Various Artists Somewhere Between Heaven & Woolworths Fortune Teller Records
Article written by
Ged M - Jul 8, 2007
I’ve just listened to such a strange record. It doesn’t feel random, it has no theme linking the 20 tracks, yet holds up really well. Compiled by Graham Bendel, director of the documentary film Billy Childish Is Dead and limited to 1000 copies, it brings together comedy and music, from garage rock to soul. The closest comparison would be to stumbling across a programme – maybe in the far reaches of BBC 6Music or Resonance FM, and listening transfixed till the end of the show because you can never predict what will come next.
It crosses decades and genre: some tracks you might know, like the Black Madonnas’ blues-rocking ‘White Sands’ or the Dirtbombs’ awesome ‘Stop’ but you probably won’t have heard The Four Monitors’ powerful soul blast ‘Dark Side of the Ghetto’. There’s a CD debut for Snatch’s lo-fi New York rock’n’roll ‘IRT’ plus great tracks from SchwaB, Minor Threat and Thee Mighty Caesars. The album features ‘The Day The World Turned Dayglo’ by X-Ray Spex, recorded at a Rock Against Racism event in 1978 (presumably the Victoria Park festival) and rescued from a skip, plus the Television Personalities covering The Who and Kelis (a strange but wonderful ‘Milkshake’). The music is better than the comedy, although Alan Parker Urban Warrior does a nice send up of ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ in ‘Grey’.
It’s not all good - I’d say 70% - but it’s like being hijacked by some sonic jihadist, taking you on a long strange trip inspired by fuckknowswhat musical ideology that might convert you to this strange way of seeing before the last note has sounded.