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tetsabb
1087157.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:25 am Reply with quote

Conact Plugin
A Byelorussian multi-instrumentalist, Mr Plugin first came to note in the West in 1988, when his album Brezhnev is my Rude Boy was smuggled out by a British exchange student.
Famous for his 20-minute balalaika solo on Side 2.
After the Wall came down, and the spread of capitalism and 'democracy' in the former Soviet world, he became disillusioned with the Minsk music scene and went and started a collective farm in Mongolia.
A CD purporting to be by him and his co-workers, entitled Vladimir Ilyich, you gorgeous piece of meat, featuring nothing but the tinkling of bells, was released in 1999.

Next...

The Milton Keynes Directions

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087163.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:50 am Reply with quote

The Milton Keynes Directions were a paneuropean Country Folk act without a steady line-up originally founded by a bunch of middle-aged nerds trying to find their way back to the M1 from Bletchley Park. They were famed for their close three part harmony singing, but never got far because their wide geographical distribution meant they hardly ever managed to play together. Also, during one of their few and far between live appearances drummer Dee Kristoffers went on for a little too long about historical weapons and Victorian serial killers during the between songs banter, leaving large parts of the audience concerned about his mental state. The resulting stampede towards the venue's only door left three people dead, while singer and self-proclaimed multi instrumentalist Valkyrie McShortarse was still tinkling on her mandolin, oblivious to the world around her and wondering whether there was any good excuse to shoehorn references to Dr Gregory House into her nascant composition Ford Focus Blues, only to be shaken awake brutally by guitarist Joey Catgod asking her to help him keep the traffic flowing outside. Ford Focus Blues was released as a charity single for the families of the stampede victims three weeks later on iTunes, and that spelt the end of The Milton Keynes Directions.

DreamTastic

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tetsabb
1087179.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:40 am Reply with quote

DreamTastic

Four-piece girl band put together by Frank Stock, Charlie Aitken and Sebastian Waterman* in the late 90s.
Selected from auditions by hundreds of Kylie-wannabees, they were dressed up, made up and signed up in a matter of days.
A basic flaw in the process was that the auditions asked for looks, figures, and personality, but no need for any singing ability.
The dolls and merchandising was all ready to go out to the shops when it was discovered that only one of the group, Felicity fforbes-Smythington# could actually hold a tune and sing it.

They folded after a week.


*The not-quite-so-successful brothers
# One of the Hampshire fforbes-Smythingtons, not the Norfolk riffraff.


And for our next act....

Captain Gristle and the Tub of Lard

 
tetsabb
1087205.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:41 pm Reply with quote

Just as an aside, I really hope that in our weird word-playing frivolousness, we do not accidentally refer to a genuine group. On the other hand, what happens if we find a group who have taken their name from these hallowed pages?

As you were

 
crissdee
1087246.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:29 pm Reply with quote

AlmondFacialBar wrote:
The Milton Keynes Directions were a paneuropean Country Folk act without a steady line-up originally founded by a bunch of middle-aged nerds trying to find their way back to the M1 from Bletchley Park. .........drummer Dee Kristoffers went on for a little too long about historical weapons and Victorian serial killers during the between songs banter,.......... multi instrumentalist Valkyrie McShortarse was still tinkling on her mandolin,............ guitarist Joey Catgod asking her to help him keep the traffic flowing outside. Ford Focus Blues,.....
:-)

AlmondFacialBar


Absolutely brilliant!!!! Gave me a big laugh when I really needed one!

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087252.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:13 pm Reply with quote

I'm sort of beginning to feel vaguely concerned about the sheer bodycount in this thread, even though it appears to be largely perpetrated by my own good self. But then what is Rock'n'Roll without a couple of unlikely and premature deaths, right?

Crissdee - Are you trying to imply that those characters might not be entirely fictional? How dare you! :-p

Btw, Tets, when did actual singing become a requirement in that musical realm?

Anyway...

Captain Gristle and the Tub of Lard were a late Punk/ early Postpunk four piece founded in 1979 by the 100 Club veterans Johnny Pondscum (né the Hon. Gerald Collingworth Arbuthnot-Finchley) and Roddy Ratbottom (which he insisted was his real name) together with newcomers to the scene Ms. Maggie Semtex (Mary Fitzpatrick according to her passport) and Joe Smith (that honestly was his real name, and good luck to him). Starting out as punky politicos with a satirical turn of phrase, they later moved forward into more straightforward comedy territory, as can be seen even just from the title of their first single Bitch in Number Ten in comparison to their 1982 number one Giro Day Party. After that, the band quickly got bored and, while never officially breaking up, eventually dispersed into other musical genres. As all members are still alive their hardcore fanbase are still hoping for a proper farewell tour.

Lungfish

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CharliesDragon
1087263.  Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:39 pm Reply with quote

Lungfish was founded in Bodø, Norway, by school mates Kristian Holm, Torgeir "Tommy" Vassgard and Martin Mærli in 1995. Originally planned to make parodies of typical Norwegian folk songs, they quickly changed their sound when discovering hard metal was a big export from Scandinavian countries. They still kept their lyrics funny and referred things that happened on the music scene, but it's difficult to see any overarching themes in their songs. Fans still argue over if the song "Green Fucker" is about weeding a garden or about marijuana.
Thanks to Torgeir's family connections they managed to release three albums and distributed them locally and to particulary interested stores around the country. Since their sound wasn't too rough it introduced some people, both Norwegians and tourists, to Scandinavian metal.
They never broke off as much as drifted apart, but in 2005 they announced on a fan site online they were done. Their last release were three songs released online in 2003.

Next band: Mashed Carrots.

 
Big Martin
1087302.  Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:29 am Reply with quote

Inspired by the success of Somerset's Wurzels, Rod Watson of Northampton decided to form Mashed Carrots with a few of his drinking mates. Sticking to the tried and tested form of changing recognised pop tunes to feature humorous farm equipment and rather intoxicating local beverages, they acquired a steady following during their performances at village fetes and local beer festivals. There only record release, a single The Muckspreader sold a number of copies at events and they made enough to pay for their drinks and put diesel in the van for a number of years. Unfortunately family and job pressures led to less spare time and they decided to call it a day. Members of the band still come out of semi-retirement to do a "special" now and again but, as grandfathers these days, they are rather less active.

Next... Unlikely Endings

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087305.  Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:01 am Reply with quote

Unlikely Endings are a postrock six piece from Madison, WI, who were formed by UW students after an extended conversation about the state of the world, life in general, whether the universe has an outside and how much the current top 40 sucks while skinny dipping in one of the local lakes - memory is hazy as to which one - in an illegal state of mind. Waking up late the next morning they realised that forming the band was the only thing they remembered from the events of the night, which they took as a karmic hint and spent the next couple of weeks buying instruments at yard sales. Once they had all mastered three chords plus the minor third and a straight 4/4 plus rimshots, they started setting up in unlikely places around campus like the football field, the gents' in the physics building and, legendarily, a Nobel Laureate's guest lecture, allowing people to witness what they termed public rehearsals and offer creative input. Right from the start their combination of primitive technique akin to sixties acts like The 13th Floor Elevators and the wide, spacious feel they managed to achieve with it, hit a chord with audiences and their democratic method of creative development - or musical evolution as they liked to term it - meant that people stayed around even just to find out what would happen to their ideas. They played their first official gig at the Mifflin Street Block Party in 2010 and crowdfunded the release of their first album Minkowski Space on the back of it. Released on their Web site in early 2011, the album achieved five star ratings in Rolling Stone and the NME, as well as a cover story in Q, and became a moderate seller among the postgrad demographic, allowing them to concentrate on music full time. Unlikely Endings toured extensively in 2012 and entered the studio to record their second album in early 2013. Except for all sorts of rumours nothing much has been heard of them since and some say they've been seen around campus again thinking about completing their degrees.

Chemtrails and Conspiracies

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tetsabb
1087324.  Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:09 am Reply with quote

Chemtrails and Conspiracies.
A synth-pop duo, both of whom are believed to work at GCHQ.
That is all that can be said, as all other information about them is subject to a D-Notice.

The Simon Bolivar Glee Club

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087353.  Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:57 am Reply with quote

The Simon Bolivar Glee Club were a band of disillusioned GIs who met in the countercultural hothouse that was 1970s Berlin. Influenced by the local punk scene such as Lokomotive Kreuzberg as well as the international musicians dropping into town like Iggy Pop and David Bowie, they developed an edgy New Wave style based on the complex, polyrhythmic drumming of Mike McNally who said he was merely reproducing the rhythms he'd had in his head ever since guiding in helicopters in 'Nam. After a string of successful appearances at the legendary SO36 club, they entered Hansa studios to record their first album under the aegis of Brian Eno, only to be met by military police at the door. They were court martialled for desertion and sent to jail, which was the last thing anyone has ever heard of them.

Dark and Juicy

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tetsabb
1087499.  Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:49 am Reply with quote

Dark and Juicy
An effort by Tamla Motown in the mid 60s to have a black version of Simon and Garfunkel.
Aloyisius D'arc, and Bettie-Jane Jauzee were originally from New Orleans, where they had sung a capella in a whorehouse on Bourbon Street.
A couple of albums were produced by a young Quincy Jones, "Cumin, Cardamom, Ginger and Wine", "Tunnel Under a Calm Sea". A single from the latter, "The Wrestler", got to 94 in the Billboard Hot 100.
But by 1970 the novelty had worn off, and they took up roles as backing singers for a variety of acts.

Next up, 'The Sea Urchins'

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087512.  Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:21 am Reply with quote

The Sea Urchins were a four piece from Stoke-on-Trent that Decca signed in a hurry just before the Stones came along. The sudden re-allocation of most of the promotion budget after that event to Messrs. Jagger, Richards & Co. meant that all the other bands on Decca's roster had about a fiver left between them and therefore were 100% dependent on talent and luck to make it anywhere at all. Unfortunately for The Sea Urchins and fortunately for music, they had neither. Their debut single Oh so in Love made the lower reaches of the charts largely because in 1963 pretty much everything termed Mersey Beat even if from Staffordshire did, but that was pretty much it for them. Bassist Peter McCarthy later became known as a housing developer and donor to the Conservative Party.

Nuclear Fluffball

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tetsabb
1087514.  Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:22 am Reply with quote

And the next name is.....?

 
AlmondFacialBar
1087516.  Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:24 am Reply with quote

See edited version of post above.

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