Fred & Friends – Cracked Black

A Christine number recorded after the demise of the band by Fred and Richard plus Jim from the Jackalsons and accidentally yours truly after failure of a hired four track recorder resulted in time pressure to get it done with the borrowed replacement.

I cut Carnival Of Souls about to go with it.

Fred & Friends – Cracked Black (1986)

Christine – Murder My Emotion

Christine – Murder My Emotion (1986)

Still living in the past here’s an early collaboration between the duo responsible for VTOR, though Richard is on bass rather than singing for Christine. Jim, later of the Gits, also guests as the second drummer on this track based on Adrian Mitchell‘s To Whom It May Concern. (Not that anyone told me that at the time).

Fred who provides vocals here sang the very last Gits song at the very last Gits gig.

The video this time is made up from Rebus Film No.1 by Paul Leni from 1925.

Rebus-Film Nr. 1-Paul Leni-1925-German avant-garde and experimental film-Animated movie

Orange

Supporting Orange at Champagnes in Horsham on Tuesday 5th April 1988.

ORANGE – ICE CREAM I SCREAM

From a preview in the previous week’s County Times Soundwave column.

Formerly called The Underpants, Orange are Malcolm Docherty (one time Purple Person) and Nick Odle (ex-All The Daughters)…Certainly Orange are one of the best Crawley groups around at the moment, their warm melodies, strong tunes and glittering guitars making them the ideal dance band. Polished and slick, it’s music without fuss. Go along.

[The Gits] motto is “Pure pop for pop people” and by and large they lived up to this when they made their début at the venue in February. Then they played a fistful of cracking songs, full of pace and character, the only detraction from an otherwise good performance being a lack of rehearsal. This has no doubt been rectified and audiences can now look forward to a sparkling show

In Local News…

The top selling singles in Horsham that week:

The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Bros – Drop The Boy

Malcolm and I had previously had a brief musical flirtation in Fixed Vision and after The Gits finished, Nick Odle and Jim joined forces to form Kvetch.

Malcolm has kept up the good fight until this very day with such vehicle themed bands as Hillman Minx and La Honda.

Caught between pop and a hard place.

Hillman Minx – Heavens Above (1997)

I want to get right back to nature and relax

A rum do

I See Stars – la Honda ft RUMER

In latter years he has seen the light.

Church of Malcolm at Communion Bar

In a remarkably tenuous link Malcolm played Oberon in a Collyer’s College production of A Midsummers Night Dream that was performed on a Horsham Town Twinning trip to Lage in Germany where me & Ben of the Gits first got to know each other and why the band are listed as characters from that play on the Retrospeculative.

As per Saxelby’s Parched Derivative addendum to the revised 7th Edition of the Rules any correctly identified Noel Coward reference will count double except during the July of a Leap Year.