Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Alan L » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:23 pm

As Emma Pollock has been mentioned earlier in the thread, it would be remiss of my not to mention Chemikal Underground Records, the label set up by The Delgados in 1994.

I've no idea where they are based, but they have a PO Box at G42 9TB, which would place them somewhere in the vicinity of Queens Park.

Bands on the roster of Chemikal Underground over the years include:

Areogramme
Arab Strap
The Delgados (obviously!)
Mogwai
De Rosa
Mother and the Addicts

I could go on, but that'll do for now. In Arab Strap, Mogwai and The Delgados, Chemikal Underground have been behind three of my favourite bands, and certainly three of the best to emerge from Scotland in the last 10 years.

Since I bought "Mogwai Young Team" 10 years ago, I've kept a keen eye on Chemikal's releases, and will do for some time to come. :D
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Mark N » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:12 pm

From yell.com:

Chemikal Underground Ltd
60 Brook St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G40 2AB
Tel: 0141 550 1919

...so they seem to be East End.

NB. Malcolm Middleton from Arab Strap now makes solo records. I'm not sure if he is signed to Chemikal Underground but nevertheless he is still gloriously miserable. When he sings "my loneliness shines" it sounds to me like "my load of shite".
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Glasgow's Answer To Brian Appleyard Strikes Again

Postby Cyclo2000 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:57 am

In my Brian Appleyardesque post of yesterene I furgoat to mention...Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. Their keyboard player/accordianist was Andrew Alston, who was also from Stra'ven. I went to school with his brother Angus. We shared a rehearsal space with the Commotions, across the road from Berkley studios in the basement. Ou room was split between us and Lloyd and the other one was Strangers and Brothers and The Bluebells. Across the raod in the sound studio were Hue and Cry.
Also the Scars, (from Edinburgh really) whose single All about You is still one of my faves. Their first single Adultery came out on the Human Leagues label, Fast Product.
The Scars recorded at least part of their album Author! Author! at the studios in Bentink Street. I stayed in Bentink Street when I was at Art School. I used to see a few of the bands that hung around at the time, the Shaking Pyramids (from Greenock) were a rockabilly act who had a minor hit with "Take a Trip on The Train" just after the Stray Cats had hit it big in the UK. Very popular in France, the Pyramids. The Cuban Heels were a favourite of mine. Homes For Heros. I still have their album "Work Our Way To Heaven" somewhere. The cover has them on the beach at Girvan. Romance, eh? The record label was Cuba Libre but I can't remember the name of the studios. Casa? I may be confusing it with the Records and Tapes place in Sauchihall Street, now defunct.

Bizarre find of the day http://www.printfection.com/cubanheels American website sells Cuban heels Tshirt shocker.

Of course, growing up in Stra'ven gave one an "in" to that particular generation of post punk pioneers as many of the bands recorded their singles (most of the Orange Juice Postcards for instance) at John McLarty's Emblem Studios off the Common Green. Originally upstairs from his tailors shop, in an attic room panelled with egg boxes (I'm not making this up) the operation moved to a disused tearoom next to the Boo Backet Brig in the very late 70's. Emblem studios are the ones you see the Majestics in in Tutti Frutti. I met Robbie Coltrane going into the Spar during filming. About a year later I was at the Edinburgh Festival and I met him again walking up North Fredrick street. When he stopped to chat you coulda knocked me pals over with a feather. Nice guy. For a short period in the early 80's I used to go out with Johns daughter.
The sound engineer there was an RD Warwick, now Ricky Warwick of the Almighty. McLarty's money was made recording groups like The Men of Orkney Male Voice Choir or local favourite Wallace Kirkland, a Lanarkshire based crooner whose sublimely awful "Wallace Kirkland Sings the Happy Heart" I am proud to own. I have never been entirely sure quite why there were so many recording studios dotted ariound such a small town. There was Emblem, a dance band and radio broadcast studios at the Kirkland Park Hotel (demolished in the 90's) and another out by Auldhouse.

On a seperate point, I was amazed in the 90's at the emergence of so many Lanarkshire bands with cycling based monickers, viz
Campag Velocet (a racing gruppo)
The Delgados (after Pedro of that ilk)
De Rosa (Italian framebuilders to Eddy Merxck)
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Blueboy » Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:03 pm

There's Park Lane Recording Studios: http://www.parklanerecordingstudios.com/ where I think Texas recorded 'Southside".
It's run by Paul McGeechan of Friends Again and Love and Money fame.

I saw Sharleen Spiteri in Shawlands years ago, so I guess they did record there. I was falling out of Haddows with a fish supper and a kerry oot if I remember correctly...

Cyclo - any Friends Again info? I'm sure I've got a copy of Trapped and Unwrapped knocking about the house...Don't 'spose it's worth anything.... :( :(
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Postby Cyclo2000 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:50 pm

AI got there first break in 1979 when they sent a demo to Siouxsie & The Banshees who asked them along as support on their tour.
Their original sound was very Banshee-esque, (the first album was partialy produced by Steve Severin) with songs like Dead Pop Stars and Insects. Dead Pop Stars became their first single, and both it and it's follow up, A Days Wait, featured cover art by the then relatively unknown David Band. They became firm favourites of Uncle John Peel (God Bless Him) who was a tireless champion of the group.
They scored hits after Claire Grogan appeared in Gregory's Girl, which raised their profile just as they changed their sound to the twee "Happy Birthday" period, produced by Martin Rushent (who'd worked with Magazine and the Buzzcocks).
Finally the band enlisted Mike Chapman (yes, that Mike Chapman) and Tony Visconti (!) to help them shed the frilly image Grogan had been saddled with and the band released two standout Euro-disco singles, Don't Talk to Me About Love and Bring Me Closer from their final album, Bite. they split in 1983

Claire Grogan now tours with various 1980's shows and continues a successful acting career.
Johnnie McElhone started Hipsway and had a hit with The Honeythief. When Hipsway imploded he started Texas who continue to this day.
Steve Lironi (to whom Grogan has been married since 1994) now works as a record producer. He produced "Scooby Snacks" for the Fun Lovin' Criminals and the album "It's Great When You're Straight...yeah!" which included the hit "Reverend Black Grape" for Black Grape. He's also produced albums for Hanson and Bon Jovi.
David Wilde, who gigged and recorded with the group on their last album and tour was the sax player in Endgames.

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Claire Grogan used to come up to Stra'ven at weekends to play with her cousins, the Naismith twins, who were in my class in first year, so I used to see her about sometimes. I went to a party with her once, in the big church above Casa Studios. She got off with me brother.
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Postcard Record Values

Postby Cyclo2000 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:35 pm

In case any HGers have a few they wanna sell...here's wot their worth today...as far as i can find out anyway

1 Orange Juice - Falling And Laughing (7") Picture Cover with Flexi, Mint, one sold in 2006 for £352.00 and earlier this year for over £400
2 Orange Juice - Blue Boy (7") Sept. 1980 (First 2083 with hand-coloured sleeve). Brown Cover, £40-£50. The hand tinted one hasn't been found yet, should be as much as falling and Laughing though,
7 Aztec Camera - Just Like Gold (7") Mar 1981 Mint with the postcard inside the black cover, one sold this year for £76 and again for over £90. Postcard is a photo.
9 Aztec Camera - A Mattress Of Wire (7") Jul 1981 With picture ciover, mint, £50-£75
10 Orange Juice - Poor Old Soul (7") 1981 with the postcard in the black cover, postcard is of cats with the lyrics in the back. £30-£60
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby red_kola » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:00 pm

Alan L wrote:Since I bought "Mogwai Young Team" 10 years ago, I've kept a keen eye on Chemikal's releases, and will do for some time to come. :D

Mogwai's spookily nomenclatured Castle of Doom Studio is actually in a rather innocuous building on Eldon Street.

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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Josef » Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:45 am

Several of you chaps are obviously contemporaries :D . Despite strong temptation to go on all day, I shall limit myself to

Cyclo2000 wrote:Hipsway - Long White Car, Broken Years. Saw them at Maestro's before they got signed. Used to know Graham Skinner a bit but not that well. He was pally with our rythmn guitarist.

It's Grahame. There would have been 13 letters in his name otherwise, and his mammy was superstitious.

Blueboy wrote:There's Park Lane Recording Studios: http://www.parklanerecordingstudios.com/ where I think Texas recorded 'Southside".
It's run by Paul McGeechan of Friends Again and Love and Money fame.

Amongst others, Jazzateers also recorded their eponymous album there.

Nice to see my singles box is still worth money, though.
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Alan L » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:31 pm

Mark N wrote:From yell.com:

Chemikal Underground Ltd
60 Brook St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G40 2AB
Tel: 0141 550 1919

...so they seem to be East End.

NB. Malcolm Middleton from Arab Strap now makes solo records. I'm not sure if he is signed to Chemikal Underground but nevertheless he is still gloriously miserable. When he sings "my loneliness shines" it sounds to me like "my load of shite".
http://www.malcolmmiddleton.co.uk


::):

I found the address on inserts from old Delgados records. I guess they must have moved.

Malcolm Middleton is indeed still signed to Chemikal. "A Brighter Beat" is probably my album of 2007 so far.
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Alan L » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:33 pm

red_kola wrote:Mogwai's spookily nomenclatured Castle of Doom Studio is actually in a rather innocuous building on Eldon Street.

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I had no idea where that studio is. Mogwai must have sold more records that I imagined to be able to afford property there!
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:51 am

Josef wrote:Nice to see my singles box is still worth money, though.

Mine is depreciating

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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby onyirtodd » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:01 pm

Alan L wrote:
red_kola wrote:Mogwai's spookily nomenclatured Castle of Doom Studio is actually in a rather innocuous building on Eldon Street.

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I had no idea where that studio is. Mogwai must have sold more records that I imagined to be able to afford property there!


That used to be the janny's house at the former Woodside school.
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Postby Cyclo2000 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:48 am

IIRC she's from Cumbernauld. The only other Cumbernauld band being Barky Barky although Johnny Brady (of Johnny7 fame) whose big brother was in Barky Barky now plays bass for the Rezillos when he isn't wotking at Merchant City Music.

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We shared a producer with Jerry for a while. They were going out too I think...Bobby Hendry?
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby Schiehallion » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:02 pm

Q: What's the Glasgow connection with James Blunt, Scissor Sisters, Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Steve Earle, Kiss, The Georgia Satellites, The Joe Strummer Band and The Stone Roses among others?

A : Shawlands Jimmy Moon who has sold or repaired instruments for that lot plus many more. And his proud boast is that they all pay just like us lesser mortals! A wee workshop down a lane off Pollokshaws Road near Shawlands Cross is where it all happens. When you see bands on the telly, look for the wee crescent moon on the headstock of the guitar, you'll know it was made in Shawlands!

My mandolin's a Moon and I love it.

Scroll down the left to 'Artists' for the whole list.

http://www.moonguitars.co.uk/moonhome.html
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Re: Glasgow’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Postby onyirtodd » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:19 pm

Schiehallion wrote:Q: What's the Glasgow connection with James Blunt, Scissor Sisters, Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Steve Earle, Kiss, The Georgia Satellites, The Joe Strummer Band and The Stone Roses among others?

A : Shawlands Jimmy Moon who has sold or repaired instruments for that lot plus many more. And his proud boast is that they all pay just like us lesser mortals! A wee workshop down a lane off Pollokshaws Road near Shawlands Cross is where it all happens. When you see bands on the telly, look for the wee crescent moon on the headstock of the guitar, you'll know it was made in Shawlands!

My mandolin's a Moon and I love it.

Scroll down the left to 'Artists' for the whole list.

http://www.moonguitars.co.uk/moonhome.html


Wow! Another mandocrucian on HG. Who'da thunk it?

Mine is an early 1920's Gibson A-.

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Jimmy Moon did some great work on my previous mandolin, a Gibson Alrite from about 1916.
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