Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Sunset On A legend

Sunset On A legend

Alan Clayson And The Argonauts

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Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Sunset On A legend

There isn't sufficient space to relate more than the barest bones of the saga. Nevertheless, its central figures will surface as regularly as rocks in the stream in an eventual full-scale memoir of my peculiar career - partly because there are still people around today who'll tell you that (Alan) Clayson and the Argonauts was the greatest group ever formed. Indeed, under certain conditions, I think so myself, but then I was its Marat, its Danton, its Robespierre, its Mirabeau and its Bonaparte. Certainly, there'd never been a time or a situation - or a musical entity - like it.

Clayson and belong to an era nearly as bygone as that bracketed by Hitler's downfall and "Rock Around The Clock". We left the runway in 1976 after John Tobler wrote a glowing New Musical Express report on our set when we semi - gatecrashed a bill of pre-punk fare at Guildford Civic Hall. This was only a fortnight after we'd been hustled out of a palais in Reading at gunpoint. The promoter found our show so "rubbish" that he felt entitled not to pay us. On this threshold of eminence too, one key member was gaoled for fifteen months, and two others quit, one of them fated to co-produce Hilda Baker and Arthur Ballard's chartbusting duet of "You're The One That I Want".

Generally, however, the wheels of the universe were rolling in our direction as the watershed year of 1977 loomed. Suddenly, there seemed to be some kind of future with no more hint of tragedy or farce. A few important media and music industry folk started flocking round like friendly if over-attentive wolfhounds, most conspicuously, Ron Watts, a godfather of punk, who had helped Malcolm McLaren launch The Sex Pistols. Thanks to Ron, we made a London debut at the 100 Club (with The Jam, both of us warming up for something called Stripjack) on 9 January 1977. Next up was a full-page Melody Maker Spread, courtesy of its enthralled future editor, Allan Jones. Crucially, I was being spoken of and written about in the same sentences as Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello.

So began three years of expecting to be on Top Of The Pops next week. An almost overwhelming sweep of events embraced more dates than could possibly be kept; a BBC Radio One In Concert (which turned up on a 2001 Clayson bootleg, Ghostly Talking Heads), and headlining at venues such as the Marquee, back at the 100 Club, Amsterdam's Melkweg and any number of university hops, among them Queen's College Belfast at the height of the Troubles, where an ecstatic audience was still demanding more after no less
than six encores. In parenthesis, what became The Eurythmics supported us at some college function in the Midlands.

Delivering "more than a performance, an experience" (Sounds), Clayson and the Argonauts were, therefore, a very "happening" group, judging too by the clusters chattering excitedly as they spilled out onto the pavements after a sweatbath with us inside, say, Hugh Wycombe's Nag's Head, Eric's in Liverpool, West London's Nashville Rooms, the Penthouse in Scarborough or the Exit in
Rotterdam, always one week after Wreckless Eric and one week before The Adverts. En route, we were catalysts of the wreckage of a Luton auditorium; a near-lynching at Barbarella's in Birmingham; fisticuffs and a consequent car chase following a midnight matinee in Canning Town; a season in a red-light district sur le continent (our "Hamburg" period); a woman clambering on stage to tear off all her clothes at Islington's celebrated Hope-and-Anchor, and a bloke doing the same during almost-but-not-quite a riot at the Granary in Bristol.

Soon, we were past resistance to the circumstances that had made it impossible to go back then to anyone's old routine of get up-get to work-get home-get to bed groundhog days that once passed for a life. If the van had drawn up outside a ballroom on Pluto, it mightn't have seemed all that odd.

Yet fast must come the hour when fades the fairest flower. Furthermore, the underside of our marvellous achievements was that, though I was "in a premier position on rock's lunatic fringe" (Melody Maker again), I was running a provincial outfit most of the time from a telephone kiosk down the road. All I could promise an Argonauts, fished principally from the same pool of local musicians, was an even more glorious tomorrow.

When it didn't dawn, our van mutated into a travelling asylum as ears strained to catch murmured conspiracy. A stoic cynicism would sour to cliff-hanging silences, sullen exchanges and the drip-drip of those antagonisms, discords and intrigues that make pop groups what they are. As we lurched from gig to gig, a rueful but light-hearted mood might persist for several miles before a tacit implication in an apparently innocuous remark could spark off a slanging match that would continue on arrival in another strange city, another distant soundcheck, another affirmation of a ramshackle grandeur. Back home, loved ones would wonder in that ancient night until headlamps signalled one more deliverance from the treadmill of the road. Yet there were still moments when...

That there was something not so much rotten but smelling funny in the state of Clayson and the Argonauts became evident firstly when "The Taster", a godawful one-shot single, was issued on Virgin Records against my better judgement, and damaging to both my confidence and credibility as a composer. Coupled with "Landwaster", an excerpt from a then-unreleased in-concert LP,
it was a "turntable hit" (e.g. Number Three in Time Out, the London events guide's chart). Moreover, so I understood later, "Landwaster" entered Belgium's Top Twenty fleetingly after a pirate radio presenter began spinning it by mistake instead of the A-side.

This 45 was also a prelude to a voyage to a lower circle of hell for me and an Argonauts in gradually more constant flux. Nevertheless, there was always sufficient to feed hope, and I'd been famous enough to want to battle hard against being consigned back to the oblivion from whence I'd come.

In our decline, an Exeter-based independent label put out a rather eschatologically-titled EP, Last Respects, and an album, What A Difference A Decade Made, was a critical cause célebre, earning rave reviews in both Folk Roots (!) and The Observer.

However, to quote from Tony Hancock's suicide note, "things seemed to go wrong too many times". The morning after we played to a crowd of twelve back at the Nag's Head, I received an agitated call from our road manager to say that, while he was loading up, £500-worth of borrowed microphones had been stolen.

After just over a decade as a working band, Clayson and the Argonauts, our very name now a millstone round our necks, made a final public appearance on 20th January 1986. By then, we were like a soldier that had been fatally wounded, but kept fighting, not knowing how severe the injury was. To all intents and purposes, we'd been over for ages, a faded memory, a tattered
newspaper cutting. Thus we scattered like vermin disturbed in a granary. All that was left - until now - was the sound of our aural junk-sculptures as a spooky drift from the shadows in some lonely back-of-beyond dance hall, maybe one refurbishment away from demolition...

Alan Clayson

Tracklisting

CD Double Album (DAMGOOD257CD)
  1. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Sol Nova
  2. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Pagan Mercia
  3. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Man Of The Moment
  4. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Run Kalwinder
  5. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Landlocked Sailor
  6. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Mountains Of The Moon
  7. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Eleanor In Bondage
  8. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Rebel Rocker
  9. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Do The Zoot Bop!
  10. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Lost In The Wilderness
  11. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Days In Old Rotterdam
  12. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Landwaster
  13. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - On The Waterfront
  14. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Soul Murder
  15. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Earthworms
  16. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Searchlight
  17. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress
  18. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Only For A Moment
  19. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Edwy The Fair
  20. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Mechanic
  21. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Steer Straight
  22. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Crusader
  23. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Landwaster
  24. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Delores
  25. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Earthworms
  26. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - On The Street Where You Live
  27. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Only The Outcasts
  28. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Ham
  29. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Keep Cool
  30. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Ghost Riders In The Sky/Meet The Monster/Arnold Layne/That Noise! (Medley)
  31. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress
  32. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - You Really Got Me
  33. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Fur Elise/Anarchy In The UK (Medley)
  34. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Hound Dog
  35. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Taster
  36. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Superman '42/Rue Morgue
  37. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress (by Turnpike)
  38. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Serenade To Alice
Download Album (DAMGOOD257CD)
  1. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Sol Nova
  2. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Pagan Mercia
  3. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Man Of The Moment
  4. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Run Kalwinder
  5. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Landlocked Sailor
  6. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Mountains Of The Moon
  7. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Eleanor In Bondage
  8. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Rebel Rocker
  9. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Do The Zoot Bop!
  10. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Lost In The Wilderness
  11. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Days In Old Rotterdam
  12. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Landwaster
  13. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - On The Waterfront
  14. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Soul Murder
  15. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Earthworms
  16. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Searchlight
  17. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress
  18. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Only For A Moment
  19. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Edwy The Fair
  20. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Mechanic
  21. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Steer Straight
  22. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Crusader
  23. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Landwaster
  24. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Delores
  25. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Earthworms
  26. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - On The Street Where You Live
  27. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Only The Outcasts
  28. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Ham
  29. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Keep Cool
  30. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Ghost Riders In The Sky/Meet The Monster/Arnold Layne/That Noise! (Medley)
  31. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress
  32. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - You Really Got Me
  33. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Fur Elise/Anarchy In The UK (Medley)
  34. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Hound Dog
  35. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Taster
  36. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Superman '42/Rue Morgue
  37. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - The Rake's Progress (by Turnpike)
  38. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Serenade To Alice
  39. Alan Clayson And The Argonauts - Untitled

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Sol Nova 4m 39s £0.99
2 Pagan Mercia 4m 11s £0.99
3 The Man Of The Moment 2m 46s £0.99
4 Run Kalwinder 4m 25s £0.99
5 The Landlocked Sailor 3m 17s £0.99
6 The Mountains Of The Moon 3m 43s £0.99
7 Eleanor In Bondage 3m 8s £0.99
8 Rebel Rocker 2m 56s £0.99
9 Do The Zoot Bop! 3m 12s £0.99
10 Lost In The Wilderness 3m 49s £0.99
11 Days In Old Rotterdam 2m 56s £0.99
12 Landwaster 3m 30s £0.99
13 On The Waterfront 3m 54s £0.99
14 Soul Murder 3m 45s £0.99
15 Earthworms 4m 30s £0.99
16 Searchlight 2m 53s £0.99
17 The Rake's Progress 4m 37s £0.99
18 Only For A Moment 3m 22s £0.99
19 Edwy The Fair 1m 12s £0.99
20 The Mechanic 2m 44s £0.99
21 Steer Straight 2m 38s £0.99
22 Crusader 4m 50s £0.99
23 Landwaster 4m 7s £0.99
24 Delores 4m 17s £0.99
25 Earthworms 4m 51s £0.99
26 On The Street Where You Live 2m 24s £0.99
27 Only The Outcasts 5m 43s £0.99
28 The Ham 7m 44s £0.99
29 Keep Cool 4m 17s £0.99
30 Ghost Riders In The Sky/Meet The Monster/Arnold Layne/That Noise! (Medley) 3m 18s £0.99
31 The Rake's Progress 5m 52s £0.99
32 You Really Got Me 4m 21s £0.99
33 Fur Elise/Anarchy In The UK (Medley) 2m 47s £0.99
34 Hound Dog 2m 17s £0.99
35 The Taster 4m 35s £0.99
36 Superman '42/Rue Morgue 2m 53s £0.99
37 The Rake's Progress (by Turnpike) 9m 36s N/A N/A
38 Serenade To Alice 3m 59s £0.99
39 Untitled 2m 15s £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (39 tracks) £7.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Sol Nova 4m 39s £0.99
2 Pagan Mercia 4m 11s £0.99
3 The Man Of The Moment 2m 46s £0.99
4 Run Kalwinder 4m 25s £0.99
5 The Landlocked Sailor 3m 17s £0.99
6 The Mountains Of The Moon 3m 43s £0.99
7 Eleanor In Bondage 3m 8s £0.99
8 Rebel Rocker 2m 56s £0.99
9 Do The Zoot Bop! 3m 12s £0.99
10 Lost In The Wilderness 3m 49s £0.99
11 Days In Old Rotterdam 2m 56s £0.99
12 Landwaster 3m 30s £0.99
13 On The Waterfront 3m 54s £0.99
14 Soul Murder 3m 45s £0.99
15 Earthworms 4m 30s £0.99
16 Searchlight 2m 53s £0.99
17 The Rake's Progress 4m 37s £0.99
18 Only For A Moment 3m 22s £0.99
19 Edwy The Fair 1m 12s £0.99
20 The Mechanic 2m 44s £0.99
21 Steer Straight 2m 38s £0.99
22 Crusader 4m 50s £0.99
23 Landwaster 4m 7s £0.99
24 Delores 4m 17s £0.99
25 Earthworms 4m 51s £0.99
26 On The Street Where You Live 2m 24s £0.99
27 Only The Outcasts 5m 43s £0.99
28 The Ham 7m 44s £0.99
29 Keep Cool 4m 17s £0.99
30 Ghost Riders In The Sky/Meet The Monster/Arnold Layne/That Noise! (Medley) 3m 18s £0.99
31 The Rake's Progress 5m 52s £0.99
32 You Really Got Me 4m 21s £0.99
33 Fur Elise/Anarchy In The UK (Medley) 2m 47s £0.99
34 Hound Dog 2m 17s £0.99
35 The Taster 4m 35s £0.99
36 Superman '42/Rue Morgue 2m 53s £0.99
37 The Rake's Progress (by Turnpike) 9m 36s N/A N/A
38 Serenade To Alice 3m 59s £0.99
39 Untitled 2m 15s £0.99
Entire WAV Download Album (39 tracks) £7.99