Great Lost Bands

Hiya, Chris Martin from the NME Radio evening show here. A quick heads up for you on Jon Hillcock and his guests this week; he’ll be chatting to all the NME Awards Tour Bands, finding out what’s been happening from inside the camp, also he’s got a Vampire Weekend session and interview Thursday from 4pm. This week on my show, we’ll be discussing and playing tracks from some Great Lost Bands.

It’s the peril of a band who may have never seen the sunny reaches of the Top 40, to be left facing a career at ASDA and a legacy that only a handful of music geeks seem to remember. I was having a look through my album rack and came across a few albums, ones I absolutely loved about 10 years ago and now the bands seem to be totally forgotten. Beachbuggy may be remembered by some, after the dissolution of Creation records Alan McGee signed them to his new label Poptones.

There was something about the lo-fi, thundering double-drummer driven, car obsessed music that hooked me. I’d travel to see them play gigs in working mens’ clubs in the middle of nowhere. I’ve seen them more times than any other band (16 at the last count), and due to their ever rotating pool of drummers I’m not sure I’ve seen the same pair of drummers twice. They got signed in the States to Sympathy for the Record Industry, previously home to The White Stripes, Hole and Rocket From The Crypt. Somehow they weren’t able to really make it last. Another contender would be Cay.

Their album, ‘Nature Creates Freaks’ is an emotional mess, swinging wildly from brutal, adrenaline-soaked fight anthems to stoned slow burners where they sound too out of it to really strum guitars. It’s their only album, they parted company with their label East West after, released ‘Resurrexit’ on their old label Org and promptly vanished. The final band of this week’s trio are Ikara Colt.

Their sound was somewhere between Art Brut and The Dead Kennedys and most of their songs were at least as fast as most drum and bass. The front row of their gigs looked like grown men convulsing or throwing tantrums. Their drummer was pretty great too, holding things together at lightning speed with a gargoyle-like grin on his face, lips never meeting, strings of drool dangling throughout the set. Debut album ‘Chat And Business’ is well worth a look.

In an ideal world I’d be able to persuade these guys to reform, but then comebacks aren’t always that amazing. We’ll go through some of your suggestions on Thursday’s show (Feb 18th). Take this as your chance to brainwash the uninitiated, or just find someone else that remembers your Great Lost Bands and post your comments below.