Monday, 14 September 2009

Danny and the Dressmakers 1980 at The Aklam Hall under the Westway Notting Hill London. Al Hempsall on the Drums,Graham Massey (in huge tubular Bandage)guitar ,Sisier Maura Noone vocals,Kif Kif and JB from the 012 as guests..probably their last appearance.


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The spirit of
Danny and The Dressmakers is with me in every day life, I cannot watch Coronation Street without thinking of 'Ernie Bishops Dead body', the number of times when on the dole I'd want to break into 'wheres me fucking giro?', and dont mention Rickenbackers or Cholesterol levels, hey ho, hey ho. My best friend Davey brought round a copy of the 'Weird Noise' EP of Fuck Off Records way back when, this was a revelation, there were other crap groups out there like our own ! We then took to trawling the ads in fanzines and the back pages of Sounds until it was time for our first mail order experience , Davey ordered 'Go Mental', then I ordered '200 Cancellations' the soundtrack to those teenage years! - in return we sent off our efforts to impress F.O Records, who were doing a series of tapezines i think we were having a shot at ('tapezine 4' rings a bell) We were encouraged and inspired enough to make our own compliation tapes.
Fast forward a few decades.. I recently downloaded '39 Golden Grates', while laughing out loud at 'Space Oddity' I wondered: 'what else is out there ?'
The Street Level site seems to be full of viruses and wont let me in, otherwise its been good having a dig around the net to see whats out there.

any audio, scans or anecdotes would be great!

LINKS and SOURCES include:
Manchester District Music Archive

Danny and the Dressmakers at Last.FM

Danny and the Dressmakers on Youtube, sort of

Danny and the Dressmakers on the compilation tape 'Back to Sing for Free' - the first Fuck Off release courtesy of spurensicherung blog



on with it - this is where it all began,for us at least:


VARIOUS - 'WEIRD NOISE' EP







SIDE A
1 The Door And The Window - The Number One Entertainer (3:39)
2 Danny And The Dressmakers - Legalize Vimto (3:33)
3 Danny And The Dressmakers - Hey Ho Hey Ho My Cholestrol Level Is Low {0:25)
4 Instant Automatons - Electronic Music (3:10)
5 Danny And The Dressmakers - Don't Make Another Bassguitar Mr Rickenbaker (2:05)

SIDE B
1 The 012 - Fish From Tahiti (4:02)
2 Danny And The Dressmakers - Cathy And Claire (1:42)
3 The Sell-Outs - The Ballad Of Fuck Off Records (3:17)
4 Danny And The Dressmakers - The Truth About Unemployment (0:07)


various - weird noise ep

Sleeve notes: "The Sell-Outs, The 012, The Door + The Window, and The Instant Automatons recorded at home on 4 track and 2 track tape machines. Danny + the Dressmakers get that unique "Dressmakers white noise" effect with 3rd generation cassette recordings. Whole thing got together by Kif Kif, Nag, Bendle and Protag and dedicated to the Street Level organisation. 60p maximum price."






DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS - GO MENTAL


Could this be the first D&TDMakers bootleg ? I believe 'Go Mental' was a C90 originally , the one that Davey ordered. I borrowed it and set about making my own copy. All I had was a (crappy) C60 and not even the means to photocopy the cover, so I copied it out, with a pen. The quality's gone right down maan. Upgrades appreciated , now we live in the future and all.





Danny and the Dressmakers - Go Mental



(drumroll...) and now the epic trilogy, from april 1st 1979:

DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS - 200 CANCELLATIONS





Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 1 side a




Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 1 side b




Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 2 side a



Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 2 side b



Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 3 side a


Danny and the Dressmakers - 200 Cancellations tape 3 side b



200 CANCELLATIONS - THE BOOKLET

Download PDF here



EXCITINGLY ARTY POSTER


ANOTHER BOOKLET - THE BOYS BOOK OF ILL TREATING AMPLIFIERS

Download PDF here







DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS - 39 GOLDEN GRATES


this is one of the poorest scans i have ever seen in my life, surely theres better ones out there ?

01 - eggs on legs
02 - space oddity
03 - he's washing the posts
04 - danny and the dressmakers going down the road
05 - dynamite
06 - lennons supermarket tango
07 - song chocolate
08 - jesus christ you're so anaemic
09 - ernie bishops dead body
10 - whats your blood group and how does a dog digest its food
11 - rubber plants
12 - night fever
13 - alfie winbush
14 - what the world needs now
15 - whats a girl like you doing in a...
16 - drying out my rained on rizlas
17 - buddha the crab
18 - we're crossing the pelican crossing
19 - you're gonna get a rollockin'
20 - don't put your bernard pokery on stage mrs eric clapton
21 dont make another bass guitar mt rickenbacker
22 - rolf harris stylophones
23 - tree
24 - rubber plants and i left my gall bladder in moss side
25 - fuckin' bleedin' einstein
26 - edward expose here mammary glands
27 - tv boredom on the dole
28 - drop dead
29 - iron lung funk
30 - 69
31 - lapsang do da tea
32 - test card girls
33 - going down the sperm bank four quid a wank
34 - donna summer
35 - you're no doctor
36 - god puts a stop to the silver paper eating three legged monster
37 - how hot is a match
38 - hey ho hey ho my cholesterol level is low
39 - cathy and claire
40 - talking clock
41 - legalise vimto
42 - can't you make your mind up
43 - 2001 c'est un odesy de space
44 - come on baby lite my shite
45 - if the kids are united they'd throw bricks at jimmy pursey
46 - los endos



Danny and the Dressmakers - 39 Golden Grates








VARIOUS - I'LL BE BACK TO SING FOR FREE AGAIN SOON
(featuring Danny and the Dressmakers)





side a - sanesville



side b - crazytown


DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS - FROM THE V/A - 'SLIGHTLY WEIRDSVILLE' TAPE



Danny and the Dressmakers - Edward Exposes

Danny and the Dressmakers - Song Chocolate

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for all this palaver. I wrote a piece for an American mag called UGLY THINGS on Fuck Off Records way back. Even before then I frequented the 'orrible Portobello Road back in the late 70s and saw all the crap bands play [incl the legendary Sex Beatles; awesome]; Stephen Gillitt [Street Level] is a lovely chap when you can get hold of him; Graham Massey [on Myspace] is also a great bloke & will chat about "the ol' days". I'm sure that if you could contact him & if he's sober Mark E Smith [a Dressmakers fan] would wax lyrical also. If you can ever get hold of the Teen Vampires tape please put it up!
    Cheers
    Richard Mason, Oxford, U.K.

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  2. richard ,thanks for your comments, i never knew MES was a fan haha! can you send me / does anyone have a copy of your article for ugly things ? - only the street level page seems to have it but this 'may harm my computer' according to google so i aint risking it just yet.

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  3. Great to hear these again. I lent my cassette of 'Go Mental' to a friend in 1980(?) and never saw it again. I can still sing along to 'Charles Bronson lives in a caravan.' Jonathan.

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  4. Re: MES a fan? Is it coincidence that the compilation '50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong' is subtitled '39 Golden Greats'?

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  5. Hi there,

    I was in Danny and the Dressmakers! This stuff is crazy. I'd forgotten about most of it! Graham and I have all the original cassettes between us and there's often been talk of getting them out on CD but it's come to nowt so far...

    Colin Seddon

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  6. Hello,

    Can you please re-activate these links? Just found this blog today and none of them seem to be working!
    Thanks

    Charles

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  7. charles, i tried the links today and they're working fine here , all the goodies are saved at my mediafire account so there shouldnt be any probelms with it .

    hey colin, that is great to hear from an actual dressmaker! - how incomplete is this blog then ? glad to hear the old tapes are intact!

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  8. Just found your excellent blog - Thanks to Dave Sez for pointing us in the right direction ;)

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  9. can anyone shed any light on this mythical deeply vale box set ( with full live set ) ???

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  10. put out record. this is brilliant..any company would do it.

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