THE BUFF MEDWAYS
Billy Childish & his cohorts return with their latest 33 rpm outing on Transcopic Records. Another quality release from the chaps, 1914 is everything the Buffs enthusiast could want - & considerably more.
You already know we love the Buffs - & we know youll love them too. So, rather than waste time, space & your eyes rattling on & on for paragraphs about what we think makes the Buffs so essential we thought wed offer Billy the chance to provide us all with a personal Childish guide to 1914.
trakMARX Whats the story behind the LPs title?
Billy 1914 is the end of who we were - & the beginning of who we are which is stuck in a traffic jam heading for some out of town shopping centre.
trakMARX Have you any interesting anecdotes regarding the recording of the LP?
Billy Half of it was recorded between the printing presses at Johnnys print-works on a half-track valve Revox - which sounds great. The other half was recorded at Toe Rag Studios which sounds alright as well.
trakMARX We understand that the departure of Johnny Barker has signalling a change in the ranks of the Buffs. How did this come about & who will be replacing him on bass?
Billy Johnny (aka Dustbin Mod, as he is affectionately known) has decided to leave the Buffs & lead the life of a happy tramp. Graham Day (gtr The Prisoners/drums The Mighty Caesars) has graciously offered to stand in on bass duties (& trying to match Johnnys singing like an 8 year old choirboy).
trakMARX What special Childish events can we look forward to with regard to promoting the LP?
Billy Maybe a couple of gigs at The Boston Arms as usual. We will be scrupulously avoiding any accidental successes we may achieve. There will also be a Billy Childish exhibition at the Aquarium from 10th Nov 24th Dec:
We Are All Phonies:
I dislike lack of integrity. I dislike all the ways the world of man tries to make us passive observers rather than participators
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trakMARX How do you feel about the finished LP now its on the racks?
Billy Its the best looking & best sounding LP Ive ever heard.
trakMARX How would you convince the uninitiated that 1914 is the perfect Buffs pool to get their feet wet in for the 1st time?
Billy Well have to leave that one to their mates.
Billy Childishs Track By Track Guide To 1914 (ok, so we know theres one on the insert inside the LP but heres another one!)
UNABLE TO SEE THE GOOD
Billy A song about being unable to see the good - & then trying to.
ALL MY FEELINGS DENIED
Billy A song about denying all your feelings.
Billy A song about a girl Johnny was in love with back in the Daggermen days - but she didnt love him (though Wolf claims he snogged her up once).
EVIDENCE AGAINST MYSELF
Billy A little blues song based on a novel by Dostoevsky.
THE LEAST DISAPPOINTING MAN
Billy A song me & Mick Hampshire wrote from The Milkshakes days. We fancied doing our own version of Sweet 16. (PS the only conceivable girl it could actually be about was my girlfriend - when I was 14!).
Billy Wolf calls my wife Nurse Julie because she always has a remedy for his numerous illnesses.
Billy The song Spinal Tap didnt write. The lyrics are based entirely on Jacks letters & descriptions of the crimes. Listeners might guess that we like The Who but notably, before they told the little one with the trout farm that he was the lead singer & should shake his hair about.
Billy The haircut the British expeditionary force went out to Belgium with in 1914 (& a nod to Link Wray)
Billy A song about my girlfriend when I was 17 - who left me to marry a world champion middle distance runner.
YOU ARE ALL PHONIES
Billy A song about the bogusness of mobile phones, shopping centres & small dogs.
Billy A song about my next-door neighbour I spent all my time with when was a little boy. She was 7 years older than me, told me that people died & was allowed to go & see The Beatles in Canterbury - whereas I had to stay at home & was only allowed to buy her some jelly babies to take with her & chuck atem for me (circa 1965).
Jean Encoule tMx 12 Oct 03