Saturday, 30 April 2011

Bonus Saturday post because I missed Friday

Belatedly got a copy of the Hicks From The Sticks sampler today (about 30 years too late as it happens) so you’re likely to see the odd song from that LP popping up here over the next few months.

For starters how about this lovely XTC sound-a-like from Airkraft. I believe they only ever released one single and I can’t find any pictures of them on the internet to illustrate this post.

Airkraft - Move In Rhythm (1980)

24 comments:

darkdance said...

A superb scavenge, Mick! And I bet you paid nothing for it. Hicks rates right up there with Some Bizzare as the comps go. Both are loaded with primordial tracks by bands that went on to prominence... and that are mostly forgotten now except by old gits like us. Life is so sad....

Referring to recent comments previous here and previous elsewhere, it seems that none other than Davy H himself scorred with Pippa. I'm very impressed as it was Pippa carrying the train who stole the big show. Honorable mention goes to the cute little girl on the balcony (the one on the right who was smiling; not the crying one on the left that the media has been gushing over).

BrotheRay said...

Hate to be anal about this but,this could only be a bonus Saturday post if you had in fact posted on Friday.Therefor this is not a bonus Saturday post but merely,a Saturday post instead of Friday.

Having said that,it's easy to see why Friday was missed,what with you and Darkdance gushing over the bridesmaids.
Down here a great celebration ensued when the men of the area went a-wassailing whilst the women danced smeared in the blood of a virgin.Then Hern the Hunter brought proceedings to an early although not satisfatory conclusion.

Songs not bad either.

Mick said...

Bloody yokels!

darkdance said...

I'm at the ancestral homeland in Shrops at present but I'm thinking I should divert to Dorset en route back to civilization.

Mick said...

I never and I mean NEVER used to lend LPs but my brains were in my pants and I let this cute little girlie borrow my Some Bizarre Album because we’d been to the Glass Spider tour together and of course I never saw it again. I think she even has one of my cravats!

darkdance said...

You mentioned that mishap on this blog a couple years ago. Back in those lazy days, about the same time as tragedy befell you, I loaned some LP's to a girl called Eugenia and, a few months later, the LP's came back with jelly smears all over the inner sleeves. I'm glad I didn't really fancy her.

Mick said...

Eew! My records face a different danger now. Mrs M doesn't really understand why I don't just digitise them and sell them on Ebay. Sacrilege!

Frank said...

They did a video for Red Sails which was filmed by North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1985 which can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez2UFcZrIFc

darkdance said...

Now that's some shoddy business. I hope Mrs. M. doesen't also dance about naked under the full moon smeared in the blood of a virgin. It is then, when your beloved shows her real self, that you begin to wonder about your prior choices. I fear that the newly royal couple will soon learn.

BrotheRay said...

What is it with you people? Lending your records to the Girlies in the pursuit of horizontal pleasures.They could have any part of me but..nev..I say,never my records.

Dorset is back to normal,the detritis of celebration has been cleared and the virgins locked away until Beltane.

Mick,are you sure that cravat wasn't mine,I believe it tucked in with that Fred Wedlock LP of mine you lost.

Mick said...

Frank,
Thanks so much for that link (and for bringing the discussion back to music). Love that video. There's another Airkraft band and I had assumed that all the Youtube links were them.

Frank Chickens said...

You're welcome Mick. :)

This does seem to be the only video about them on YouTube and it's fortunate that it's a goodie.

Wished they released more material than they did but you take what you can get.

Frank Chickens said...

PS: The compilation can be downloaded from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?wm3ym0tygje

darkdance said...

I am looking forward to again being at a computer with enough of a connection to watch Frank's video find. Here in the country, people bang two rocks together to get on the internet.

Bro Ray, I can't speak for your wayward relation (I'm sure you're right about him), but my intentions with Eugenia were completely honourable. I was once upon a time a club dj, and I often loaned records to financially challenged friends who recorded them onto C90 cassettes, which they then played at private parties (later called raves). Remember cassettes? They came after eight tracks. Just thought I should clear my name. My fake name. Oh bother.

Who started all this twaddle about cravats?

davyh said...

And how on earth did Bro'Ray find a virgin in Dorset?

Mick said...

Obviously she hasn't got a father or brother.

darkdance said...

Stop! My friends I so longer need. Lovely Ireland can wait.

Turn! Those friends they are what they eat. Dorset ahead full on mate!

Anonymous said...

Great album, also have Heat from the Street from the same era, there is another Airkraft song on this album called Moving Target, sounds very similar, i just assumed it was the same group, some great stuff on this album also.

Jim Dubai

Mick said...

Welcome Jim. I vaguely remember that album too and wish I had it. For everyone else here's the tracklist.

Anyone who understood Dardance's last comment please email me.

darkdance said...

Mick, the comments tend to follow a thread. Try to follow it, now there's a good boy. I told you a long time ago that you might want to consider using that there "comment moderation" feature. I feely admit I should be banned.

Try rereading my last post later after you have (1) consumed several alhoholic bevys and (2) finishced preparing Mrs. M. for the ritual tonight.

Mick said...

If you think it makes sense try re-reading it when your medication wears off.

BrotheRay said...

davyh - The Virgins - My lips are sealed,as Mick will attest Dorset is a place of hills and valleys,the valleys are a rich seam-but no,I can say no more.

darkdance - The alcohol is unlikely to aid him.

Mick - The Music (lest I be banished from the board).Tis ordinary,but a curio of the time nevertheless.

Mick said...

DavyH is originally from Devon so he really shouldn't make comments like that but I let it go.

I agree the song is a curio and very 'of its era' and I don't claim it's a classic but I like it a lot. I heard it for the first time yesterday afternoon and was immediately struck by its XTC-ness which can only be a good thing. It's a bit like the way you rave about those failed mod bands who changed their names and went psychedelic before fading into obscurity.

BrotheRay said...

Yes I can understand why you like it.Not sure about the anolgy re the 'failed' Mod bands.The likes of The Action and Creation are at least revered retrospectively and their output commands high prices now.Can't see that happening with Airkraft.
Maybe a better link would be the Love Affair and Tremeloes wannabees like Spectrum or The Montanas who struggled on looking for their Cupid's Inspiration or Harmony Grass moment.
In other words worthy but not essential.