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News of an upcoming, long awaited, Woodentops album !

We recently wrote about the Woodentops, a magnificent innovative UK group way ahead of their time who never attained the success their work merited. They disbanded all too soon but got back together again in late 2006.

Today we received a nice email from lead singer Rolo who brings great news that the group are back with a vengeance and recording some new music!

The band recently rented a coastal house in Kent, where they began writing lots of new songs over a frenetic five days of creativity. They then rushed straight to the Dada recording studio in South London to get them recorded. Snowbound in the studio, a clutch of 10 brand new songs were soon in the can!

We can’t wait to hear the new stuff and wish the band every success with the long awaited album!

Links:

http://www.woodentopsmusic.com/index.html
http://www.myspace.com/thewoodentops

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Any content linked to here is only meant as a taster for the original work itself and is posted on the strict understanding that anyone who downloads the taster, deletes said content within 24 hours. We would assume that these fans will then buy the original work and we greatly encourage them to do so.

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February 19, 2009 Posted by | The Woodentops, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

News of an upcoming, long awaited, Woodentops album !

We recently wrote about the Woodentops, a magnificent innovative UK group way ahead of their time who never attained the success their work merited. They disbanded all too soon but got back together again in late 2006.

Today we received a nice email from lead singer Rolo who brings great news that the group are back with a vengeance and recording some new music!

The band recently rented a coastal house in Kent, where they began writing lots of new songs over a frenetic five days of creativity. They then rushed straight to the Dada recording studio in South London to get them recorded. Snowbound in the studio, a clutch of 10 brand new songs were soon in the can!

We can’t wait to hear the new stuff and wish the band every success with the long awaited album!

Links:

http://www.woodentopsmusic.com/index.html
http://www.myspace.com/thewoodentops

NOTE:

We do not host any files here. We do not upload music files. If this post contains a link to content hosted elsewhere, this is content found by a simple search on the worldwide freedom web. However, if for some valid reason, you object to a link – or any content here – please let us know and we will remove it.

Any content linked to here is only meant as a taster for the original work itself and is posted on the strict understanding that anyone who downloads the taster, deletes said content within 24 hours. We would assume that these fans will then buy the original work and we greatly encourage them to do so.

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February 19, 2009 Posted by | The Woodentops, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

The Woodentops – A great lost Group

We’ve been listening a lot to a recent BBC collection of sessions by the wonderful Woodentops, a short-lived magnificent innovative group way ahead of their time.

We were huge huge fans of the band back in their heyday – we were only kids at the time – and had a few of their albums that got played so much, the vinyl got totally fucked up!

At that time, there was one decent radio station – an illegal local “pirate” radio station – called “Capital Radio” that used to blast out loads of Woodentops, as well as oodles of other wonderful obscure indie music, and we always had a cassette or 2 handy to capture the great sounds (it really was a high tech period back then! Some guy had just recently invented the wheel!)

The Woodentops’ music at it’s best was full of frenetic energy and power; an eruption of punk rawness and pure pop that stood out like a sore thumb amongst the muzak then generally proliferating across the airwaves!

One can possibly point to influences such as Talking Heads, New Order, The Pop Group, Suicide, Big Audio Dynamite, Joy Division, Jonathan Richman etc. but the band really had a sound all of its own. Truly distinctive! Just take a gander at the array of odd instruments they used!

This fine BBC Collection covers the many Beeb sessions that the band recorded between 1984 and 1988 – mainly for the late great John Peel and for Janice Long – and does a great job at encapsulating their sound and the development of their music over that period.

A whopping wonderful 20 tracks in all!

Some classic tracks in here – majestic amalgams of punk, post-punk, agit-pop, electronica and power pop! And many other genres!

Love it!

Taking punk’s DIY ideals and applying it to stripped-down acoustic pop, the Woodentops achieved a great deal of critical success in the short time they were together.

The band formed in Northampton, West England in 1983. The initial line-up was Rolo McGinty (vocals, guitar, formerly of The Innocents and The Jazz Butcher), Simon Mawby (guitar), Alice Thompson (keyboards), Frank DeFreitas (bass guitar) and Paul Hookham (drums).

They released their debut single ”Plenty” on Food Records in 84.

This led to them being signed by acclaimed Indie label (of Smiths fame etc) Rough Trade where the band released a series of classic singles through 1985/86 which soon got the band noticed;

  • ‘Move Me”,
  • ”Well Well Well”,
  • ”It Will Come” and
  • ”Good Thing”

This was followed by their wonderful acclaimed debut album Giant.


Giant was a great collection of powerful innovative music. Also replete with beautiful cover artwork.

Giant was well received by critics and strangely, given that the music was way out of synch with the morass of eighties music, that it was also a minor commercial success. The album’s sound was characterised by acoustic guitars, but also featured accordion, marimba, strings, and trumpet sounds, showing influences of great mavericks like Suicide.

Giant reached #35 on the UK Album Charts. A single from the album, “(Love Affair With) Everyday Living” also became a minor hit in the UK Singles Chart.

The following year the band began experimenting with their sound, adding tougher guitars and electronics, and gained an early hit on the burgeoning club scene in Ibiza with ”Why Why Why’‘.

The band’s new more frenetic style first became apparent in their live shows, as documented on the excellent live album Live Hypno Beat (1987), which was recorded in Los Angeles in 1986. The band became more raw live and unpredictable, becoming one of the most exciting independent groups out there!

In 1987, Thompson left, to be replaced by Anne Stephenson of The Communards.

The more experimental mood was continued on the second album Wooden Foot Cops on the Highway released the following year, which did not have the same success as their debut.

However, most notably, the listeners of Los Angeles radio station KROQ voted their song “Stop This Car” number 15 out of 106 in the KROQ Top 106.7 Countdown of 1988, outperforming many more established acts! Also, one of the album’s standout tracks, “Wheels Turning,” became a dancefloor favourite.

The Woodentops continued to play live, touring the world and tracks such as “Tainted World” became a regular on New York radio station Kiss Fm with DJ Tony Humphries.

Sadly, after an all too brief time together, The Woodentop scalled it a day in 1992.

Vocalist and guitarist Rolo McGinty, who wrote most of Woodentops songs, resurfaced with the DJ band Pluto in the 1990s. He was also involved with the Dogs Deluxe electronica project and also provided vocals for Gary Lucas‘ “Gods and Monsters”.

The great news later was that the band returned to live performance in September 2006, and plan to release some new music!

We wish them all the success in the world! They deserve it!

Links:

http://www.woodentopsmusic.com/index.html
http://www.myspace.com/thewoodentops

Discography

* Well, Well, Well… The Unabridged Singles Collection (1985) Rough Trade
* Giant (1986) Rough Trade/Columbia (UK #35, UK Indie #2)
* Live Hypnobeat Live (1987) Rough Trade/Epic (UK Indie #1)
* Wooden Foot Cops on the Highway (1988) Rough Trade (UK #48, UK Indie #1)
* Bamboo: The Best Of The Woodentops (2003)
* BBC Sessions (2007)

The Woodentops – Stop this car

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