandcamp
12 Vladimir Cold Winter Grasp Single
13 Kill Pretty  Stupid Club In 80 Days
14 Taser Puppets Wasp Single
15 AAAK Crash Big Fist
16 Johnny Cooper Hot Mess Single

Notes in respect of the above

1. A sort of an intro to the following piece – from what I regard as their best release “Do the Square Thing” – they are playing Gulliver in Manc on May 8th.

2. Mr Hiatt of the aforementioned combo working with the ever busy Periscope  – excellent and out now

3. Further promotion of said bands EP launch this Thursday at the Kings Arms

4. Playing at the Hope, Eccles Old Road, as part of Toska’s Salford Temptation – doubt if they will play this one but I like it…..

5. The aforementioned TW and well a bit of a theme tune for the weekend

6. The co-conspirator of 5. above from a forthcoming album this is the pre-mastered version – slightly edited by me for content

7/8/9 Three exclusives of the tracks that will be on sale on the Sunday at The Hope from this bunch of miscreants….from Chorley which has a lot of roundabouts

10. Classic post-punk from one of my favourite albums – a very inventive band who never quite got the recognition they deserved

11. They are back and with a bang – from a forthcoming EP I think – they also just been signed to Alcopop Records.

12. Featured this band last year – this is their recent single – most impressive – hopefully a local promoter will entice them down

13. The ever lovely Kill Pretty with a track from their excellent album (have I mentioned how good the cover is?) – playing Saturday at the Crescent as are….

14.  Another band from Chorley (who share a singer with 7,8, and 9 – where do these musicians find the time to be in several bands at onece – I can’t keep up)

15. Mr Ding has been remixing the original AAAK releases and has made them available free of charge from their website – a classic piece early piece of Buildingscape Beats

16. This American gentleman caught my attention recently – impressed by his approach – this is the B Side to this recent single

Salford Music Scene – 28th February 2012

I was extremely pleased to get the OK from Ian “Moet” Moss to share with you four new studio recordings from Kill Pretty which were recorded at 6dB Studios a few weeks back – they give you another angle on this productive band and feature Mr Leigh and Mr Scanlon playing together for the first time since 1980. Also two further tracks from the excellent new EP from Taser Puppets “Twisted Pop”. You can see both of these bands with The Sexual Objects and Factory Star in a couple of weeks at Gullivers.

A full track listing is below – and you can listen in here

1 Kill Pretty Kill Pretty Album Sessions
2 Kill for Company Thoughts Loaded Like Bullets Singles
3 Hellbound Rebels Vulture Demo
4 Kill Pretty Rob A Bank Album Sessions
5 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby (AAAK Remix) Demo
6 Vei Surelines EP
7 Taser Puppets A Beautiful Song for the Ripper Twisted Pop
8 The Loaded Dice Love Hindsight of a Brand New Soul : Halo of Fireflies
9 Kill Pretty What About Me Album Sessions
10 The Darlings Stop and Go Monitor Mix
11 Death to the Strange Drink and the Devil Album Sessions
12 Kill Pretty The Year of 13 Moons Album Sessions
13 Taser Puppets Wasp Twisted Pop
14 The Fall Muzorewis Daughter Totales Turns

Music Diary #36 – 14th February 2012 plus Salford Music Scene Radio Show

I’d been concerned for some time that there was not enough new local stuff to play on this radio show – however things have improved of late and the selection on this weeks broadcast reflects a very healthy scene across Salford & Manchester and the surrounding boroughs (with a sideways trip to Margate to reflect a forthcoming extravaganza at the Crescent).

So the track listing for this show is – and you can listen here

1 Naked Veins Ride EP
2 The Kindest of Thieves Personal Best Ever The Optimist
3 Boomin Chocolate Demo
4 The Christophers Wisdom Single
5 Kingdom Lost Reverence Demos
6 The Fevers Dead Single
7 Death to the Strange Fill Up The Days Album Demos
8 The Kindest of Thieves Bones Ever The Optimist
9 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby EP
10 Naked Veins Second Nature EP
11 The Words Demons Single
12 The Words Siren Single
13 Stolen Mushrooms Miami Demos
14 The Fall Smile Perverted By Language