All That Glitters Is … Silver!

Broken CD by Silver

Broken CD by Silver

There is something incredibly amazing to get excited about here at Carty Towers.  A brand new Carty remix is about to be unleashed as part of a CD single release! The “Silver Oak Remix” of “Broken” will feature alongside its original version on November 11th 2013 when UK band Silver release their second single.

Silver comprise of Simon Clarke on vocals, and Ciaron Marlow on guitars (and everything else).  They released their first single, an impressive version of “Dear Prudence“, back in 2012, and would not have sounded out of place on Adam Ant‘s “Wonderful” album.

Both have featured as part of the live line-up for The Wolfmen, the project set up by ex-Ants Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou.  Furthermore both have been members of Ant tribute bands, Simon as Antflavour and Ciaron in Madam & The Ants to name but one!

Also, both chaps have each remixed one of Carty‘s own creations, the “Dog Eat Dog” sampling “Makes Me Proud…” back 5 years ago, which have never seen the light of day (but will soon!).

Meanwhile, back in the summer of 2013, as they were adding the finishing touches to their forthcoming album, Carty was asked to remix the forthcoming single, “Broken“, to which he was honored and obliged.  “I asked for a copy of the finished track ahead of being sent the multitrack to get a feel of the song’s vibe.  I fell in love with it from the word go!”

“I stripped down the track to just the vocals and the bass guitar and began to rebuild it piece by piece, replacing the drums, and adding other instruments.  I decided to work on two different remixes, one featuring orchestral strings, and the other more poppy and dancey.  I presented the band with both and they chose the latter, which eventually developed into the Silver Oak Remix, which is the version you’ll hear on the CD.”

The remix was very much a joint effort as it was constantly being updated as the band gave their feedback, and the end result, as I am sure you will hear, is rather epic!

The intro and outro to the remix, has a strong connection to the single’s sleeve, and the name of the remix comes from the name of a very expensive Silver Oak wine, which pops up in the lyrics.

Broken” by Silver will be released on CD on 11th November 2013 and can be ordered from their site at http://www.rockers-going-starwars.co.uk/.
You can also follow the band on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

If you want to download Silver‘s “Dear Prudence“, you’ll find links on their website linked above.

Coming next … a new Carty project:  Strange Incision cover “Wonderful“!

 

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Howard Jones remixed by Carty

BCistm250A new remix is added to the first volume of the Blue Carrot Mixes compilation in the guise of Howard Jones‘ “I’ve Said Too Much“.  The track appears on Howard’s 2005 album “Revolution Of The Heart” and has been created using the multitrack recording stems.

This remix features the vocal talents of Andy Patchell, who has added brand new backing vocals, complimenting the orchestra strings and timpani drums I have used to reconstruct the song.

For more details on the remix, how to download it, or even play it on my site’s media player, just click HERE.

I’ve also made a simple video, which has bee uploaded to my YouTube channel, and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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WOW WOW WOW!!

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Dateline: Midsummer’s Day 2013 (June 21st)
Location: The Concert Pub North, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Subject: Bow Wow Wow commence US Summer Tour
Players: Leigh Gorman (bass), Matt Fuller (gits), Tig Moore (stix) & Chloe Demetria (vox)

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It’s no big secret how much Adam & The Ants influenced me and made me into the person I am today.  What tends to get overlooked is the part that Bow Wow Wow played in my life.  I bought and played to death, every 7″, b-side, EP, flexi disc, import and picture disc.  In fact, every “LP, cassette, picture cover or plain“, to quote BWW’s “C30, C60, C90 Go!“.  And yet, I had never seen them live.  Although I did record a TV broadcast of a gig at Sefton Park, Liverpool in 1982 on my ghetto blaster!

News of the band appearing on my doorstep was too tempting an offer to turn down. Work shifts were swapped, tickets were ordered and Bow Wow Wow CDs moved to the car.

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The Concert Pub North was a little out of the way, but the 45 minute drive didn’t seem so long with the music to accompany us.  We arrived just before 8pm, and the doors were still not open.  The band’s Facebook page suggested a 7pm time, which was wayyyy too early!

This gig was a double-billing with Gene Loves Jezebel sharing the stage ahead of Bow Wow Wow.  I have to admit to knowing very little of GLJ, and listening to “Desire” beforehand didn’t open any distant musical memory banks.  Apparently, there are two Gene Loves Jezebels.  One US based, and one UK based.  The band’s Welsh singer, Michael Aston,  fronts the US version and opened up the proceedings tonight.  The band were tight, the sound was really good, and the songs were rather enjoyable too, even though I was hearing them for the first time.  Michael’s stage presence was phenomenal.  He really knew how to charm the row of female GLJ fans at the front of the stage.  He’d hand over his mic to them so they could sing along, and even inviting them onstage towards the end of their set. This was most impressive to see.

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There was something vaguely familiar about Gene Loves Gezebel‘s bass player.  He looked remarkably like BWW‘s Leigh Gorman!  It took a few more studious glances to convince me that it really was him.  In fact, when Bow Wow Wow eventually came on stage, it was  the same guitarist and drummer too! Tig Moore had added some extra tom-toms to his kit in between bands, and Matt Fuller had switched his guitar for the late Matthew Ashman‘s trademark white hollow-body Gretsch.

THE SET LIST

01 – Orang-Outang
As found on “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!” [RCA -1981]

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What an opener!  The opening guitar riff immediately raised the hairs on the back of my head as the sound was so close to Matthew’s original.  This instrumental is one of my favourites, up there with “El Boss Dicho” and “Bow Wow Wow“!  Being a huge fan of original drummer Dave Barbe, I was curious to how Tig would perform in comparison.  I sadly claim to know almost ever drum hit of every BWW tune, and this guy nailed it with “Orang-Outang“!  My air drumming marathon had only just begun!

02 – Baby, Oh No
As found on “I Want Candy” [RCA – 1982]

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The first song that needed a vocalist, and seeing as Annabella Lwin had quit very recently, please welcome BWW’s very young replacement, Chloe Demetria.  Not as young as 14 year old Annabella when she joined the band, but just as good looking (if not hotter).  Chloe has form.  She told me after the gig that she had performed with Cee Lo Green and was more used to singing r’n’b, but could not turn down the offer to join Bow Wow Wow! “Baby, Oh No” was released as a single here in the US, but not the UK.  Nevertheless, this would prove a test for Chloe as there’s a rather high “oh no!” in the song.  She passed with flying colours.  Her timing with Leigh’s chants was impeccable.  (As was my air drumming!)

03 – Aphrodisiac
As found on “When The Going Get’s Tough, The Tough Get Going” [RCA – 1983]

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By now, what is clear, is how tight their performances were, and those neck hairs stood up to attention as Matt’s guitar played the intro.  Chloe mastered this one too, though she did confess to messing up one line to me later on.  I spotted it too, but it didn’t matter, the energy and pace of the quartet made me wonder why this was never a single.  Even though a 12″ version exists, it only ever ended up on the b-side of “The Man Mountain” release in the UK and The Netherlands.  I’m sure Leigh was eyeballing me as I was shouting along to his “Aphrodisiac” chants.

04 – Louis Quatorze
As found on “Your Cassette Pet” [EMI – 1980]

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Also re-recorded on RCA as a single, which was featured on the RCA “I Want Candy“, and EMI “Original Recordings” albums, both from 1982.  A tough one even for Annabella to sing live (judging by the clips I have heard), but Chloe kept this on track.  The band have obviously been rehearsing this over and over to play this so fast and well. And yes, Chloe claimed she was also “just 14” in this.  That naughty Louis, with his…er…gun in her back!

05 – Jungle Boy
As found on “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!” [RCA -1981]

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This also received a remix for its 1982 single release as “See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)“, the drumming was perfect on this one.  I know this because every air drum I hit resulted in a sound on the real kit! One of BWW’s slower tempo tracks, but performed just as excellent as its predecessors.

06 – Golly! Golly! Go Buddy!
As found on “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!” [RCA -1981]

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I think Chloe repeated one or two “tig-tig-tig-tig-tigger” and “custard pie” lines a few more times than is in the original, but I really don’t think anyone else in the crowd would have noticed.  Very strong rhythms ripped through the speakers on this one.  Also the flip to RCA single ” Chihuahua“.

07 – Do You Wanna Hold Me?
As found on “When The Going Get’s Tough, The Tough Get Going” [RCA – 1983]

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This track entered a new phase for Bow Wow Wow.  Not only did it mark of a more ‘poppier’ approach, but it also saw Annabella take a hand at writing lyrics too.  Chloe was spot on with the harmonies again, helping to make this performance a little more raw and energetic than the original.

08 – Sexy Eiffel Towers
As found on “Your Cassette Pet” [EMI – 1980]

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One of my favourite early Bow Wow Wow tracks, which also appeared on the 1982 EMI compilation LP “Original Recordings“.  It has to be said, the orgasmic noises that 14 year-old Annabella makes on this track, used to have a profound effect on me back when I was 16, and when the band started to play this, I couldn’t help wonder what I would think if Chloe did the same, 31 years on!  Well, she groaned and moaned as if she was being pleasured as she fell from top of the Eiffel Tower.  Let’s just say the girl has sex appeal!  Let’s also say my wife was right by the side of me.  (Though what she made of my orgasmic cries remains to be seen!)  On a side note, I recommend you hunt down Malcolm McLaren‘s version of this song (called simply “Eiffel Tower“), from his hard-to-find album, “Swamp Thing“[Charisma, 1985]

09 – Uomo Sex Al Apache
As found on “Your Cassette Pet” [EMI – 1980]

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Not only was I continuing with my, by now, exemplary air drumming, I also joined Leigh Gorman on backing vocals for this brilliant track from the EMI days.  Although I should point out, only in my mind was on the stage joining in.  I felt like popping up to Leigh after the song to remind him that he should have chanted “bow wow wow, wow wow wow, wow wow wow, wa-weee!” instead of the “wow” he sang for the last syllable.  Joking aside, this was another blinding and strong performance from all four.  Chloe may not be Annabella, and I really don’t think she was trying to be, but man that girl can sing!

10 – Go Wild In The Country
As found on “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!” [RCA -1981]

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I should point out that the band didn’t just knock out the tunes, one after another.  There was some banter from Leigh and also from Chloe.  Leigh tried his best to get the crowd up and dancing, but when a venue lays out over 30 tables near a very small dancefloor, most over-40s probably prefer a sit down.  Take the damn tables away I say! Anyway, when he asked if we wanted to “go wild“, I let out a scream, only then remembering I am in my 40s too.  “Slap That Bass Leroy!” seemed to get a grin back from him, even if he didn’t see who yelled it.  My eyes were fixed on the drummer, as I needed a Dave Barbe-esque performance for this number.  And Tig delivered!  Once I was content that he had nailed it, I was focused on Chloe to kick this into touch.  “Coz truth loves to go naked!” she sang.  She didn’t have to go naked, as she worked this one very well indeed!

11 – C30. C60, C90 Go!
As found on “Original Recordings” [EMI – 1982]

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First released as a single in 1980, this was always going to be the litmus test for Chloe as the lyrics are fast, furious and quite a mouthful (for me anyway!).  By now I had complete confidence in the band delivering, and when those Burundi rhythms began, my wife (also a huge Ants fan) quickly looked at me as she recognised the same drum pattern used in “Kings Of The Wild Frontier“.  The speedier pace of “C30…” was evident, as was the tightness of the band.  Chloe‘s lyrical performance was first class with hardly a missed word.  I should also add my air drumming was damn perfect too.  What a five piece we had become!

12 – I Want Candy
As found on “I Want Candy” [RCA – 1982]

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It was clear after the gig, that a few of the Americans thought this song was a Bow Wow Wow original, when it fact can be traced back to 1965 when it was written and first recorded by The Strangeloves.  Once again, Leigh teased the audience with ‘candy‘ talk.  And being the biggest BWW hit over here, it gained quite a cheer from the Houston crowd.  Furthermore, Tig had Dave Barbarossa‘s unique drum style to live up to, and yet again, he belted out the beats to perfection. Matt‘s Gretsch was yet again, cloning the sound of Matthew Ashman, who sadly died of diabetes complications in 1995.  (Yet he played on a song called “I Want Candy“!)  It was apparent, Houston wanted “candy all the time“, judging from they’re (our) reaction.  Class!

13 – Giant Sized Baby Thing
As found on “Your Cassette Pet” [EMI – 1980]

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I really believed the gig was over after “…Candy“.  But upon hearing Leigh hint at this being the next song, I went mental.  This song IS mental.  A crazy lyrical journey featuring some of the best bass, drums and guitar from the EMI period.  Essentially a duet, although I think Leigh claims more of the vocals to be honest.  Yet again. Chloe fills Lwin‘s spot brilliantly.  As did I singing Leigh‘s part.  (Just as well only Tex could hear me…or could she?).  Simply an adorable song and such a surprise as I did not expect it.  GSBT also makes an appearance on Malcolm McLaren‘s “Swamp Thing” album, but I forget which track borrows the lyrics now.

14 – Sinner, Sinner, Sinner
As found on “See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!” [RCA -1981]

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The LP original is the instrumental version which the band played live tonight, so there are no female vocals per se.  However, Annabella records full vocals when it was released as a single under the title “Prince Of Darkness“.  However, it would have been tough for Chloe to sing these lyrics as they refer to Ms. Lwin by name.  (That’s my theory anyway!).  The rhythms were as perfect as expected, most notably during the “sinner, sinner, sinner” chant. (That exact same chant can be heard on the Adam & The Ants‘ demo “Showbiz“, available on the 2004 remastered “Prince Charming” CD.  Something that remained with both groups following McLaren‘s sacking of Adam Ant from his Ants and hiring Annabella in early 1980.)

15 – What’s The Time (Hey Buddy!)
As found on “When The Going Get’s Tough, The Tough Get Going” [RCA – 1983]

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Now the band wanted to really show off how well and how fast they could play together.  For those who know this track, it progressively gets faster and faster with each section.  Except this live version went one (or maybe two) step(s) further.  “Would they be able to hold it together?“, I kept asking myself.  More to the point, would my Olympic gold medal air drumming keep up?  I have to admit they were too fast for me two thirds of the way through.  All I could do was sing along with Chloe, but my voice had had it.  I watched in awe as the last verse and chorus played out at breakneck speed.  I could only mouth three words as the last note ended.  “Wow.  Wow.  Wow!

Before Leigh even had a chance to get a drink, he was mobbed by autograph hunters with their Bow Wow Wow LPs, which he gladly obliged.  Once the band came through to the bar area, I went up to Leigh to congratulate him on a truly magnificent concert.  Before I bww-carty-leigh-chloe200even opened my mouth he said, “are you Carty?  Carty Rubble from the internet? Thanks for coming, man!”  To which I replied that I felt more like an 11 year old boy than a man.
Chloe came over too, I took some pics of them both with some other fans after being asked, then had one taken myself.  (Something I rarely bother to do….no pics taken during my 5 hour Chris Hughes interview, by the way!)

I left that venue with a more satisfied feeling than from the many Adam Ant concerts I have attended during the last 12 years.  But then, I have a meet and greet to come when he plays in Houston in July, so we’ll see.

Bow Wow Wow continue their US summer tour via the dates and venues listed below:

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Useful links:
Bow Wow Wow on Facebook
Bow Wow Wow on Twitter
Bow Wow Wow official website
Carty’s Bow Wow Wow vs Pig Bag mix (“Dogbag”)

(Many thanks to Tex for tweaking the Bow Wow Wow logo for this blog post!)

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REVIEW: Adam Ant Is The Blueback Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter

The whole package (modo.co.uk)

The whole package (modo.co.uk)

Adam Ant’s last studio album release was Wonderful back in 1995.  For the past three or so years, he has talked about releasing a new one.  I have to admit to totally disbelieving this fable as nothing more than wishful thinking on his part.  So many promised projects over the years had made me rather pessimistic. I’ll have a slice of humble pie now please.

Adam Ant Is The Blueback Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter was released on Adam’s own label on January 21st 2013 in the UK, and a day later in the US and Canada.  17 tracks, spread across two slabs of good old fashioned vinyl, although crammed together on one record for North America.  It entered the UK album chart at #25 and at #3 in the UK alternative album chart on January 27th.

The album has had its fair share of good reviews along with its critics.  So how does it square up?  It’s time to take it apart, track by track, and see what Adam Ant has put together for his nest of loyal Ant fans.

THE PACKAGING:
My vinyl copies had yet to arrive from the UK and the US, so I could only go by the CD copies at this time.  The first noticeable thing after taking the album out of the envelope was the bulging front cover where the booklet is too thick for the jewel case.  There are some excellent photos of Adam inside, along with all the lyrics.

The front and back images are amazing paintings by Mary Jane Ansell.  If you’ve seen the Cool Zombie video, you’ll notice that same model mouthing the “come closer” lyrics.  Talking of which, let’s journey through the album, beginning with that track.

01 Cool Zombie [03:16]
This was released as a single via iTunes in late October 2012 (a Zombie/Hallowe’en connection anyone?), and on 7” vinyl a month later.  The video launch came much later and it all failed to come together at the same time to make any real impact as a single release.

The original version of this track ran for almost four and a half minutes and has obviously been re-worked for its single and album releases. In that original, Adam’s high backing vocals were drowning out his lead vocal, so full marks to whoever re-mixed this edit.  There’s a great low, zombie-esque, backing vocal that is more prominent on the original that is almost lost on this version.

The song has a gentle nod to Beck’s “Loser”, and to Johnny Jenkins’ “Walk On Gilded Splinters” (which contains the line “je suis le grand zombie”). Beck sampled the drums from that track for Loser, as did I for my Cool Zombie remixes.

This song has really grown on me, and I can’t stop singing the “well?”,  “this goes out to Ronnie B” and “come closer” parts.  The “now-na-now-na-now…” backing vocal is rather over-used, but that seems to be the norm with backing vocals on this release.

02 Stay In The Game [03:38]
This intro reminds me of a mixture “Animals & Men” and “Lou” (both tracks from Adam’s punk days). The track itself would not sound out of place on an Elastica album and I could imagine Justine Frischmann doing a fantastic version of this. There’s some Pirroni-esque twangy guitar in here, but lacks his usual warmth. He’s not credited on this track, but it has that feel.  Vocally more rehearsed than some of this album’s other tracks, and not a bad start so far.

UPDATE, my dear wife, Texi, said the intro to this track reminded her of a track by The Wolfmen (Marco Pirroni’s current group).  Sure enough, as she played Needle In The Camel’s Eye, it became apparent that Stay In The Game was a slowed down version of Marco’s guitar parts.  This resulted in a Carty mash-up of the two tracks, which can be downloaded from here (for now).

03 Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter. [04:36]
This track has really grown on me due to its addictive rhythm.  The verses are delivered in a way that is not too distant from a track by Nasty Rox Inc. called Escape From New York. The production is a little lacklustre and has way too much compression, which is a pity as the strings, drums and guitar licks are simply divine.  This is crying out to be re-worked.  If only the rest of the album were this good!

04 Vince Taylor [03:48]
This is the only new track from his new project he played live prior to Cool Zombie’s release, which was very well received.  I recommend checking out the G-Live performance of this and substituting for this album version, as Adam’s vocal delivery in the studio is just awful, and deeply disappointing.  The actual recording of the vocal is hardly a quality one, sounding muffled in places and as if a cheap microphone was used. Adam’s vocal as the song ends is just too painful to listen.  A great song, but sadly it only gets worse from here on.

05 Valentines [05:42]
Initially called Valentine’s Day, musically, this is similar to Vampires on Wonderful. Vocally, this is seriously under-rehearsed.  Adam’s backing vocals really seem to have no clue which key he’s in. This is truly abysmal.  The vocals are, once again, muffled and messy and it’s like this for almost six minutes. Adam’s demos for the Wonderful album (which was then called Slapdash Eden) are of a much better standard than this. I have to keep reminding myself that obviously Adam is happy with this.  He has sat on these recordings for over two years without even touching them for this release.  The Quality Department needs firing.

06 Darlin’ Boy [02:33]
The first track to feature a performance credit for Marco Pirroni.  But don’t let that suck you into a false sense of security that this is anything close to what the dynamic duo have delivered to us before. The guitar sounds as if it’s a low bitrate mp3 recording. Yet even more intrusive backing vocals and muffled main vox. This piss-poor sound production is something you’d expect on the bonus tracks of the deluxe edition, to be released in 2023 (Actually, it would be deluxe if they removed tracks from it, as opposed to adding them).

07 Dirty Beast [03:41]
This is more like it.  A half decent song at last. It’s a pity that the start of the track begins with, what sounds like, the end of the song that was initially before it.  And to make matters worse, it even ends with someone counting in the next track on the tape. The song sounds unfinished, and again, Adam’s vocals are recorded and delivered in a style that seems to be the norm on this album…demotic, which is a word I have just invented.  No offence to the Greeks.

08 punkyoungirl [05:29]
A few years ago, Adam promoted this as his new single, which resulted in a play on Richard Bacon’s radio show on XFM.  The station (or the fan who recorded it) also managed to play Kings Of The Wild Frontier at the same time, which I failed to notice when I knocked out a remix of it. Gladly this version is clear of any interruptions. Which is a pity, as I’d rather hear Kings instead of what this song becomes at the 02:58 mark. It is apparent that Adam cannot sing in tune nor hit the high notes.  There is a good song just bursting to get out here, but is trapped inside this demo.  (Did someone forget to fade this out?)

09 Sausage [03:41]
This song was initially called “Call Me Sausage” and recorded just after the Wonderful album in 1995.  Adam wanted this track released as his next single, and that version is much better than this re-recording.  There is a seriously bad edit at the 01:49 part, right before the instrumental break. Once again, Adam’s vocal delivery, especially the high backing vocals just don’t sit right in this mix. I had expected a finished version of this song to be something special. I am still waiting for a finished version…of this album.

10 Cradle Your Hatred [04:58]
I’ll assume by now, that the Ant fans who see nothing wrong with these recordings have quit reading this review by now.  (And believe me, they really do exist).  Which is a pity, as this is the best track on the album!  Cradle Your Hatred is full of emotion, and you can clearly hear that in Adam’s voice.  Yes, it’s not his best performance, but this is fantastic. A truly brilliant piece of writing and should be the next single.  But not as it is here.  Please, if this is ever to be the next single, can the multi-track be handed to a producer who would make it something extra special?

11 hardmentoughblokes [03:51]
This was to have been the b-side to punkyoungirl, had it been released, and also gained an airing on XFM (albeit with its profanities censored).  A Marco driven punky stomper, which has promise, but gets broken with poorly recorded vocals.  The ending could have done with a small edit, but it was obviously meant to be this raw, right?

12 Shrink [03:50]
The second best track on the album.  In fact, there are days when I like this better than Cradle Your Hatred.  This is the direction Adam needs to be going in.  More of this Nine Inch Nails style approach will do nicely please.  Sheer class, and with a little polish, could even be worthy of a single release.  You can feel Adam’s pain in that awesome chorus. Superb!

13 Vivienne’s Tears [03:28]
This would fit perfectly on Wonderful, or more to the point, Slapdash Eden (the demos for that album). Dedicated to Vivienne Westwood, it’s quite a good song, but, as we seem to be finding with most of this album’s tracks, it sounds like a demo. It seems OK for Adam to use demos for a finished album, and yet he blocks the release of his pre-Dirk demos?  Baffling.

14 Who’s A Goofy Bunny? [05:46]
This song appears as a demo on the remastered version of the Prince Charming album (as Who’s A Goofy Bunny Then?), which was then transformed into Libertine on Adam’s Strip album.  This version was recorded the day after attending Malcolm McLaren’s funeral and presents a slightly different take on the song. Adam once told me in an interview that he would have left the remastered albums with their original tracks only, and with no demos. It seems he has changed his mind.

15 How Can I Miss You? [03:33]
A song typical of the spaghetti western style tracks we’re used to from Adam.  Great as an instrumental, but only because Adam’s vocal ruins this!  Don’t get me wrong, as a song, this would be fantastic…if re-recorded and/or re-produced. I’m not sure about that scratching on the drum loop.  It’s a common sound effect on most keyboards and hardly original, but on the whole, it’s not that bad really.

16 Bulls**t [03:23]
An excellent song and one of the album’s few highlights!  Let down by Adam’s wailing backing, but that rhythm is amazing!  Sits neatly alongside Shrink.  In fact, THIS is what this album should have sounded like.  Ballsy, energetic, and proves Adam still has the ability to write great songs.  If only his high standards on stage transferred to him in the studio.

17 How Can I Say I Miss You? (Reprise)
Normally, I would view this as an album filler, as it’s just an instrumental version of track 15.  But there are so many painfully poor recordings on this album that this rises above them.  It’s even better without his vocal, even though it sounds distorted. At least the album ends on a positive note.

Summary:
Save your money.  Just download a few of the tracks from Amazon.  Adam has released a potentially good 6 track album, and spoilt it with almost a dozen tracks of sub-standard recordings which is the worst produced album he has ever made.  If you’re a collector, buy the UK and US vinyl editions, but leave them sealed. Do not waste your money on the CD versions from other countries, as they are all identical.  Amazon in Canada and the US state the CD’s are on different labels.  This is false.  I sent all of mine back for a refund.

BlueBlack Hussar label
To order the UK double LP from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
To order the UK CD from Amazon.co.uk, click here.

R.E.D. Distribution label (CD is same as UK)
To order the US single vinyl LP from Amazon.com, click here.
To order the US CD from Amazon.com, click here.

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Adam Ant’s new album – a collector’s paradise?

Adam Ant’s new album

There are many people (including myself) who said the day Adam Ant released a new album would never come.  Well, it seems that day is fast approaching.  Get your diaries (and credit cards) out folks!

His first single since 1995’s “Gotta Be A Sin” has already been released.  “Cool Zombie” was released on iTunes download on October 24th 2012 and on 7″ vinyl almost four weeks later, on November 19th.  Furthermore, it’s been released on Adam’s own label, BlueBlack Hussar.

The new album, “Adam Ant Is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter” is released on Adam’s label in the UK on January 21st 2013.  UK fans can expect 17 tracks spread across a double vinyl LP, plus a CD release.

Fans in the US can order the same 17 tracks, but on a single vinyl LP, and also on CD too.  However, both releases are via a different label, R.E.D. Distribution (ironically part of Sony Music Entertainment in the US).  The album is released a day after the UK date, on January 22nd 2013.

(There are limited signed copies of the UK LP and CD via the recordstore.co.uk, but you have to be quick to snap them up.)

Here’s the tracklisting for the UK double vinyl edition:

Side 1
1. Cool Zombie
2. Stay In The Game
3. Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter
4. Vince Taylor

Side 2
1. Valentines
2. Darlin’ Boy
3. Dirty Beast
4. punkyoungirl
5. Sausage

Side 3
1. Cradle Your Hatred
2. hardmentoughblokes
3. Shrink
4. Vivienne’s Tears

Side 4
1. Who’s A Goofy Bunny?
2. How Can I Say I Miss You?
3. Bullshit
4. How Can I Say I Miss You? (reprise)

It’s the same running orders for the CD editions, and the US vinyl has the first 9 songs on side 1, and the remaining 8 on side 2.  (This means the UK vinyl will have a more superior sound quality due to less music per side.)

BlueBlack Hussar label
To order the UK double LP from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
To order the UK CD from Amazon.co.uk, click here.

R.E.D. Distribution label
To order the US single vinyl LP from Amazon.com, click here.
To order the US CD from Amazon.com, click here.

 

 

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Adam Ant’s “Cool Zombie” remixed

Cool Zombie

I began creating remixes of Adam & The Ants tracks 12 years ago, starting off with a remix of one of his best solo singles, Wonderful.  I added a drum loop sample from James Brown’s Funky Drummer and laid over the top of Bob Clearmountain single remix of Adam’s 1995 hit.  That mix is the opening track of my first ever Carty Mixes compilation CD, which ran for 11 volumes, 7 mixes per CD.

Just in time for Hallowe’en?

After almost 90 Ant remixes later, it was time to dust down Ableton 8 and get to work on Mr. Ant’s brand new single, Cool Zombie, which features Andy Bell from Oasis.  In fact, it’s his first release since 1995, so we’ve come full circle.

Adam has spent the past two years touring the UK and the US, playing many songs from his back catalogue, but only one from his forthcoming album, Adam Ant Is The Blueback Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter.  Adam never promoted Cool Zombie on the tour, nor its B side (Gun In Your Pocket), nor any other album track (apart from Vince Taylor, which is trully awesome live!).

Adam had announced some time ago, that he was to release punkyoungirl as the comeback single, which even received some radio airplay at the time.  The track was very underproduced with poorly recorded vocals (like much of his new album tracks).  However, I felt compelled to remix it from a recording of the radio show which played it.  Why would an artist who produced such great albums as Dirk Wears White Søx and Friend Or Foe come up with material that sounded no better that the Slapdash Eden demos (which later became his Wonderful album)?

Fortunately for the new single, Cool Zombie has been retouched.  The backing vocals no longer drown out Adam’s main vocals, and the guitars are well placed in the mix.  It was released on iTunes, along with the piss-poor and unfinished Gun In Your Pocket on October 24th 2012.  Cool Zombie grew on my very quickly, reminding me of Loser by Beck.  An idea for a remix was born.

The intial remix featured samples from Loser, along with the track which Beck used for the drum loop, a cover version of Walk On Gilded Splinters by Johnny Jenkins.  In the end, I decided to drop the Loser samples and work with just the Johnny Jenkins track.  After some clever tweaking, I managed to remove Adam’s main vocal and created an effect for the new backing track.

The remix begins and ends with Walk On Gilded Splinters and was complete the same day as its iTunes release.  Naming the remix was simple – the Gilded Splinters Remix.  A radio edit was created five days later (today) for those who prefer to hear more of the song and less of my habitual long mixes.

Adam Ant Is The Blueback Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter is planned for release in January 2013.  I personally recommend the track Cradle Of Hatred.  It still suffers from a demo-esque recording, but that song has the potential to make you cry! Awesome.

Cool Zombie c/w Gun In Your Pocket is available now for download from iTunes, and is released on 7″ vinyl on November 19th from recordstore.co.uk.

To listen to the Gilded Splinters Remix and its radio edit, you’ll need to be visiting my Ant mixes page here, and using the embedded music player at the top of the page.

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The Carty Interviews are back!

Carty grills Marco Pirroni

Carty grills Marco Pirroni

Indeed the interviews are back.  But why did they go away?

In London, October 2008, at the Family Of Noise‘s Family Reunion event, I made an announcement.  It came right at the end of the Never Mind The Ant Box quiz.  I’d had enough of the Ant world in general, and was quitting my rather popular Ant site (which was then hosted at cartrouble.nl)

In fact, I wanted to close the site down.  This was mainly due to the apparent lack of regard Adam Ant had with his loyal online fan base at the time.  It was going to be goodbye to all those Ant gig listings, the discography, the news, the mixes…you get the picture. Besides, adam-ant.net had undergone a refreshing change of ownership, not to mention the excellent Family Of Noise fan site (sadly now gone).

Although I didn’t realise it at the time, I was sulking like a big baby.  I had shared his plan with my then long term friend (and now, my wife) Texi.  I was in for a shock, as she wiped the floor with me and convinced me to at least archive the site and not be so selfish. I crumbled!

So when I left The Netherlands, a new site location (this one) was born.  Transfering all of that old content to this new look is some undertaking.  Most of the pages in the Audio section (Carty Mixes, WTF mixes, etc.) have been re-launched.

So now it’s the turn of those Carty Interviews to move into their new home.  All eleven interviews are there, two of which are BBC Radio 2 interviews with Adam Ant, and one is me being interviewed!  The remainder are interviews I did with both of The Wolfmen (Chris Constantinou and Marco Pirroni – there are TWO from him), and the people behind the Antmusic Remastered project from 2004 and 2005.  A few others get grilled as well, although one interview I did with Tibetan singer, Namgyal Lhamo has never appeared online as I never transcribed it. And I did so much research for her interview, as she was recording with The Wolfmen at the time.  Such a beautifully pure voice too.  Maybe one day…

Next up, will be the Ant Gigs listings.  But before that I have a Carty FM podcast to knock out.  And more on that soon.  In the meantime, you can find all the interviews here.

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WTF volumes now downloadable

WTF mixes

WTF Mixes

Not only can each of the tracks on the WTF compilations be stream via the embedded music player, it is now possible to download each of the tracks as well. Furthermore, the notes accompanying each mix have been updated, to give a brief insight in the history behind each of the mixes (where remembered!).

To download the mixes, just look out for the  symbol to the right of the mix titles. Then right click and select “Save Target As” (for IE users) or “Save Link As” (for Firefox users).  Having finally updated all pages for the four of the WTF volumes, AND  the 11 Carty Mixes volumes, next inline is to update the Blue Carrot mixes, the new Under The Hood compilations plus other side projects.

To view each of the four WTF volumes just visit the WTF Mixes index page here.

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Carty Mixes volumes now downloadable

Carty Mixes 11

Carty Mixes

A while back it was announced that a music player had been added to each of the audio pages so that the mixes could be listened to.  It is now possible to download each of the tracks featured on the Carty Mixes volumes. Also, due to popular demand, the notes accompanying each mix have been updated, to give a brief insight in the history behind each of the mixes.

To download the mixes, just look out for the symbol to the right of the mix titles.  Then right click and select “Save Target As” (for IE users) or “Save Link As” (for Firefox users).   Having finally updated all of the 11 volumes with download links, next on the agenda is to add similar links for the WTF volumes, the Blue Carrot mixes, the new Under The Hood compilations plus other side projects.

To view each of the eleven Carty Mixes volumes just visit the Ant Mixes index page here.

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Kings Of Vienna Video Uploaded

It was unfortunate, when I changed sites from cartrouble.nl to lightbluecar.com, that I’d also have to start a new YouTube account.  Continuing to use cartroubleDOTnl as a video channel simply made no sense.  So lightbluecarDOTcom was born (I don’t intend changing URLs again!).

The tough part has been trying to locate all of my video mixes on my external hard drives, as some seem to be missing.  Once they have all been located, I can upload them all to the new YouTube channel.

In the meantime, here’s the first of my productions which also features mixed video as well as audio.  A mash-up of Adam & The Ants vs Ultravøx entitled Kings Of Vienna [Carty Mix].  The original  audio for this mix is featured on Carty Mixes Volume 9 and the video is of much better quality than the one on the old channel.

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