Scarcely a household name, even within the rarefied atmospheres of goth cultdom, Zero Le Creche flourished across a couple of singles around the mid-'80s, and a string of vibrant live shows across London. Visually a glammed-up version of Specimen, musically a percussive pop confection topped by Andy Nkanza's warm vocals, Zero Le Creche's closest reference point -- viewed from the 21st century -- would be the stronger moments of Peter Murphy's solo career, which, of course, took close to another decade before hitting the same stride. This collection rounds up both sides of the two singles, leading off with the irresistible "Last Year's Wife," and wrapping up with the 12" mix of that same jewel; from there, 13 further tracks rummage through the collection of unreleased demos that constitute the closest the band came to cutting a full album. And it becomes instantly apparent that it was bad luck alone that kept the band from landing a major (or even minor) record deal. This is inspired stuff, goth only in as much as there was no other musical genre that came even close to Zero Le Creche's mad medley of rabbit-hop percussion, dripping basslines, and echo. Even the occasional lapse in sound quality only adds to the atmospheres conjured up here, and songs like "Comfort Kills," "On the Wire," and "Close Your Eyes" now seem unpardonable omissions from any halfway decent goth soundtrack. One live cut, reprising the demos' "Laughing at Your Pain," closes the set and makes you wish there were more of that, too, while the liner booklet tells the band's story in exquisite, and exquisitely detailed, tones of wonder. Worry not that you've probably never heard of this band. Trust your instincts; you'll love them.
Collection of recordings represents the best of the Scientists at each stage of their career from 1981 to 1987. It doesn't run in order of release of recording date but in order of conception by the group. Hopefully this will give the clearest picture of the groups intentions and progress throught those years.
Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters was a 1974 satirical concept Proto-punk album by Robert Calvert, the former frontman of British space-rock band Hawkwind. It consists of a mixture of songs and comic spoken interludes.
The concept was based on the German Air Ministry's purchase of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, colloquially known as the Widowmaker. In German service these planes had a poor safety record, with 270 of almost 635 Luftwaffe Starfighters lost in accidents during the aircraft's time in service, which lasted from the early 1960s until the mid-1980s.
Musicians who appeared on the album include members of Hawkwind, The Pink Fairies, Brian Eno (although not credited as Eno), Arthur Brown and Adrian Wagner. The spoken sketches are primarily performed by Calvert, Viv Stanshall and Jim Capaldi.
Re-issue of legendary mod rewival album by the Crooks. Consists of their 1980 album Just Released augmented by their single "Modern Boys" b/w "Bangin' My Head," both sides of which are rather more memorable than the LP's contents. Not that the LP is bad, just not quite as strong across 12 songs as the 45 was across two, a three-star album adjacent to a four-star single that owed more than a bit to the Jam. But the second disc is where the real value is, a never-released live recording from the Marquee Club in London. Most of the repertory is shared with that studio album, only it's about twice as good here, and that goes for the playing and the singing -- the whole disc is one of the most bracing live albums of its era and by itself would be worth what Castle is asking for this double-disc set. Listening to it, one wishes that the Soft Boys could've left behind a live document this good. The only peculiarity is that their set includes "Bangin' My Head," the B-side of their single, but not the A-side; still, there's not a false or wrong note here on a truly great and unique legacy.