BILLY MACKENZIE RARITIES….COURTESY OF SID LAW (7)

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A very welcome one-off summer special…….

Happy Summer Holidays Mr Vinyl Villain! I’ve been enjoying the Altered Images series and the Devoto “Rainy Season” was good to hear again. I remember being in the front row of an Edinburgh Fringe Show with Claire a few years back (and I still have a lovely signed risque poster). It was called “Lady MacBeth Firmed My Buttocks” and was a delight… however I digress.

I attach a completely unreleased track by The Associates featuring Billy and Alan. It is a cover of Paul Ryan’s song which was a big hit for brother Barry Ryan. Billy loved those kinda “Cabaret” Bacharach style, full-blown songs. On “Eloise” we can hear a young Billy (probably 1979) crooning his way through Rankine’s punky, guitar driven arrangement. Probably recorded at Craighall Studios in Trinity Edinburgh in 1979 with the same unnamed “Cabaret Musicians” responsible for the demos which were released as “Double Hipness” by Virgin in 2000.

Enjoy

Sid

mp3 : Associates – Eloise

JC adds…………It’s a long long way from the sounds that became the hits.  As Sid says it is very punky and having been lucky enough to see the Big Gold Dream documentary the other week it is very clear that the boys fitted in perfectly to the scene that was building up in and around the capital city in the late 70s.

4 thoughts on “BILLY MACKENZIE RARITIES….COURTESY OF SID LAW (7)

  1. Love the Billy shares – always interesting to find something new.

    The Big Gold Dream, JC? What was this? was it BBC? Is it still available online?
    Questions, questions……

  2. Hi Conrad

    If you use the big list on the right hand side of the blog and click on “Big Gold Dream (documentary) you will get the full story. I’d do a direct link except I don’t know how to using the iPhone….

    JC

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