A New Place To Begin

Twisted Hand

The Master Tapes

German Shepherd

11th April 2014

Twisted Hand 1982

After languishing on tapes for 32 years German Shepherd have received the OK to release the remaining six tracks from the legendary Twisted Hand recordings. Drummer Mike Leigh (The Fall, Rockin’ Ricky and the Velvet Collars, Pearl Divers, The Blimp, and currently Kill Pretty) got hold of the Master Tapes a couple of years back and took it upon himself to have them converted to digital.

After leaving the Fall in the early 80s Leigh spent some time with long time Fall fan Peter Claughan and his band in recording tracks. Three were released on the Short Strings EP which is still available from German Shepherd in limited edition vinyl (very few left) and digitally here.

So at long last we have the other tracks from the recordings made in Kilmarnock between 1980 and 1982. The sound is unmistakably post-punk with elements of influence coming from Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxie and the Banshees, Joy Division, and Magazine, what sets this apart from those comparisons however, is Leigh’s trade-mark busy drum style, and Claughan’s excellent world-weary vocals.

Had an astute record lable boss at the time been aware of this band and its’ music i’ve no doubt these would have been snapped up sooner. The writing is superb, the playing great, and still sounds fresh all these years later, and Claughan is in fine form. There is a lot of variety between the six tracks and it is great that these have finally been released to the world at large.

The “mini-album” is released a “Pay What You Want” and anyone wishing to donate will be contributing to Mike Leigh’s costs for the conversion of the original master tapes.

 

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Salford Music Scene – 17th July 2012

Here is this weeks extravaganza (listen here) – with a sizeable proportion of local talent.

Additional Notes

Track 1. The Girl Peculiar track is  a pre-release of a forthcoming single from a forthcoming album – it’s our record of the week for this week on SCR.

Track 5. The Outreach Project tell me that they play Moho Manchester on November 3rd.

Track 6 – Rory says  the band’s first album “Original  Junkie” –  which features 12 brand new tracks – is out on 13th August and  pre orders can be made now at: http://boomin.tmstor.es/

1 Girl Peculiar Believe Pre-release  Facebook
2 Daystar Don’t Need This Single  Facebook
3 Kurb The Wire Demo Track  Facebook
4 Lipstick Traces Cirque De La Mort Demo Track  Facebook
5 The Outreach Project If I Said I Want You Demo Track  Facebook
6 Boomin Original Junkie Single  Facebook
7 Crowds Cut Me Out Cut Me Out
8 Exchange Sterling Single  Facebook
9 I Invented Fire Don’t Forget Demo Track  Facebook
10 Kill for Company Left Hand Man Demo Track  Facebook
11 Twisted Hand Set Me Free The 1982 Masters
12 Kurb Brushin The Dust Demo Track
13 Lipstick Traces Lou Ferrigno Demo Track
14 Da Mutts Where Rain Lives (Lil Mouse) Demo Track  Facebook
15 The Fall Black Monk Theme Pt 1 Extricate

Salford Music Scene Radio Show 4th July 2012

On this show – which you can listen to here

1 Positronik Don’t Come Crying EP
2 The Fevers Heartbeats Like A Drum Single
3 The Imogen Styles Daddy Was A Dancer Demo
4 Effluence Stilts CatchRag
5 Annie If You’re Gunna Get Back Demo
6 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Dya Eva Wonder Pre-release
7 John Simpson/Ian Breen November Pre-release
8 Tall for Jockeys German Suplex Get Japan On The Phone
9 Naymedici Paddy McGhee Single
10 The Outreach Project Go My Own Way Demo
11 Twisted Hand Spear The 1982 Masters
12 Mount Fabric Curves and Corners Single
13 John Mackie Salford M44 Demo
14 Phil Davis and the Ninja Smoke Bombs Souls Demo
15 The Fall Zagreb White Lightning EP

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Salford Music Scene – 26th June 2012

Listen here

1 Twisted Hand One Day The 1982 Masters
2 Lucy Rhiannon Home Demo
3 Kit B Let’s Pretend Demo
4 Old House Playground Johnny’s Place (Rebitiko) God Damn That Gold
5 The Systematics It Hurts Single
6 Twinkle and Co Back Into The Light Demo
7 My Little Brother Nose Dive Demo
8 John Mackie Alaska Demo
9 English Mutts A Bar Called Despair Demo
10 Lucy Rhiannon I Wonder Demo
11 Twisted Hand Consequences The 1982 Masters
12 Salford Media City Long Deer is Awesome Demo
13 Sinister Chuckles Mono Brow Demo
14 The Fall New Face In Hell Grotesque After The Gramme

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 19th June 2012

You can listen to the show here

1 The Fall Garden Perverted By Language
2 Moongoose Late Night Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
3 Adesire Blue A History 1980-83
4 Twisted Hand Some Regrets The 1982 Masters
5 Easter Something American Innocence Man
6 English Mutts Song to….goodbye Demo
7 The Lazy Maybees Litterbug Lining Up Spoons
8 Salford Media City Prince Philip at Futureworks
9 Tigerside La La Samba Demo
10 My Little Brother 48 Blues Eyes Demo
11 Kill Pretty Kill Pretty In 80 Days

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 12th June 2012

On this weeks show……which you can listen to here……the featured artists are:

1 White Vinyl Where Art Thou Demo
2 Mamoroux Pointless Demo
3 Lauren Housley You Gotta Believe One Step Closer
4 Saturday Morning Cartoons In my mind Demo
5 Twisted Hand A New Place to Begin The 1982 Masters
6 Neuron No Drain the Lake Little Lemon EP
7 The Lazy Maybees Wildfever Lining Up Spoons
8 Adesire Vocation Paradise A History 1980-83
9 Danny Short Couldn’t Stay High Remnants
10 Air Cav The Way I Think About My Life Single
11 Wailer Pilot Study Fall Forward Demo
12 Fuschi4 Blue Whales Blues Can’t Hold Out
13 Lee Goulden with John Hamlin Through the Eyes Demo
14 My Little Brother Films Demo
15 The Fall Printhead Dragnet

(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – June 5th 2012

On this weeks show…..listen here

1 Easter Damp Patch Innocence Man
2 Lauren Housley My Baby Cry One Step Closer
3 The Lazy Maybees Old Ghost Lining Up Spoons
4 The Ascension Blood Upon The Rose Blood Upon The Rose
5 The Black Paths Our North Is Rising Ibiza and the Hangover
6 Twisted Hand Dawning The 1982 Masters
7 The Hamsters Stupid Songs The Disparate Cogniscienti
8 Kill Pretty Stupid Club In 80 Days
9 Danny Short Head in the Sand Remnants
10 Neuron No Limonchik Little Lemon EP
11 Glass Jungle Stay the Same Crystal Lies
12 Periscope Diggin You Out Demo
13 Adesire 60s Film Adesire A History 1980-3
14 The Fall Slags, Slates Etc Slates