Excellent Play Dead bootlegs!

playdead2Here is a real gem.  I’m sure all Play Dead fans know about the  excellent ‘Company of Justice’ site, but recently I found out that there is a huge collection of bootlegs in MP3 format on the site.

There are tracks from TV shows, classic bootleg LPs as well as other shows.

Fantastic work all round.

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“20 Best: Goth records ever made”

bauhaus_12_bela_1This is a good read, and the opening is a scream – especially if, like me, you have ever spent time in Spiders in Hull.  Legend of a club.

It’s June, 1999, or thereabouts. I’m sixteen years of age. I’m in a nightclub for the first, perhaps second time in my life. The nightclub is called Spiders, and it’s located on the edge of an industrial estate in Hull. The air as my friends and I queue up outside is foul with burnt cocoa fumes wafting from a neighbouring factory. The smell inside the club is worse.

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BBC4, can we please get Goth Britannia made?

522704_195067337277650_2039313857_nWhat a fantastic idea.

“BBC4, can we please get Goth Britannia made?” is a Facebook campaign – a year old this week – imploring the beautiful BBC to make “Goth Britannia”:

We’ve had Soul Britannia, Prog Britannia and Synth Britannia and others, but surely there is a snakebite & black sized gap in the schedules for the daddy of ’em all… GOTH BRITANNIA.

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Play Dead re-re-release “From The Promised Land” LP

playdead_cdr_from_1Little did I know that Play Dead recently re-re-re-released “From The Promised Land” recently on Anagram/Cherry Red.  This is a cracker but had a difficult birth – plagued with poor mastering and un-necessary re-issues.  So what about this one?

With nine bonus tracks this collection represents Play Deads’s most eclectic collection, ranging from cavernous semi industrial rock as demonstrated on ‘Break’, ‘Solace’, and the classic ‘Isabel’, through to the twisted funk of ‘Holy Holy’, and ‘No Motive’, to dark ethereal cold wave synth of ‘Conspiracy’ all powered by rigid militaristic beats.

Play Dead managed to blend grinding metallic shards of guitar with the sort of dark driving funky bass lines 23 Skidoo would be proud of, add to this brooding hypnotic synth’s weaving between semi chanted semi sung snatched vocals confronting the audience with their threatening lyrical themes, and it’s clear to see why Play Dead were the outsiders in the developing goth scene, they offered a less immediate sound; theirs was darker, the tracks walked with a sinister gait which demanded more of its audience; Play Dead certainly rewarded the inquisitive – there isn’t a weak track on this album, it’s so good to hear “Return To The East” once again..

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“The Cure & the Story of the Alternative 80s” Magazine

So this dropped through my letterbox today.  The curiously titled “The Cure [IN GREAT BIG LETTERS] and the story of the alternative 80s.” [in apologetically small, non-descript, genre avoiding letters].

It’s a potted history of Goth (the Cure don’t even really get any extra coverage), with new interviews and good, in-depth articles.  This is definitely not as gritty as Mick Mercer’s excellent Gothic Rock (still available through LuLu, and highly recommended), but it seems like a pretty good intro.  It does have a lot of really nice photos, many I haven’t seen before.

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Punk! Lives magazine – “the unacceptable face of modern music” – all 11 magazines available online

I can’t find a great deal of information about this magazine, but it was published in 1982/3 and deals with the then current crop of punk bands – Exploited, GBH, Vice Squad the Damned, Vice Squad, Dead Kennedys, Discharge, etc.

It’s got loads of interviews, single & LP reviews and loads of colour posters (bizarrely, all looking very bright and top of the pops-y).

I stumbled upon oldpunks.com and they have a link to a download of good quality scans of all 11 magazines.  But there are other ways of getting it – issue one (only) is available as an e-book (a good place to start), and issues one, three, four, eight, nine and ten are on Facebook.

There is also a fair cross-over with the post-punk and goth scene – here is some of the stuff I found after a quick look (the number is the issue number):

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Interview with John Fryer of DarkDriveClinic

John Fryer may not be a household name yet, but he should be. Having worked on iconic records such as Depeche Mode’s ‘Speak and Spell’ and Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ Fryer has helped to shape the modern musical landscape. [don’t forget Play Dead – ed.] In his work with Cocteau Twins and other 4AD bands, he pioneered an ethereal pop/rock sound that would influence countless shoegaze bands. Fryer has also helped to bring goth, metal, and industrial music into the mainstream, working with artists like Love and Rockets, Swans, Stabbing Westward, Fields of the Nephilim, White Zombie, Gravity Kills, Cradle of Filth, the aforementioned Nine Inch Nails, and many others.

via Interview with John Fryer of DarkDriveClinic – Rock Edition.

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