Some strange news for you all - I recently discovered that I could no longer gain access to the Google/Chrome/Blogger account which has the mr obscure flagship mp3 page.
Each time I tried, those various vast corporations put up a message saying I was not allowed in, but gave no valid reason.
Wow, or as we say here in the UK, blimey.
And so I had to rebuild the page from scratch and host it on
another webpage altogether, obviously with a new web address.
That new address is: https://mrobscureyes.blogspot.com/
So if you find yourself at the old address then you'll be looking at mp3s from February 2020, because that's all there will ever be, on that page.
I now have to go through as many links to that page as I can find, on all my other pages, and put in the new URL!
So please bear with me, OK?
I'll get there in the end.
All the best from
- Stuart (slave to mr obscure).
A brand new crop of sessions will be here on the firstday of each month, replacing the ones before them. mr. obscure can be contacted via his old pal and cowering slave stuart Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diagram Brothers were a post-punk band from Manchester, England active between 1979 and 1982. They were: Andy Diagram (bass guitar), Fraser Diagram (vocals, guitar), Lawrence Diagram (guitar), Jason Diagram (bass), and Simon Diagram (drums) (not actually brothers). Andy Diagram was also a member of Dislocation Dance from 1978 to 1982
and also played with The Pale Fountains and James. Andy explained the band's approach: "We called the music 'Discordo'. The music was made to a strict formula or set of rules. All the guitar chords were based on discordant notes, all the beats were very simple rock or disco, and all the words were very very straightforward and down to earth."
Music journalist Stuart Maconie described them as "funny, slightly scary and like no one else in the world". Their first release was a 7" EP on the Construct label in 1980. They were then signed by The Buzzcocks' New Hormones label, who issued a single, "Bricks", an album, Some Marvels of Modern Science, and a 10" EP, Discordo, before they split up. Here's the first of three sessions for John, taped on 17/03/1980.
Dr. Feelgood were a British pub rock band formed in 1971. The name derives from a slang term for heroin or for a doctor willing to overprescribe drugs. Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart (their only chart-topper). But after the follow-up Sneakin' Suspicion, Johnson left the group due to perceived conflicts with Lee Brilleaux. He was replaced by John 'Gypie' Mayo. With Mayo, the band was never as popular as with Johnson, but still enjoyed their only Top Ten hit single in 1979, with "Milk and Alcohol". Johnson never achieved any great success
outside of the band, apart from a brief spell with Ian Dury and The Blockheads from 1980, fans always speculated about a return by Johnson that never occurred.There were three peel sessions: this is their
second, immortalised on 20/09/1977.
I have absolutely no information on a band called Dumb. Well - very little, anyway. Apparently they came from Manchester, used to be called Dub Sex, supported The Stone Roses and wrote material with Finley Quaye. And that's the sum total of my information. if you can help, please email me. they taped a session for peel on 01/12/1996. here it is.
English poppy-punks Generation X emerged from London in the late 1970s and are primarily remembered today for being the musical starting point of the career of its lead singer, Billy Idol. In September 1977 they were one of the first punk units to appear on the UK's mainstream pop music TV show Top of the Pops and began to acquire media
recognition as one of the acts of the scene that had an accessibility of sound and image with the potential to achieve commercial success. In January 1979 the band's commercial high point was reached when the fabulous "King Rocker" single reached eleven in the UK's Singles Chart. However the Valley of the Dolls album (1979) performed disappointingly in the UK Albums Chart. With Andrews and Laff gone (with James putting out a line to the music media's questions as to why Generation X had split that he and Idol had fired them because they "had a tendency to sound like Deep Purple"), Idol and James recruited Terry Chimes as a replacement drummer and found a manager for the new formation in the form of Bill Aucoin, who after assessing the act's potential, was surreptitiously more interested in the commercial possibilities of Idol as a solo artist in the American marketplace than the band, and began moving behind the scenes to this end. This new line-up renamed themselves as Gen X, styled as New Romantics. Chrysalis Records, now subject to the influence of Aucoin, had shown reluctance to fund it after the commercial failure of the previous L.P. Also involved in the recording sessions was a selection of some of the best lead guitarists in London's post-punk scene that were looking for new units to team up with, viz, John McGeoch, Steve Jones, Steve New and Danny Kustow, who acted as session musicians in what was essentially a tryout for the new band's guitar slot. In January 1981 a long-player produced by Keith Forsey was released entitled Kiss Me Deadly (1981). However, the production of the new record had been problematic, Tony James later describing narcotic use by other members of the line-up, including Idol, during the recording sessions as hampering it, and his personal working relationship with Idol was becoming distanced by James' unease at Idol's intensifying attraction to opiates (James would later ascribe the cause of the end of the band and his professional partnership with Idol to: "really, drugs destroyed us"). The record itself, despite being really bloody good, failed to chart, as did the frankly incredible October 1980 single "Dancing with Myself." Critical reviews of the new L.P. in the music press were poor and Chrysalis Records dropped Gen X and they broke up in February 1981, the last gig having been at the Paris Theatre in London on 7th January 1981. The original group taped three sessions at the BBC for john; here's the second, preserved on 12/07/1977.
The English performance poet John Cooper Clarke first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a punk poet. He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continues to perform regularly. His recorded output has mainly centred around musical backing from The Invisible Girls, which featured Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson, Paul Burgess and Steve Hopkins. Clarke was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary, Evidently... John Cooper Clarke, in May 2012, screened as part of the BBC's 'Punk Britannia' season. He appeared as himself in the 2012 film Ill Manors, directed by Ben Drew (better known as Plan B). He is shown performing
a poem entitled Pity the Plight of Young Fellows, which he has described as "the view of young people from a jaundiced old twat’s point of view". He was also featured in a song entitled Pity the Plight on the film's musical album, also called Ill Manors,
where he recited parts of the poem to a piano accompaniment. Clarke lives in Essex with his French wife Evie, with whom he has a daughter. he only taped two sessions for peel, somewhat surprisingly. this is the first, put down on 03/10/1978.
Stateside oddballs Pere Ubu formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in the mid-seventies. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. The group's name is a reference to Ubu Roi, a play by French writer Alfred Jarry. While Pere Ubu have never been widely popular—they are usually categorized as "underground rock"—they have a devoted following and have received critical acclaim. Rocket from the Tombs were a Cleveland-based group that eventually fragmented: some members formed The Dead Boys, and others The Saucers, while David Thomas and guitarist Peter Laughner joined with guitarist Tom Herman, bass guitarist Tim Wright, drummer Scott Krauss and synthesist Allen Ravenstine to form Pere Ubu in 1975. Their debut album, The Modern Dance (1978), contained a remix of "The Modern Dance" and the original mix of "Street Waves", sold poorly but has proven influential. Musicians of many types, including progressive rock, punk rock, post punk and new wave, were influenced by the dark, abstract record. Their second and third albums followed with much the same reaction and the group briefly disbanded in 1979, but reformed soon afterwards with Herman replaced by Mayo Thompson (of Red Krayola). between 1978 and 2014 they issued sixteen albums, an inpressive legacy. On 24 April 2008 the Ether festival at the South Bank Centre (London) hosted the world premiere of Bring Me The Head of Ubu Roi. This adaptation by David Thomas of Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi was accompanied by animations by the Brothers Quay. It featured David Thomas as Pere Ubu and Sarah Jane Morris as Mere Ubu. In 2010 the group played a series of theatrical shows in the UK including a set at the Classic Grand in Glasgow's Jamaica Street. surprisingly, there's just the one Peel session, recorded on 27/06/1989.
Play Dead were an English post-punk group from Oxford that grew out of the fading English punk scene in 1980. Though the band was identified with groups like UK Decay and Sex Gang Children, they felt they didn't belong under the gothic title. They recorded and issued three studio albums for four different small labels — Fresh Records, Jungle Records, Situation 2, and Clay Records — before forming their own label, Tanz, for their final album, Company Of Justice, which appeared in 1985. The original lineup was Rob Hickson (vocals), Pete Waddleton (bass), Mark "Wiff" Smith (drums), and Re-Vox (guitar). In July 1981, Re-Vox was replaced by Steven Green. In 1984, Rob and Pete created the project Mankind's Audio Development (nicknamed M.A.D.). Only one single was recorded with the two songs "Craving" and "Sunfeast." Waddleton left the group in 1986 and, after a brief period as The Beastmaster Generals, the band dissolved. here's the last of their three Play Dead peel sessions, taped on 11/01/1984.
The list of band names below is purely for illustrative purposes - I don't pretend to have sessions by all these people - but I do have a frightening amount of them.