In case any of you missed out on last week’s run of postings, I better explain that I’m currently entering week two of a holiday in tropical climes, but rather than close things down completely, I’m using Monday – Fridays to post some hour-long mixes made especially to listen to on the beach while keeping the usual couple of long-running series going at weekends.

mp3 : Various – Beach Bumming (Volume 6)

Track Listing

How He Wrote Elastica Man – Elastica feat Mark E Smith
Yuk Foo – Wolf Alice
Sweet Catatonia – Catatonia
French Disko – Stereolab
West End Girls  – Pet Shop Boys
No Scrubs – TLC
Might Be Stars – Wannadies
La Pastie de la Bourgeoisie – Belle and Sebastian
Quick, Before It Melts – Cinerama
Idiot Country – Electronic
Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe – Associates
Higher Grounds – Cats On Fire
Alcoholiday (Peel Session) – Teenage Fanclub
Duchess – The Stranglers
Landslide – The Popguns
Bye Bye Pride – The Go-Betweens
No Danger – The Delgados
Only Tongue Can Tell – Trashcan Sinatras
Paintball’s Coming Home – Half Man, Half Biscuit



Heaven Help You Now was released on 7″ and 12″ on Les Disques Du Crepuscule in September 1985, with once again Alan Rankine involved in the production side as well as contributing keyboards.

It was the precursor to what would prove to be an excellent album, The Warp Of Pure Fun, the contents of which consisted of around half of what had been a proposed album which Island Records decided not to release, together with some newer material. As such, the album ended up being recorded periodically in five different locations and with different contributing musicians.

It’s another excellent, if very 80s sounding single, and its failure to get anywhere near the charts must have been a sore one for Paul to take, given that many inferior tunes and acts were enjoying fame and fortune:-

mp3 : Paul Haig – Heaven Help You Now (extended)
mp3 : Paul Haig – World Raw
mp3 : Paul Haig – Heaven Help You Now
mp3 : Paul Haig – Chance

World Raw (which was on both the 7″ and 12″) can be categorised under ‘experimental’ while Chance (only available on the 12″) sounds demo-like for the most part…and the version on offer today is the full near six minute take. Probably only of value to collectors.



This review from The List magazine back in March 2012 sums it up best:-

In the bowels of a radioactive pop bunker somewhere between Glasgow and Falkirk, Malcolm Middleton has spent 18 months incubating a (super) heroic alter-ego.

We all thought we knew the mild-mannered Middleton – sublime melodist with Arab Strap; acclaimed creator of solo albums like A Brighter Beat and Into The Woods – but behind the smile and modest beard, there throbbed the fluorescent brain of an ambient 80s overlord. He was hatching a plan for interplanetary domination, as soundtracked by the Art of Noise, Tangerine Dream, Whitesnake and Top Gun, and his plotting has borne brilliant fruit in the guise of Human Don’t Be Angry.

From the gorgeous alt-MOR swell of ‘Monologue: River’ to the lambent riffs and glimmering krautrock of ‘First Person Singular, Present Tense’ – not to mention the discombobulating art-pop thrill of ‘1985’ – Human Don’t Be Angry is a captivating, drum-embracing beast. It is fortified by guitar-fuelled instrumental adventures (‘The Missing Plutonium’), Frankie Goes to Hollywood homages (‘After the Pleasuredome’) and a fitting widescreen leitmotif (‘HDBA Theme’).

While Middleton’s solo lyrics are typified by self-deprecation, Human Don’t Be Angry’s vocalisms are more forthright, driven and loved-up. ‘I’m coming your way,’ he threatens on the cosmic marital aria, ‘Asklipiio’. Human, gird thy loins.

It was a well-received work, one which made the ten-strong shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year, but it didn’t sell anything near as many copies as his guitar-focussed albums.

mp3 : Human Don’t Be Angry – H.D.B.A. Theme

There was a follow-up effort, Electric Blue, released in 2015, which was available exclusively on vinyl via Malcolm’s website and limited to 500 copies.  I’ve got one and here’s a track from it:-

mp3 : Human Don’t Be Angry – Cottage Syndrome

One which starts off at a deceptively slow pace for an opening near two minutes before turning into something really inventive and infectious, including some great use of swear words around the five minute marks.  Kind of similar in places to the solo work of Steve Mason (Beta Band, King Biscuit Time). Trust me, it’ll grow on you!!



One week down.  One to go.  Friday nights tend to be a wee bit special round these parts.

Wish You Were Here.

mp3 : Various – Beach Bumming (Volume 5)

Track Listing

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Revenge of The Hammond Connection – Primal Scream
Penelope Tree – Felt
Truth Be Told – Dead Hope
Heard About Love – The Big Gun
Big Rock Candy Mountain – The Motorcycle Boy
Wonderful Lie – The Hardy Boys
Sparky’s Dream – Teenage Fanclub
Stars – Dubstar
Triple Trouble (Graham Coxon remix) – Beastie Boys
M.O.R. – Blur
Home – P.I.L.
Apply Some Pleasure – Maximo Park
Lullaby – The Cure
I Miss You – Blink 182
Shellshock – New Order
How I Wrote Elastic Man – The Fall



I’m nowhere near the above beach.  Indeed, i doubt the above beach looks that way in mid-December.

Today’s mix is, indeed, A Postcard from Scotland

mp3 : Various – Beach Bumming (Volume 4)

Track Listing

Bee – Hairband
Don’t Make Me Wait – Emma Pollock
The Shy Retirer – Arab Strap
Michael – Franz Ferdinand
Fall Forever – Honeyblood
Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds
Gut Feeling – Malcolm Middleton
You Heald The World In Your Arms – Idlewild
No Longer Young Enough – The Just Joans
Fake Fur – Urusei Yatsura
Shimmer Shimmer – She’s Hit
Sore Tummy – PAWS
Taste The Last Girl – Sons & Daughters
These Animals Are Dangerous  – Rote Kapelle
Since Yesterday – Strawberry Switchblade
Blue Boy – Orange Juice
You Can’t Spend You Whole Life Hanging Around With Arseholes – Ballboy
Down The Dip – Aztec Camera



Oh look….it’s another reminder that I’m not around just now.

Today, I’m searching for hidden treasure.

mp3 : Various – Beach Bumming (Volume 3)

Track Listing

You Supply The Roses – Memphis
This Arsehole’s Been Burned Too Many Times Before – Nectarine No.9
Parks and Recreation – Emma Pollock
Youth Knows No Pain  – Lykke Li
Sister – Tracey Thorn feat. Corinne Bailey Rae
Primitive Painters – Felt feat. Elizabeth Frazer
I Walk The Earth – King Biscuit Time
Old Town – Say Sue Me
With Handclaps – Y’All Is Fantasy Island
Munich – Editors
Dream Sequence – Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls
Love Is A Deserter – The Kills
Look At The Sky – Sons of the Descent
Surfing USA – The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Heinrich Maneuver – Interpol
Sweet and Tender Hooligan – Nouvelle Vague



Second of the hour-long mixes made especially to listen to on the beach this and next week.

Let me show you baby, I’m a talented boy 🙂 🙂 🙂

mp3 : Various – Beach Bumming (Volume 2)

Track Listing

Gett Off – Prince
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Paper Planes – M.I.A.
212 – Azelia Banks
Speak Like A Child – The Style Council
Rollercoaster by the Sea – Jonathan Richman
Breathe – The Prodigy
My Doorbell – The White Stripes
Shady Lane – Pavement
The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme – Colourbox
Blues for Ceausescu – Fatima Mansions
Push Upstairs – Underworld
What A Waste – Curve
The Sun A Small Star – The Servants
Don’t Ask My Name – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters
Revolutionary Spirit – The Wild Swans