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Background Noise: Mitch Jones interview and feature on 41 Pardons volume 1, M Squared archival recordings

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on June 4, 2011

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this morning special guest Mitch Jones one of the founders of M squared and scattered order and another regular guest , good morning Mitch and welcome back to background noise. He will be presenting another beautiful M squared archival release celebrating Sydney post punk. 41 pardons M squared rare recordings 1979 to 1983 volume 1 double CD released recently on Ascension records release of the vinyl on demand pardon me for barging in like this vinyl box set  from 2009 with crystal clear sound quality. All tracks being totally remastered?. The first time these really historically important tracks have appeared in digital format, preserved forever.

CD 1

1st Bracket

Track, Artist, Title, Duration

1, Scattered Order,Tanks,1.46

7,”,Waiting for you to come home,2.53

6,”,Because they are more difficult,3.14

2nd Bracket

8,Patrick Gibson,Modra Inara,2.17


13,”I needle the oven,3.32

3rd Bracket

15,A Cloakroom Assembly,Tom Salted,2.04

18,Keeping Apprehension Tim,2.16

22,The Airside,3.20
CD 2

4th Bracket

track, Artist, Title, Duration

4,Makers of the Dead Travel Fast,Sea Heads Part 1,6.43


10,“,Die for my house,2.12

5th Bracket

12,Prod,Jet Boy survives the fall,5.19

13,East End Butchers,The elephant freak,2.07

17,Volatile T Shirt,Making babies in heaven,4.04

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Background Noise: UK DIY/Post Punk music from London 1978-81 and Manchester 1979-84

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on January 2, 2010

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this morning A Prelude to the 2010 festival of Sydney tribute to Sydney post punk from 1979 to 1983.Signal to noise.

We Return to the Independent DIY post punk English music. Two new releases on the hyped2death label.

Messthetics #107, DIY 1978 to 1981 London part three, and a collection called pathology by Gods gift from Manchester 1979 to 1984. But firstly the years following punk in London and the energy of punk was joined by a plethora of new musical arrangements and ideas. It was real DIY cottage industry with handmade 7 inch limited-edition (commonly 500) record covers with the edition numbers hand drawn. One of the important small labels was the dining out label. Relevant more widely known groups interacting with the London DIY scene included a certain ratio ,the pop group,joy division,swell maps and scritti politi. Some of the groups were listening to German Kraut rock and early Brian Eno. John Peel was a great fan of many of the bands. And his support was very important. Bedroom recordings on four track were the order of the day. Most recordings are from the years 1980/81.

Some Band members became members of groups such as 23 skidoo and the flying lizards.

Track, artist,title, duration, information

3, avocados, I never knew, 2′ 26″

4, occult chemistry, occult chemistry,1′ 32″

5, patterns, the Bishop (edit ) 4′ 14″, featuring really inventive vocal and musical arrangements and the voice of Blatt from the native hipsters who formed from Patterns.

6, six minute war, weathermen, 2′ 50″

7, Demon preacher, Royal Northern,2′ 45″

10, stolen power, Little White lies,2′ 54″


11, flags, is God love?, 2′ 54″, sounds like scattered order, they developed completely independently proving that post punk was a worldwide phenomenon.

*15, 49 Americans, Newton’s laws,1′ 11″, they had over 49 members over their existence, the main member was a fellow by the name of Giblet. Other members included at various times improvisers Steve Beresford, David Toop and Max Eastly (hence interaction with the London musicians collective), Viv Albertine from the slits and nag and Bendle from the door and the window.

*17, the milkmen, since you went away,2′ 17″, recorded one of their demos at Ariwa studios of the then relatively unknown mad professor.

*19, design for living, one to the wise,2′ 46″, formed by Fawcett from Patterns.Everybody helped and encouraged each other.
21, 49 Americans, should be more ideal,1′ 54″

Background Noise Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Continued

moving north to Manchester:

Gods Gift (deliberately and ironically with no apostrophe ) , Collection Called Pathology 1979 — 1984. The mainstays of the band over the years were Steve Edwards on vocals and Steve Murphy on guitar, his Musical interests at the time of their formation was rock and Steve Edwards included Roxy music and David Bowie. Bands which they went to see included the Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy division. Their main inspiration for starting the band was the Velvet Underground. They thought, they cannot play their instruments but they are brilliant. Rather cynical and often nihilistic Steve Edwards famously said to the audience “watcha dancing for, it’s tuneless you pillock”. At least six of the members over the years worked inside Prestwich Asylum, the largest psychiatric hospital in the UK at the time (2500 patients). The hospital’s grayness, hopelessness, and constant menace permeated not just GG’s tunes and lyrics, but their very stage-presence, Edwards in work clothes and Murphy with his back to the audience.They Were Associated with the label new hormones at a time when factory records dominated Manchester. They became involved with the Manchester musicians collective through which they were always assured of gigs

Track, Title, Duration, details


1, anaesthetic,4′ 06″, about drinking culture in the north-west of England

3, Jacqueline’s admission,5′ 41″, based on a short story written by Steve Murphy while working on an acute admissions ward at the hospital.

4, no god (12 inch version),5′ 02″, written by Steve Murphy  in a library at the age of 15.

5, discipline,4′ 24″, to be released in a special edition on the play loud label along with a live DVD in 2010.
6, the strong and the weak,3′ 50″, about the wide chasm between nurses and patients at Prestwich Asylum.

Both Releases are on the hyped2death label ( You to Chuck Warner from hyped to death for the CDs.


Next Program in two weeks will be our annual review of the year in music and the arts. You can listen to all previous editions of background noise at including the last special programme with Lloyd Swanton and Chris Abrahams From the Necks



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Background Noise: M Squared feature part two

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on July 19, 2009

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This Morning, M Squared feature part two.Continuing the M squared story with two more luminaries from the M squared family, Patrick Gibson, founder, vocalist and songwriter with The Systematics and M Squared pioneer, welcome back to background noise Patrick and Shane Fahey,  vocals, synthesiser and keyboards with The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast.Welcome Shane and thank you both for coming in. We will be delving further into the beautiful new vinyl on demand M squared box, pardon me for barging in like this. Unreleased and limited released recordings from 1979 to 1983. We will intersperse our conversation with tracks chosen by Shane and Patrick from the records. We will give details at the end for being able to obtain the release.  

Tracks played:

First music bracket (The Makers of the dead travel fast), record three Style Noodle,

track title, all previously unreleased. 

sea heads



slow Wasser

Everyone’s a Winner

second music bracket. (Patrick solo  followed by the Systematics live)

firstly from record two, Not Another Bloody World, Patrick solo recordings from 1982 and 83

The Master Plan Ain’t Worth It


Children (10′ 20″ total)

from the bonus record six, 10 inch of the Systematics live supporting the cure at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on August 8 (8/8) 1981 recorded on cassette from the mixing desk by Michael Tee

2,2, Bovine?

Third music bracket (Shane and Patrick compilation tracks) from selection record five, Patrick introduce the tracks

Side 1

1,knife on top ~3

Side 2

Untitled ,Height Dismay~3

2,3, Look at My Body (5′ 33″ total)

.the special performance night coming up.Shane.For Those of Us who lived through the M Squared days it will be like rewinding 30 years. The CAD Factory: 5 Handley St, Marrickville, Sydney
$15.00 at the door, Sunday, July 26 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
Web addresses:

to purchase the M Squared box

further history of M Squared,

background noise: post punk music from Scotland and Wales 1977– 1981

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on December 15, 2008

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 This Morning we return to a classic period of British post punk from 1977 to 1981 in Scotland and South Wales.  Courtesy of numbers 104 and 105 in the Messthetics series released earlier this year.  The music is injected with the spirit of punk with more carefully constructed musical elements.  We will include an interview which I recorded yesterday with Chuck Warner who runs the American label hyped to death who have released the Messthetics series. We Begin with the words of chuck Warner whom I spoke to yesterday from his home one and a half hours north of Boston .Chuck track 1(0-4’20”,4’58”-7’08” )

Starting in Scotland Mesthetics #105

Messthetics‘ first Scottish installment focuses on a brief, intense scene of ardently independent bands who got started rubbing shoulders with 1977 punk then paid no attention at all to London after that. The sound was based on guitars of all sorts, ingeniously skewed melodies and unashamed local accents.

Track, Band         , Title                                      

1, the scrotum poles, helicopter honeymoon        

5, commercials, Simon                                       

9, visitors, moth                                                 

15, vertical smiles, new clash single                   

16, ettes, a conversation (demo version)            

19, brills, gang of one                                                                                                                    

22, he’s dead jim, towel on the radiator/lampshade                                                                                          

23, jazzateers, blue Moon over Hawaii (demo version)                                                                    

24, Paul Reekie(poet worked with mark perry’s good missionaries on bass)


Now we move to South Wales and the Z Block label scene:

By the end of 1977, years of music industry neglect  had left South Wales’ fertile ground for D.I.Y. The most basic instrumentation, one-take recordings and black and white graphics ruled the day

2, current  obsessions, fish                                  

4, tax exiles, (I don’t believe in ) miracles)            

5, flying brix, uniform (I don’t want to be different) 

9, the same, Arnold Palmer                                  

11, table table, magic moments                            

14, addiction, violence                                          

16, hugh volk, talk of the town                              

18, Ralph and the ponytails, James Bond              

19, Janet and Johns, I was a young man              

20, what to wear , we’re the Martians now

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Background Noise: Messthetics

Posted in Background Noise by Ellard on November 4, 2007

wibbly wibbly Broadcast on 23.10.07

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Morning this morning — 2 recent compilation CDs, from England and America.Messthetics #103 (Messthetics label), D. I. Y and Indie post punk from the Midlands in England 1978 — 1981 on the Messthetics label and reissue of the rare second release by the Los Angeles Free Music Society In the Midlands there was a sparse but energetic rabble of (mostly) teens. They were faster, louder and less arty than their DIY counterparts elsewhere in the UK. Includes the bands Swell Maps, Hardware (pre — Pigbag). D.I.Y.” was both punk and post-punk, but D.I.Y. stood firmly on its own: a musical free-for-all of untrained voices, gnarly, scrubby, newly-invented riffs, home-made instruments, dustbin percussion, and lyrics like nothing that had come before. Performed by punks and hippies, musical geniuses and novices alike, school-kids and grizzled 27-year-olds…John Peel was a great supporter of the DIY bands and it was a great thing to be played By John Peel and appear on a peel session. The most successful DIY record was There Goes Concorde again by the native hipsters . And the next most successful was the shapes Part of the Furniture EP from 1978. The Young Bands (15 — 19) would sell any thing to be able to put out a 7 inch — their motorbikes and cash the dole cheques. It was a breeding ground for successful new wave bands such as pig bag and the specials. The Bands Had the energy of punk. And Many Were Influenced by the Glam rock period Of David Bowie and The Sweet. The 7 Inch Records were often released in plain sleeves and small runs of only 250.

Gerry Anderson’s marionette series provided a number of punk band names in England. Swell Maps came from the line from stingray, “gee , that’s a swell map”.Tracks:start-Lester and the brew,a bad day in the o
swell maps,camouflage attack,1977

digital dinosaurs,aliens in your skies,1979



the shapes,I saw batman in the launderette,1978

school meals,headmaster,1978

domestic bliss ,domestic bliss,1978

hardware,face the flag,1979


the second CD is Called I.D Art #2 which contains sound work by visual artists and groups such as Smegma and visual artists .LAFMS was formed in 1974 and was a collective of like-minded artists, musically inspired by the likes of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. It Was Released in 1976 and only 200 copies were produced. Mainly going to the 44 visual and other artists involved. Most of them were students at Otis Art Institute in L.A. Most of Them had never recorded and never did again. Here Is my selection. A real audio excursion. Released in July on Paradigm. Tracks played (track numbers only) 4,6,8, 13, 16, 26, 27, 31, 33, 34, 41, 42, 43

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