X Lion Tamer was the recording name adopted by the Edinburgh-based musician Tony Taylor (he originally called himself Ex Lion Tamer, after the song by Wire but changed it after discovering that an American band had already taken that particular moniker)

He was part of the 17 Seconds label which was the brainchild of Ed Jupp, well-known blogger and all round good guy – Ed was one of those guys who got into music blogging and followed it with something a bit more substantial and meaningful.

Over the course of two years, X Lion Tamer released three download only singles, with two of these coming together on the Neon Hearts EP which came out in September 2009.

mp3 : X Lion Tamer – Neon Hearts
mp3 : X Lion Tamer – Life Support Machine
mp3 : X Lion Tamer – Tugboat
mp3 : X Lion Tamer – I Said Stop

While three of the songs are original compositions, Tugboat is a cover of a track written and recorded originally by Galaxie 500.

The music was described by some as weird and wonky electronic pop heavily influenced by the 80s while others said he sounded like the ending credits of low-budget 80s teen movies – played on your mate’s Amiga.

It’s certainly different.