Ben reminisces about the band supporting The Chesterfields at The Richmond in Brighton 1988.
I’ve learnt how to do link annotations and I’m going to use them!
Which is okay until you realise they don’t work with mobiles, tablets and some embeds.
And while we’re at it a track from the album.
Because we cocked the song up so much at the gig that we can’t use it whole.
The first clip, and dodgy performance, is from a Collyers gig in October 1988 organised by Mark Crane of This Idiot Glitter who also played along with Loveless, Spiralhead and, of course, The Happy Potato band. The other video is from Champagnes nightclub in February 1989.
We garnered a few radio and podcast plays on this Radio Andrea show, also available as a podcast. It was presented by a chap who used to see us play in Brighton back in the day who speaks a little about the band as well as playing Jim’s choice of a couple of tracks on the second broadcast.
The show’s embed seems to have bitten the dust so here’s the drastically abridged version.
The free downloads mentioned ultimately became part of The Gits Drink Milk leftovers collection.
The show also streamed across the pond in San Francisco on Pop Goes The Crunch.
Just twenty four years too late.
The masters and artwork have made it to the manufacturers and the CD will probably we out in about a month. So to introduce, or reacquaint people with the band we have a few informatational items lined up, starting with an excerpt from The Gits biopic: Around Around.
The Sound Of Leamington Spa Volume Seven
Back in the mists time, or July 2008 I think it was, the good burghers at Firestation Records of Germany kindly asked us to appear on one of their volumes of indie music of the eighties for which we stuck together a couple of different recordings of J.K. Rant to create a previously unheard version.
After some years in the making this volume has ultimately been included with the Firestation 15th Anniversary box set ‘Still Mad At Me?‘ with the title lost in translation as ‘JK Rent’.
The following are the CD liner notes for the originally planned release as transcribed from the vernacular.
The Gits – Men Or Gods?
[derivation: worm divided by tonka toy]
[origination: ‘orsham ‘ere ’tis]
Formed in Seattle in 1986 the ill-fated punk band known for their fiery live performances are nothing to do with this motley collection of reprobates from deepest darkest Sussex. Same time, different place, singer tragically moved to Brighton.
[motivation: like the Beatles, but better]
Wanted to be ‘The Misunderstood’ which proved to be far too difficult.
[explanation: pure pop for pop people]
Kings & Barnes Brown & Bitter. (Damn you Hall & Woodhouse, damn you to hell!).
[recollection: À la recherche du temps perdu]
Rob is 6ft 2cm tall, whereas Ben, who isn’t, takes a size ten shoe or boot. Ironically Jim weighs a fantastic 11 stone when lying down. By a strange coincidence neither of them are related.
[information: thanks to the wonderments of post-modern technologistics]
The answer was Gods.
For one of the occasions the CD was ‘coming soon’ I knocked out a promotional short with commentary idea pinched from the video for the song Zusammen Verschwinden by a band I was listening to a lot at the time Karpatenhund. They continue until this very day as their alter egos Locas In Love.
Errors & Omissions: it should of course have been ‘clench your buttocks’. Sorry for any confusion caused. (The Gits are not liable for any injuries caused by following ambiguous advice).