SOMETHING A WEE BIT CHIRPIER TODAY

Yesterday’s posting on Spritualized was originally going to be followed today by the OK Computer bonus album meaning that two successive days would have been a bit of a grind if your preference is for the lighter and more upbeat sort of music that will instantly lift your spirits and brighten up your day.

This shorter posting and little gem of a song, which clocks in at not much more than two minutes, was going to be the attempted redress of the situation and I’ve now brought it forward by 24 hours to brighten up your middle of the week:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Completely and Utterly

Completely and Utterly was the the band’s third release for The Subway Organisation following on from a flexidisc with The Shop Assistants and an EP called  A Guitar In Your Bath. It came with a rather twee but thoroughly enjoyable b-side:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Girl On A Boat

Enjoy.

NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 12a of 48)

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This is of course a blog that is heavily dependant on vinyl and I feel I have to use today’s posting to ease my slightly guilty conscience.

For all that I love Ask Johnny Dee/Pop Anarchy! released in in November 1989 on Subway Organisation, I don’t own a physical copy.  The a-side was taken from a compilation CD while the b-side was purchased specially via i-tunes just so that it could feature.

What I do own however, is a 12″ single by The Chesterfields released in August 1988 on Household  Records.  It is not as immediate and catchy as yesterday’s song but it is still a cracking 45 with the addition of brass helping things move along at a brisk pace a la The June Brides:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Blame

Here’s yer two ok but not great b-sides:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Male Bimbo
mp3 : The Chesterfields – I’ve Got To Hand It To You

Enjoy

NEXT YEAR’S NOSTALGIA FEST (Part 12 of 48)

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I wrote about today’s song from CD86 some fourteen months ago.  I wrote at the time that a  lot of the stuff from the C86 movement hadn’t aged well with it being down , in many cases, to poor production which nowadays grates on the ear while all too often the off-key singing which in its day seemed to be part of the charm now sounds annoying. Last week’s songs by Razorcuts being a prime example.

But there are others that turned out to be absolute classics.

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Ask Johnny Dee

The Chesterfields formed in 1984 and folded in 1989 during which time there were two studio LPs and eight singles/EPs.  They toured extensively (I saw them once as support act to Edwyn Collins on one of his earliest solo tours) and like so many bands picked up a decent sized hardcore following. many of whom (according to wiki) referred to them as “The Chesterf!elds”, with an exclamation mark replacing the “i”, following the example of the band’s logo.

Tragically, lead singer and main songwriter Dave Goldsworthy died in November 2003, at the age of 40, from head injuries sustained in a hit & run incident in Oxford.

The b-side to the single featured on CD86 is another belter of a tune.  Totally different from the a-side, it is very reminiscent of The Monochrome Set which is never a bad thing in my book:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Pop Anarchy!

Enjoy

 

THE BEST SONG TO PEAK AT #4 IN THE INDIE CHART?

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A lot of the stuff from the C86 movement hasn’t aged well.  In many cases, this will be down to poor production which nowadays grates on the ear while all too often the off-key singing which in its day seemed to be part of the charm now sounds annoying.

But there are still some songs that, almost 30 years on, deserve to be thought of as absolute classics.   It’s a crying shame that so many of the small indie  labels weren’t able to give the records the push they needed to crossover into the conscious of mainstream listeners.  All too often, the label and indeed the band seemed happy enough to settle for a few playings on the John Peel Show, a positive review in the NME and then an appearance somewhere in the indie Top 10.  I’m not saying that was the case with today’s tune, but there is seemingly something seriously wrong when a song as brilliant as this has to settle for #4 on the Indie Chart:-

mp3 : The Chesterfields – Ask Johnny Dee

They were in existence from 84-89 during which time there were two studio LPs and eight singles/EPs.  They toured extensively (I saw them once as support act to Edwyn Collins on one of his earliest solo tours) and like so many bands picked up a decent sized hardcore following. many of whom (according to wiki) referred to them as “The Chesterf!elds”, with an exclamation mark replacing the “i”, following the example of the band’s logo.

Tragically, lead singer and main songwriter Dave Goldsworthy died in November 2003, at the age of 40, from head injuries sustained in a hit & run incident in Oxford.

One thing to mention is that The Chesterfields,  like Orange Juice, did a cover of a great Vic Godway track.  I thought it would be an idea to post all three versions:-

mp3 : Vic Goddard & The Subway Sect – Holiday Hymn
mp3 : Orange Juice – Holiday Hymn
mp3 : The Chesterfields – Holiday Hymn

Enjoy!!