This site aims to be a repository for all things connected with the band, including a detailed history, rare photographs and film, lyrics, a gig guide, press cuttings, reviews, a discography and anything else connected with the band.
If you click on "other bands" there are sections that give details of other bands involving John Hodgson, from my school band formed with my life-long pal Michael Charlton (Purity) in 1966, right through to my current project, essentially solo, which goes under the name Fast Cakes.
LATEST NEWS (Compiled by band vocalist John Hodgson (aka Blank Frank)):
JANUARY 2017 - RARE PICTURE DISCOVERED
A recent “Remember When” supplement produced by the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette featured a two-page article about the 1970’s Teesside punk scene, pride of place was a photo taken at The Wellington Pub, Middlesbrough on the 23rd August 1978. It features me on drums, and my diary entry for that day gives all the info:
“...went to The Wellington and ended up playing drums for Nicky Beat & The Beatniks. Enjoyed it immensely. Saw The Barbarians. Their song “Binns Corner” is the most amazing song. Protex played with a proper line-up for a change. They were really good, they had a projector flashing pictures onto the wall during the set. Nicky Beat asked Protex’s drummer if he would join them because he is good. Nicky’s drummer has been sacked, Dimmer went to pick him up and he was laid out with an empty crate and two syringes next to him...”
The picture shows the band in full flight with Alan Peat on bass, Ian Luck on vocals, me (John Hodgson) on drums, and Dimmer Blackwell on guitar.
Happy new year! Just an update on recent news. The “Legend & Lunacy” box set ended up with 1261 tracks, thanks to the addition of 5 songs from Makaton Chat’s last ever gig (that I was involved in) from 1986. I rescued an old VHS tape that I had completely forgotten existed.
Also, the release of the Basczax CD’s have been put back to early 2017 due to life getting in the way, just too busy with stuff!
And, as if I haven’t got enough on my plate, I have started a new “Purity” album with original member Michael Charlton, following the recording of “Lonely” that concludes the “Legend & Lunacy” box set. This will be the first time we have recorded together since 1983.
Good news! The massive career-spanning anthology “Legend & Lunacy” is finally completed, compiled to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of my involvement in music, starting in September 1966, it features 1256 tracks and includes songs from all my bands including Blitzkrieg Bop, Basczax, Makaton Chat, Adamanta Chubb, Purity, Erection, The Skydaddies, The Curtains, The Gynaecologists, Fast Cakes and solo John Hodgson songs, as well as numerous side projects. Just go to this link and you can browse all 62 volumes and listen, maybe even buy some downloads: https://fastcakes.bandcamp.com/music
SEPTEMBER 2016 Legend & Lunacy: 50th Anniversary Box Set news
The long awaited 50th Anniversary box set (1966-2016) bringing together the best recordings from the various bands I have been involved with, is almost complete. I have given it the title of “Legend & Lunacy”, which goes back to 1976 when I created a fantasy LP cover with that title, back in the days when the idea of actually appearing on vinyl was most definitely a fantasy.
At the time of writing there are 1255 songs, starting with an August 1972 Purity song called “Lonely”, and finishing with a new version of the song, also by Purity, which I am in the process of recording. I have just spent a couple of months writing the sleeve notes, which has inadvertantly blossomed into a history of the period. You can hear the first eighteen volumes on Bandcamp by clicking here: https://fastcakes.bandcamp.com/album/legend-lunacy-50th-anniversary-box-set-vol-1
These cover the period from 1972 to 1979, watch out for more volumes soon. The sleeve notes will be available as a book soon. Watch this space.
SEPTEMBER 2016 – Basczax on CD at last
I have finally secured finance to release two Basczax CD’s on my own Opportunes label soon. First up will be a comprehensive collection of the studio recordings from the 1979-80 period, containing 20 tracks, including the Hertford Lodge Studio session, the Pipeline single, and all the best recordings from the Teessider demo sessions. It will be called “Rip Up The Flag And Dance”. It will be a strictly limited edition of 300, all individually numbered, with new sleevenotes. Release is planned for Christmas 2016. A second CD, this time a physical release of the download-only album from 2010, “This Machine Rocks” which saw four of the five original members of the “classic” Basczax line-up re-unite to record a brand new set of songs. This is planned for early 2017, and both releases may include a secret track at the end, but please, don’t tell anyone!
It looks almost certain that the three Japanese 7” singles will never be released, despite the record company paying money for the rights, they seem to have gone off the idea. Shame.
The No Way “Live @ The Beeb” vinyl LP has almost sold out, but there's good news for anyone who might miss out, there are plans to release a CD version with 13 bonus tracks, watch this space...
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of my first time I wrote and recorded music, aged 11 in 1966, to commemorate this I am aiming to release a 50 year retrospective, featuring many Blitzkrieg Bop tracks, as well as tracks from my other bands, including Purity, Adamanta Chubb, Erection, The Curtains, Basczax, The Gynaelcologists, The Meals, The Cleverly Brothers, Makaton Chat, The Adenoids Of Gimf, Sun Yama, The Aurora Mains Testers, The Skydaddies, Viva La Diva, Red Sky, Dada Guitars, John & Liam and Fast Cakes, in addition to many “solo” tracks.
The current song total is 981 and it is expected there will be well in excess of 1000 songs in the set – I will be making the whole thing available online probably towards the end of this year.
The Now Way “Live @ The Beeb” is FINALLY released, it emerged at the end of November, there are only 400 copies pressed so I predict it will sell out quickly. Head on over to Rave Up Records, Italy for more info.
I am continuing to digitally transfer my tape archive, and am finding some interesting tid-bits related to Bop, including Mick Sick’s original home demo of “Mental Case”
I have finally obtained a Digital Compact Cassette Player so I can transfer some 30+ digital master cassettes onto my hard drive once and for all, this will speed up the compilation of the long-planned 50th Anniversary Box Set due in 2016, that aims to put together the very best recordings from all my bands from 1966 to 2016 (Although the earliest surviving recording in the archive is from August 1972)
I have had an e-mail from “1977 Records” in Japan informing me that the proposed release of three 7” singles from Blitzkrieg Bop is on indefinite hold due to the long waiting times at the pressing plant.
Crazy Russian Video! I always keep an eye out for cover versions of Bop tunes, and I have found one out of deepest Russia, some random guy in his bedroom with an acoustic guitar blasting out “Dole Walla”. Wanna see it? OK: https://youtu.be/LG3h3UZLezk
There’s a pretty good review of the Bop LP “Studio Stuff” on the “Big Takeover” website, here it is:
Teesside, England’s Blitzkrieg Bop may have only lasted from February 1977 to February 1979, but they perfectly captured the essence of late ’70s UK punk during their brief existence. After over 35 years of obscurity, the Northern English group’s entire studio discography is finally available to all who salivate over Killed By Death-style punk rock.
More than a mere assemblage of recordings, Studio Stuff shows a band growing between releases. Though the earliest sessions consisted of extremely rough covers of The Clash’s “White Riot,” The Stranglers’ “London Lady” and guess which Ramones song (sung in a think Northern accent, no less), the debut self-released 7”, “Let’s Go” b/w “9 Till 5” and “Bugger Off” hit a milestone of originality with some fuzzy Nuggets-inflected garage punk, particularly in the title track, which owes much to Scott McKenzie’s 1967 single. “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).” Lightning Records (The Mirrors, The Nerves) signed them for a tighter version of “Let’s Go,” now with ominous synths, b/w “Life Is Just a So-So” and “Mental Case,” both exploding with early Damned rawness filtered through a Buzzcocks pop aesthetic. Two other tracks from these sessions, “Dole Walla” and “Get Out of My Way,” further show the band’s progression, despite their unfinished status. A BBC Radio Cleveland recording yielded the Stranglers-y “Images (Weekend Punks),” and the A-side of the second (and last) Lightning single, “(You’re Like A) UFO” followed suit, while the B-side cover of The Equals’ “Viva Bobby Joe,” remained an unnecessary head scratcher. The final studio entry for the group produced “Radio” and “West Side Story,” both of which sported a marked Ha!-Ha!-Ha!-era Ultravox! inflection, yet failed to attract any further label attention. Tired, disheartened and ready to move on, they disbanded, with members going on to join post-punk synth-poppers, Basczax.
Though not perfect, Blitzkrieg Bop delivered some incredibly memorable, poignant songs that deserve to be immortalized in the annals of great lost punk bands. Blast Studio Stuffwith a steady stream of beer and return to an era before the mohawks and leather jackets.
I have written a short essay on the merits of bands keeping hold of their history, called “Don’t Chuck ‘Owt Out!” for the Teesside Band Archive, it’s only short, read it here (it’s got some links to cool punk tracks)
Due to heavy demand at the pressing plant the proposed No Way album on Opportunes/Rave Up Records has been delayed until September. Watch this space for any more updates. The three Blitzkrieg Bop 7” singles due out of Japan on 1977 Records have still not surfaced. They were slated for a February 2015 release but are still not out.
If you are still looking for the Blitzkrieg Bop vinyl release “Studio Stuff” on Rave Up/Opportunes Records, which brings together all the studio recordings of the band, you will have to seek out a second hand copy as the Rave Up website has announced that the pressing has completely sold out. Copies are still available for a reasonable price from Discogs www.discogs.com/Blitzkrieg-Bop-Studio-Stuff/release/5479199 but I expect prices to go up soon.
The three Japanese 7” singles by Blitzkrieg Bop, mentioned earlier in the news, are apparently released today, at least according to a third-party website (here)* – however, the official website of the record company that is due to release them, 1977 Records of Japan, make no mention of them on their website. As soon as I have more news I will let you know.
I have news of the long-awaited Japanese Bop releases that were planned for 2014, they are now slated for a February 2015 release. Information is scant and I only found out by googling the interweb, the label themselves have remained tight-lipped about any releases.
There are three 7” singles listed, “Let’s Go/9 Till 5/Bugger Off”, “UFO/Viva Bobby Joe” and “Blitzkrieg Bop/White Riot”, all due on the 15th February 2015 by 1977 Records of Japan. More info when I get it.
I have set in motion plans to elevate the so far “ad hoc” record label I call Opportunes into a fully active label. I have two ideas for releases but nothing to declare just yet. The plan is to initially release historic local recordings from the punk era, but I haven’t ruled out releasing new music also. The focus will be on vinyl releases, but I haven’t ruled out releasing CD’s. You can follow the label on Twitter, I go under the name Opportunes Records @OpportunesRec
NOVEMBER 2014 Some really exciting news! I have been going through some reels of tape and have found a previously unheard live concert tape by Blitzkrieg Bop, it’s an almost complete performance of their support slot with Radio Stars on the 7th October 1977. I have transferred it to digital and have edited and remastered it in preparation for a release. The quality is reasonable, but not spectacular. It was taped by band manager Larry Ottoway on a BBC Uher machine that was traditionally used for outside broadcasts, but more often than not for spoken word recordings. The original reel was in mono but I have given it some treatment in the Imperial Digital studio and it now has a fake stereo feel to it. The gig was memorable as it was the last ever gig to feature Gloria on guitar. Just after Bop left the stage a Teesside band called Speed ran on unannounced and played an impromptu set, luckily Larry captured their performance on tape, and I will be mastering their songs soon.
You may know that I ran a record label between 1980-1982 called Teesbeat, and the last release was a 7” by local NWOBHM band BLACK ROSE – No Point Runnin’/Sucker For Your Love (Teesbeat TB5) 1982. I was surfing the web the other day when I noticed that a German label called HR Records had released a new compilation of Black Rose recordings, and included as a bonus 7” repro of the Teesbeat single. I had never been asked permission, so technically it is unauthorised, but hey ho...it did mean, if I was to maintain my collection, that I had to buy it. It cost me even more as it was also available in red vinyl, and I even bought the white label test pressing. The sleeve is striking, you can see it here:
There is a glaring error in the sleeve notes though – it claims that the single came out via Dimmer Blackwell’s Teesbeat, which is a different label altogether. This is what it says:
Black Rose's first 7" single "No Point runnin'" (with "Sucker for your Love" on the B-side) was issued by Teesbeat. A label even smaller than Guardian: “Teesbeat was a local rehearsal/recording studio and we used to hire rooms there to practise in. It was run by a guy called Dimmer Blackwell and he set up the label Teesbeat, which was a small independent label, and he started to release local bands on vinyl. To be honest, I can't remember exactly how the deal came about but he did a limited pressing of around 500 copies I think, and again we paid for it.”
SEPTEMBER 2014 The new Blitzkrieg Bop LP “The Usual Suspects” is finally out now, it comes in black, blue or yellow vinyl, has a gatefold sleeve, a picture inner, an insert AND a CD of the tracks! Reproduced below is the official press release from NE Records in Sweden:
BLITZKRIEG BOP - USUAL SUSPECTS LP + CD (NE024)
My first encounter with Blitzkrieg Bop didn’t happen until the early 90’s, I was on the lookout for rare punk vinyl when I came across their first EP. Soon after I started to search desperately for all their records. I bought an unplayed copy of “Let’s Go” from Vinylshrine, little did I realise that the owner of Vinylshrine was John Hodgson aka Blank Frank, the singer with the band! I thought I had heard all the band had to offer but in 2013 a new compilation called “Live ‘77 & Beyond” came out on John’s own Opportunes label. I contacted him and was overjoyed to learn that there were a number of unreleased tracks, both live and studio, in good enough quality to merit another release.
I really liked the songs I was sent and now we are here, with a new album called “The Usual Suspects. ”With a bunch of previously unreleased tracks exclusive to this release, and a lavish gatefold sleeve and insert with many previously unseen photographs, together with a CD version of the album, this is an album you can really “Let Go and enjoy!”
LTD 470 copies (220 black/ 150 blue/100 clear) 300 of these with CD
All songs are remastered (some studio songs for first time from original master tape!) Awesome sound!
APRIL 2014 The Italian Blitzkrieg Bop vinyl LP “Studio Stuff” was officially released on March 1st 2014 – it contains all the Bop studio recordings, including five previously unreleased tracks. There are only 400 copies pressed and rumour is that it is selling out fast! To get your copy visit http://tinyurl.com/p7xkwjl and cash in on a future collectors item.
APRIL 2014 The three Japanese 7” singles by Blitzkrieg Bop are still coming out despite the delays – expect full details of tracks etc soon.
The new FAST CAKES album called LIFESTORY was released on the 2nd March. It is available on CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/fastcakes3 and also on iTunes and Spotify (Just search for Fast Cakes)
There are fourteen new original songs: Heart And Soul (Faraway)/Crazy Dreamers/Money Buys Your Heart/Signals/Kaleidescope (Funkin’ Out)/My Finest Hour/On The Motorway/Nobody Loves You/
No Man’s Land/Lifestory/The Sirens Call/Be A Rolling Stone/Heart Of Stone (Feet Of Clay)/Looking Back
MARCH 2014 The new BLITZKRIEG BOP vinyl release is due any time now. Called “Studio Stuff” it brings together all the studio recordings of the band, including five previously unreleased tracks. Watch this space for
updates on its release.
DECEMBER 2013 The new Bop CD “Live ‘77 & Beyond” is selling well with copies going all over the world, there are only 300 copies all individually numbered and it is expected to sell out in a few weeks.
DECEMBER 2013 Lots of news recently, with no fewer than FIVE new Bop releases due early next year, with another two a distinct possibility. There is a double 7” vinyl pack due from NE Records in Sweden, with no fewer than ten tracks: Let’s Go/Life Is Just A So So/Mental Case from the bands 2nd single, and seven bonus tracks including early mixes of (You’re Like A) UFO and Viva Bobby Joe. There is a CD included in the pack with all ten tracks plus another bonus track, an unreleased live version of Heart Of The City from 1977.
“1977” Records from Japan are planning three new singles, a repro of the Mortonsound Let’s Go/9 Till 5/Bugger Off 7”, a repro of the (You’re Like A) UFO/Viva Bobby Joe 7” and a 7” containing two previously unreleased tracks, a cover of The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” and The Clash’s “White Riot”.
And finally an Italian label is released a vinyl LP containing all the studio tracks from the band, as well as a BBC session and two recently unearthed demos from the Lightning “Let’s Go” session from 1977, the album is provisionally entitled “Studio Stuff”, and a CD version of may follow with bonus tracks.
DECEMBER 2013 Recordings are continuing for the new FAST CAKES album, due some time in 2014. So far three new songs have been completed, “Signals”, “The Sirens Call” and “Money Buys Your Heart”, with several other tracks half finished.
NOVEMBER 2013 The new Blitzkrieg Bop CD “Live ‘77 & Beyond” is now available to buy here it is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, all individually hand-numbered.
Preview the opening track “One Chord Wonders” here
OCTOBER 2013 I have recorded and completed the first new track of 2013 under the Fast Cakes banner, entitled "Signals", this is due to be released as part of the 2014 album provisionally called "Lifestory",
A video for this track can be viewed here
OCTOBER 2013 Discussions are currently taking place with a Japanese record label about releasing old Bop material, particularly the Mortonsound recordings, including several unreleased tracks. It is
expected they will be vinyl releases, possibly the same tracks as the original Mortonsound
single, but with alternate takes.
OCTOBER 2013 The release of the Blitzkrieg Bop live album entitled "Live '77 & Beyond" has been rescheduled due to changes in the track listing (adding extra tracks) and some record company politics,
it may still come out before the end of the year, it may not. Watch this space.
SEPTEMBER 2013 The Teesside Band Archive Local Heroes Podcast series season 1 has now concluded, featuring exclusive music sessions and interviews with a whole host of Teesside bands and artists,
including Graeme Robertson, Sus2, Andy Mitchell, Steve Cooke, Davey Bandman, Andy X, Blacklines, The Come Down, Gnome Invasion, Little Grey Cells, Barbara Helen, Angie Taylor,
Bre Musiq, Arcade 39, Phage, Jeffrey Bruce Butterfield, The Glass Moths, The Running Colours, Fast Cakes, Nothing Waits etc. You can hear them all at www.teessidebandarchive.weebly.com
AUGUST 2013 It has come to my attention that the Earcom 2 mini-LP originally released in 1979 and featuring two song by BASCZAX is now available as a picture disc. It is unclear whether this is an official release, my guess is that
it's a pirate release. However, I still want a copy, but the asking price on ebay is about £80 - so I will wait.
JANUARY 2013 I have started a regular podcast for the TEESSIDE BAND ARCHIVE project, entitled TBA local heroes – each podcast features a Teesside musician, songwriter or band with some of their own music as well as music from their favourite bands and chat about their music and career. Episode one features GRAEME ROBERTSON and can be heard here and episode two features young acoustic trio Sus2 and can be heard here
NOVEMBER 2012 Work on the long-awaited Blitzkrieg Bop live album has now been completed. As a teaser I can link to two tracks from the album, the band’s searing version of “Gloria” is here and a live version of the b-side of their 3rd single, “Life Is Just A So-So”, is here
NOVEMBER 2012 Work on the artwork for the live album has started. It will be called “Live ‘77 & Beyond” and below is an early draft for the front cover:
NOVEMBER 2012 As well as this site, I also have a Facebook page that covers the whole of the Teesside scene, called the “Teesside Band Archive”, it has many posts discussing the Teesside music scene, with dozens of posters, gig tickets, photos, and some rare unreleased music from the punk era, here, as a taster, is a song from a BBC radio session, it’s NO WAY with a version of their only single, “Breaking Point” (http://soundcloud.com/fast-cakes-1/breaking-point-master-11aug79)
JULY 2012 I am pleased to announce the release of a brand new album, released under my alter ego FAST CAKES. It’s entitled “CALL OFF THE DOGS”, it’s download only, and the cheapest place to buy it is CDBaby, you can also get it from Amazon and Spotify. There’s a mixture of original songs, as well as some tasteful cover versions, including INSTANT KARMA (John Lennon) and VALLEY OF THE LONG LOST WOMAN (John Cooper-Clarke)
JULY 2012 No further news on The Lice CD, it’s still in the pipeline apparently. Also the Bop live album is still being worked on, but there’s no plans for a release at the moment.
JULY 2012 Sales of the Blitzkrieg Bop story “A Hard Road To Nowhere” has now exceeded 500 copies for the Kindle, it’s available for the Kindle at Amazon for 79p!
Plans are now underway to finally release a compilation of live recordings from Blitzkrieg Bop, rather than a complete gig, the CD will feature assorted tracks from different gigs, including early recordings from the Speedway from March 1977 to songs from their reunion gig at The Cornerhouse in 1999.
There is also news of the release of a collection of demo tracks from Teesside punk band The Lice (featuring two former Bop members, Graham Moses & Mickey Dunne) dating from 1977/78, there will also be a bonus track of an interview from the bands vocalist. John is currently remastering the tracks at Imperial Digital.
Basczax have decided to make their 2010 reunion album "This Machine Rocks" available for free download. I understand this is being organised by the people behind the Rock Graden facebook page, more details to follow.
FEBRUARY 2011: Bop story now on Kindle
The 1998 book, "A Hard Road To Nowhere" is now available for download to your Kindle reader at this link. The book charts the ups and downs of Blitzkrieg Bop, complete with complete gig list, discography and lyrics.
The new Basczax album, THIS MACHINE ROCKS, has finally arrived.
Available initially for download only, the album can be bought in one go, and also as separate tracks.
1. Sexy Robot
2. Hollywood Strut
4. Neon Vampires
5. Track XXX
6. Darkstar 17
7. Siberian Eyes
8. The Calm
9. Disco Apocalypse
10.Velvet & She #1
12.In A Room
13.Spies In The Wardrobe
15.Velvet & She #2
MAY 2010: Bop/Basczax news
The mooted Bop reunion will not now be taking place. I can't see any prospect of it ever happening. But good news on the Basczax reformation - the project, unofficially christened BASCZAX 2.0 (the "Burning Airlines" moniker lasted all of 2 hours) is now in full flight. There will be a new album later this year, as yet untitled, with at least 12 songs, including new 2010 versions of old favourites "Neon Vampires" and "Hollywood Strut", as well as soms brand new tunes.
MAY 2010: No news on the planned book, to be honest the Basczax project has now overshadowed all else for the forseeable future.
FEBRUARY 2010: Bop reunion mooted There is a slim chance that Blitzkrieg Bop will be re-uniting once again in September 2010, plans are afoot to stage a Rock Garden reunion gig at a Teesside venue yet to be confirmed. The hope is for three original members of the band (Blank Frank, Gloria and Telly Sett) to perform the three tracks from the bands debut single, alongside many other bands from the 1977-80 period. Watch this space for any developments.
FEBRUARY 2010: New book being planned I have decided to write a new book, based on the Blitzkrieg Bop book "A Hard Road To Nowhere", it will also be called "A Hard Road To Nowhere" but with the added line "20 Years Of Rock & Roll Faliure" - which will focus on the period 1966-1986, and take in the stories of Basczax, Makaton Chat, Erection, Adamanta Chubb & Purity, as well as the Bop story. It will be available through lulu.com
FEBRUARY 2010: Basczax reform! Thanks to the wonders of the internet, four out of the five members of the "classic" Basczax line-up are now collaborating on a new project. Despite living in far flung places, Jeff Fogarty, Alan Savage, Mick Todd and John Hodgson are making music together after a 29 year gap. There are at least five new songs in the pipeline, with the first, "Disco Apocalypse", nearing completion. The provisional band name for this project is Burning Airlines.
FEBRUARY 2010: Sorry for the long gap! Some updates on previous stories: The Basczax "If There Is Something" project ultimately failed in its objective - the compiler of the CD rejected the track in favour of another version of the song by another band - well sod you then! On the Basczax CD front, there is no immediate prospect of a release date.
JANUARY 2009: New Basczax track! In late 2008 I collaborated with Basczax bassist Mick Todd after we were approached to contribute a Roxy Music cover version to a tribute LP due for release in 2009. The band decided to cover "If There Is Something", from the bands debut LP. Full details to follow.
JANUARY 2009: Bop guitarist visits Imperial Digital In late 2008 Bop guitarist Ray Radford (Ray Gunn) dropped into Imperial Digital to contribute some rocking guitar to several on-going projects. Not quite a Bop-reunion, but it's the first time we have worked together since 1999, and the first time we have recorded together since 1978. Full details to follow.
SEPTEMBER 2007: Fast Cakes isound site created There seem to be an incresing number of music hosting sites nowadays, and i've just found another one called isound. I have created a band page for Fast Cakes which can be accessed here: isound . There's nothing on the isound site that cannot be found here.
SEPTEMBER 2007: New Basczax CD planned Negotiations are under way with an Italian indie label for a limited edition release of a Basczax compilation. The idea is to have a collection of audio tracks coupled with a video of the bands only TV appearance, singing "Ego Therapy" from Check It Out in 1980. Watch this space for more details.
SEPTEMBER 2007: Progressive Housewares feature Did a photo shoot and brief interview for Progressive Housewares magazine to promote LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST. It should appear in the October issue.
SEPTEMBER 2007: New Youtube videos Someone has kindly posted Makaton Chat's 1986 final TV appearance on TX45. We performed twp songs, "Blood From A Stone" and "Lines", you can watch them below:
Blood From A Stone:
AUGUST 2007: Publishing contract signed A contract for the publishing rights to "LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST" was signed on the 25th August with Millbrand Music. There is also plans for me to compose music for films, as Millbrand have recently expanded into film music publishing.
AUGUST 2007: Disaster at pressing plant! An e-mail arrived at Imperial Digital telling of a cock-up at the pressing plant, the master for "LIVEYOUNGDIEFAST" had been damaged during the pressing process. A new master was immediately copied and sent the same day to the pressing plant. It has delayed the release of the CD by about a week.
AUGUST 2007: Link to Fast Cakes Soundclick site. The music promotion site Soundclick celebrates 10 years online this year, and I can certainly vouch for its usefulness in promoting music. Click on the banner below and you will be able to listen to over 40 Fast Cakes songs free of charge.